So, its October 30th and you’ve just remembered your child is meant to be out trick or treating tomorrow evening. You don’t want to break the bank on a costume just for one evening that they’ll have grown out of it by the time next year rolls around. Grab your needle and thread and get creative!
The DIY Witch
- Grab some gingham fabric
- Cut two 31- by 20-inch rectangles
- Sew the ends together, leaving armholes at the top of the rectangle
- Fold in the top 1 inch of the fabric and sew a channel, leaving a 1-inch opening
- Thread a ribbon or string through the channel. Once on, pull the ribbon to gather it at the top
- Cut a 3 1/2- by 36-inch strip from black eyelet fabric.
- Sew a hand-running stitch along the edge of one of the long sides
- Leave a knot at one end and pull the string on the other side to create gathers.
- Pin at the back of the costume or add a snap.
- Finish with witches’ hats. (You know you have one lying around somewhere)
DIY Ghost Costume
- Find yourself an old white sheet or duvet, one that was headed for the bin.
- You may also want to get hold of some black felt, but this can be substituted for any other black material (get innovative – an old black top will do).
- Fold the sheet/duvet in half and measure it against your child, cut it so it sits just above the ankle and cut out a semi-circle on the fold for a neck hole. It can be warn as a poncho or feel free to make some arm holes.
- Use the black material to make a scary ghost face.
- Either stitch on the ghost face or if your artist capabilities won’t stretch that far grab some glue and attach the material in the centre of the sheet/duvet. (A good idea is to try on the poncho before attaching the face so you can map out where you want it to sit.)
DIY Cat Costume
- Get yourself a wire hanger, you only need one, cut off one end and bend it to your favourite tail shape.
- Wrap the tail-shaped wire hanger in fur or feather (whatever you can find at short notice). Hot glue into place as you go.
- Finally, attach it to some elasticthe size of your waist or your little person’s waist, and there you have it. A tail that actually stays up and stays put.
- Cut a piece of feltthe shape of a cat ear. You could stitch a little satin piece on the top to make it extra cute and to add a little dimension.
- Hot glue the fur/feathers on the outer edge of the ear.
- Gather the bottom of the ear together and stitch or hot glue into place.
- Hot glue some clipson the back.
- Simply clip the ears on, if the youngster has long hair, maybe pop it into pig tails and they’ll be easy to attach.
- Now for the fun part, pinning them down long enough to draw some whiskers and a cute little nose.