Do you have those times when you have an idea for a project and it fails miserably? This was that kind of project. The entire thing is different from what I had planned and in this case, it worked out better than I originally sketched! This FROZEN inspired Olaf dress up costume came together very quickly for only a couple of dollars – what’s not to love?! Click through to see how you can make this summer-loving snowman for a little one.
I wasn’t going to make a FROZEN inspired Olaf dress up apron until some friends of ours suggested that all of our kids go together as the cast of FROZEN for Halloween this year (thanks Ang and Kris!). Because I’ve already made FROZEN inspired Princess Anna and Queen Elsa costumes, the only one left was this little cutie. When sketching out this Olaf costume, I designed it while keeping a certain young man in mind. That adorable, precocious little flirt of a fellow has a sensory processing disorder so whatever I designed couldn’t have a hood or anything on his face because he doesn’t like that.
This looks like a long tutorial, but it’s not. This adorable Olaf dress up apron comes together very quickly. One other thing to keep in mind – you can make this as large as you want but he is white, so going all the way to the ground might not be the best idea. And yes, I did have to redesign him after that thought occurred to me.
After a few inquiries, I am adding this note to all of my dress up apron costume designs: If you want to use this design and make these aprons to sell, please contact me for a license to do so.
Supplies Needed for Olaf Dress Up Costume
All supplies were purchased at JoAnn’s and because I had most of this on hand, I only spent $5.75 for this costume (using coupons). Please see the notes below for some ideas for substitutions. All prices listed below are without coupons (it’s JoAnn’s people, so there are always coupons available).
- 3/4 of a yard of white anti-pill fleece ($4.99 / yard, so $3.74)
- Small bag of Polyfill ($5.99, but see suggestions below – you really don’t need that much)
- Craft felt: orange, white, black, gray ($0.34 each)
- Stiffened craft felt: one sheet of 12 x 18 inches ($1.99)
- 2 inch pom-poms (4 pack, $0.99)
- Child’s craft apron (available in a single or 3 pack, $3-11)
- Sewing supplies
- Printables (if you need them): Olaf Head, Olaf Face Pieces, Olaf Arms and Hair
To save on the cost of Polyfill, you can get a pillow at the thrift store for $0.99, throw it in the wash, and cut it up to get the stuffing. For the felt, I would buy the stiffened black and the regular orange and gray, but use whatever scraps of fabric you have that are white and black – old t-shirts or other clothing would work.
Once I had the design, the cutting, sewing and stuffing only took about 1.5 hours. The hand sewing of the eyebrows, eyes, and nose took a big chunk of time because well, I stink at hand sewing. If you want a flat carrot nose as opposed to the 3-D version here, it would take even less time to put Olaf together. As I mentioned, this is actually very easy and comes together remarkably fast once your cuts are done.
I wrestled with what to provide you as far as a pattern and then I realized there are so many variables that I can provide only part of it. So what I’m providing is Olaf’s head, face design components, hair, and arms. I will provide general guidelines for the body pieces. For reference, my daughter is nearly 3 years old, wearing 2T and 3T and the Olaf dress up costume fits her down to about the lower part of her shin, but not quite to her ankles. You’ll see guidelines next to the cut instructions for each piece. Here’s my drawing pieced together.
For all of the felt pieces (and some of the fleece), I have made a printable available to assist you. They can be downloaded by clicking each link in the supplies list.
Eyes – In descending size order: 2 each of a black circle, a slightly smaller gray circle, a slightly smaller white circle, a black circle half the size of the white circle, and a very tiny white circle for the eye’s reflection. For both eyes, you will cut 10 circles in all.
Eyebrows – 2 black
Nose – 2 triangle-ish shapes from the orange
Tooth – 1 rectangle-ish shape from the white
Mouth (background) – gray
Arms – 4 from the stiffened black
Hair – 3 from the stiffened black
As you can imagine, one you have your Olaf built from pieces, lay your complete Olaf drawing onto your fleece and cut out the outline twice.
Body Outline – 2. The head is included in the pattern and to help you build the body, the following are my measurements for a 12 x 19 inch child’s apron. The mid section is 7 1/8 inches high by 10 1/4 inches wide (at its widest part). The bottom section is 8 3/4 inches high by 12 3/4 inches wide (at its widest part). The feet are 4 inches high by 4 3/8 inches wide (at their widest parts).
Mouth Outline – 1 (included in pattern)
Feet bottoms (to make them 3-D) – 2 marquis shapes
Lay your satin fabric face-down on the floor with the apron face down on top of it. Trace about an inch around the entire apron, save the bottom. After placing my Olaf on my apron, I knew I didn’t need to go all the way to the bottom, so I didn’t. If you’re going to do this for the bottom as well, please make sure you allow for a bit of a seam allowance (1/2 inch should be fine because you’ll only fold it up once).
Assembly Instructions for Olaf Dress Up Apron
All seams for this Olaf dress up costume are sewn with a 1/2 inch allowance except when I attached the head portion – I only had about a 1/4 inch on some areas because I might have overstuffed Olaf’s mouth a little bit. And yes, that might be a warning to ya. Everything is machine sewn unless indicated.
1. Prep the eyes by placing them in this order: black large circle, gray, white, small black circle, and then then tiny white circle off to the side. Set the eyes aside.
2. Sew the nose. Put right sides of the felt together and sew along the edges, taking care to leave about an inch or so on either side NOT sewn. Flip right side out and stuff, leaving the inch or so without stuffing. Fold down one side of the nose and lay the other on top of it. Hand sew it shut (I just ran a back stitch all along the edges). I had left over orange thread, so I added some lines along either side of the nose to mimic the indentations in a carrot, but you can skip this part.
3. Position your eye brows and eyes on the top Olaf outline piece and hand sew them in place. Next, attach the stack of circles for the eyes. I used black thread to sew the small black circle and effectively join all circles together. Once those were done, I added the small white circle with white thread. Note that the photo below is missing the mouth piece – I was just working on getting the positioning of the eyes correct.
4. Top stitch the tooth to the gray background, leaving an opening to stuff a small amount of Polyfill to give it dimension. Once you’ve sewn the tooth closed, sew the gray mouth to the white fleece mouth outline piece. Set aside.
5. Take the white fleece mouth outline piece and top stitch it to the top Olaf outline piece but leave an opening about 3 inches wide so that you can stuff it. Once stuffed with Polyfill, top stitch the opening closed.
6. Hand sew the nose to the top Olaf outline piece. I sewed all the way around the flat part of the nose twice – that sucker is on there forever.
7. Add the pom poms to the top Olaf outline piece by hand sewing them through their center. Oh my goodness, it’s really starting to look like an Olaf dress up costume, isn’t it?!
8. Line up 2 of the 4 pieces of stiff black felt arms and top stitch them together. Repeat for the remaining 2 pieces. Set both arms aside.
9. Position the satin on the apron and double fold over the satin so that no exposed raw edges are showing. Note that you will have to notch the satin where the apron strings are. Sew the satin to the apron by top stitching all the way around.
10. Lay the bottom Olaf outline piece onto the apron. Position the arms and hair onto the bottom Olaf outline piece and sew with a top stitch to hold them in place.
11. Position the bottom Olaf outline piece on the apron and hold in place with pins. Secure the bottom portion of the outline piece to the apron (this will be covered and will allow Olaf to remain against the apron instead of having his bottom bouncing around when the kids walk. This still allows for Olaf to be ‘kicking his feet’ while the kids walk around, though.
12. Build Olaf by starting with the head. This works best if you know this ahead of time – you are going to work in sections. DO NOT SEW the outline of the entire thing and then stuff. It is easier to work in sections.
Line up the top Olaf outline piece over the bottom Olaf outline piece and pin only the head. Sew from one cheek to the other. Because we stuffed the mouth piece already, I chose not to stuff the head. It’s your project though, so stuff if you’d like. Now, from here on out, you might have to stretch the fleece a little to make sure everything lines up after stuffing.
Finish the head piece by making your way from cheek to cheek, this time going along the bottom – take care that you will be forming Olaf’s neck with this stitching, so you might want to give consideration to what that looks like to you before you sew.
13. Next, sew the middle body piece, leaving about 3 inches open for stuffing. Sew closed. Again, keep in mind that you will essentially be making Olaf’s middle, so give some consideration to the shape you want. Repeat the same steps above for the bottom section of the Olaf dress up costume. Note that for the bottom, you will also be forming the top part of each foot with your stitch.
14. I chose to make the feet 3-D, but if you don’t feel it is necessary, just sew along all edges of the foot, leaving space to stuff before sewing closed.
If you would like the 3-D feet, sew each side with a top stitch. Then, position one end of the marquis shaped piece in between the edges of the feet, pin and top stitch. It’s a little weird and you will have to do only one side at a time, but that’s great because you need to stuff those feet with Polyfill anyway. Repeat for the other foot.
Now, take a step back (and a sip of wine) and congratulate yourself on making an Olaf dress up costume! Because you were able to easily whip up this costume, why don’t you Pin it so that your friends and followers can be inspired by your craftiness? If you do make this, go ahead and send me a picture because I’d love to share it on social media!
We are so excited that Mama Buzz and Crafty Allie have chosen our little Olaf design as their features! Please click through and check out these awesome gals! This snowman, who likes warm hugs, also was chosen as a feature at the Wake Up Wednesday party! So many wonderful hosts and hostesses for this one – you just have to check out the inspiration this party gives!
Check back soon to see the Halloween craft we made with the left over stiffened felt! And if you want to look through some of our other FROZEN inspired fun, take a look at these:
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