Simple Margaret Tiger Costume

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My daughter’s preschool had “Book Character Day” today. I missed that memo until early this week. Thankfully, I was able to convince her to dress up as Margaret Tiger. I suppose technically she’s a TV character, but seeing as we own quite a few Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood books, Margaret qualified in my eyes.

Relying on photos in one of our books, I searched through my daughter’s closet and found a simple pairing for the outfit – a dark pink Cat & Jack short sleeve shirt and a yellow Talbot’s Kids skort.

Margaret Tiger Costume and Book Photo
For the ears, I knew a headband would be simplest. Easy on and off in case she tired of it during the school day. Except for the flower, I had everything else in my crafting stash. Here’s how to create your own:

Headband Supplies

  • Light and Dark Brown Felt
  • Plain Headband
  • Fabric Glue
  • Flower
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue


Step 1 Fold a small piece of the light brown felt in half. You want to be able to wrap the ear around the headband. I freehand sketched the shape Рnot quite a circle with the bottom narrowing at the fold. Cut the shape out using fabric scissors.

DIY Margaret Tiger Headband

Trace the first ear onto another piece of light brown felt and cut out. You should now have two ears that almost look like a figure 8 when the felt is laying flat.

Step 2 Locate placement of ears on the headband and mark with a fabric pen. Use hot glue to secure underneath the headband at the fold. Then use fabric glue to glue the two ear pieces together into one ear. Repeat for the 2nd ear.

Step 3 Cut “tiger stripes” from the dark brown felt. I freehand cut these as well using the first as a pattern so all 4 would be similar in size and shape. Use fabric glue to attach.

Step 4 Attach flower next to one ear using hot glue.

That’s it! Putting together our Margaret Tiger costume was so simple. She looked grr-iffic as Daniel Tiger would say.