This furry lion costume feels soft and snuggly because it uses a thin, lightweight type of fleece available at most fabric stores.

Most adult and older kids' costumes have intricate details and accessories that make them unique, but toddler costumes need to be simpler. Using a sleeper as the base and adding soft fleece not only makes this costume cute and comfortable, it keeps the baby warm and cozy, too.


Materials Needed:

  • 1⁄2 yard (18 x 60 inches) lightweight brown-and-tan-patterned fleece
  • 1 yellow sleeper
  • 1 yellow baby cap with ties
  • 1 square (12 inches) brown felt
  • 1 square (12 inches) tan felt
  • 1 square (12 inches) yellow felt


Step 1

To make the lion's mane, cut the fleece into three pieces, each 6 x 60 inches. Layer the pieces on top of each other and stitch or staple them together down the center of the 60-inch length. On both sides of the three-layer strip, make cuts at 1⁄2-inch intervals almost to (but not through) the 60-inch stitch line (see photo at right). Measure the neck of the sleeper and cut a piece of the three-layered, clipped mane to match. Attach this strip to the neck of the sleeper along the stitch line. Use the remaining mane strips to trim the cap in three rows. Save an inch of the mane strips to finish off the end of the tail. Fold back and fluff the fleece strips.


Step 2

Cut two outer ear pieces from the brown felt and two inner ear pieces from the tan felt, using the photo at right as a guide. Glue inner ear pieces to outer ear pieces and attach to cap with a glue gun, staple, or needle and thread.


Step 3

Make the tail by cutting a 2- x 12-inch strip of yellow felt. Fold the strip in half lengthwise and staple or stitch together. Invert and attach fleece tassel to one end. Attach the other end to the back of the sleeper.



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