My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 5: Ears

My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along - Day 5: Ears
I absolutely adore these ears, and I’m sure you can tell from the picture that I’m not the only one either.
I can’t tell you how many time I’ve said recently…”You want to wear them to the store? Sure, why not!”
They’re simple, versatile, and down right adorable. Why haven’t I made them in every color already?
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along - Day 5: Ears

Stuff you’ll need:
pins – a needle and thread – 4 ear pieces cut using this printable pattern  (do not fit to page)
2 metal snap clips, preferably 50mm with a hole at the top (optional)
I like to trace my pattern directly onto the fleece with a sharpie.
Just make sure you allow the ink time to dry before cutting, or you’ll have multicolored scissors.
You could also substitute felt if you are only planning to make ears, and not the entire costume.
My Little Pony Ears Tutorial

Place two ear pieces together, and stitch the sides and top.
(A 1/4″ seam allowance has already been added to the pattern.)
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along - Day 5: Ears

Clip the corners.
Here’s an explanation if you need one.
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along - Day 5: Ears
Fold the two layers in the opposite direction so that the side seam ends are now touching.
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along - Fleece Ears Tutorial

Stitch along the bottom edge leaving a gap for turning.
I know it looks odd, but leaving the opening off to the side makes it much easier to hand-stitch closed.
My Little Pony Costume Ears

Turn your ear right side out.
Ears Sewing Tutorial - Pony, Cat, Dog, Raccoon, Fox

Stitch the opening closed.
Costume Ears Tutorial
Press one outside point back into the other to form the hallow of your ear.
You could stop now and leave it like this, or continue on with the top-stitching.
Here’s the difference…
Fleece Cosplay Ears for ponies, dogs, cats, foxes, etc.
From everyone I’ve asked, the vote seems to be split down the middle as to which is better. 

What do you think? I’m still undecided myself, but Ant prefers the top-stitched ones.

My Little Pony Dress-up Ears

If you’d like to add the top-stitching, roll the seam between your fingers to get a sharp edge.
My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along - Day 5: Ears

Then stitch around again using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Clip on costume ears
You can sew your ears directly onto your hoodie, or attach them to a snap clip so they can be worn anytime.

My Little Pony Hoodie Costume Ears

If you’d like to have both the hair clip and hoodie options, simply mark the location you like best on your hood,
and then stitch a pair of buttonholes for the clips to slide into. I found that a 1/2″ button makes the perfect size holes.
Yay, another video tutorial…How to sew buttonholes!
Snap clip costume ears

Also, when attaching your ears to the hood try to remember that pony ears tend to point straight up, 

while cat and other critters point a little more out to the sides. 

My Little Pony Costume Tutorial - Clip-on Fleece Ears for ponies, cats, dogs, foxes, raccoons, etc.
Sorry, unicorn magic is not included with the free pattern. 😉

Ta da! They’re so easy, you could just whip up a few pairs in different colors,

and toss them into the dress-up box. But don’t forget to make a pair for yourself too!

Black ears, some eyeliner whiskers, and a black sweater = instant cat costume. You’re welcome.


Hope everyone has a great weekend. 

We’ll pick back up on Monday with the super snazzy unicorn horns!

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PS – If you’re enjoying this sew-along, I’d really appreciate a little +1 action.

Let’s show Google how much we love our My Little Pony costumes!

My Little Pony Sew-along Links


Pony Costume Supply List Day 7 – Pants Pattern
Day 1 – Hoodie Pattern Day 8 – Basic Sweatpants
Day 2 – Attaching the Mane Day 9 – Pony Tail
Day 3 – Zipper Installation Day 10 – Pegasus Wings
Day 4 – Attaching the Hood Day 11 – Cutie Marks
Day 5 – Ears Day 12 – Hairstyle Options
Day 6 – Unicorn Horn Spike the Dragon Pattern Pieces

37 thoughts on “My Little Pony Costume Sew-Along – Day 5: Ears

    1. Thanks so much! I'm so glad you were able to follow my direction (I really do worry about that every time I make a tutorial!), and I'm positive you can do it!

    1. That's exactly how I feel! The top-stitched ones are probably better for kids, but I personally like the shape of the un-stitched ones better. Form vs function I guess.

  1. These are great! My daughter's MLP party is this Saturday and these are so quick and easy to make! Thanks for the wonderful idea! Come check out my DIY decor for her party, if you'd like, at handicraftiness.blogspot.com!
    ~Julia

    1. That's a good question! I've never tried it, but I think it would depend on the size of the headband you used. They're pretty long (a little over 2") so I'm not sure how well they would attach to those skinny plastic kind of headbands. The knit tube kind (that kinda look like sweat bands) would probably work well. They are very light weight though, so if you use a really strong glue you might be able to pull it off.

  2. hi! after i stitch and cut the corners i am confused as to where to fold the ear exactly…im stuck at the step
    "Fold the two layers in the opposite direction so that the side seams are now touching." any help would be most appreciated! need these for the weekend!! thank you so much in advance =) adorable little girl you have there too! <3

    1. Hi Dani. Lets say you have the ear sitting in front of you with the flat bottom edge toward you, and the top point facing away; You should have a straight vertical piece on the left, and one on the right. Place your thumbs in between the layers like it's a little pocket, and then slide one to the left and one to the right so you can pinch those vertical sides. On either side you should be pinching the seam that you used to secure the two layers together. Still pinching, bring your thumbs together in the center and pin the two seams so they are matched up evenly. That should bring you to step 4. Hope that helps!

  3. Great tutorial! I've done the entire RD costume. My 6yo daughter LOVES it — esp the tail and wings she can (and does) wear with every outfit! LOL!

    I'm stuck on the LAST STEP of finishing her costume — the EARS! I've followed along and did great up to the step where you turn the ear right-side out and stitch the opening closed. CHECK! I now have two triangle-shaped ears. In the next step, you mention to "Press one outside point back into the other to form the hallow of your ear." OMG. I CANNOT figure this out! I have two triangle ears and cannot figure out how to make them look like yours! I've tried pressing points in and out all over but nothing looks right. Can you give any clarification on this? Seems I have 3 points: the Top, Left and Right points. Please explain which ones to press into the other! TIA for your help!!

    1. So glad you were able to figure it out. I try to explain the steps as best I can, but I know some directions like that one are just completely confusing no matter what I say. 🙂

  4. Can someone please give me the measurements of the ears pattern? My printer died and I am unable to print the pattern!
    I think I could figure it out with just the bottom measurement. Vicki

  5. Have you ever made these smaller. Say for a 12 month old. I'm worried they will be to big for her little head. Can you suggest a measurement? I'm not sure cutting the measurement in half would be to small

    1. Hi Amber, I have never tried a smaller version before, but if you remove 1/4" the whole way around it should still work. I know it doesn't sound like much, but they would be 1/2" smaller than the regular ones. Good Luck!

  6. Hi hun, I made these for my daughters birthday party! Your tutorial is so easy to follow! I posted pics on my blog and linked your tutorial 🙂

    Thanks for the great ideas!!

  7. I'm so sorry they've been giving you trouble. The ear pattern is 4 3/4" wide, 1 1/2" on the sides, and 3 3/4" tall at the highest point. The horn is 5 1/2" from bottom to top and 4 1/2" wide at the bottom. If they are still giving you problems let me know and I will do what I can to help. Good Luck!

  8. Hi Toni, first of all, thank you for the tutorials and patterns. I have a quick question since I can't figure out the ears visually. If I wanted to sew longer ears, which part of the pattern should I be extending? For example, if the ear pattern was a house, would I:
    1. Make the side walls longer and keep the roof the same
    or
    2. Make the roof pitch higher and keep the walls the same?

    Sorry if I'm not making any sense. Thanks in advance! 🙂

    1. Makes total sense! Personally, I would increase the pitch of the roof since the "walls" form the width of the base once everything is stitched together. It really depends on the shape you're going for. You might need to adjust both slightly in order to keep them looking proportionate, but you can always test with a stapled piece of paper before you sew anything. Hope that helps!

  9. I'm prepping to make two MLP costumes for my twins at Halloween but just used your awesome ear pattern to make cat ears for a play that they are in! thank you for the great tutorial. wish me luck on the ponies 😉

    1. That's awesome Elizabeth! I love how those simple little ears can be used for so many different critters! Good luck with your twin's pony costumes. That's definitely an undertaking. Just take them one step at a time, and I'm sure they'll turn out amazing!

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