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How to Make a Unicorn Costume

Make an easy unicorn costume for girls or boys with this clever DIY! This full tutorial will walk you through the budget-friendly, simple, and magical sewn costume.

Updated September 22, 2021
How to Make a Unicorn Costume

If you’ve ever needed a last-minute Halloween costume for your child, you know the panic that can set in. Or maybe you just don’t feel like spending fifty dollars for a Halloween costume.

Either way, this tutorial for How to Make a Unicorn Costume will provide an easy and cute costume for a child. (But if you want to wear it, you can easily size it up a little!)

If you’ve got a hoodie and some felt, you can rock this look for Halloween…or any day of the year, if you’re bold. It's a fun and thrifty DIY unicorn costume that will help your kiddo stand out from the crowd (in the most magical manner).

This project uses a sewing machine and hand stitching, but you can do it all by hand if you don’t have a machine.

DIY Unicorn Costume Materials List:

A hooded sweatshirt
Two colors of felt
Rotary cutter, such as Fiskars Titanium Softgrip® Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter (45 mm) (recommended)
Scissors, such as Fiskars Amplify® RazorEdge™ Fabric Cutting Scissors (8")
Ruler, such as Fiskars Acrylic Ruler (6" x 24")
Self Healing Cutting Mat, such as Fiskars Self Healing Cutting Mat: Medium (18" x 24")
Straight pins
Thread
Fiberfill

DIY unicorn costume

How to Make a Unicorn Costume

1. To make the mane, use the Titanium Softgrip® Comfort Loop Rotary Cutter to cut several strips of felt about 9" long and 2" wide.

2. Fold each felt strip by overlapping the short ends slightly at the center.

Fold the felt to start making the mane

3. Pin each folded felt strip to the hoodie, starting about 4" from the edge of the hood and continuing down the back of the hoodie.

Pin the folded strips to the hoodie

4. Using a zig-zag stitch, sew through the center of the felt strips to join them to the hoodie.

5. Use the Amplify® Fabric Shears to snip into the felt strips to create volume.

Sew through the center of the felt strips

6. Make two ears by cutting triangles from the felt, layering a larger triangle behind a smaller triangle. Sew the two triangles together through the folded center, to create a seam. This will help the ears to stand up instead of lying flat.

7. Pin the ears to the top of the hood, one on each side of the mane. Hand stitch the ears to the hood.

Make the ears from the two felts

8. To make a horn, cut one large felt triangle using the Amplify® Fabric Shears. Stitch the two long edges of the triangle together to close it into a cone shape. Stuff the horn with fiberfill as you go.

Fill the horn with fiberfill

9. Stitch the base of the horn to the front of the hood.

All that is left is to grab a bucket and it is time to trick or treat!

Sew the horn to the hood
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