Lily recently played Mama Bear in a production of The Three Little Bears, and for that role she needed some dress-up bear ears. I have made animal ears before (like the pair Emma is wearing in this post), but had trouble getting them to stand up. This method works really well – and you could even stitch in some pipe cleaner to reinforce taller ears! I do think that this method (and ear headbands in general) works best if you use a plastic headband with teeth – like these. The teeth anchor the felt in place on the headband.
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DIY Dress-up Animal Ears Tutorial
To make your dress-up animal ears, you will need:
- A headband – I recommend headbands with teeth.
- Needle and thread.
- Hot glue gun and hot glue (if your headband does not have teeth or if you want to take some shortcuts)
First, cut out the shape of your ear on the fold. Then unfold so it looks like this:
Add on a smaller pink or white or tan marking on one side to show the inner ear. You can hot glue or stitch this on; I used stitches. We actually used fleece for this because I had run out of pink felt, but felt is easier to stitch on. Next, fold the ear over the headband. If your headband has teeth, use those to lock the felt in place. If your headband is smooth, you might want to add a thin layer of hot glue to the underside of the headband to keep the ear in place.
Next stitch along the ear – as close to the top of the headband as possible. If you use tiny stitches, they will be barely visible – see the photo at the top of this post. Here is a close-up of the ear with the bottom row of stitching done so you can see what it looks like from the side:
Stitch around the edges of the ear, using your choice of medium, tiny, or long stitches, and enjoy wearing your new ears! This pair has now held up to several weeks of play!
If you are making rabbit or other long ears, you can stitch in a piece of pipe cleaner to help them stay upright, or just use thick/stiff felt.
More Dress-up Tutorials
Do your kids love pretend play? Here are some other fun DIY dress-up sewing tutorials from this blog:
- How to make a felt crown
- How to make a king or knight costume
- 15-minute Princess Dress Tutorial
- Princess shoes
- Super simple superhero capes
- Superhero capes for stuffed animals (no-sew)
Do you have a dress-up tutorial to share? I would love to see links in the comments!