Where was Wendi Gratz last Halloween when I needed her? I thought my limited sewing skills would be sufficient to make my son a robe as part of his costume. Let's just say I'm glad it was dark out. Wendi was once tasked with making fifteen costumes for a play without a budget for patterns (pre-internet, she notes!) and she ended up developing a simple technique that you can use to make twenty different costumes - all without a pattern.
If you have a costume to make this Halloween - elf, pirate, jester, angel, wizard, etc. - Wendi's got your back. She put together a comprehensive video tutorial of her technique, using a doll to demonstrate. And older kids can make their own - over the summer she taught twenty kids to make a Hogwarts cloak at a Harry Potter Camp in just an hour.
Find Wendi's costume tutorial on her blog Shiny Happy World.
(Image: Shiny Happy World)