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Halloween Costumes 2012: The Wolf (from ‘Little Red Riding Hood’)


Okay, sorry for the little delay on Friday.  This little wolf of mine wasn’t quite finished.  I just had to add a few little details before letting my 4-year-old, Connor, jump inside and test out his tormenting skills on my Little Red Riding Hood.

UPDATE:  And here is the Granny costume as well!


ANOTHER UPDATE: Oh, and here’s the whole crew together, PLUS a cute little video of them acting out a few parts to music!


I got to thinking, this same wolf concept and costume shape could be used for other animals like a bear, dog, cat, lion, tiger, etc.  The structure would be the same……..the face would just need to be adjusted a bit.  So, if you are trying to figure out something similar, hopefully today’s post will help you out a little bit.

Because this little wolf is ready to share now.  In all his rascally little glory.


And what was the hold up?  His little claws.  And can you tell what they’re made of?  Yep, the curved tip of plastic hangers.  I know, crazy.  But they worked out great…….and aren’t sharp.  Or expensive.  (Especially if you have extras in your closet.) Hooray for both!



And I know, wolves are supposed to be snarly and ferocious.  But every time I told Connor to growl and act mean…….he would start out mean but would end up in a fit of giggles.  Maybe it’s that super soft fur fabric (that’s irresistible to touch) that I found, that refuses to give off any sort of “scary” vibe.  And well, the friendly wolf face doesn’t help either.  But…….he’s 4, so we’re not ready for “scary” anyway.


But he kept on trying to give me his scariest wolf growl……..


And what’s a wolf without a bushy tail?  Check.  We’ve got one of those too.



This big bad wolf has a top and bottom jaw, with a full set of pointy teeth.  The head piece actually comes completely off with a veclro closure near the front but can also be flopped back off the head if your little wolf wants to reveal his true identity.  But it’s constructed right on top of a baseball cap, so it’s completely comfortable and helps that ferocious  (er, sweet) head stay right in place.  Also, strips of elastic keep those little paws in place on both the hands and feet.


Unfortunately, my Little Red Riding Hood doesn’t have a chance.  Just look at that face…….this friendly little wolf will surely trick her.


But even though he didn’t look like the scariest wolf around, he snarled and giggled and muttered phrases from the book, while pretending that he was that mean old wolf.  And all the while, he hunted for “Little Red” and “Granny”, by sniffing them out all over our backyard.



Go on little dude, and keep pretending you’re as real as they come.  You’re a riot to watch……especially while carefully pawing at the ground with those last minute claws. :)



Anyone need a little wolf (or bear, cat, etc.) costume for Halloween this year? 


(And I can hardly wait to show you the 3rd costume in the theme…….you’ll die.  Laughing, of course!)



Supply List (made in boys size 5):

  • 2 yards of fluffy fur-like fabric ($12 or so dollars a yard, on sale for $6/yd??)
  • 1 long heavy duty metal zipper (20 inches or so)
  • red, white, and black felt (from my stash)
  • 1 baseball cap that fits your subjects head (and that you no longer want…..because you can’t remove it once you’re done with the costume, I found mine on clearance at Target)
  • several sheets of plastic canvas, depending on the size you buy/have (from my stash……….but they’re maybe $2 a sheet?)
  • 20 black plastic hangers ($1 for 10 at Wal-mart)
  • wide velcro
  • wide elastic
  • hot glue gun
  • needle and thread


**I bought the fabric and notions that I needed (and that wasn’t in my stash) at Joann Fabric. Now is a great time to buy fabrics because most everything is on sale for  Halloween.  Also, you may have an old baseball cap on hand or a bunch of extra hangers in your closet.



The fabric that I found looks more like a teddy bear but I couldn’t find a straight haired fur.  So, I used this curly brown fur anyway……and it worked out just fine!  Also, because it’s so furry and curly, it’s very forgiving and hides many things for you, so your seams can be uneven and wonky and no one will EVER know!! :)  (**And just so you know, this fur gets everywhere.  When you cut it, you’re cutting through the long pieces of fur and it clings to everything and gets everywhere. But once you cut and shake off the excess, it won’t shed anymore.  So you don’t have to finish off any edges. Yay!!)



Let’s get started on the Wolf Body Suit:


Find a loose fitting shirt/pants that fit your subject, to use as your pattern.  Fold both in half lengthwise and lay them down on your fur fabric.  (It’s easier to place the fur face down while cutting.)  Overlap the shirt and pants just enough that the length from the shoulder down to the end of the pant leg is the same length as measuring your subject from their shoulder down to the ground. (Add a few inches to the length just to be safe. You can always cut some length off the leg later on.)  Now, start cutting around the shirt and pants (adding enough for a seam allowance), making one continuous piece, making sure to cut the curve of the arm hole opening plus the curve of the crotch of the pants.  And to be sure that your wolf costume is roomy and comfortable (and doesn’t look like a skinny wolf) add a few extra inches to the width (on the side of the arm hole, not the side of the pant crotch curve).

**Check out my shirt tutorial and my boy short tutorial for more info on using your current clothing as your pattern pieces.


You will need a total of 4 pieces, 2 left sides and 2 right sides, so be sure to cut the left side mirror imaged from the right side.  Then place one left and one right side together, with right sides together and then sew them together along the side with the crotch slope (using the seam allowance that you gave yourself while cutting).  But stop once you reach the end of the slope, stop.  Then repeat with your other two pieces.


Now, normally you would have a back left and right side and a front left and right side.  But because you aren’t making this fitted and you don’t need to worry about a larger slope in the back crotch pieces (like you normally would), your front and back pieces are the same.  So commit to one of the sewn together pieces to be the front section and then add a long zipper to the center seam.  And because this curly fur can be kind of annoying and can get tangled in the zipper, I recommend using a heavy duty metal zipper.  It will pull through the fur a lot easier.  (Or you could ditch the zipper and use velcro.  I just wanted to be able to un-zip and let Granny and Little Red out!!)  Check out my simple Zipper Tutorial, if you need a little help putting one in.


After putting the zipper in, trim the fur down to keep it out of the zipper tracks.  And if you accidentally trim through the base fabric of the fur, don’t worry, it won’t fray.  Well, some of the fur will fray off but the base of the fabric that the zipper is sewn to won’t fray.  So don’t worry about this zipper installation being perfect.  Just don’t cut through the seam that’s holding the zipper in place.


Then, cut out some long sleeves (from folded fabric) that have the same curve  and length at the top as the curve and length of the arm hole on your main bodice piece.  Cut each sleeve on the fold and be sure that they are a little extra roomy for comfort.  (Oh, and add in enough for a seam allowance as well.  Read my shirt tutorial for more info.


Set the sleeves aside for a moment and place the front bodice piece and the back bodice piece together, with right sides together.  Sew them together along the top at each shoulders.


Then attach each sleeve to the main bodice section and then fold the whole thing together and sew up each side.  Follow this shirt tutorial if you need some help.


Now, for the tail.  And really, the tail can be any shape but I was trying to make it look more like a bushy wolf tail.  Whatever shape you choose, cut out two pieces that are the same shape.  Then, place them together with right sides together and sew around the entire thing, except for the top.  Then turn right side out and if you want, shove the end of the tail with a bit of batting, just to plump it up a bit.


Then, I sewed the top of the tail to the back of the costume. I didn’t even tuck under the end because the fabric is so fluffy and hides everything……so I didn’t even bother.



Now, for the head piece. 


Cut out two main pieces that are similar to the shape below.  It doesn’t have to be perfect because it will just kind of hang on the head and you can also trim and adjust as you go.  Just be sure that the widest point at the top is bigger than half the circumference of the subject’s head.  You want it to fit all the way around plus a little extra space.  Cut out two pieces, that are a mirror image to each other.


Then place them together with right sides together and sew along the outer curved edge.  Then place on top of your baseball cap and let it hang.  (I found this Star Wars hat on clearance at Target.  Now is a good time to find clearanced hats.)  You want the front of the fur hood to come down to the base of baseball cap, just reaching the bill of the hat.  Adjust any seams or trim edges if necessary.  And remember, you can just leave these edges raw, so don’t worry about cutting and adjusting as you go.


Then, take the fur back off the hat.  (And yes, when you cut this furry stuff, the extra pieces of fur get everywhere. Hang in there…..because after you’re done cutting and you shake off the extra, it won’t shed anymore.)  Then cut out two large triangles for the ears, and hot glue them right down to the baseball cap.


Then cut out some triangle shapes out of the fur and hot glue them right to the front and back of the triangles.  Glue the edges down securely and trim off any extra fur pieces.


Then cut two slits in the fur hood, right where the ears would slide through.


And then slip it back onto the hat, fitting the ears through the slits that you just cut.  Now, glue down the fur hood down to the front half of the hat, keeping the fur nice and even and in place, right down to bill of the hat.  Don’t bother gluing the back of the hat because it can just hang back there but I also wanted to leave it open so that I could leave the baseball cap adjustable for growing kids or different users.


Next, you’re going to lengthen out the bill to give the wolf a long snout.  Cut out a long curved piece of your plastic canvas, that has a curve at the top that matches the bill of the hat.


Then hot glue it down to the bill of the hat.


Next, cut out some fur that’s slightly larger than the canvas you just cut out and hot glue it down.  Then fold under the edges to the bottom side of the hat’s bill and glue them down too.


Then cut out a piece of red felt that is the same shape as the under side of bill and hot glue that down as well.


Next, cut out a long strip of teeth out of your plastic canvas and a strip of white felt that’s slightly bigger.


Hot glue the canvas teeth down to the felt (be careful…..don’t burn yourself) and then trim the extra felt off.


Hot glue the teeth all the way around the edge of the bill.


Then, for the nose, cut out a black circle of felt and grab a bit of batting.


Now, you can hand stitch a loose basting stitch around the outer edge of the circle (like these fabric yo-yo’s) and then put your batting at the center and then pull your thread to cinch it in.  OR, you can use hot glue and wrestle the felt a bit until you have a  circle shape.  And then cover it wither another felt circle if you need to cover up some of the batting.  I was too lazy to go and grab a needle and thread and wrestled with the glue gun instead.  It probably would have been just as fast to go grab a needle, so I don’t recommend the glue version, unless you have fingertips of steel like mine! ;)



Then, hot glue that nose right down to the end of the snout.


For the eyes, I just cut out circles for the eyes and little curved triangle pieces for the eye reflection detail.  And then I used hot glue to attach them to the head.


Next, this is optional but I really wanted a bottom jaw.  So I cut out a curved piece out of the plastic canvas that was smaller than the top jaw.  You want it to look similar to the top but since it just hangs, it will look huge if you cut it the same size as the top jaw.  Then cut out some of the fur, slightly bigger than the canvas.  Hot glue the fur to the canvas and fold the edges up and around to this top side.


Then cut out a piece of red felt and glue it down to this top side, covering the extra edges of the fur.  Then cut out some teeth the same way as the top teeth and then glue them to the outer curved edge of this bottom jaw.


Then, cut out two long tongue pieces that are a bit longer than the bottom jaw (so it can hang out of the wolf’s mout)h and sew them together around the outer edge and then a seam down the center.


This is where I forgot a picture but glue the tongue down to the bottom jaw at the very end (the straight end) only.  That way, the curved end of the tongue can still flop around freely.


Then set the bottom jaw to the side.


Now, cut out a rectangle piece of the fur and sew one end to one side of the hood at the neck and then add velcro to the other end.  (Be sure you try this on your subject so you can see where to place the rectangle piece of fur.  You want it to sit right below the chin and then cover the subject’s neck.




Then, hot glue the bottom jaw right to this rectangle piece of fur, making sure that it’s centered and will still look centered when the head piece is on your subject.



Lastly, the paws.


Cut out some curved pieces from your fur that have a straight end and are about the same size as your subject’s palm.  Only slightly bigger.  Also, be sure to add even more for a seam allowance around the curve and about an inch at the straight end, which is where you’ll attach it to the costume.  Then cut a piece of elastic that is the same width as the fabric.


Then pick up that paw piece that was on the left in the picture above, and place it face down on the paw piece on the right……….leaving the elastic right where it was in the picture above.  Then sew all the way around the outer curve, making sure to include both ends of your elastic in your seam.


Now, turn right side out.  And then make another paw for the other hand.



Next, make 2 feet paws the same way, only bigger.  You want it to cover the top of your subject’s shoes so have them put their shoes on to help you decide how big to cut them.


Now, paws aren’t paws without claws.  So I decided to keep them friendly and use the rounded ends of plastic hangers and cut the ends off of 20 of the with a little hand saw.


Then, I drilled a small hole into the ends of each “claw”.


And then hand-stitched them onto the end of each paw, with really thick upholstery thread.


I know, they kinda look like bear paws but whatever…….they turned out great!! :)  Because they’re exaggerated, they stand out.  And that’s what we want on a costume, right?!! ;)


Finally, tuck the very end of each paw under the end of each pant leg and each sleeve, about an inch…….and stitch them right down.  No need to finish any edges off.  They’ll be just fine as they are.


Can you believe it?  You’re done!


And now have the cutest little wolfy in town! :)  (Or bear, cat, lion, tiger……or something similar!)






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  2. Estelle Seibert says:

    Dear Ashley,
    thank you so much for your great tutorial ! As I have read that you love yourself moving, you might be happy to see that your tips and ideas also travel to France. I have had a lot of fun realizing this wolf and I am happy to share today some pictures on my facebook page as well as your website with my friends… hoping that some of them will follow you closely as I do.

  3. Christie says:

    My daughter’s class had a “Talking Zoo” and had to pick an animal to be. She picked a wolf for some crazy reason and I could not find a costume anywhere that fit what I was looking for. I am so glad I came across your tutorial. It was fun to do and she loved it. Thanks for sharing this!

  4. Sarah says:

    a word of advice to anyone about to attempt this pattern…first, I found it helpful to not cut out the sleeve shapes until after the main body pieces were seen together. This way you’re sure your sleeve is wide enough to fit the arm hole (oops…wasted fabric there!!). Also, it makes more sense to cut the holes in yor hood fabric first, then mark on the hat where to glue the ears onto the hat. I ended up cutting my holes back too far so the fabric bunched up on the front of the hat. (More wasted fabric) :( I think I could’ve gotten away with 1 yard of fabric for my 4 year old had I not needed so much extra in case of bad cuts. Ha! All in all, it’s a super easy tutorial and my daughter is loving the costume coming together…just thought I’d share those two tidbits :)

    1. Tammy says:

      Sarah…..any advice on how to make the teeth? and how big? also how big on the eyes? How much extra length to you add on the end of your hat?

  5. Tammy says:

    Adorable!!! I found a Red outfit for our little girl but couldn’t find the wolf costume. We are making this. Your tutorial is fabulous.

    What did you use as a guide for the teeth? It looks so professional and I can’t get mine to look even.

  6. Debbie says:

    Beyond adorable! Any chance you’d be willing to sell the big bad wolf costume? It’s the cutest I’ve seen, but undortunately, I can barely sew a button!

  7. Amanda B says:

    Ashley, this is the first time on your blog and I love this, it’s adorable! And what a great tutorial!

    I’ve been trying to find a bear costume pattern and everything is for toddlers. So I’m going to try yours and tweak it a little. I will share on IG and tag you in it. :)

  8. Rose says:

    ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC! I am going to start working on this costume this very weekend! You have such great talent. You have inspired me to make my little girl some wonderful dresses this summer. You just do not seem to be afraid to cut into a nice piece of fabric. Is there anything that you can’t do? Please do not stop doing what you are doing. Your work makes me not be so hesitant anymore. Thank you for that!

  9. Cindy says:

    The wolf costume is absolutely adorable!! Would you consider making one to sell? I will fully admit I am not even close to meeting your talent level! Thanks in advance — :-)

  10. Melissa says:

    My children are Red and the Wolf next week for their “book week” parade at school (Australia). I was browsing the web for ideas on how to do their costumes and absolutely love your creations. Your children are completely adorable and must love having such a clever mum to create these beautiful costumes for them. Thank you for the inspiration, I especially love the wolf claws!

  11. Erin says:

    I made the wolf costume and it was by far the best thing I have ever made – most fun, best instructions and a VERY happy young man. Thank you for posting such a fun pattern! I would send you a picture if I could figure out how to attach it in this but I can’t figure it out! Sorry! The costume was a huge hit in the neighborhood as well!

  12. Élise says:

    Sorry i don’t speack english!!! Je suis intéressée par votre déguisement de loup , serais t il possible de vous en commander un identique au votre dans la taille de mon fils (3 ans) quel est le prix? Et le délai? Cordialement Mme POULAT

  13. Petra says:

    I have a qustion.We need to sew the wolf’s head to the body? I started to prepare… i love this costume!!!

    Thanks Petra / from Hungary/

  14. Elizabeth Staker says:

    Thank you so much for making these instuctions so easy! I am so proud of myself for making my 1 year olds halloween costume this year following your steps. You made it so easy. Thank you!

  15. Peter says:

    Wow – you are very talented and did an amazing job with this Big Bad Wolf Costume! It’s looks amazing and your son appears to be having a blast!!

    I thought that you and your readers might be interested in HalloweenHero’s Creative Costume Contest at

    You are eligible to enter multiple times (as long as each entry is for a different costume) and there is a $250 grand prize. I figured you may want to enter since you’ve already don the hard work ;)

    Anyway, Happy Halloween to you and yours!


  16. Paige says:

    Thank you so much for this tutorial! It turned out so adorable! My oldest will be the big bad wolf with my youngest son, me and my husband being the three little pigs. Now if only my 2.5 year old will wear his wolf costume… Thanks again! You made Halloween costume making so fun this year!

  17. Sarah says:

    Hi. Just wanted to say thank you so much for this tutorial! I’ve just made my youngest daughter a Hairy Maclary (New Zealand kids book character!) costume using your wolf head piece tutorial. I can’t wait to show her after school today. I love that it was such a quick job using the hot glue gun. I used cut up ice cream boxes for the inside of my ears and the snout. I’ll definitely link back to your tutorial if I manage to get around to blogging about it. Now off to make a Narnia snow queen costume for my other daughter…. sigh…

  18. Charlotte Bouchard says:

    Hello from France,

    Your Wolf is so beautiful and scar.I’m going to try to make it for my son. I hope he will look like a wolf but i’m not sure!!!!

    Bravo vous êtes très talentueuse et pleine d’imagination.
    Thank you

  19. Anonymous says:

    You are a talented girl for sure!

  20. St.Aida Bouvier says:

    OMG it’s incredible!! Love it!! I’m gonna make one for my little bro :D

  21. Mirtha says:

    maravilloso el disfraz, justamente lo que andaba buscando. gracias gracias!!!! desde Ecuador

  22. France says:

    Thanks so much for this awesome tutorial.
    I’m not a very good seamstress (when asked, I usually say I only make square stuff (curtains, pillowcases…)).
    But this! This! This is A.MA.ZING! (with an emphasis on Zing)
    My 7 year old son’s class is putting on Little Red Riding Hood here in Paris, and he’s playing the wolf, so I just had to give this a whirl. And it worked out beautifully.
    Let me know if you’d like to see a pic: I’d be more than happy to show you how well your design traveled all the way to the old continent;-)

    1. Ashley says:

      Ha…..I’d love to see a picture!!! :) Send me an email…..ashley{at}

      How perfect that you had to make it work for your little guy……and then you surprised yourself with how much more you can actually do than just “squares”! Hooray! Next up? Your son’s wedding tuxedo! You better get practicing! ;)


  23. Tara K. says:

    Thank you, Thank you!!! Because of this, my 4 yo dd was the Big Bad Wolf, and my 14 yo dd was Red Riding Hood. (I used an adult poncho pattern for Red). I used brown bath towels for the wolf. My daughter howled at every door we trick-or-treated at. Your directions were great!!! I love that you used a ball cap. SO much personality in this post. Thank you again!!

  24. Jen says:

    Thank you so much for this!! My son wanted to be a dog for Halloween, and when I stumbled upon this tutorial I thought I’d give it a shot. It turned out amazing!! We went to a Halloween party last weekend and he won a trophy for best costume! This was my FIRST EVER major sewing project, and you made it so easy for me. Thank you! (and yes, there is black fur all over my house!)

  25. Lisa says:

    Thanks for such a great costume idea!!! I just made the head only for my 17 year old son….he looks awesome with it!

  26. Debbie says:

    A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Wow. I don’t normally comment on any of these craft blogs that I stalk, but I just had to tell you how awesome your costume is. Someday I hope to have even half your ambition and talent! :)

  27. Jaclyn says:

    I’m right in the middle of a slightly modified version of this tutorial to make a blue dragon costume for my little guy who’s three and a half. Just different kind of fabric, bigger (and spiky) tail, and a couple of wings. :) Thanks so much for posting this! I’m not sure how I would have figured out his “blue dragon with blue spikes and a blue tummy” request without this!

  28. Lynn says:

    this is impressive! such a awesome costume. great job.

  29. Rachel says:

    Simply amazing! Ashley, you’re so talented! I can’t wait to see what #3 is going to be! :)

  30. Becky says:

    this is your best costumw yet, hands down. fantastic job!

  31. Kari Hamson Bodkin says:

    Oh My Goodness! Ashley, you’ve done it again! I am so impressed – as always!!!

    I regularly check your website, just to see what your brain has come up with lately! I do have to admit, I always feel for you just a bit because of the pressure you have to keep posting and taking pics along your way with all the projects you do! Yet however, I am glad you are SO famous ;) so I can use your cute ideas as well!!! So selfish right?….geez!


  32. amy says:

    Love this idea! Great tutorial! Your kiddos are adorable! Too bad my little man refuses to dress up for Halloween.

  33. Theresa says:

    Cute costume. Unfortunately I could not see 3/4 of the pictures–they were just the red x block

    1. Robin says:

      It might be your computer or your internet connection. I take my compy to and from work and the office internet reacts differently to the home internet because of the speed. So some things don’t load depending on connection.

  34. Ashley says:

    You are very creative:-) I love to sew and create, but Im afraid I would never put that much work into something unless I was positive I would achieve it and wanted it that bad, I admire your dive in attitude and how you decide to do things:-). I am crazy about the red riding hood outfit as well.Your mary poppins one as well- that looks like something I would attempt for dress up for my (coming soon) little girl:-). Love your blog!

  35. Ellie says:

    O my goodness I love then together. So cute. But…..on the other hand….that makes the little one the Grandmother!

  36. laura says:

    I really love it. Thanks for sharing.

  37. Anna says:

    Wow! That is amazing!

  38. ira lee says:

    wow!!! you have really outdone yourself on this! it looks amazing, despite all the little things you pointed out that you don’t like! that’s just because you made it, we always critique ourselves! i cant wait to see them all together!!!!!!

  39. Natalie says:

    You are so clever! Thanks for sharing all your hard work, and making it easier for me to make my son’s requested bear costume. :)

  40. TatteredSpinner says:

    Man, what I wouldn’t have given for either one of those costumes when I was little – although since I tended strongly toward being a tomboy, I’d probably have gone with the wolf. That has to be the greatest kid’s costume EVAR.

  41. Andrea says:

    You are one clever lady.

  42. Lyndi says:

    this is seriously one of the cutest costumes i have ever seen. I’m pinning it for when my little boy is bigger. Thanks!

  43. Corinne says:

    You. Are. Amazing. What incredible costumes–again! Year after year!

  44. Cassie says:

    ok… so I’m going to try it… Finishing up Merida’s dress tonight and was debating on attempting a bear for the 4 year old… This seems like something I could handle (was concerned about working with fluffy fabric).

    wish me luck!!!

  45. Las Vegas Insurance Mom says:

    I doubted that you would be able to top last years costumes, but somehow you did!! These costumes are awesome and I’m grateful we’re not going to the same ‘trunk or treat’ my poor kids would feel neglected! ;)

  46. Kimberly says:

    This is stinking adorable! I love the little red riding hood theme. And please, oh please tell me that your little one is going to be Granny!!! That would be the best, especially because she already has the oxygen tubes!!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      I can. not. wait to see it whatever it may be!!! I just know it’s going to be so stinkin cute though!! Ashley has a reputation with things like this…. :D

  47. VickiT says:

    OH MY GOSH!!!!!!! This is THE BEST costume ever! I love it. And your little wolf is just sooooooo scary. (not) He’s adorable and it looks like he really loves his costume. You did a fabulous job.

  48. Jolynn says:

    Darling! You are so creative!

  49. Viji says:

    Truly Amazing!!!! Your attention to detail shines thru in the claws!!! What a wonderful idea to use hangers for claws….You are very creative Ashley…

  50. carol says:

    cutest little wolfy in town is right!!! awesome costume, those claws were a brilliant idea

  51. Esther says:

    I really have never seen more detailed or adorable costumes than the ones you make!!! Even in stores! You are truly talented.
    Lots of bloggers are doing Red Riding Hood this year. So fun!

  52. Jill says:

    The baseball hat and plastic canvas are genius! Now I will know exactly how to do it if one of my kids wants a costume like this! Next year I’ll have 4 costumes to make, so I’ll probably have to start in July!

  53. Jen says:

    Just in time! My son wants to be a dog for Halloween, and I’ve been stymied by the head and paws. I love how the wolf’s head works here, and with just a few tweaks, I’ll be able to send him out with style. Thanks so much for your clear and articulate instructions!

  54. Tina says:

    You are completely amazing! I hope someday I can do something as creative and adorable as this for my little one!!

  55. Erin says:

    That is AMAZING!! I so wish my 6 yr old and 2 yr old would let me coordinate costumes like that. No way in heck is my daughter agreeing to that. So adorable.

  56. Nalan de Groot says:

    omg, you are a genius!!! B-E-AU-TIFUL!!!

  57. Heather @ What Does She Do All Day? says:

    Adorable! I mean scary! What a fantastic costume! I used the same furry fabric for my younger daughter’s costume and OMG! the fuzz!!! It was EVERYWHERE!!! It was all over my clothes, all over my floor, in my mouth, up my nose, floating in my water cup. What a mess! But it certainly does make a comfy costume!

    1. Jenelle W. says:

      Fuzz is SO uncontrollable when working with the furry stuff! Ugh! But…the best way to combat it is to change the way you cut when working with fur. I slide my scissors under the fur and just snip small pieces of the base fabric as I go then when you pull the piece away from the scraps, it sheds a bit but SO much less than if you just hack through the long furry fibers too. (I’ve also used a disposable razor around the zipper to help cut away the excess fur, doesn’t always work but it’s worth a shot usually!)

      And seriously Ashley, I’m impressed! Especially since you did this all without a pattern! Unbelieveable!!!

  58. Cheryl says:

    You are truly a gifted woman! All of your costumes are brilliant! Well done:)

  59. Lisa Yearsley says:

    SOOO CUTE! I ran into Aunt Sheri at the groc store and she was telling me about your costumes for this year! Awesome job, Ashley!

  60. Crystal says:

    Adorable. My daughter briefly wanted to be a hippo (She has now decided an angry bird pig would be better) and I was trying to figure out how to make the head. I think a ball cap would work for that. You do fabulous work. My attempts at your projects never turn out as nice. I’ll just have to keep trying. I really love this wolf costume!

  61. Karine says:

    Love love love it! So genious.

    You have fairy fingers (can we say that in English?), there are an expression in french : doigts de fée! It says that you have magical fingers and you can do anything you want and it is ALWAYS pretty and nice.

    Thanks for sharing.

  62. Carrie says:

    Amazing detail work!!

  63. Sharon M. says:

    The littlest will be the Granny right? ! Just too precious. So clever and talented ;o)

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  65. Anonymous says:

    That is so adorable! I love it! I was thinking if anyone is trying to duplicate this costume…another idea for the claws is you could also use the curved part of a hair clip….especially if you’re like me and have a bunch of them with a couple of the curved parts already broken off…but you just cant throw them away yet.

  66. Kelly says:

    The wolf is just adorable! The plastic hanger for the claws is just Ingenious! Great Job! Thanks for sharing.

  67. Amy K. says:

    Nothing gets me in the costume-making mood like seeing your beautiful & adorable creations! Please, please tell me that your littlest is going to be Granny… can’t wait for the reveal!!

    1. Isabelle D says:

      That’s what I’m wishing too!!!!!

    2. andrea C says:

      I agree, I can totally see it!! :)

  68. LindaC says:

    Really such a well-written tutorial and your costumes are so fabulous. I am mostly impressed with your idea for creating the claws. Using the hangers and drilling holes to sew them on was a stroke of brilliance. Thanks so much for sharing these ideas. :) Your kids are freaking adorable.

  69. Jennifer says:

    Oh, Ashley…this turned out super cute! He looks so much like you. Love it!

  70. Lynette says:

    Oh I absolutely love this. Just super darling. his little smile just makes the whole costume! I can’t wait to see the next part of the theme! :)

  71. Olivia @ Liv Lives Life says:

    That costume is amazing! He looks so happy wearing it, too! My mom always made our Halloween costumes when I was younger…looking through this post brought back great memories! :)

  72. Michele says:

    So clever! The claws are ingenious.

  73. Andrea says:

    Wow! That’s fantastic. I’m seriously wondering if there’s anything you can’t make!

  74. Terri Sue says:

    Ashley, you are some kind of amazing! I have been sewing for 47 years and I would never have been able to come up with that delightful costume. I don’t know maybe it’s the net but I don’t think so. Women today are not afraid of coming up with their own designs. I have to have a pattern. There are patterns for Little Red Riding Hood. I’ve never seen one for a wolf. If my son had wanted one when he was a child it would have been just too bad. I would never have even thought of trying to come up with one on my own. You just amaze me.

  75. Anndei says:

    WOW! You are amazing! when I first saw the pictures of the post I thought “that costume looks expensive even for a DIY”, I can’t believe it you made it for so little money and it looks like something you would find at a Disney store!!! Thanks for sharing, you are one talented momma!!!!!

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  77. Tina says:

    You are brilliant and INSPIRING! Thank you for sharing…

  78. colette says:

    you are seriously unbelievable! Those costumes are amazing! can’t wait to see the next one

  79. Lucy says:

    I’m pretty proud of some of the costumes I’ve made in my day…but using a baseball cap and plastic hangers?! Ashley [picture me down on knees, bowing], I’m not worthy! This is amazing, and your photos make it look doable for almost anyone. Two thumbs waaaay up!

  80. Heather says:

    I bet you amaze even yourself sometimes :) Love it!

  81. Sharon says:

    The wolf costume is seriously the cutest costume I have ever seen!! :) Great job, you are so very talented! :)

  82. Carrie says:

    DUDE!! Un….Freaking…….BELIEVABLE!

  83. Alayna says:

    Thank you SO much! I came across your sneak peek yesterday and could not wait for today!! I have been looking all over for a way to make a wolf costume and you just made my life easier, thank you. You are wonderful!!

  84. Heather Ferguson says:

    Ashley, you are ridiculously awesome.

    1. Kristina Noall says:

      I so second that!

  85. Kelli says:

    And Mom of the Year goes to you, Ashley! I’ve never seen a happier wolf. These are 2 of the best Halloween costumes I’ve ever seen!

  86. Kathleen says:

    Oh my goodness! That is the CUTEST costume ever. I hope I have grandkids one day who will want one! Thanks for sharing. Your claw idea is genius!!

  87. Amy C says:

    This is amazing!! Awesome job!

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