May the 4th is Star Wars day, and to celebrate one of the most beloved sci-fi movies out there, we’re bringing you an extremely easy way to cosplay an Ewok on the cheap!
What You’ll Need:
- Needle and thread
- Fun Fur
- Stuffing or cotton balls
- Pin backs or safety pins
- Your choice of fabric in a neutral or warm tone
- Sewing machine (optional)
Step 1: Create a Template
Using a pencil and paper, draw out the pattern for your ears. Start by drawing the size you want your final ear to be, then draw the same shape half an inch outside the original. This will be your seam allowance for when you sew the ears together. Cut out your pattern along the outside lines.
Step 2: Cut out the Pieces
Pin your pattern to the back side of your Fun Fur, and cut around it using sharp scissors. Some fur will start to fall out around where you cut, but don’t worry, this is normal. You will need to cut out four of these pieces, to make one set of Ewok ears.
Step 3: Pin It
Next you are going to pin two of your Fun Fur pieces together, with the fuzzy sides together.
Step 4: Time to Sew!
Now it’s time to start sewing along the curved edge of the fabric only, leaving the straight bottom open. If you have a sewing machine, it will help this costume come together much faster, but sewing by hand works perfectly fine. When using a sewing machine, use a straight stitch, and remember your half inch seam allowance. If you are having a hard time with the thick fabric, try lowering your machine’s tension. If sewing by hand, always be aware of where the needle is coming out of the fur, and mind your fingertips. Sewing fur with either method can be tricky, so take your time and be careful.
Step 5: Just a Trim
Trim some of the excess fur around the edges of the fabric, but be sure not to cut too close to the line you just sewed. Now you can easily turn your newly sewn ears inside out.
Step 6: Some Added Fluff
To make your ears stand up better, place a small handful of Poly-fil or stuffing inside them. I like to use things I already have around the house, so I filled mine with some cotton balls, an inexpensive alternative to Poly-fil stuffing.
Step 7: Closing the Gap
Using a needle and thread, sew the opening at the bottom of the ears closed. I used a curved needle for this step, to help get through the multiple layers of thick fabric with ease, but a straight needle will work fine. Remember to be careful and watch your fingers when working with fur.
Step 8: Adding the Fastener
Using the same needle and thread, sew your pin back or safety pin to the bottom of your Ewok ears. Make sure the pins are tightly secured so that the ears don’t wobble around when you’re wearing the costume.
Step 9: Creating the Hood
Take your piece of contrasting fabric, and place it over your head like a hood. Pin the fabric together at your neck like a scarf, and pin an ear to each side of your head.
Step 10: Makeup and completing the look
To finish off the look, complete your makeup as you normally would. To add a little Ewok flare, use black or brown eyeliner to paint the bottom of your nose, and draw a small line leading from the center of your nose toward your lips. Complete the look by wearing lots of earthy, brown tones, and even tattered garment or accessories to add a woodsy edge to your Ewok costume.
Now you’re ready to go to your May the 4th celebrations in Star Wars style. Grab some friends, and take the forests of Endor by storm in this easy and cheap Ewok cosplay!
Written by Guest Contributor: HacksawJenny