Costumes: Pirates, Hero, Caveman, Spider and Robot

Costumes: Pirates, Hero, Caveman, Spider and Robot

Carrie McBride
Oct 31, 2010

Happy Halloween everyone! We've loved seeing all your super creative, beautiful and, in many cases, downright hilarious homecrafted costumes. Thanks for sharing them with us and enjoy these last few! Click the thumbnail photo above to see the whole costume and click through to find out how the costumes were made.


aka: Lila (11 months)
location: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
age group: toddler
difficulty level: not especially easy (but worth it!)

materials: white t-shirt or onesie, black jersey fabric, black elastic (thin for the eye patch and thicker for the tutu waistband), black tulle, black felt, pink ribbon. fun accessories: little skull hairclip, pink skull sticker tattoo, black legwarmers, skull maryjanes with pink bow from Livie & Luca.

description: Eye patch: made a headband out of thin black elastic and sewed on an eye patch made out of felt. Tutu: cut tulle into strips about two inches wide and 18 inches long. Made a waistband out of elastic and tied the tulle strips around the it until the tutu was nice and full! I used tulle that was fairly thin and not very stiff to make it a bit more comfortable. (The tutu was a little time consuming but definitely worth the effort!) Shirt: using the measurements of the white shirt, I made a little black lace up 'tube top' out of jersey and laced it using pink ribbon. I stitched the black top onto the shirt so it stayed up and finished the hem with a ruffle.
Thanks Andrea!


aka: Pookie (14 months)
location: Oceanside, CA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: leopard print fleece, safety pins

description: I just kind-of wrapped it around him and secured it with a couple of safety pins. Luckily he had fake baby ugg boots to complete the look.
Thanks Becky!


aka: Parker (3)
location: Columbus, OH
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Vinyl - boot covers (which really completed the costume).
strips of fraying fabric - headband and belt. Fabric - simple vest

description: Easy, Easy, Easy and way cuter than most cheap, store bought, pirate costumes. The belt and head band were just long strips of unfinished fabric. The vest was so buttons lining or anything. The only tricky part were the boot covers. I sewed a tube shape with the vinyl...big enough for my 3 year old to slip his foot in. Then I sewed on a flap of the vinyl at the top. He wore them with black shoes. I finished off the costume with brown eye shadow applied with a blush brush to give him a little pirate scruff. ARG!
Thanks Katie!


aka: Jason (3)
location: Fort Worth, TX
age group: child
difficulty level: super easy

materials: T-shirt, leggings, silver duct tape, silver contact paper, recycled lids from drink containers, cardstock, rain boots spray painted silver.

description: See how at Warm Hot Chocolate.
Thanks Julee!


aka: Riley (1)
location: Seattle, WA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Felt, existing clothing

description: I cut out two thunderbolts (one pink and one black) and a basic cape shape out of pink felt. The pink thunderbolt we hot glued to a black onesie and the black thunderbolt went onto the pink cape. Riley had black leggies and pink boots, and voila! A superhero is born.
Thanks Jane!


aka: M (2)
location: Amesbury, MA
age group: toddler
difficulty level: super easy

materials: Black Tube Socks, Batting, Self-sticking Velcro, Safety pins, Fishing line, Black sweatshirt, Black ski hat, Iridescent web patterned fabric

description: To make the legs: Black tube socks were filled with batting and attached to a black sweatshirt using self-sticking Velcro. A safety pin and fishing line connected the legs to the sleeves. Then I took a simple length of iridescent spider web fabric and cut a hole in the middle to slip it over my son's head. To make the eyes: Used more of the iridescent fabric, stuffed with batting, stitched closed in the back and attached with self-sticking Velcro.
Thanks Randye!

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