How to Make a Quick and Easy Sheep Costume

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.

One sheep, two sheep, tall sheep, cute sheep! How to make a sheep costume.

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.

Charlie was very helpful.

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.

Baa! Baa!

You’re done! Now hurry! You’re going to be late!

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