Costumes: Nature-Inspired

Homecrafted Halloween

Autumn and spring are our favorite seasons and these little beauties give you a clue why. Click the thumbnail photo above to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.

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aka: Audrey Gigi (22 months)
location: Brooklyn, NY
age group: toddler
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: Orange felt, red organza, yarn, batting

description: We found a leaf we liked in the park and I drew it freehand on a big piece of craft paper to make a pattern for 2 large pieces of orange felt. I sewed the two pieces together on the top, leaving the bottom open like a dress and sewed batting to that, turning it inside-out to sew on the organza. I made the lines in leaf using a darker yarn on top. I estimated the arm and head holes by holding it up to my toddler.
Thanks Julie!



aka: Sadie (2.5)
location: Lafayette Hill, PA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Tulle, elastic, ribbon, headband form, faux leaves, faux magnolia, leotard

description: See here.
Thanks Kendra!



aka: Ciera (8 months)
location: Independence, MO
age group: infant
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: silk flower, needle, thread, fabric, glue gun, existing pants and shirt in green material (Kate Quinn Organics outfit)

description: Since I already had the super comfy outfit, all I had to create was the hat. I took a pattern off of her winter fleece hat and cut one out in a green fabric. After piecing and stitching the hat together I disassembled a large silk flower. I started with the bottom round of petals and hand-stitched them row by row onto the top of the hat. Once all the petals were in place I hot-glued on the plastic center of the flower. Add a tiny watering can for collecting little treats!
Thanks Melanie!


Pile of Leaves

aka: Dylan (11 months)
location: Philadelphia, PA
age group: infant
difficulty level: super easy

materials: plastic leaves, acorns, red sweat shirt and pants, red cap
hot glue, plastic rake

description: I'm pretty sure i saw it Family Fun Magazine a few years before I made it in 2008.
Thanks Shoshanna!



aka: Elsie (2)
location: Alaska
age group: toddler
difficulty level: semi-easy

materials: Fleece, fake leafs

description: I basically cut out a sack from brown fleece, sewed it together and cut a hole for the face. The labor intensive part was individually sewing on all the leafs. I started by sewing them all over the hood part and the arms, then I sewed some trickling down the body like they were falling. The look was a huge hit and warm enough to wear for Halloween in Alaska
Thanks Sarah!


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As Apartment Therapy's Managing Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.