Photo: Roberto Caruso
You’ll need purple fleece marker scissors cardboard glue gun stuffing velcro purple infant clothing white long-sleeved adult T-shirt black long-sleeved adult T-shirt
For the spider Fold purple fleece in half and draw the body shape of the spider. Cut out 2 pieces. Draw 6 legs on cardboard and cut out (the baby’s legs will act as the spider’s seventh and eighth legs). Wrap cardboard tightly with purple fleece and secure with glue. Place the legs on top of the bottom body piece and fasten with glue. Lay the other body shape on top and glue edges of body pieces together, leaving a 5-in. opening. Fill with stuffing and glue shut. Cut spider fang shapes (“chelicerae” for budding entomologists) out of cardboard. Wrap with purple fleece and fasten with glue. Cut a 1½-in.-wide band of fleece, large enough to fit your baby’s head, and add Velcro to the ends. Attach the chelicerae to the front of band. Dress your baby in purple clothing.
For the web Turn the white T-shirt inside out. Using a marker, trace oblong circles in a web-like pattern. Cut out the shapes. Wear the webbed white shirt over the black shirt. Attach the spider to the front of the carrier before putting it on.
A version of this article appeared in our October 2015 issue with the headline “Double the fun,” p. 90-5.