Next up in my Lion King costume series is the always cute and snuggly…baby Simba!
When I was planning these costumes originally I only planned to dress Leopold as Simba…but you can’t NOT dress your squishy baby up as a lion cub when you have the chance. Am I right?!
This is another EASY DIY costume!!
Disclaimer: Primary.com sent me the clothes for these posts for free, but that does not change my honest opinions of them! Thanks Primary!
I love easy projects. As a mom, I don’t have time or patience for long, detailed, complicated creations. I need short. I need quick. And I need EASY.
I ordered a 12-18 month size in The Zip Footie (the color is Sunshine) from Primary.com. It’s definitely big on her but I wanted it a little big because don’t baby cubs just seem to have too much skin sometimes? In a cute saggy cuddly way? Plus, I may want her to wear this over Halloween in a few months!
If you are ordering PJ’s for sleeping from Primary, be sure to order true to size for safety reasons!
For Finley’s baby Simba costume, here’s what you need:
I used a darker brown (Primary didn’t have the exact gold shade of the real Simba so I had to try and find the right combo here) for the belly and paws, and a little on the ears. The black and gold are also for the ears.
I took a little risk with the headband and pipe cleaners (chenille stems?) because I wasn’t too sure I could make it work. Aside from being a bit large, I wasn’t mad about the end result!
Bonus, you could use these big ole Lion Ears on a trip to Disney as Lion King themed Mickey Ears!
For the ears, I wrapped the pipe cleaners around the headband and formed the ears, then cut out four ear shapes from the gold felt. Then two black ear shapes, slightly smaller, and two more smaller brown shapes.
For the headband I used hot glue so I didn’t waste my fabric glue. I don’t need the headband to be flexible or washable so it wasn’t a problem.
As I mentioned in my Rafiki costume post (see that HERE), you want to find a good fabric glue that has stretch and is washable! I was sold on mine because it specifically said it was good with felt.
I made Baby Simba a tail with the gold felt and a tuft of brown felt.
For the mid-section, I cut a circle out of the brown felt and then cut that down the center. I added a little overlap so it would cover the zipper but it still shows a little bit once the baby’s wearing it.
Don’t forget some cute little baby paw prints for the bottom of the footies! For the mark on her head I used…lipstick!
Below are some items that will help you with this project! They are affiliate links so I may earn a small commission if you use them (which I appreciate) at no additional cost to you 🙂