Do you need to make your own DIY Shopkins Kooky Cookie costume? I did too! Here's what I did, hopefully this tutorial (in the loosest sense of the word), works for you!
My first grader is OBSESSED with Shopkins. She watches YouTube videos about them. She collects them. Occasionally she plays with them. Often, I step on them (in case you were curious...some of those Shopkins rival LEGO's on the pain scale).
My daughter is a great reader, but she's not a kid that LOVES reading. My son LOVES to read and will read the back of a cereal box just like me. My daughter however, takes some coaxing. I think part of the issue is that they haven't made books with large enough type for her to read while she bounces up and down all day long.
When she DOES decide she wants to read something, it is mainly related to a character she is currently enjoying. Right now, those are Shopkins! Therefore, when the paper came home that it was time for the First Grade Book Parade, the conversation went something like this:
Daughter: "Yey! I am going to dress up as Kooky Cookie!"
Book Snob Mom: "This is a book parade, which means it has to be a book character. Kooky Cookie is not a book character."
Daughter: (Runs upstairs to grab her book) "Look! Kooky Cookie is in this book!"
Book Snob Mom: "Oh yes, I see. However, shouldn't the book be on your level? This book looks too easy for you?"
Daughter: "I flipped through it and there were 3 words I didn't know. Which makes it a "Just Right" book for me. "
Book Snob Mom: "Okay, but how are we going to make a Kooky Cookie costume?"
Daughter: "If anyone can make one mommy, I know it is you!"
Flattered Mom: "As long as it is your Halloween costume this year too!"
So I set on my quest to make a Kooky Cookie costume! I found little in the way of directions or tutorials, but then it hit me...M&M costumes! When my sisters were younger, I vaguely remembered my stepmom making them some M&M costumes.
I googled M&M costume tutorials and mashed several together to make a somewhat passable Kooky Cookie costume that my daughter was SO proud of.
Unfortunately, I did not take pics of the whole process, so if anything is unclear, please just leave a comment and I'll try to help.
DIY Shopkins Inspired Kooky Cookie Costume
- Tan Felt (I used 3 yards and had a decent amount leftover. My daughter is a size 6x)
- Dark Brown Felt for Spots
- Pink Felt for face & Feet
- White Felt for face
- Black Felt for face
- Blue Felt for face
- Hot Glue Gun
- Sewing Machine (although you could try to hot glue the whole thing)
- Cotton Batting (I bought one small package and it wasn't quite enough, but I made it work)
- Scissors and Rotary Cutter (you don't NEED a rotary cutter, but it makes my life easier! I use one similar to this.)
* Check your craft store to see if they sell small sheets of felt so you don't have to bring the whole bolt of blue/pink/white/black up to the cutting counter. My Joann's has the small sheets in a section by the kids crafts area.
- First I folded my tan felt in half and then in half once again. This way I had a 4 layer square of fabric. (you can do this in a way that conserves more fabric, but I was literally making this the night before the parade).
- Next, I had my daughter lay centered in the fabric and drew a circle around her slightly larger than I wanted the costume to be (about a 1/2 inch). At this time, you might want to mark where you want the arm holes, neck holes and the opening for his/her feet.
- Now I cut through all 4 layers with my rotary cutter. Now you should have 4 circles.
- Trim 2 of the circles 1 inch all the way around. Now you have 2 big felt circles and 2 smaller felt circles
- Cut 2 circles out of the cotton batting the same size as the smaller felt circles
- Begin work on the face. I just looked at a picture of Kooky Cookie and winged it. I put all of the pieces together with hot glue before I glued them onto the costume because I wanted to be sure I liked the look.
- Next, you'll want to cut the "bite" out of Kooky Cookie. Lay your 2 big felt circles on top of each other evenly and mark where you want to cut the bite out of the top right. Cut the bite out.
- Now fold one of the big circles (right side showing) so that you only see the bottom half of the circle. Hot glue the eyes and face on (eyes will be just below the fold line and centered).
- Cut out the boots from your pink felt and Kooky Cookie's Chocolate Chips from the dark brown felt.
- Unfold your circle and hot glue the Chocolate Chips to the top half of Kooky Cookie (hold onto the boots for now)
- Now putting right sides together, sew Kooky Cookie together leaving room for your child's head, arms and feet.
- Before turning rightside out, hot glue a circle of batting on each side of Kooky Cookie. Top each circle of batting with the smaller felt circle and hot glue that as well (you might have to trim this circle a bit to make room for the "bite"). This step give Kooky Cookie a bit more form.
- Turn Kooky Cookie inside out and hot glue the boots on
- Voila! You have your very own DIY Kooky Cookie Costume!