Why so cirrus!? Haha! There’s no way you won’t crack a smile with this adorable DIY cloud costume! It’s EASY, NO SEW, and too cute for words!
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After searching for a theme for my daughter’s first birthday, I came across these adorable cloud napkins!
Can you even stand them!?
I’m slowly becoming obsessed with clouds.
These napkins are so precious, and I knew that I wanted to use them in some way with her first birthday party theme. You can see more on her first birthday theme HERE. I’ll be posting more about her birthday in the coming weeks, so be sure to come back and take a look!
After seeing these napkins, and knowing that I only have a couple of years left where I get to decide on what she will be for Halloween, I decided that she will be a cute little CLOUD!
I enjoy DIY-ing, but time is a luxury in my house, so I had to make this cloud costume EASY and NO-SEW!
I went to JoAnn Fabrics to gather a few supplies. I ended up getting some thick sparkly white felt fabric for the cloud. I thought I could use pink felt for the cheeks and black puffy paint for the eyes and mouth. After experimenting with the puffy paint for the eyes and HATING it, I came up with the idea to use false eyelashes for the cloud’s eyes! They definitely make the cloud even more scrumptious!
The eye lashes didn’t need any glue because they already had some adhesive on the back, and it was enough to stick to the felt. If you feel like you need glue, just use super glue.
I used no sew glue to fuse the cloud pieces and stuffed them with poly-fil stuffing after they were dry. Then I closed them up with a glue gun.
While working on the costume I searched for some sweet cloud clothes for underneath the costume. I found a few Carter’s outfits that I thought would work perfectly for my daughter! Just click on the picture for a closer look!
(I included some boy cloud outfits, because this cloud could certainly be made manly for a little gentleman. Just make the cheeks blue, add a mustache, and use some puffy paint for the eyelids!)
In the end, I combined the costume with this adorable little outfit and my squishy little baby girl! Click on the pictures to see more info.!
I think it turned out really charming! My daughter LOVED it!
Oh, wait, she did for about two minutes.
Haha! Well, at least it was EASY and involved NO SEWING!
Let’s hope she changes her mind in the next couple of weeks!
DETAILS to DIY the Cloud Costume:
1. White Felt fabric (1.5 yards…depends on the size of the child)
2. Pink felt fabric (1 pink felt sheet 9″x12″)
3. Fake eyelashes (This is a pack of three, but you can use the other two sets to create my cloud inspired faux pumpkins seen HERE!)
8. No sew glue
10. super glue
14. Sharpie marker
Draw your cloud pattern…and make revisions! I wanted the cloud costume to fit the torso of my daughter, so it took a couple of tries before I got it right where I wanted it. You can make yours larger of course. I used my napkins as a reference for the puffs on the top of the cloud and the straight-ish edge at the bottom.
With your marker, trace your pattern onto your fabric leaving a little extra room on the outside of your pattern. This will allow you to cut inside the marker line avoiding any marker left on the good pieces of fabric.
If your fabric has a back and a front (face), make sure that you trace your pattern on the appropriate side. It shouldn’t really matter for this cloud, but it could matter for other things. One side of my fabric was sparkly, so I made sure that I placed my pattern the way that I wanted it to show on the front side.
Cut out four pieces using the pattern. I am NOT a professional seamstress, but this is what worked for me. I recommend folding your fabric in half so that you will only need to trace your pattern twice. Then you can cut out the clouds two at a time and end up with four.
You will should have the “inside” and the “outside” for the front of the cloud costume, as well as, the back of the costume.
Iron your four cloud pieces on an ironing board or pad. Place a towel between the fabric and the iron to prevent any damage.
Take the “inside” and the “outside” for the back of the costume and lay them so that the “face” side of the fabric is face down on the table. Place glue around the edge of one of the pieces leaving about an 1/4 of an inch from the edge.
LEAVE AN OPENING SO THAT YOU CAN FILL THE CLOUD WITH STUFFING!
Place the other piece on top and press gently and firmly around the edges to fuse the two pieces together. Repeat with the front of the costume. Let dry overnight.
Attach eyelashes to cloud face. I placed the pink cheeks (did not glue yet) on the face to help me envision the correct face layout. I did not use any glue to adhere the eyelashes to the cloud because they already had adhesive on the back. If you feel like they need more glue, you can use super glue.
Trace and cut out the cheeks. I folded the pink felt sheet in half and traced the bottom of a solo cup with a sharpie to make the cheeks. I cut inside the black line to prevent any black marker being left on the cheeks.
Affix the pink cheeks to the cloud face. I decided to use Heat n Bond adhesive tape. This is an iron on adhesive. I did not use glue because it showed through the pink felt even after the glue had dried.
I created a plus sign shape with the tape and followed the directions on the package to adhere the cheeks to the cloud face.
Make the mouth. You can use the black puffy paint to make the mouth directly onto the fabric, but I did not like the way that it turned out, so I drew a few mouths on a ziplock bag (wax paper would work also). That way I could peel off my favorite one, once it dried, and glue it onto the cloud face.
I picked my favorite mouth and glued it to the fabric using super glue.
Fill the cloud with poly-fil stuffing. Push stuffing into the curves of the cloud. If you can’t reach your hand into the cloud, you can use a ruler or paint stick to help you get the stuffing into all of the curves.
Close up the opening on the “back cloud” and the “front cloud” where you put the stuffing with a glue gun.
Make and attach the shoulder straps and body straps. I made the shoulder straps 1.5″ wide and 10″ long. I measured how close they needed to be on my daughter’s neck, and then used the glue gun to attach them to the “inside” of the back of the cloud costume.
(To avoid any mistakes, you should measure, but if you want to make it even easier, attach your shoulder straps with double sided velcro on both ends. That way they will be adjustable.)
Next, I attached three strips of double sided velcro to the “inside” of the front of the cloud costume, as well as, the straps. This allowed the straps to be somewhat adjustable.
To make the body straps, I cut strips that were 1″ wide and 10″ long. I used the same process as above to attach the body straps a few inches from the bottom of the cloud. I did not use precise measurements, but I did try the costume on my daughter and eyeball where I wanted the body straps to be.
I used the glue gun to affix the straps to the “inside” of the back of the cloud costume, and then glued two strips of double sided velcro on the “inside” of the front of the cloud, as well as, the straps.
Here is a side view of the left body strap.
Now it is ready to be worn!!!
DIY No-Sew Cloud Costume
Clearly I’m not above bribery…this kid had more puffs than you can imagine! If you try this costume, shoot me a picture! I’d love to see how it looks on an older kid or a little guy!
If you need some more DIY inspiration, click HERE to see a round-up of easy, clever, and classy DIY costumes! And if you are not in the mood for DIY, you can see the most adorable and affordable costumes HERE!