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DIY Cat Mask Halloween Costume – Fits All

DIY-Cat-Mask-Title Time to bust out your craft supplies because it’s HALLOWEEN! After much back and forth with J, she finally settled on a costume…a black cat. She was also very specific in her requirements for the costume: pink collar with crystals, black paws with white pads, white whiskers on a black mask and a white patch on her chest. While you may commend her for her specificity since she’s only 4 1/2, I can’t give her much credit. There is a picture collage of her first year of life hanging in her room. In it is her first Halloween costume. Guess what it is? Yup.

I decided to make the mask and a few other parts of her costume. I came up with this mask to avoid putting paint on her face. Of course, if your kid doesn’t like wearing masks, then you’ll need a new plan…or costume.

J also decided that I need to be a black cat too. BONUS: The pattern fit my face too, with a slight increase the size of the eye holes. Easy as long as you’re not scissor-phobic. A few extra snips and you should be able to see out of the mask.

Here is what you’ll need to make the mask:

  • Cat mask pattern (download and print the PDF)
  • Black felt (a felt square from the craft store is more than you need)
  • White pipe cleaners (minimum 4)
  • Black elastic
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins (optional, but really helpful)
  • Needle and thread (optional, but again, helpful)

DIY-Cat-Mask-Pattern-PinnedPrint out the cat mask pattern at 100%. I included a 1″ line in case you’re not sure if the pattern is the correct size when printed. The pattern is HALF of the mask. Cut it out of the paper and don’t forget to cut out the eye holes. Fold your felt piece in half and place the pattern on it, with the side where I wrote “fold” lined up over the fold.

The little circle on the pattern indicates where to attach your elastic. We’ll get to that in a minute.

Here’s where the pins come in very handy. Pin around the pattern so it won’t slip while you’re cutting it.

Cut around the outside of the mask. Then cut out the eye holes. This part is a little tricky, but you can handle it! If you mess up, you probably have enough black felt to try one more time.

DIY - Cut out black felt mask

After the felt is cut, hold it up to your child’s face (or your own) and make sure they can see and breath.

Time for the big guns, err, hot glue gun. Fold your pipe cleaners in half and place them on the mask approximately where you want them. I opted for symmetry but you may not be so type-A.

Glue the folded end of the pipe cleaner to the mask. Repeat for all of the whiskers. Once the glue is dry you need to adhere the whiskers to the outer edges of the mask, otherwise they will bop around, sag, and generally look bad. Glue them to the side of the mask or tack them with the needle and thread. Either way will work. I tacked J’s mask since it was the first one I made. I made mine afterwards and used glue because I was getting lazy.

Whiskers glued onto felt mask

This is my mask. Look closely on the left side and you’ll see that I glued the whiskers to the edge of the mask.

IMPORTANT!! Check the length of the whiskers. Cut them if need be. Then DON’T SKIP THIS STEP. Put a small bead of hot glue at the cut end of each whisker so that the wire isn’t so sharp and pokey. Once the glue has cooled slightly, use your finger to smoosh it into the wire. Whiskers are not weapons!

Close up of end of whisker with glue

Add glue to the cut end of each whisker to avoid injury!

Almost done! Grab your elastic and pin it to the mask. Use the circle on the pattern for a point of reference. Again, straight pins will come in handy but not absolutely necessary. Use a safety pin if you have one. Adjust the length of the elastic as needed to fit comfortably around your child’s head.

DIY Cat Mask

I sewed the elastic to the mask to make sure it wouldn’t come apart when we went to Brick-or-Treat at Legoland. If you’re in a hurry, you could use hot glue. By the way, I’m a hot mess when it comes to hot glue. I burned myself several times making the mask and cat gloves.

DIY Cat Mask Full Costume

Be still my heart! October 2011 vs October 2015.

Anyhoo, J absolutely loves her mask and the other pieces of her costume that I made and bought. In fact, she helped make her collar. She meticulously lined up all of the crystals and glued them individually. The fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree!

Halloween Tricks and Treats – Jake and the Neverland Pirates Costumes

Halloween Jake Neverland Pirates CostumesIt’s Izzy, the Pirate Princess and Jake…sort of…well at least my attempt at the three characters from Disney’s Jake and the Neverland Pirates cartoon.

So, of course, J decided to be the Pirate Princess for Halloween and there are no ready-made costumes of this character from the show. I finally sucked it up and figured out how to use the sewing machine that I borrowed from Curt’s aunt almost a year ago. That was after I hand stitched  her vest and realized it would be Christmas time before I would finish the rest of her ensemble plus my husband’s vest.

I made the Pirate Princess costume without a pattern. I made her vest, hat and skirt. I didn’t make J’s shirt or mine (we match!). I had a good friend make them. She has an adorable Etsy shop and custom made them for me.

For the Pirate Princess hat, I used these instructions. The directions say to use construction paper but I used felt. I hand stitched everything and it took me a few hours.

Pirate Princess Tricorn Hat Inside

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Pirate Princess Tricorn Hat Outside

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I made the vest without a pattern, but it was pretty simple. I measured J’s chest and then cut out two rectangles. I hemmed the edges (by hand) and attached the gold ribbon on the front. My intention was to cut the pieces so I could attach velcro on the back to secure it. Well, when I held the vest up to her after the two pieces were attached, it was clear that there wasn’t enough fabric in the back to overlap for the velcro. Oops! Luckily the pieces just fit together at the edges so I used hook and eye closures to make it work. After ensuring that it fit correctly, I sewed the rick rack around the purple vest.

Pirate Princess Vest

I made the skirt without a pattern too, although if I really tried, I probably could have found one. But, I didn’t. I measured the waistband of J’s pants and cut a “U” shape out of purple fabric. The top of the “U” was pretty wide, I angled the sides so they weren’t straight up and down. I hemmed the top of the skirt and then realized I had to make a ruffle around the skirt. I found an easy way to do this with the sewing machine (remember, I just figured out how to use the thing…the first few times I forgot to lower the foot and that was a disaster). I sewed the ruffle around the U shape and with some trial and error was able to add velcro and another hook closure to keep it on her.

Pirate Princess SkirtPirate Princess Skirt

Jake and the Neverland Pirates Pirate PrincessI also made a black belt out of felt with a velcro closure at the back. The gold buckle is faked out with yellow felt.

Luck would have it that I bought J a pair of purple boots last winter. With black leggings under the skirt and my custom made pink shirt her costume is complete!

Whew, and now all we need is my husband’s and my costume. Eek!

Curt’s Jake vest was a bit of a challenge to make. Do I even need to mention that they don’t make adult size Jake costumes? I did find one…it was a mascot and came complete with a giant head. That wouldn’t do! A lot of Google searching finally led me to a Jake vest pattern – size 4 toddler. Ack! Thank god felt was on sale at JoAnn’s for $3.00 a yard because I went through a lot of trial and error to get the proportions correct. I cut up a new t-shirt (yes, new t-shirt purchased cheaply at Target) and also bought blue sweat pants. I wasn’t counting on 80-ish degree weather on the day we had our Halloween  party so when it was time to put on the costume, Curt came out wearing shorts. At least he was Jake from the waist up! A long strip of red felt for the headband completed his outfit.

My costume was last on the list. Izzy’s costume was the easiest to make which was good because I was running out of time and energy to spend on making costumes. Initially J said I should be Izzy the pirate princess, but, uh no thanks…don’t need to sew another vest and skirt!

Izzy Pixie Dust PouchI made the pixie dust necklace from felt and brown leather cord (also used on Jake’s t-shirt). I cut a small circle out of cardboard and a larger circle out of the felt. I glued the cardboard to the center of the felt. When it was dry, I gathered the felt around the cardboard to make a pouch. I wrapped the leather cord around it several times and then tied the ends to make a necklace. It didn’t lay flat so I sewed the cord to the top of the pouch to fix it.

I attempted to hem the pink fabric that I tied around my head for the scarf, but as you can see from the picture below, that was a total fail. What pirate hems their scarf anyway?!Bad stitches

I already own blue leggings so the last piece of the puzzle was boots and the earrings. I went into my closet to get my brown boots and then I remembered, I don’t own any! So to stay true to my costume (and give myself an excuse to by new shoes), I hopped online and ordered these beautiful babies…


I also ordered clip on hoops since I don’t wear earrings.

And there you have the whole ensemble – err, all three of them!

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