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Handmade Halloween Costumes

Get crafty! Any parent can pull together these DIY ideas, even at the last minute. Steal stuff from the garage, your kitchen, and the recycling bin to make these way-creative (and totally simple) kids' Halloween costumes. Going the homemade route has never been easier -- or more fun.
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Need inspiration? These easy designs start with a leotard for girls or a sweatsuit for boys

Supplies: 1/2 yard purple leopard fabric plus scraps, 1 yard of 1" elastic, purple marabou trim, black plastic headband, hot glue gun, Danskin leotard #9238 in purple and tights #387 in black (all leotards and tights from danskin.com), black boots.

How-To: To make a leopard miniskirt, sew the short ends of the fabric together. Turn top edge down 1" to form casing for elastic waistband, then stitch, leaving opening to insert elastic. Cut elastic to the measurement of your child's waist plus 1". Feed elastic through casing using a safety pin. Pull elastic to fit comfortably, and sew ends together. Hem bottom of skirt, and glue marabou around the bottom edge. Use scraps of fabric to make kitty ears and a scarf to tie a bow around your child's neck; glue ears to headband. Wear skirt over leotard and complete the outfit with black boots.