Last year, for Halloween, I had 3 hand-me-down costumes for my daughter. When I asked her what she wanted to be (not expecting an answer, as she was 2), she simply replied: a cow. I continued to ask over the next few weeks and the response remained the same. Of course the costumes I had were a tiger, elephant and ladybug.
As I sifted through the leftover retail costumes as week before the holiday, my thoughts of finding a cow to buy dwindled. So, this is what I did.
I bought a white fluffy blanket and black jacket with a hood (both on clearance at TJ Maxx) and 4 squares of felt (3 black, 1 pink). I also dug up an old cat costume I used in college.
I laid out the jacket (hood up) and placed the blanket folded in half diagonally over it with the long folded edge lined up with the shoulders.
I made a mark on each side of the neck to align with the jacket and cut a shallow curve out of the blanket between the marks to make a cape of sorts
I cut spots out of the felt and hand sewed them (very crudely) onto the blanket randomly. Next, I pinned the cat tail to the back and added a flower embellishment.
Lucky for me, the jacket I bought already had cute ears on it, so I cut triangles out of the pink felt and sewed them into the middle of the existing ears.
I dressed her in black pants, socks and shoes. Because she’d have the jacket and cape on, the t-shirt didn’t really matter, but I added a Halloween one for the day.
The only thing left to do was to put it all together. I put on the jacket and cape and, voila! A cow.
Halloween, is pretty chilly around here, so she was nice and toasty, but you could easily tone it down with the materials you use. Maybe a black long sleeved shirt or just a white jacket. Ears could be placed on a headband instead of a hood. Either way – it was a piece of cake to make!
Living large in the middle,