When I was a kid my mom always sewed our Halloween costumes. Now I feel compelled to do the same. There is something pretty great about working my mom magic and creating any costume that my kids dream up. And they have dreamed up a few doozies.
I am excited to be guest judging the Handmade Halloween Contest and Party over at Becoming Martha and Create.Craft.Love. They are offering a great prize to the winner of the best handmade costume and I get to be one of the judges to pick the winner.
The party starts in the middle of October, but to get things started I thought I would post a few of my own handmade costumes and some tutorials to go with some of them. I’ll be posting those here and there through the coming weeks.
So, here’s the first. Yeehaw! It’s a really easy to make child’s cowboy costume:
What You Need:
Fabric: some sort of faux leather or suede. This stuff is great because you can cut it and it won’t fray. I can’t tell you how much you need because it depends on the size of the kid you are making it for. It’s likely to come off the bolt at 60″ wide, (instead of the typical 45″) so keep that in mind
Kid’s Cowboy Costume Tutorial:
Grab one of your kid’s shirts and a pair of pants. These will be your pattern or template to create this cowboy costume. Using your shirt, you will cut the vest to match the shirt, minus the sleeves:
So you will cut out 2 pieces-one for the front and one for the back. For now just cut your fabric so that it reaches the bottom of the shirt. You can cut out the V shape at the bottom later.
Cut your front piece in half.
With right sides facing, stitch at the tops of the sleeves and at the sides: (the slit you see in mine was to slide a Sheriff’s badge in)
To make the chaps:
Lay out the pair of pants. Cut around the front of the pants.
Measure you child’s waist and add elastic to fit around his/her waist snuggly but not too tight. Stitch it in place in a loop like this: