A few years ago, I was looking for a simple costume for my grandson that would be comfortable for him, but still be super-cute.
I wanted something fun and easy, instead of having to get him all dressed up in something he'd probably just be uncomfortable in, anyway, and usually gets covered up with a jacket because of the cool weather. Oh! Then there's the fun of trying to peel the costume off of a tuckered out (sometimes grumpy :P) kid when we get home after trick-or-treating...
So, I got an idea! It occurred to me that I could just make a costume out of the jacket that he was going to be wearing anyway. Right over his own comfy clothes or pajamas. Easy-on, easy-off!
** This is an extremely simple project, but I did decide to include my own funny little diagrams for each step just to help visualize it - and have a little fun.
TOTAL TIME SPENT ON THIS PROJECT : About 3 Hours
I hope you all enjoy - and that my 'ible might help to inspire. :D
H A P P Y H A L L O W E E N
~ H A P P Y H A U N T I N G, E V E R Y O N E ! ! ! ~
Step 1: Gather Materials
The materials needed to make this costume can be found around anyone's home. If not, they're easily obtainable. I spent (If I remember right,) less than $3 total. That was the cost of the black hooded jacket from the Dollar Store for $2.50 and the .10 cents for the white felt square from Wal-Mart.
- Plain black hooded jacket
- One square of white felt material*
- Hot Glue gun & Hot glue
- A Needle and Thread
- Black nylons *
- Black sharpie*
- Fishing line*
- Filler (stuffing)*
Step 2: Get the Jacket Ready to Attach the Spider Arms.
On a flat surface, lay the jacket with the arms outstretched.
Cut 4 lengths off of the pantyhose legs, each to approximately the same length as the jacket arms.
Stuff the lengths with enough stuffing to look about as big around as the jacket arm that the child will actually be wearing - the top one.
(The foot part of the pantyhose will only need to be sewn up on one end. The other two 'legs' will need to have both ends sewn up.)
Step 3: Attach the 'Spider Legs'
Attach the 'Spider Legs' to the jacket at the side seams as shown in the picture. These can either be hot glued on, or as I chose to do, sewn on.
Step 4: Connect Your Little Spider's Legs
Thread a sewing needle with either some clear fishing line or really heavy thread (this costume will be seriously worn on Halloween - I guarantee it! LOL) and, starting with the 'bottom' leg, thread up and through each 'leg' until you get to the bottom of the 'top leg' (the jacket arm.) Then tie it off.
Step 5: Cut Out Your Felt Pieces
Using shapes similar to the ones in the picture (or whatever you can imagine,) cut out pieces from your white felt.
These will be the spider's fangs and eyes and will be attached to the front of the hood of the jacket.
Step 6: Attach Your Spider's Eyes and Fangs
Using either hot glue (which I did) or needle and thread, attach your spider's eyes and fangs to the front of the jacket hood. * Remember to attach the fangs to the INSIDE of the hood for a more finished look.
It's also kind of important to maybe have your child try on the jacket now. Just so that you can check the placement of the eyes on the hood & make sure they're not too far up on the head or too far apart on the sides.
Also, LOL - But in all seriousness - make sure that the fangs don't hang right in front of the eyes... My first go around was a bit comical and my grandson was a little frustrated with Gramma for little awhile 'cause she was laughing so hard. :P
Step 7: Finish With the Eyeballs!
Use your Sharpie to draw in black eyeballs on the white felt eyes.
Congratulations! - You now have a warm, comfortable, cute little Halloween spider!