9 Costumes Anyone Can Make
From a little mouse to a flower child, follow our super-simple instructions for aww-inducing costumes.
Flies By Night
Glittery wings give some bite to this batty ensemble.
What you need: White bodysuit, white pilot cap, Rit fabric dye (black), green feather boa, scissors, 1/2 yard green glitter felt, 1/4 yard black faux fur, glue gun, pencil, needle, thread, one 13 1/2 x 22 1/2 inch sheet of plastic needlepoint canvas, three yards black single-fold twill, three yards twill cord, two sticky-back Velcro tabs
To make body: Follow package instructions to dye bodysuit and pilot cap black. Stitch a length of green feather boa down center of bodysuit.
To make cap: Enlarge ear pattern as needed. Trace two ears on green felt and two on black faux fur. Cut out all four pieces. With right sides facing each other, sew together one green and one black ear piece using a 1/4-inch seam allowance and leaving a 1 1/2-inch opening in the center of ear bottom. Repeat. Turn each ear inside out, and sew opening closed using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch ears to cap.
To make wings: Enlarge wing pattern as needed. Trace twice onto green felt and cut out. Trace pattern once onto plastic canvas and cut out. Glue green felt to both sides of plastic canvas. Glue strips of twill cord to resemble veins on the wings. Glue a trim of black single-fold twill to the edges of wings. Cut two 1-inch slits, about 2 inches apart, in the center back of the wings. Attach Velcro tabs by sewing to center back of the bodysuit. To attach wings, slip the Velcro through the slits, after your child has the bodysuit on, and fasten.
Loops of ribbon turn a pilot cap into a mane event.
What you need: White union suit, white pilot cap, Rit fabric dye (golden yellow and tan), 1/2 yard white terry-cloth fabric, grosgrain ribbon in a variety of colors, glue gun, pencil, scissors, needle, thread
To make body: Follow package instructions to dye union suit, pilot cap, and terry-cloth fabric golden yellow mixed with one tablespoon of tan. Cut some grosgrain ribbon into 3 inch and 6 inch pieces. Fold each piece in half, and glue ends together to form loops. Alternate colors as you glue the 3 inch loops around the neck and the 6 inch loops graduating down the chest.
To make cap: Enlarge ear pattern as needed. Trace four ears onto dyed terry cloth and cut out. With right sides facing each other, sew together two ear pieces using a 1/4-inch seam allowance and leaving a 1 1/2 inch opening in the center of ear bottom. Repeat for second ear. Turn each ear inside out, and sew the opening closed using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Stitch ears to cap. Cut some grosgrain ribbon into 2 1/2 inch, 4 inch, and 6 inch pieces. Fold each piece in half, and glue ends together to form loops. Glue the ribbon loops to the cap, starting with the smaller loops in the front and ending with the larger loops in the back.
To make tail: Cut dyed terry cloth into a 3 1/2 x 12 inch piece. Fold in half, lengthwise, making sure the right sides are facing in. Using a 1/4-inch seam allowance, stitch all but the end opening closed. Turn tail inside out. Cut remaining grosgrain ribbon into 10 inch, 8 inch, and 5 inch pieces. Fold each piece in half, and glue ends together to form loops. Glue loops to the open end of tail to secure. Stitch tail to bodysuit, about halfway down the backside.
This cutie is sure to get all the cheese this holiday!
What you need: White bodysuit, white tights, white pilot cap, Rit fabric dye (pearl-gray), jumbo-size loopy chenille in pink, scissors, needle, thread, pencil, 1/4 yard gray felt, two sticky-back Velcro tabs
To make body: Follow package instructions to dye bodysuit, tights, and cap pearl-gray. Loosely stitch chenille around neck opening and wrist openings. Cut two pieces of chenille for ankle bands. Use Velcro tabs to secure.
To make ears: Enlarge ear pattern as needed. Trace four ears onto gray felt and cut out. With right sides facing each other, sew together two ear pieces using a 1/4-inch seam allowance and leaving a 1 1/2 inch opening in the center of ear bottom. Repeat for second ear. Turn each ear inside out, and sew opening closed using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Glue a piece of pink loopy chenille to fill the inside of each ear. Stitch ears to cap.
To make tail: Cut out a 12 inch piece of chenille and stitch to lower backside of bodysuit. For decoration, if desired, cut out small triangle from felt and glue to end of tail.
Chicken to Go
To hatch this look, break out a feather boa and some craft foam.
What you need: Infant carrier, white bodysuit, white pilot cap, white tights, Rit fabric dye (yellow), yellow feather boa, pencil, scissors, one 12 x 18 inch sheet of white craft foam, two 9 x 12 inch sheets of craft foam (one white and one orange), glue gun, tape
To make body: Follow package instructions to dye bodysuit, tights, and pilot cap yellow.
To make hat: To make hat: Cut out a 9 inch circle from the smaller sheet of white craft foam. To create the look of a cracked shell, trim the circle in a zigzag pattern. From edge of circle, make a 3 1/2-inch-long cut toward the center. To create cone shape, overlap the edges and glue to secure. Glue a piece of yellow boa to the inside edge of shell; glue to top of pilot cap.
To make eggshell: Enlarge pattern as needed and cut out. Create a paper pattern of the front of your baby carrier. Measure our pattern against the carrier pattern and make adjustments as needed. Trace finished template onto larger sheet of white craft foam and cut out. Trim the top of foam eggshell in a zigzag pattern. Attach to carrier using the pattern's tab guides. Secure with tape if needed.
To make slippers: To make slippers: Enlarge patterns as needed and cut out. Trace each pattern twice on orange craft foam and cut out. Following our guide, fold pattern #1 and glue pattern #2 on top. Flip over. You will now have a foam slipper. To create an ankle strap, cut a strip of orange craft foam, sized to fit your baby's foot. Glue strap to sides of slipper. To finish, glue a small piece of feather boa to each slipper.
Along Came a Spider
Our web-savvy critter has faux fur and a few extra sets of hands.
What you need: Infant carrier, white bodysuit, white pilot cap, white tights, white socks, one pair of white infant mittens, Rit fabric dye (purple and black), one 12 x 15-inch piece of purple faux fur, scissors, needle, thread, four 9 x 12 inch sheets of purple craft foam, pencil, one 6 x 19 inch piece of black nylon fabric, one 2 1/4 x 17 inch piece of poster board, one 4x 17 inch piece of polyester batting, glue gun, double-sided tape
To make body and cap: Follow package instructions to dye bodysuit, pilot cap, and tights black. Sew faux fur to front of carrier along the top opening and at the leg openings.
To make mittens: Follow package instructions to dye the infant mittens and socks purple. For decorative mittens, enlarge the spider-hand pattern as needed and cut out. Trace four patterns onto purple craft foam and cut out.
To make arms: Glue batting to poster board. Tightly cover batting and board with black nylon fabric. Secure overlapping fabric to the back of poster board with glue. Glue one foam mitten to each side of spider arm, with thumbs facing upward.
To finish: After you place your baby in the carrier, slide spider arm behind him. It should rest on the carrier's strap, between him and you. Using double-sided tape, attach a pair of mittens to the shoulder straps of carrier, with the thumbs facing up. Before heading out for trick-or-treating, slip on the black pilot cap and the purple infant mittens.
Grab a glue gun to make this fresh pick for blossoming babes.
What you need: White infant bunting, white pilot cap, Rit fabric dye (dark green), assorted silk stemmed flowers with leaves, scissors, glue gun
To make: Follow package instructions to dye bunting and pilot cap dark green. Remove flowers from stems. Lay flowers flat, and trim the back of each with a pair of scissors. Peel leaves off wire backing. Arrange flowers and leaves in desired pattern, and glue securely to bunting and pilot cap.
It's a Bird
. . . it's a plane . . . it's a very cool getup for tiny action heroes!
What you need: White infant bunting; Rit fabric dye (royal blue); three sheets of sticky-back felt (one yellow and two red), pencil, scissors, craft knife, 1/2 yard red fabric, iron, needle, thread
To make: Follow package instructions to dye infant bunting royal blue.
To make "B" emblem: Using our photo as a guide, cut out two felt diamonds: a larger red one and a smaller yellow one. Remove backing from yellow felt, and attach to red diamond. On other sheet of red felt, draw a "B," and cut out using a craft knife. Remove backing and adhere red "B" to yellow felt. Remove backing from red diamond; attach to bunting.
To make cape: Draw two cape shapes onto red fabric, sized to fit your baby. Cut out both pieces. With right sides together, stitch 1/4-inch seam all the way around, leaving a 3 inch opening in the center bottom of cape. Turn inside out, and press with iron. Stitch opening closed. Stitch cape to the back of bunting, from shoulder to shoulder.
Add posh-looking fabric and plastic jewels -- suddenly your stroller is king of the road.
Please note: Our throne was designed to fit a specific twin stroller. You may need to make adjustments according to the size of your stroller.
What you need: Stroller, one 30 x 24 x 24 inch cardboard box, box cutter, pencil, scissors, three yards fabric, three yards polyester batting, colorful plastic jewels, glue gun, 1/2 yard red velvet, four yards 4-inch-wide white faux fur, one sheet of black sticky-back felt
To make: Remove top and bottom of box and the 30 inch side facing you; discard. Using our photo as a guide, draw a throne shape on the opposite 30 inch side. Cut out using a box cutter. Using your stroller as a guide, cut out enough slits in backrest to fit the box over your stroller's handles. (The back of the throne should fit over the handles and rest behind the stroller's seats.) Begin cutting from the bottom up, stopping about 3/4 of the way from the top. Be sure to leave the top of the throne intact. For the armrests, cut off the top half of each of the remaining box sides. If the armrests still seem to be too high for your stroller, trim any extra from the top. Glue polyester batting to the entire throne, then glue fabric over batting. To finish, glue on plastic jewels.
To make the throw: Fold white faux fur in half, and glue around edge of red velvet. Cut small triangles from black sticky-back felt and attach to fur trim.
This cute pad for pups is made from a cardboard box and corrugated paper.
Please note: Our doghouse was designed to fit a specific stroller. You may need to make adjustments according to the size of your stroller.
What you need: Stroller, one 24 x 20 x 34 inch cardboard wardrobe box, one 36 x 34 inch piece of cardboard, box cutter, scissors, pencil, one roll of 48-inch-wide red corrugated paper, two rolls of black corrugated scalloped border, glue gun, one sheet of white craft foam, black permanent marker
To make house: Cut off all flaps from wardrobe box. Cut out an arched opening from one of the narrower sides of box. Glue on pieces of red corrugated paper, covering entire box. Place box over stroller. Measure and mark openings for handles and cut out. Trim bottom of the box as needed. Be sure the box does not get in the way of the stroller wheels.
To make roof: Using our diagram as a guide, assemble roof using the 36 x 34 inch piece of cardboard. Glue on strips of black corrugated border for shingles and overhang. Cut out a bone shape from white craft foam. Print a name using a black permanent marker, and glue the bone to front of doghouse.
Copyright© 2004. Reprinted with permission from the October 2004 issue of Parents magazine.