An Easy Babywearing Halloween Costume

Posted on October 9, 2012 by Tamara There have been 0 comments

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Looking for a quick and easy Halloween costume that is baby-carrier friendly? It's actually not that easy. Most costumes are so bulky that a baby doesn't fit in the carrier once the costume is on. And trick or treating with a stroller is no fun at all - seriously, does every second house in Hamilton have stairs?

Last year I tried to incorporate the carrier into the costume - I put my daughter in a green ring sling and she was a pea in a pod. It was cute for the party we went to, though she did spend most of the afternoon trying to pull the "peas" off of her shirt.

This year, I realized that it would be easier to decorate the baby carrier rather than the baby. Because I didn't want to ruin my carriers, I wondered if I could make some sort of cover that could slide over top of the carrier body - this would work great for any carrier that has detachable straps, like the Catbird Baby Pikkolo, Beco Gemini, Beco Butterfly, or any mei tai. I decided to give it a shot and make an owl costume for our storefront window, and it turned out great! Check out what I did below to see just how easy it was!

A Baby Carrier Costume Cozy: An Awesome Owl

1. Find an old t-shirt. Or a new t-shirt that your older child refuses to wear because it's not pink and sparkly. Even a felted sweater would work well. You need the width of the shirt to be roughly the same width as the carrier. And while you're at it, grab some felt sheets too (these can be found at fabric and craft stores and are usually about $0.50 each).

2. Cut off the sleeves of the t-shirt. The straps of your carrier will go through the holes. If your t-shirt matches your carrier straps, you don't even need to cut them off. If your t-shirt is bright green, it might be a good idea to cut off the sleeves so that the shirt is a little more hidden. (Green was a dumb move. Next time I'll use black or brown.)

3. I glued a sheet of felt folded over the top to give the cozy a little stability, and then I added some more on the sides to hide the green colour. If I had some, I would have used a non-toxic fabric glue which holds up really well. Unfortunately, I discovered that my fabric glue is several years old and totally dried out. So I used a glue gun. Ouch. That's all I have to say about that.

4. Then I cut out lots and lots of owl feathers from felt. I was able to get 12 feathers from each sheet, so I used approximately 5 or 6 sheets.

I glued them onto the t-shirt in a staggered pattern and I slid the t-shirt over the body of my carrier with the arm straps coming out of the arm holes. Then I made a simple owl face out of extra felt and glued that onto an old hat. (OK, it was a hat I knit specifically for the costume this morning out of a lovely blend of wool and mohair. But you can use any old hat, I promise.)

This is the costume in our front window (sorry for the glare). Easy, right? When you use a baby carrier costume cozy, you can decorate it as elaborately as you want to and you don't have to worry about wrecking your carrier or your kid trying to destroy the whole thing after a few minutes. Now that I know how easy it is, I kind of want to try a fairy costume with little wings and some bling. All I need is a bedazzler and another t-shirt.

~Tamara


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