Although Halloween isn't really celebrated in Germany, I think "firsts" are really important and I couldn't pass up the opportunity to dress the little one up for the occasion. And believe it or not, we actually found a Halloween fest to go to here in Saarbrücken!
As I almost always carry the little one in a baby carrier, I wanted to incorporate it into the costume. I did some research (on Pinterest, where else) and found some really great ideas, like these...
But then I saw this owl costume and I was hooked!
There's a tutorial here, which was very helpful, although I changed a couple of things.
First, the colors. My husband went as Harry Potter, so that made the little one Hedwig, of course. Hedwig is a beautiful snowy spotted owl, which was really easy to recreate using white, grey and black felt. We already had a white beanie, so I just needed to attach felt eyes and a beak, and we were in business.
I used an old white t-shirt, so I didn't need the extra felt reinforcements described in the tutorial, and I sewed the "feathers" on in staggered rows. It seemed stronger and less messy than gluing.
All in all, I'm pretty happy with the result. We got a LOT of smiles and comments!
I'm a tree, in case it's not obvious!