If you have kids that are fans of the PBS Kids show, Wild Kratts, then chances are they would love to have their very own “creature power suit”!!! They’d be great for a Halloween costume, for just fun dress-up purposes, or for a Wild Kratts birthday party like we did! 🙂
You could certainly make these much more elaborate than I did–and to be “real” creature power suits, Big Brother quickly pointed out that we needed creature power gloves! LOL! But, if you’re making these for a little one’s birthday party, these DIY suits are not only super easy to make, but rather inexpensive too (less than $5 per suit)!
DIY “No Sew” Creature Power Suits
- black t-shirts (ideally v-neck if you can find them). For the girls (we only had 2), I did pink ones! 🙂
- blue & green fabric (I just used a cheap cotton variety)
- circle templates (I cut these out with my Cricut. We had kids ranging in age from 18 months to 5 and I used a 4″ circle for the main paw pad and 1 1/4″ circles for the 3 smaller ones)
- Heat N Bond
- *optional: velcro
- First off, start by washing the t-shirts and the fabric you are going to use!
- Measure where on the t-shirt you should cut the bottom off. The shirts I got (at the craft store) were CRAZY long–so put it on your kiddo or measure with one of their other shirts. The vests on the creature power suits are shorter than regular shirts, so I cut a good six inches or more off of the shirts!
- Then, start cutting!!! You’ll cut the bottom off, along with the sleeves. If you want to keep it true to the real suits, then you’ll also cut the neck into a “V” (unless of course you luck out with finding cheap v-neck shirts). It was late though and I was tired, so I skipped this step. The kids still thought they were great & no one even mentioned that they weren’t v-neck!
- Cut out squares of fabric & similar sized squares of the Heat N Bond product. Follow the directions for the Heat N Bond & use your iron accordingly to adhere the Heat N Bond to the fabric. Then, pin your circle template onto your bonded fabric & cut out the circles. (*It was SO much easier to do it this way than to try & cut the circle out first, then adhere the Heat N Bond. Plus, this method resulting in less fraying around the edges of the fabric).
- Once all the circles are cut out, follow the directions to iron-on the bonded fabric to the t-shirt. You could stop there, but they seemed incomplete. On the “real” suits, there are little details on the shoulder and on the sides. Again, I didn’t have it in me to do the sides. But, we did the shoulders. For this, I didn’t use any template. We just followed steps 4 & 5–only this time it was small rectangles!
- *Optional: If you are going to be making creature power discs to go with your suits, then you’ll want velcro in the middle of each large circle. If you do this, make sure you either stitch on the velcro or use glue to make sure it sticks (we didn’t do that and it started falling off the suits once the kids started playing in them).
That’s it!! Just a few simple steps and you have your very own Wild Kratts Creature Power Suits!!
*You can see more from our Wild Kratts party here!
Linked to: *Tatertots & Jello,