Monday, November 8, 2010


Happy Halloween! Yes, I know it's a little late- but enjoy it. I was more than happy to transform my ol college roommates lil bundle of joy into my favorite creature from Futurama.....Nibbler!

Lucky there are plenty of Halloween patterns that exist for creature baby costumes, so I was able to adapt several store-bought patterns. The commercial patterns were also really helpful in making this the proper size, because I don't have much hands-on baby experience. The fabric I used for the fuzzy body was called 'ultra-cuddle' it was wonderfully soft, but created an obscene amount of lint and fuzz when cut. It made such a mess!
As you can see, lots of fuzz on the tan belly patch. I had to vacuum plenty when working on this. But it was worth it for the proper effect.
 Red cape! 
Eyeball! I took a ping pong ball, and drew on a pupil. I poked a few holes into the ping pong ball, and threaded through a piece of pipe cleaner.
 I made a fabric tube, added some stuffing to make it stand up, and brought more pipe cleaner through the top of the headpiece.
 I made the diaper, and attached it to the rest of the body. 
 As with most baby clothes, I added a row of snap tape to the inseam and crotch. There is also a velcro closure at center back.
 Close up of the diaper.
 The close up of the hands. I made extended 'paws' with some stuffing in it. I then made this bound additional opening for Shaun's hands to go through.
 Back view
 Finished costume! Yay Nibbler!


  1. You are BRILLIANT. I am trying to make one for my 15 month old. I just bought a red cape, black long sleeve shirt and black leggings and tan material to sew on the belly. I was just going to find some yellow socks or shoes but the head piece is what I am stuck on.

  2. how long did it take you to make?? i was hoping to make one for my son (size 12 months) but im not very handy with a sewing machine. i may have to go the same route as kendra but i wanted it to look as professional as yours! it looks awesome!

  3. Thank you for all the wonderful comments!
    I loved making this.

    It didn't take too long, a few days I guess. The planning and patterning usually take the longest. Baby clothes are always tricky to sew because of the size.....but clothing can be modified for the costume for simplicity.
    Also, mccalls patterns hast lots of baby costume patterns that can be used for the headpiece or modified.

    Best to all your Nibblers!

  4. I love this so much!!! I'm wanting to do something similar for my 12 month old. If you don't mind me asking, do you remember about much you spent for all the fabric??

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