Sorry that was almost painful, I just needed to get that Star Wars quote out before I start this post.
Wade is a huge Star Wars fan, so we thought it would be fun to get a Yoda costume for Wyatt for Halloween. Until I saw the price tag: I'm sorry, my child does not wear articles of clothing that cost over $15. After looking at the pictures on the packing, the Yoda costume I found was basically a head piece with ears and a robe. My friend from work (shout out Mary!) said I should just google how to make my own costume, and voila, here we are! Here is how to make your very own Yoda costume, complete with little feet.
1.) Raid your closet for any piece of light or medium green clothing that you don't mind cutting up. The suggestion I found online was a sweatshirt, but honestly you could turn anything into a little Yoda head: an old t-shirt, pillowcase, etc.
I didn't have anything so I went to Goodwill and picked up an women's XS light green hoodie for TWO DOLLARS AND 50 CENTS. Hoodies work great b/c you're already one step ahead, simply cut the hood off and you're halfway there; just adjust the ties to fit your child's head.
2.) Cut out big, triangle ears from cardboard or foam board. Mine came from a Target diaper box. :)
3.) Next I cut off the sleeves and slid the cardboard inside (Sorry no pictures, Wade was on Daddy Duty while I tried to finish this). Cut off any extra fabric, tapering it at one end to follow the "ear" shape.
4.) Here's where you have some options. I have a sewing machine, so I just turned the fabric inside out and sewed along the ear's edge. I actually did this with the cardboard inside, (I don't know sewing machine etiquette, but hey it worked!), but you can pin the shape you need and remove it first. It should come out looking like a weird, pointy sock. Turn it outside in so you don't see the seam, and put the cardboard ear back in.
If you don't have a sewing machine, you can totally use hot glue or fabric glue instead; just cut out the ear shapes and glue them to the cardboard.
5.) Sew/glue the ears onto the sides of the hood. I actually did both, b/c it turns out my ears were WAY too big and needed the extra support. You could also safety-pin the top of the ear where it meets the hood for extra stability, and glue cotton balls around for hair. Just an option!
6.) With the extra fabric from the hoodie, trace an outline of a foot with 3 pointy toes a little larger than your child's shoe. Cut a small horizontal slit to stick their feet through before you put on their shoes, and you have instant Yoda feet.
7.) For the robe, I found a boy's size Small brown t-shirt for 99 CENTS. If you have bigger kids, just get an adult sized t-shirt or even a robe and cut the bottom to fit. Yoda lives in the swamp (right Star Wars
8.) The end result: One excited looking baby! The total cost? $4.31 including the tax! And if he only wears this once and rips it or it falls apart, WHO CARES! It cost under $5!
I think I might have to trim the ears up a bit, they're WAY longer than I wanted, what do you think??