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Handmade Halloween: Dumbo & Timothy

I need to start this post with a disclaimer: there are NO photos of us in our full costumes. This is for a few reasons. Reason #1 Drew refused to let me take a picture because he thought I would post it all over the internet…so he isn't completely wrong for thinking that. Reason #2 we didn't think we were going out until 10 pm, when I was rushing to get into my costume and go out, so all thoughts of taking pictures were lost.

But I hope these pictures are sufficient enough to show off our costumes!

One night last year, walking back to our apartment, the idea of being Dumbo for halloween came to my mind. I thought it would be clever to make Drew Timothy the mouse because he is so much taller than me, him being a mouse would be pretty comical. Drew almost always refuses to dress up for Halloween so I knew our costumes would have to be pretty casual for him to actually wear it.

handmade halloween-mini pip

I made almost all aspects of our costume. Our ears were made out of felt, hot glued to headbands. For my costume, I wanted to make a dress that I could wear after the costume was worn. I took a Cynthia Rowley pattern I made before, and some grey jersey (same as this top) to make a base dress. I made a neck ruffle out of red and yellow felt and used velcro to make it easier to put on and take off.

handmade halloween-mini pip

handmade halloween-mini pip

handmade halloween-mini pip

handmade halloween-mini pip

handmade halloween-mini pip

I made this costume so easy for Drew I'm actually pretty impressed with myself. He had his ears and hat made of felt and I sewed some yellow felt onto a t-shirt. I'm slowly easing him into wearing full on costumes.

handmade halloween-mini pip

handmade halloween-mini pip

handmade halloween-mini pip

Everything came together pretty quick. Felt has a way of making everything look adorable and it's definitely one of my favorite materials to work with. We had a good night and people knew who we were so that was awesome! About halfway through the night we both took our ears off because I kept hitting people and Drew's headband was stretching out. This was a fun to wear and I was happy with our first official "couple costume"!

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween!




3 thoughts on “Handmade Halloween: Dumbo & Timothy

  1. I am being Timothy the mouse and my 1 year old girl is going to be dumbo. I bought a red dress (cheap amazon) and planned to add the yellow felt to the dress and attempt to try to make the headband. I am hoping you can give me some incite on how to make that headband. I absolutely suck at sewing and saw you used hot glue but wasn’t sure if you used it for everything and wanted to know how you got the hat to stand up. Please help this mamma have a killer costume this year.


    1. Hi Christina! Yes, the entire hat was made with hot glue – no sewing required! The hat is just a red felt rectangle with the short ends glued together. The top has a red felt circle, closing it and a black felt piece on the bottom.

      If I remember correctly, the way I attached the hat was to make sure there was a solid bottom on the hat. The black felt piece on the bottom of Timothy’s hat covers the entire bottom, making it easy to glue that to the headband. To make it a little more secure, you can also sandwich the headband, adding another piece of felt below your bottom once the hat itself is glued on. Felt is pretty sturdy so it should have no problem standing up on its own. You can also stuff the hat with light-weight stuffing if you are having any problem.

      A word of advice, make sure the headband you get is actually comfortable! These were not the best quality and after a few hours I had a major headache!

      Hope this helps!


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