Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Toddler Alligator Costume

 To go with the Princess Tiana theme for Halloween, I made an alligator costume for my 2-year old son. It is perfect for his personality. He is so sneaky and gets into everything. I definitely have my hands full with this little guy.

I used simplicity pattern 2506 for the body. It is actually a dinosaur costume, but alligators are reptiles so I think it works. I followed the pattern exactly except for adding the contrast stitching across the tummy to make it look more like an alligator belly. I used a warm cozy fleece so that it would be comfortable and warm while trick-or-treating.

The tail is stuffed with fiber-fil and is so fun. My son kept trying to grab it and it was fun to watch, kind of like watching a dog go in circle trying to catch its tail. 

The back closure is make of velcro which makes it easy to take on and off. Perfect for my squirmy on the go little guy.

I came up with the head after seeing this Wolf costume from Make-it Love-it. I used a baseball hat for the base, added some plastic canvas for the snout and then covered the whole thing with the fleece hood. Some of it is sewed together and then glued to the hat with hot glue. It took a few tries to get the nose sewed together just right. It was tricky to the get the curves right and then I stuffed it with a little fiber-fil to give it more dimension. The eyes, teeth and nostrils are made of felt from my stash.

I added a velcro chin strap to help keep it on his head so he is free to run without it falling off.

I absolutely love how this one turned out. It is so perfect!


  1. He is adorable. Using a baseball hat for the hood is a great idea. Thanks for linking up to the Masquerade Ball.

  2. Those are amazing!!! Good work, wow!

  3. The crocodile costume is somehow looks great. I really find these children Halloween Costumes amazing! Keep this up.

  4. Thank you so much for your tutorial for this alligator costume! I followed your instructions and it turned out beautifully. My 18 month old little guy loved it and he looked adorable. Thank you very much!

  5. I was thinking about using a baseball hat. And I always take other patterns to make different costumes. When you said along with sewing you use a glue gun I thought we were the same person. You did a wonderful job. I am using your pics to help with my boys this year! Thanks.

  6. Hi! This costume is awesome! I want to make it for my daughter, and I need some more help to make the head as good as yours. Whatdo you mean by "simplicity pattern 2506"? Is it some kind of archive? Thanks,Sofia.