Green sweat suit
2 pieces of green 9" X 12" felt
3 pieces of yellow 9" X 12" felt
1 piece of green or yellow grosgrain ribbon (length from top of head to end of animals tail) plus 1 yd. for ties on the hood
Fabric glue, needle & thread or sewing machine
6 small pieces of Velcro (1" or less, can use stick on or sew on)
Fabric Paint in glitter or metallic to make detail markings on animal
Option: A pair of small gloves and one sheet of white felt for claws
Cut each piece of yellow felt in half so you will have two 9" X 6" pieces. Cut each of the 9" X 6" pieces in half on the diagonal to make two triangular shaped pieces. These pieces will be placed in a row along the ribbon *see diagram beginning at the top as far as your triangles will go (you will have 12 triangles, on a larger child you will need them all but on a smaller child you can cut the triangles smaller or use fewer).
With the green felt sew or glue across one 9" edge and down the 12" edge. This will form a hood. Punch a hole in the two corners and thread a piece of yellow or green ribbon through there to tie under the chin (on a large child this will form the full hood. On a smaller child before you add the ribbon either trim it back so the eyes are not restricted to the side or fold back to form a cuff and tack it around the face to hold in place).
Take and place the Velcro pieces on the hood and down the back of the sweat shirt with the soft piece on the hood and sweat shirt and the hook piece spaced along the ribbon. The first piece will go on the very front of the hood and the top end of the ribbon measure down to one at the crown of the head and the corresponding spot of the ribbon, the third is as the end of the hood (nape of the neck) and the corresponding piece on the ribbon. You can then space them on the sweat shirt itself ending at the waistband of the sweat shirt. This will allow the rest of the ribbon to hang free as the tail. Using the glitter or metallic paint you can decorate the yellow triangular spines and the front of the sweat shirt (let the kids fix it their own way). Option for gloves: cut long narrow triangles of white felt and glue them in the fingernail area of each glove. This will form the animal claws. Very soft claws, no danger of getting scratched.
This will give you three options where you have a sweat suit the child can use for dress up and night wear the rest of the winter but it should also spark your imagination on how you can costume for many other occasions starting with a basic sweat suit in the right color. There are cowboys, clowns, other animals and it is a lot of fun for the kids themselves to contribute to the making of their costume and then being able to wear it even after Halloween night.