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Instant Toy Story Woody Costume: Kids Cowboy Fancy Dress – CleverPatch DIY Dad Challenge

The week is almost wrapped, but here comes my DIY Dad Challenge entry, careening around the corner. SCREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEECH! Crash. Bang. Obligatory bouncing tyre. This week I was stumped by:

Cotton Apron & Fabric Glue
(click here to check out the Apron and then here to see the Fabric Glue).

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After the late Wednesday start, I spent three nights just staring at the bloody apron. Not kidding. Not a single good idea came to mind (except for one where it became a parent-child combo-costume of Kuato from Total Recall. That’s the dude with the freakish baby coming out of his belly. For some reason this concept was poo-poo-ed by my wife).

Last week’s Dr Who Tardis Tool Box was a BOOM success (click here if you missed it). The pressure is still on. Luckily for me, I married Phenom-A-Mum! We put our heads together and came up with this brilliant face-saving concept:

Instant Toy Story Woody Costume

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What you will need:

  • CleverPatch cotton artist’s apron
  • scissors
  • sewing machine (or a needle, thread and a lot of time)
  • yellow, white, black, brown, blue and orange felt
  • black & red fabric markers
  • fabric glue
  • velcro

This is the first really useful thing I’ve made. It’s almost impossible to get Little E to play dress ups, as he won’t put all of the bits of a costume on. But now he can become Woody from Toy Story in a few seconds with this crazy-cool get-up!

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Phenom-A-Mum wanted me to model the apron. She’s so naughty. Nude-apron-wearing pose!

Step 1 – cut the apron to size

He's either going to extremes to check the straightness of my cutting, or he's tired.
He’s either going to extremes to check the straightness of my cutting, or he’s tired.

Take one adult size apron, lay it over a toddler who has been hypnotised by an iPad and mark up their dimensions. Find out where their feet finish toward the bottom of the apron, and then mark up where their sides finish (or their back begins) on both left & right sides.

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Add 1.5cm to your measurement at the bottom (so that you can create a hem), and then use a ruler to draw a horizontal line all the way across. Now grab a pair of fabric scissors (or any that are good and deadly) and trim the bottom of the apron.

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Next up, measure the halfway point along the now-shortened bottom of the apron. Cut a vertical slit here, from the bottom to the middle of the apron pocket.

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We also need to get rid of these pesky dangly apron strings, otherwise Little E might end up tied to them for life! From experience I can tell you that scissors are more effective than teeth.

Step 2 – learn how to sew

That’s not a joke. I don’t think I’ve used a sewing machine since textile class in Year 7! Once again Phenom-A-Mum swung in on her Jane-like jungle vine and saved me. She taught me how to sew. Here’s proof:

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Yep, I am one sexy sweat-shop worker!

Once you understand the basics, fold over the additional 1.5cm space that you left at the bottom of the apron. Then sew it and create a hem.

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Do the same on each side of the slit you made. For these you won’t be able to have a full 1.5cm the whole length. Instead the hem will taper until it reaches the top of the slit.

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Step 3 – Cut up lots of felt

This is the arty part. I worked out the design I needed by referencing an image of Woody from Google Image Search:

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Then I set about cutting out the shapes from various colours of felt. You’ll need a yellow shirt,white vest and black cow-hide markings:

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Brown belt with big orange belt buckle:

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Blue jeans and black boots:

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An orange ‘Sheriff’ star:

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Step 4 – Add detail with fabric markers

A red fabric marker and a ruler gave me the cool/totally nerdy checkered shirt.

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I then used a black fabric marker to draw the rope piping on Woody’s vest, the word SHERIFF on the star, and the carving on his belt buckle.

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Step 5 – Glue. Lots of glue

Once all of the felt pieces have been cut to shape and drawn on, it’s time to glue them all down using the fabric glue. I used a lot of glue.

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Step 6 – Add velcro

Add small sections of velcro to the sides of the apron and to the sides of the legs.

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Once again Phenom-A-Mum saves the day! (That’s three in a row… hope she’s not expecting a prize or anything). It was hard enough teaching me how to use a machine to sew, so when I needed to hand stitch the velcro on, she took it silently from me and got it done. I have an amazing wife!

Hi Ho Silver! You’re done.

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Okay, so this dad-a-licious model doesn’t really sell the costume. When I wear it, it just looks like an apron with stuff on it. But wait until I put it on Little E!

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This dad-craft took a long time to work out, but was actually pretty quick to create once I knew what I was doing.

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The best part is that Little E can dress up like Woody, in literal seconds. Head through the neck-loop, velcro, velcro, and he’s playing dress ups! Instant Woody costume. Who wants to track down and put on shirt, vest, pants, belt, boots when you can step into them all, at once?

I’m seriously thinking about doing this to all of my own clothes. I could get dressed in the morning in 5 seconds! BOOM!

Have you made your own instant fancy dress costumes? Which character would your kid LOVE to dress up as?
Let me know in the comments below:


This is not a paid post, however CleverPatch are providing Big Kid Little Kid with the craft materials used in this post.

DISCLAIMER: This crafty dad-craft consists of my original craft design and engineering, but it is inspired by products and/or characters that I did not invent. Toy Story and its associated characters, including Woody, are not my invention and are either trademarks or registered trademarks of their owners in Britain and/or other countries. This homemade craft is in no way official nor endorsed by the trademark holders.

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?
  • Ky

    I love this!! May I have a Sailor Moon one please??!

    • David Hawkins

      We may need to cut you off at the knees, to make it fit.

  • Wow – this is your most creative one yet David. That pin cushion wristband is a good look. Bravo to you (and big points to Phenom-A-Mum too!).

    • David Hawkins

      That wife of mine is a dynamo! I’m thinking of bringing the pin cushion accessory look back – perhaps pin cushion underwear?

  • What an awesome idea. Love the humour too!

    • David Hawkins

      Thanks Kez! I impressed myself this time.

  • Dude – where were you 5 years ago when my kids were Toys Story obsessed. You do realise you are fast becoming the male Martha of awesomeness xx

    • David Hawkins

      Are you saying I’m heading to prison for tax fraud? I can’t go to jail, I’m too pretty!
      Thanks for the big thumbs up Sonia! Unfortunately this week’s dad-craftiness has been a non-stop run of mishaps. I will reveal all tomorrow.

  • Seriously, the best DIY post I have ever seen and I seen a few in my time. We had a last minute omg-invite-says-dress-as-an-elf today. Green t-shirt, trousers and belt and a piece of felt glued into a hat-ish shape and Bob’s your elf x

    • David Hawkins

      Wow, thanks for the crazy awesome compliment Bele! I totally impressed myself with that crafty dad-craftiness.
      Brilliant moves on your instant-elf get-up!