1 pair of brown sweats in your child's size
1/4 yard yellow/gold felt
1/4 yard light brown felt
brown fringe yarn
knit chin tie hat
Finding a plain brown sweatshirt was hard, so I ended up buying a sweatshirt with print on the front and flipping it inside out. The hat is the most time intensive part of the costume but definitely still beginning sewing, so no need to stress.
shouldn't overlap but need to touch. This is your lion's mane. Pin them carefully onto the edge of the hat.
Roll up a piece of brown felt that's about 2 feet long and about 3-4" wide. Sew a running stitch along the back side, along the seam of the roll, to keep the twist together. This is the lion's tail. You can make it as long or short as you want, depending on the age of your lion. A dragging tail is not what you're aiming for this Halloween.
Once your tail is all stitched up, fold over one end and stitch down to make a base for where you'll attach the tail to the sweatpants. At the other end of the tail wrap the fun fringe yarn around several times to make a fluffy tail. Once you have the desired furriness, stitch it down onto the felt. Now that your tail is done sew it onto the sweatpants at the waistband. Make sure it will stay on for the night but will be easy to pick stitches out when you're done so you can re-use the sweatpants after Halloween is over.
Use some brown eyeliner to make whiskers and a brown lion nose, maybe some red lipstick on the cheeks to make a jolly little lion and you're done. Adorable lion finished.