My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Costume Tutorial
A few months ago, I found a Rainbow Dash tutorial and I knew this would be the perfect costume for Lydia for Halloween. Rainbow Dash is her absolute favorite pony! Here’s my version of the tutorial, with a few changes to it. This is a great project for an intermediate sewer (as in “one who sews” not where wastewater goes). The directions will make a 4T costume.
- 3 yards of light blue fleece (it’s more than you need, but error on the safe side)
- 6 skeins of rainbow-colored yarn (I’m actually missing yellow)
- iron-on rainbow patch (for the cutie mark)
- light blue thread
- quilt batting
- 1″ elastic
- 12″ zipper
Because this is tutorial and not a pattern, I’ll guide you through the steps I took to make this Rainbow Dash costume. First, I found a hoodie in my daughter’s closet that fits her. This one is a size 4 and fits her loosely.
Using the hoodie as your guide, assemble the pieces using a zig-zag stitch. I quickly learned that fleece is very easy to sew (I hadn’t worked with it too much prior), so this part was very quick. Don’t worry about having all of the raw edges or installing the zipper until later.
Next, I cut out the wings. I used two pieces of fleece and a layer of quilt batting. I stacked them on top of each other (quilt batting on top, two fleece layers under), sewed along the edges, leaving a 4″ gap.
Turn it inside out and do a top stitch all around. Repeat with a second top stitch. I also cut out the ears at this time. Then I stitched them, flipped, and did a top stitch (top stitch not shown in this picture).
Hem the ends of the sleeves and the bottom of your hoodie. Then you are ready to add the zipper. You can probably find a decent tutorial on YouTube if you’re not sure how. I pinned it in place, sewed, flipped, and did a top stitch on both sides.
To make the hood, trace the profile of the hoodie you are using as a template, and cut out the two halves. You’re going to have to cut lots of pieces of yarn. I did 25 pieces of each color. I used a short stitch to show them together like this.
To complete the hoodie, sew the wings in place between the sleeves, just under the hood. I used to rows of stitches, which you can see in one of the photos below.
And the top of your costume is complete!
Now, onto the pants! I used this Flat-Front Pants pattern & tutorial. I cut the pieces according to the pattern, and since I don’t have a serger, I sew them with a zigzag stitch. I made more bundles of the yarn for the tail (just 15 pieces of each color this time) and pinned them in place to sew.
This is also the time to add the cutie mark. I sewed mine with a zigzag stitch.
Follow the directions in the tutorial to create a flat front on your pants. The elastic will go from hip-to-him along the back portion of the pants. Your costume is complete! Celebration time!!