It’s almost Halloween, but there’s still time to finish up a few quick (and cheap) Halloween costumes using hoodies. I know, I just did it. I made my kids’ sweatshirt Halloween costumes to keep them warm and toasty on Halloween. Here’s all you need to make a few quick DIY Halloween costumes for your kids. I made a dragon, a wolf and a spider all with the same, basic design.
- Hoodie Sweatshirt
- Stretchy cotton gloves
- Felt squares
- Fabric Filling
- Yarn (for wolf tail)
- Embroidery floss
- Fabric glue (Optional)
- Fabric (Optional)
Directions For Dragon:
- Cut white felt into a cone shape. Sew together into a claw shape and stuff some fabric filling into it. Sew onto the tip of a glove finger. Repeat for all claws. I made my thumb and pinky claws shorter to make sure my little dragon could still pick up candy with his claws. I just used a whip stitch to sew the claws on: http://www.womansweekly.com/craft/how-to-do-whip-stitch-15167/
- Cut two matching pieces of felt into a tail shape. Sew it together on sewing machine inside out, leaving the base of the tail unsewn. If you want to add spikes, make sure you put the sandwiched between the pieces of fabric. Flip it inside out and the spikes should be sticking out along the top of the tail.Stuff the tail full of filling and then sew to the back of the sweatshirt.
- Cut out two wing shapes out of red felt and sew to the arms and sides of the sweatshirt. A simple little whip stitch works just fine.
- Cut out triangular shapes out of felt and sew on the top of the hood to be the dragon’s spikes. I just pinched the seam of the hood together and sewed my triangle on sandwiched between the seam.
- Cut out a mask in felt. Use your child as a gauge the size and to know where to make the eye holes. Sew on some triangular shapes for horns. Sew elastic onto the inside of the mask the size of your child’s head so it will stay on.
Directions For Wolf:
- Cut triangles of white felt and sew to the ends of stretchy cotton gloves for claws using a whip stitch. You could probably glue them on with hot glue as well.
- Follow this tutorial to making a wolf tail: https://www.isavea2z.com/costume-wolf-tail-tutorial/. I didn’t brush it out as much or use a flat iron to flatten it out like the tutorial had you do. I was in a hurry, I guess. I attached mine to one of my stretchy headbands I had floating around the house for a ‘belt.’
- Cut out a wolf mask out of felt. Add a nose in black felt and either sew or glue it on. Attach elastic on the sides.
- Cut rounded triangle shapes out of fabric or felt. Sew two pieces together along the edge inside out. Turn them right side out and stuff some filling into them. Sew them onto the sweatshirt hood in a crescent shape so that they curve inwards. I added some fuzzy material to the inside that I had in my sewing room. I also sewed some of the fuzzy material around the inside of the hood as well to make it more “wolfy.”
Directions For Spider:
- Cut out an hourglass shape out of felt and sew to the front of the sweatshirt using a whip stitch. You can also glue it on.
- Cut out a mask in felt. Cut small white circles out and smaller black circles for eyes. Sew or fabric glue the black dots onto the white circles (fabric glue works best since they are such small circles), then attach the white circles to the mask. Cut out fang triangles in white felt and sew onto the mask. Sew elastic onto the mask to hold it onto the head.
- Make 4 legs: I told my kid that his legs and arms count as four of the spider limbs, so I was only going to make four more. Cut out eight equal pieces of leg shaped fabric or felt. Spiders apparently have little claws on the end of their legs, so I made my legs with claws. Sew two pieces together inside out along the edge, leaving the bottom opening un-sewn. Turn inside out, stuff with filling and attach to sides of sweatshirt.
- I used embroidery floss to attach all the legs together in a web shape so that when my son moves his arms, his spider legs will move too.
That’s all there is to it. The variations are pretty endless. I just really like the idea of using felt and hoodies. I didn’t have enough hooded sweatshirts at home, so I picked some up at the used clothing store for a couple bucks each. This was pretty inexpensive and I got all the costumes done in two days. So hurry, you still have time 🙂
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