The Felt Elf Ears are the second in the series of costume Character Ears.
Elf, fairy, nymph, pixie, imp, goblin, brownie; whichever name you prefer, it is a favorite to many costume creatives. Full-on fantasy, and though depicted in many forms, the elf character is almost always associated with a pretty nifty pair of ears.
For this character, I knew that I wanted to craft a set of ears that would make a statement. At over 8 1/2″ high and over 4 1/2″ wide, these do the trick. For the construction, felt was the go-to because it’s sturdy but still soft enough to wear comfortably.
Now that I had the ears, it was time to add a bit of whimsey. What began as a freehand doodle inspired by our own non-fairy ears ended up being the perfect finishing touch.
I did tone on tone felt for my character, but if you want to showcase the fanciful accent, you can certainly use a contrasting color, patterned felt, or add a bit of glitter to up the fantasy level.
If felt elf ears are on your list, I do hope you give this project a go and, let me know how you would use these for your character. I’d love to see what you create.
Want more costume Character Ears from this series? Check out the Dragon and Mermaid.
- Stiffened craft felt square
- Craft felt square
- Craft felt square for accent
To machine cut:
- SVG Cut File
- Cutting machine with mat and blade
NOTE: If using a cutting machine, be sure to secure your material to the proper mat for your machine. Select the appropriate cutting settings and install the correct cutting blade for the material.
To hand cut:
- Pattern PDF
- Marking pen or pencil (not shown)
Before You Get Started:
Download the free Fairy Folk Character Ears Pattern PDF or SVG Cut File from the Haunted Library.
If you are going to use a cutting machine, upload the pattern file to your design software. To cut by hand, print, cut out the pattern, and trace onto materials.
1. Cut two of the ear pieces from craft felt and two from stiffened felt. Cut two accent pieces from your accent felt.
2. Glue felt ear piece front to stiffened felt ear piece back.
3. Align accent to front of ears and attach with adhesive.
4. Ears worn on headband (band wrapped around back of head), or…
…wear by slipping them behind your ear.
Your ears are now complete!