Starboy has Owl as his totem. The owl chose him—one came to visit the day he was born, and hooted outside his window for days. He comes back to visit periodically. Owl represents very powerful medicine, and we feel lucky that it was Owl who chose Starboy.
A friend and neighbor dressed her infant son as an owl for Halloween last year, and made a gorgeous costume of colored wings, attached to a sweatsuit. It was genius. After searching the blogosphere, I found a great wings pattern here, though I may also have gotten the idea from Cakies.
Mother's Day 2012
It took me a long time to carve out the crafting time, and, alas, the photos from my original cutting and first session were lost in a horrible data fire last March. (Note: Back up your hard drive! Regularly!) I'd hoped to offer a better step-by-step here. So you'll have to follow the tutorial linked above.
These are the criss-cross wings. They tie at the wrist. I used six half-yards of fabric to make feathers for two wings, though with the uneven way they cut it at the craft store, I barely made it. I used another yard (or maybe it was less) to create the backing shape. These would be beautiful with scraps, but I bought new.
The wings are really beautiful and he did spend some time zooming around the back yard as a bat. Daddy got to be a bat, too, but the wings didn't fit him so well.