Instructables user darcy3529 loves Scrat from Ice Age. He’s one of her favorite characters, and when darcy3529 had the chance to make a Scrat costume for her daughter, she jumped on it. She used a medium weight upholstery fabric for the bodice and lining and also had to make the tail and belly. Here’s how the tail came together:
The tail is made of a faux fur. Two pieces of fur were cut into a C shape , stuffed firmly with fiber fill stuffing and a stiff wire was added through the stuffing to keep the tail erect. The tail should is roughly as large as the body. After completing assembly of the tail , I hand sewed the tail to the bottom of the bodice.
Scrat’s head and feet look to be the most challenging part of the project. Darcy created a graphic showing how the feet should be assembled (pictured below) and explained how she crafted the head:
For the inside of the head I made a tube of fabric and gathered one end together making a beanie type hat.
Next, I cut out two side pieces of fabric and one center piece. The center piece goes from the tip of the nose to the back of the head. The two side pieces are sewn to the center piece and then stuffed with fiber fill. After stuffing the head it is sewn to the beanie cap by hand .
There are two tubes of fabric that are used for the eye sockets. The tubes are folded in half and two round lids from fabric softener bottles (balls can be used) were glued inside the fabric eye sockets. Scrat has bulging eyes ,so leave a lot of the ball sticking out of the socket. the eyes were painted using acrylic craft paint. The eye sockets are hand sewn to the head.
Get more information on building Scrat at Instructables.