How to make a gruffalo inspired dress up apron for creative storytelling.
My 3 year old and 6 year olds LOVE of The Gruffalo – a character in the children’s book by writer and playwright Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffle. This costume was inspired by the main character, the Gruffalo!
I took some pictures of the process in case you wanted to make one for your little ones too! Hopefully this rudimentary tutorial will inspire you to put your own spin on the Gruffalo!
Step by Step instructions
1. TRACE a kid apron onto the brown fabric
I’m on the Eco/ budget – friendly reusing crafts, so I just traced a kid sized apron and used the only brown fabric I had left in a large piece. Short on time? Don’t know how to sew? – skip to the bottom for some ideas!
2. Make the facial features. Eyes, nose, teeth, wart, horns and ears.
Sketch the face pieces onto the correct color materials. Sorry guys, no pattern – Gruffalos don’t need to be perfect, just ask one yourself! I cut 4 ears, 4 horns and 2 noses so that I could sew them together with fluff. The horns, wart, teeth, eyebrows and mouth are felt so that the edges wouldn’t fray.
After cutting the pieces out, I sewed the ears, horns, and nose pieces together with right sides together and batting leaving the bottom open for turning right side out.
I then added the wart on the nose (after the above step was done) sneaking a bit of batting in the middle as I sewed it on so that it would puff.
I then pinned on each piece and stitched them on with my machine. It’s a little rough on the edges – but hey, it’s a GRUFFALO! I decided to only stitch the bottom on the small teeth so they would stick out a bit. He looked a little too happy, so I added a brown felt tongue too!
Last, but not least, I added the whiskers with black fabric paint.