Making easy sew costumes for children or adults is a fun and
imaginative way to save money and indulge your creative side as the
same time. Costumes for holidays, plays or other events are usually
simple, relying more on props than the actual costume for effect. In
addition, most costumes are easily alterable to accommodate other
situations as well. For example, you can use a tutu for both a
ballerina or fairy costume.
Additionally, a red cape easily functions as both a Superman or
Little Red Riding Hood costume, which saves you time from creating a
whole new costume.
Reuse an old tshirt or one with a logo on it for this simple cape.
Leaving the neck intact, start cutting front from the back at the
side seam. Cut off sleeves and leave 3-4 inches of the front neck
hole. Continue cutting off opposite sleeve. Until you have a neck
line and the back of the tshirt left. Slip neck hole over the head
and you have an easy cape. Decorate the back of the cape (t shirt)
as you'd like. *If there is a logo you want to use for the cape, cut
so the side with the logo is intact and the back will only be the
No Sew Cape with Scalloped Edge
Girl Costume Ideas
Make a witch dress out of current black dress and top with a witch
Make a devil costume out of a red dress and add red horns on a
This fairy costume
works well for not only a fairy, Tinkerbell, ballerina, princess or
a good witch.
More Costume Ideas
Easy sew costumes include bumblebee or other insect costumes because
most insects are recognizable by wings, which are simple to make.
The costume requires:
Yellow and black fleece fabric (take correct measurements to
purchase the right amount of material)
First, measure the childs shoulder width. Cut material for that
length and add 12 inches more. Pieces of the fleece should be about
4- 1/2 to 5 inches wide. Sew together the strips of yellow and
black, alternating colors. Make two squares of these strips. Then
attach the squares by sewing the sides together however leave holes
for the head and arms. Attach pipe cleaners to a black headband.
Mother Nature Costume
Most easy sew costumes are costumes on which small decorations need
glued or pinned. This is a nice, non-scary costume for a girl at
Halloween. The materials required:
Sew leaves and flowers onto the skirt as decoration. Glue smaller
flowers and leaves to the facemask. Make a nest from twigs and place
the bird into the nest. Sew this on the shoulder or make a hat using
the nest. Use your imagination to enhance the costume. Mother Nature
easy sew costumes are also convenient for trick-or-treating because
the child can wear pants under the skirt if it is chilly.
Purchase red or green tights, an extra-large green or red
sweatshirt, and a striped turtleneck. Make a vest from the
sweatshirt, cutting the sleeves with a pair of zigzag scissors. Sew
ribbon or lace around the sleeves and on the vest. Use a wide ribbon
as a belt.
Either purchase or make an elf hat by cutting triangles from green
felt. Sew these pieces together to make a "cone" hat and attach a
tassel, pom-pom or bell at the top. Make elf shoes by tracing feet
onto a piece of paper and using this as a template when cutting felt
for wearing indoors or cutting felt to fit over a pair of shoes for
I got this extra fabric from a
friend. I had no idea what to do with it until I saw an M&M.
All I did was sew 2 circles around a hula hoop. We called my
children the fuzzy M&M's. At school, the kids loved them and
they were a huge hit. The next year, we went to an assembly. At
the assembly, the principal asked the children what was the best
Halloween costume they had ever saw. The kids shouted out, "the
fuzzy M&M's" and I just smiled like any proud mother would.
This easy sew costume idea would work well leaving a hole at the top
and bottom and two arm holes for the child to wear the costume. Then
cut a large letter M out of white felt. Hand sew on the front of the
circle. Make a pumpkin costume Using the same idea above for the
M&M you can create a pumpkin by using orange fabric. Add green
felt eyes, nose and mouth.
Many costumes are considered "no-sew" costumes, or are easy sewing
costumes that just require very little sewing. Some costumes include
masks, which are usually easy sew or no-sew type projects.
Creating a lion mask using a paper plate, brown, yellow and orange
streamer rolls for the mane and eye stickers takes little time. For
children who do not like to wear masks, you can glue a wooden craft
stick to the mask so the child can simply hold the mask in front of
his face as well.
A princess costume can be made easily by dressing up a current dress
your daughter has. Make a princess hat by creating a basic cone
shape hat out of sturdy cardstock or poster board. Add a long strip
of lace out of the top that flows down to the shoulders. Add a
feather boa, play jewelry and some fun shoes and she is set. This
makes a no sew Halloween costume that will be ready in a hurry.
Sweatsuit costumes make great easy sew costumes or even no sew
You can create such things as Peter
Pan with a green sweatshirt and sweatpants just add a
simple brown felt hat sewn together and add a feather out of the
top. You can make a cardboard sword to go with the costume.
To make a felt hat, measure
around the child or adult's head (whomever the costume is for) Cut
out a triangle piece of felt with the base being the above
measurement. You can make a pattern on paper first or draw on the
felt with a pen to make an accurate size. To sew together, place two
ends of triangle together and sew along edge. For Peter pan add a
feather out of the top.
This type of hat will also work for Robin
Make a bat costume
with a black sweatsuit. Add wings by using these Fairy
wings directions. You will just need to shape your hangers
more oblong and add black tights.
Make a pumpkin costume
out of orange sweatpants and shirt. Glue or hand sew on green
felt pieces that are shaped as eyes, nose and a mouth.
A gray sweatsuit could be created into an elephant
by making a gray trunk out of a stuffed gray tight. Or a mouse with cut out gray felt
ears glued to a headband. Add a long tail made out of a scrap of
A red sweatshirt with black felt or fleece circles glued or
sewn randomly could turn into an easy sew ladybug.
Add red sweatpants and a black headband with black pipe cleaners
and pompoms for the antenna.
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