Homemade Costumes and Block Party

Halloween is in just a little over a month and if you are a DIY-er, it is time to start thinking about costumes. We have you covered with 25+ homemade costumes that you can DIY!

Ms. Frizzle

DIY Fairy Costume

DIY Minecraft Costumes

Baby Kristoff Costume

Lego Costume

Olaf Costume

Bob Ross Costume

Fire Truck Costume

Easy Hawkeye Costume

DIY Bird Costume

Where’s Waldo Group Costume

Little House on the Prarie Costume

No Sew Superhero Costume

Girly Pirate Costume

DIY Elmo Costume

DIY Ash Costume

Inflatable Tube Person

Princess Jasmine Costume

Baby Mandrake

Baby Monster

No Sew Ghost Costume

DIY Captain America

Wednesday Adams

DIY Ninja Turtle Costume

Zombie Bride

DIY Mermaid

Fancy Nancy Costume

DIY Totoro Costume

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Halloween Costume Tutorials and Block Party

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and there’s still plenty of time to make an amazing Halloween Costume.  Check out these ideas for your next costume.

Halloween-Costume-tutorials great for DIY

Handmade Halloween: Policeman Hat Pattern and Tutorial from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

Hi Rae Gun Wears readers! I’m Stacey and I blog over at Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!  I write about sewing, crafting, and keeping my three very energetic boys busy.  I’m very excited to be here today for Marissa’s Handmade Costume series.

When it comes to Halloween costumes, I like easy.  With three boys running around the house and three very different ideas of what makes a fun Halloween costume, not to mention that they tend to change their minds at the last minute, I’m not about to go crazy on something that they’ll only wear once.  Which is why I was so excited when the boys decided to go with something traditional.
Kid's Police Hat Pattern

If you are looking for a last minute costume, you’re in luck.  What’s easier to put together than a policeman costume?

Grab a blue button down shirt and blue pants, a few dollar store accessories and all you have to make is the hat.  Here’s how:

What you need:

1/2 yd. navy blue quilting cotton + scrap of black for brim (optional)
scrap of clear vinyl
scrap of heavy weight interfacing
coordinating thread
plastic police badge

Print the hat pattern (the large size will fit 5-7 yrs, the small size fits 2T-4T). Tape pattern pieces where indicated.

Cut your pattern pieces, making sure to lay your material on the fold when indicated.  Use a 1/2″ seam allowance unless otherwise indicated.

Fold the headband in half, short raw edges (right sides together).  Sew along the short raw edge to form a loop.  Repeat for the other headband piece.

Pin the lining headband and lining crown pieces together (right sides together) lining up the headband seam with the back of the hat. Sew.

Repeat for the main fabric pieces.  Press the seam toward the band and top stitch along the top.

With right sides together, sew the navy blue brim pieces together along the outer edge.

Clip the curve and turn right side out. Repeat for the clear vinyl pieces making sure to lay a piece of tissue paper or stabilizer between the vinyl and needle.

Insert  the navy blue brim inside the clear vinyl brim and pin the brim to the right side or the outer hat, opposite the seam in the back.  Sew the brim to the headband.

Place the lining hat inside the outer hat, right sides together.  Make sure the brim is turned so it is sandwiched between the layers.

Pin and sew around the raw edges of the head bands, leaving a 2 to 3 inch space, hear the brim, for turning.

Before turning:  Try hat on your child.  If the hat is big follow the next step.  If not skip ahead.

Cut a piece of elastic.  Small size:  2 1/2 ” piece of 1/2 wide elastic  Large size:  3 ” piece of 1/2 wide elastic.

Pin elastic onto the seam allowance at the bottom of the hat straddling the back seam.  Using a zig zag stitch sew the elastic stretching as you sew and back stitching on each end.  Make sure you only sew on the seam allowance, otherwise it will cause problems for turning.

Turn the hat right side out.  Press all seams, turning the open ends in toward each other. Pin the opening and then top stitch all the way around the bottom of the hat band.  Stretch the elastic as you sew.

Glue or sew the police badge to the front.

Printable Police Hat Pattern

And there you have it.  An instant, handmade, police hat.  Which is all you need to get into character.  And the best part about this Halloween costume?  Once the spooky fun is done, the hat is sure to get used over and over again during imaginative play.

If you’re looking for more fun, handmade dress up ideas, pop on over to Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! We’ve got ninjas, superheros, and knights galore.  And if you do, don’t forget to say hi and let me know you came over from Rae Gun Wears.  Thanks for having me today, Marissa!

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Handmade Halloween: Futuristic Collar Tutorial with Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!

Hello Rae Gun Ramblings readers! I’m Marigold and I write over at Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky!
I absolutely love Halloween, and I make a point of making handmade costumes for my two boys every year. I’ve done elaborate costumes. Like the time they were a matador and a bull, or a swashbuckling pirate and a boxer (I even have a tutorial on how to make your own kid-sized boxing gloves). And I’ve done super simple costumes. Like the time they were a regular cat and a robot cat, and the classic ghost and Dracula. Now that they are getting older, they don’t let me choose their costume ideas for them. Still, I prefer to make their costumes by hand when I can!

Today I’m going to show you how to sew a futuristic, mock turtleneck collar to a t-shirt using knit fabrics and your regular sewing machine. No serger necessary! This type of collar would work for various Star Trek and Star Wars characters, astronauts, aliens, and a bunch of other fun sci-fi costumes.

Materials & Supplies
T-shirt (for costume)
Old t-shirt or t-shirt knit fabric (for collar)
Sewing machine fitted w/ ball point needle or universal needle
Seam ripper

Ready? Here we goooooooo!

For the collar, cut off about 5-6 inches off of the bottom of an old t-shirt and cut along one edge so you end up with a long rectangle of fabric (you can use the same amount of knit fabric off the bolt, if you prefer. No need to hem it). Don’t worry about length too much for now. As long as it goes all the way around the collar of your t-shirt, you’re fine. We will cut off the excess later.

Fold the rectangle in half lengthwise, and topstitch all along the folded edge using a wide zigzag stitch.

Open up the fabric, and fold in one edge until the collar is at the height you’re going for. If you used a t-shirt, folding at the hem stitches gives you a great, even guide. You can press it, if that’s how you roll. I didn’t.

Starting from the back of the costume t-shirt collar, pin the folded edge of the collar to the shirt all the way around. Keep the collar opened up.

Once pinned all the way around, fold down the inside of the collar so that the collar of the t-shirt is sandwiched between the front and back of the new collar. When you get to the back (where you started pinning) give yourself a few inches of slack and cut off the excess material.

Now, this is important, set your stitch to an overcasting stitch. Don’t use a regular straight stitch, because it won’t be stretchy enough when you try to pull the collar over the head, and the thread will break. Most regular sewing machines have the overcasting stitch I have circled above. If yours doesn’t have it, you can also use the stretch stitch (#3 in the picture) or a regular zigzag stitch (#4). Still not sure? Check your sewing machine manual! Have you ever read yours? There is so much crazy good sewing information in those things! A couple of other things to think about: Make sure you change your foot, if necessary. And you may want to use a ballpoint needle. I used a universal needle, and it was fine, but most sources I have read recommend a ballpoint needle for sewing knits.

Time to attach the collar! With the new collar on your left and the t-shirt on the right (you may have to maneuver a bit to get this set-up) use overcast stitching to join the new collar to the t-shirt collar. Make sure that the inside of the new collar is neatly folded down, and the t-shirt collar is sandwiched in-between.
Since I used white thread on white fabric, it was hard to take a decent picture showing what the overcasting stitch actually looks like, so here’s a picture of it where I attached a green collar piece to a white t-shirt using black thread.

Go all the way around, stopping a couple of inches before you reach your starting point. Give yourself about an inch of overlap, and cut off the excess fabric.

Use your seam ripper to remove the zigzag stitch along the top about an inch back. Slip the beginning of the collar into the end of the collar. Fold the raw edge under. Finish sewing to the beginning point along the edge of the collar. Then, with your needle still down, lift the foot and pivot the material and sew along the back seam, joining the beginning and the end of the collar together.

And now you have a futuristic collar for your sci-fi costumes!

In my case, I made this for my little red samurai Power Ranger:

If you’d like to see how I did the rest of the costume, including how I painted the t-shirt, come on over to Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! GO GO Power Rangers!

Thanks so much for inviting me to join in on your Handmade Halloween series, Marissa!

Handmade Halloween: 20 Minute Dwarf/ Gnome Costume Tutorial

Today I’m hanging out over at Train to Crazy sharing my 20 Minute Dwarf/Gnome costume. Yup it’s a speedy one. It’s also very little sewing so it would be great for a beginning sew-er. Hop on over for my full step by step tutorial.

UPDATED with tutorial (giveaway is now closed)

You’ll Need

  • Tunic Fabric
  • Sash Fabric
  • Fleece for the Hat

First lay down a loose fitting shirt of your kiddos to get a close size. You want to pick a top that doesn’t need to stretch to be put on or worn. Cut the basic shape. For the neck I’d cut the V shallow since you can always make it deeper if necessary.

Cut points into the bottom edge of the shirt pieces.  The front and the back are the same.

Sew together at the shoulders. Then sew the side seams.

Try it on your kiddo. If it doesn’t fit over their head cut the V a bit wider in the front. Grab a scrap of contrasting fabric and tie around the waist for a sash. If you need it longer then tie sew the edges of two straps together. I didn’t finish it at all.

For the hat I just cut two triangles out of fleece. Then with right sides together I sewed up the long edge and called it good.

If you want you can finish your seams and top stitch along the edged for better wear but if this is just going to serve as a one or two day Halloween costume I’d vote for saving yourself some time and calling it done. I thought the rough look of it fit the whole dwarf thing. Just throw on a pair of pants, tights or leggings and you’re good to go.

It was so easy that I’m actually giving away the one I made to make a tutorial on my blog. Come on over to enter.

It was SO fast and I didn’t take pictures of the process back when L was a dwarft (and so stinking cute), I’m giving away the one I made up for the tutorial.

This one is probably about a 3T sized outfit but it’s such a flexible fit a younger or smaller older kiddo could probably still fit into it. It’s about 23 inches in the chest -so that would be skin tight on a 23 inch chest- and 19 inches at the longest point, but you could always cut off some length if you want it shorter and the neck isn’t quite as wide on this new one as in the picture above).

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Handmade Halloween: Costume Round Up from Sugar Bee Crafts

Hi Everyone!!   I am Mandy from Sugar Bee Crafts and I’m excited to be stopping by Life With The Little Man – –
Sugar Bee Crafts: sewing, recipes, crafts, photo tips, and more!

I have 4 kiddos and love to craft and blog (obviously!) – – I feel like if I can do something, then you can too!!  Here’s the family picture, Halloween-Costume style:

I wanted to just give you a quick round up for some easy costume ideas  – – I like easy :)

Ghost Pillowcase Costume/Dress

Spider Shirt

Pumpkin Dresses

Upside-Down Man Costume

Angry Birds Family Costumes

Minnie Mouse – everyday wear costume

Hope to see you over at www.SugarBeeCrafts.com!!

Handmade Halloween: Gryffindor Tie Necklace Tutorial and Hogwarts Student Costume

When I first saw neck tie charms pop up at all my local craft stores I knew that I needed to make myself a Gryffindor necklace. So when I received my giant box of goodies from Mod Podge and Plaid Crafts I knew those bottles of Dimensional Magic and yellow Folk Art paint were destined for just that.

If like me, you are the sew-er in your family, you probably spend a lot of time making everyone else’s costumes for Halloween and then throw something together last minute for yourself (if you dress up at all). What I love about this project is that with a button up, skirt, and cardigan, it can pass as an easy costume -who doesn’t want to be a Hogwart’s student? Plus you’ll have a fun necklace you can wear year around.

Gryffindor Tie Necklace Tutorial

You’ll need:

  • Plaid paint and a small brush
  • jump ring
  • necklace
  • Dimensional Magic Mod Podge (one of my favorite products ever as I’ve mentioned before!)
  • toothpick
  • tie charm (I got my charm at Hobby Lobby I called and they do carry them in all their stores and I checked their website and they are there too, but I’ve seen them at other craft stores I frequent as well).

I picked a charm that had one of the colors I wanted so I just used yellow paint on the silver parts. When I messed up or was a little sloppy I just used my finger or a tooth pick to clean up the paint while it was still wet. If you need to paint both colors just wait for the first color to dry and then proceed with the second color.

Once the paint is dry add a layer of Dimensional Magic Mod Podge to the top of the charm. If you have never used Dimensional Magic you’re in for a treat. And even without box of goodies from the company I would and have said this many times but DM it’s one of my all time favorite craft products. It adds a great resin like glaze that is crystal clear, has no odor and is super easy to use. Seriously you should check it out.

Next add a jump ring unless your charm comes with one. To open a jump ring you want to slide the sides out so they are parallel to each other as opposed to just opening it by spreading the ends apart. If you do that it messes up the shape and can break the jump ring.

Add a chain, throw on a white button up and cardigan and you’ve got an easy peasy Gryffindor student costume with a necklace that can be worn many times later. Fun right?

UPDATED: If you are interested in purchasing one of my Gryffindor Tie Necklaces (or other House necklaces) I am now selling them in my Etsy Shop along with other bookish gift items.

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Handmade Halloween: Spaghetti and Meatballs Costume Tutorial from Simple Simon and Co

Hi!  I’m liZ (one of the two Elizabeth’s) over at Simple Simon and Company.
And I’m so happy to be over here with Marissa for her Handmade Halloween series.
I just love Halloween.  And so do my kids.
Every year they spend weeks brainstorming costume ideas.  And today I get to share a favorite from a Halloween several years back.  Actually it was about 5 years back….it was the first year that Simon (my son) was old enough to choose what he wanted to be for Halloween.
And what he chose was Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Although he’s older now and would never choose something as silly as spaghetti and meatballs that doesn’t mean I still don’t love the costume (or the idea.)  And this costume has become the costume of legend in our family—being the first of a long line of, shall we say, “unconventional” kids costumes.
I can’t find the original photo of Simon in this costume but Grace was more than happy to model it for us today.  So without further ado here is our family’s famous Spaghetti and Meatballs costume:
And if you want to make one of these yourself here is the recipe:
1 long sleeved red t-shirt
1 package of jumbo fat yarn (I think there is a real name for it but I’m not sure what it’s really called.)
3 jumbo sized brown pom poms
Hot Glue and your glue gun
Lay your shirt out flat.
Cut randomly sized pieces of yarn.  (I made some shorter that the shirt and some longer—but not long enough to be stepped on.)
Starting at the neckline run a bead of glue down where you would like to place your first piece of spaghetti.
Place the yarn on the glue and repeat as many times as needed until you have a full shirt of spaghetti.
Now add your meatballs with your glue gun as well.
Let cool and enjoy!
Thanks again for inviting us over today Marissa!
And for more random projects feel free to visit us anytime!
Simple Simon & Co

Handmade halloween: Kiddo Costume Tips with Family Ever After

Hi! I’m Rachel, from the blog Family Ever After! I’m so excited to be here today. I am going to share a few tips on making Halloween costumes, and then show you a bunch of pictures from past Halloween costumes. Click on any links below for the tutorials on our costumes :)
Ok… here is my #1 tip regarding Halloween costumes: Allow your kids to totally let their creativity shine, by letting them pick what they want to be. (Keeping in mind that it needs to be appropriate morally, weather-wise, affordable, etc). The last 2 years, my kids have blown me out of the water with their creativity! If it would have been up to me, I probably would have forced them to coordinate and be all matchy-matchy… but I’m so glad I listened to my instincts and let them choose! They were proud, and I was proud of them for being so creative! They talked about what they wanted to be all.year.long. They both had a hard time narrowing it down. But here’s the other thing: once they have decided, you have to help them commit. No changing their minds after I’ve started making the costumes!
And my #2 tip: Let your kids help you create their costumes! This one is so important to me. Not only will your child have fun with you while making it, but you will totally create special memories with them. And, they will take pride in the fact that they helped. I loved telling our neighbors that the kids helped to make their costumes. That little fact actually got them a lot of extra candy :)
The great thing about Halloween costumes is that they are worn once or twice, and totally don’t have to be perfect. The thriftier, the better, if you ask me! I am willing to invest in things like wigs, that can be reused for other costumes, but most of what I make our costumes with comes from my basement.
So do you want to see what my kids were for Halloween the last few years? Here we go!
Click for more, lots more on the story and making of this costume!
Amish boy, Rainbow Butterfly
If you know this child, you know there wasn’t a more perfect costume for her :)
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
(yes, this one is painfully cheesy. i was super pregnant with zero motivation that year)!
(wow, my husband is a good sport, letting me dress him up as a prince)
This year, we are all dressing up as pirates! I don’t force the family theme (anymore) but actually my entire family (cousins, siblings, parents) is dressing up as pirates this year… so fun (even though we all live in different states, so sad)! My kids are obsessed with the Disney cartoon, “Jake and the Neverland Pirates,” so we’re going to have so much fun with this theme!
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Handmade Halloween: Baby Bandana Tutorial by Kojo Designs

Hey Rae Gun friends! I am Kirstin, half of the sister team that blogs at kojodesigns, and I’m so excited to be here today. I adore Marissa, love this handmade Halloween series, and am thrilled to be a part of it.

Since I don’t have my costumes for this year finished (YET), I thought I’d share a simple tutorial for a baby bandanna. My not-baby-anymore daughter Piper Jane was a cowgirl two Halloweens ago and this was an easy-enough costume to put together.

The cowgirl costume is pretty simple- a patterned onesie, a kid’s cowboy hat (from the dollar store) with a yellow sash and fabric flower tied around it (to make the fabric flower, I used the same basic process as I use to make jersey ruffles, but with about twenty little circles I cut from various yellow and pink fabric scraps), a baby pettiskirt and a little coordinated bandana. To make a mini bandana, you’ll need: -a 12″x12″ square of fabric -two 6″x3″ rectangles of the same fabric -a sewing machine and sewing supplies

1. Iron your square of fabric in half diagonally, right sides facing each other. Also iron your two rectangles in half horizontally, right sides facing each other.

2. Stitch around the the two open edges of your triangle. Leave about 2″ open at the top of each edge and do not sew along the folded edge. Turn right side in, pressing to tuck the raw edges for the 2″ openings inside the fabric triangle.

3. Sew along the open edge of each rectangle, making two tubes. Turn right side in, press flat with the edges turned into the tube and sew finish off each end.

4. Tuck a little rectangle (which will be your bandana ‘ties’) in each 2″ opening in the triangle. Sew openings shut, securing the ties in place. Top stitch around bandana.

5. Pair with a pettiskirt and mini cowgirl hat and admire. Cute, right? Thanks again for having us, Marissa! Come on by kojodesigns any time and say hi, friends!