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It is a very exciting day in our house today. We are celebrating our first world book day in school. As a fellow book lover world book day is probably one of my favourite days. I love looking at all the photos that parents post of their kids dressed up in their favorite book characters. It is even better when the adults get in on the act as well. Our local primary school the principal dressed up as Miss Trunchbull from Roald Dahl’s Matilda.

I sat down with my son to talk about world book day and find out what his favorite book was. I was informed that he was going to get dressed up as The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson.

Trying to find the easy way out I immediately went online to try and find a Gruffalo costume to buy they were all sold out. Queue panic stations. I only had a couple days to figure out what I was going to do. Naturally I found myself in my local craft shop  The Crafty Bride. Its the only place to go to for inspiration in all things craft related and inspired I was.

You will need

For the low cost of just €12.00 I picked up the following:

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  • 1 x sheet of purple felt
  • 1 x pack of white felt
  • 2 x balls of chunky brown wool
  • 1 x Adults XS brown tshirt (Dealz)

I have an endless supply of threads at home so it was not necessary to buy any.

With a quick Google search for costume photos for inspiration there were millions of ideas ranging from the most basic/beginner up to expert level. 

Making the Gruffalo

  1. With the help of a crochet hook I made the wig by threading and knotting chunky wool into a hat. If you happen to get your hands on a rug making hook even better.
  2. Using white felt I made the gruffalos horns. I have stuffed them with cushion stuffing and sewed them on.
  3. I added the green poisonous wart upon request made the same way as the horns.
  4. Using a brown t-shirt I cut out purple felt triangles and sewed them on to the back.
    I hand sewed on the front a large square of white felt. Adding the writing with a sharpie marker.

I didn’t follow a pattern. I just made it all up as I went along with Calebs help. He told me the things that were important to him to be on the costume which were the purple prickles down his back and the green poisonous wart at the end of his nose.  Masks are not encouraged in my sons preschool as it is in the same building as a creche.We improvised by attaching the green wart to the hat. 

Im not a fan of fabric glue and for safety Ive sewn every thing on. Yes, it does take longer but when it comes to child safety its better. Things don’t come off as easy and you can stick it in the wash with out worrying that everything will come off. A bonus is that my hand sewing improves as I do projects like this.

Our Gruffalo costume is not going to win any awards at the Oscars but my little monster was proud as punch showing off the homemade costume he helped to design.