As you know, I had two boys being sheep in our church Nativity play last Saturday. (Max was widely regarded as the most committed sheep there; he even “Baa”-ed loudly during key points of the play, the punk.) I didn’t have a clue what to do for their costumes, at first, aside from making a pair of sheep hats. (Looking for shepherd costume directions? Check here!)
Pageants wait for no mom, though, so we figured something out.
You Will Need:
- A solid color clothing under-layer. We used big white t-shirts: you could use black sweats, tights, turtlenecks, whatever you have.
- A roll of quilt batting (my boys loved that this felt “wooly”)
- White Felt
- (Optional) A fastener, snap, button, latch, etc
- A Safety Pin
- Hot glue gun
- Cotton Balls
- A sheep hat (in a hurry? Improvise one with a white store-bought hat and black felt ears pinned on.)
First, cut a piece of quilt batting big enough to go around your child.
Fold it in half and cut a slit in the fold to serve as an armhole. Be careful not to separate the top of the fold, or you’ll have to pin it back together.
Make a belt out of the white felt; if it’s long enough you can just knot the ends to keep it closed. Mine wasn’t that long, so I sewed a little latch to the ends.
Have your child put on their t-shirt (over clothes) and stick their arm through the hole in the batting. Wrap the batting around them, secure the belt around their middle, and use a safety pin to close the other shoulder.
Use glue gun to attach cotton balls to the backside of the costume.
You’re done! Now hurry! You’re going to be late!