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DIY Carrot Costume — fun for any age! (…plus, one to GIVE AWAY!)

I’m such a sucker for random costume ideas.  And today’s post is something different from anything we chatted about or voted on almost a month ago…..but I just couldn’t help it.  (And yes, the other costumes from the vote are in the works.  Don’t worry!)  I got this little Carrot Costume stuck in my head and I knew it would be quick, so I hurried and whipped it up the other day.  And haha, it just makes me laugh!  Especially those leafy carrot greens sprouting from the top of Oliver’s head! :)

Now, I know your average 10/11/12-year-old kid isn’t going to beg you to be a carrot for Haloween this year….but it’s a fun idea for babies, toddlers, or even high school aged kids who are past dressing up like super heroes and princesses but want something a little more unique and kind of hilarious to wear!  Or hey, this would be an awesome adult costume too!  I’d wear it!  (And then I’d make my husband wear a bottle of ranch costume! Ha!Also, just like some of the other costumes I’ve made this month, I’ll be giving this costume away too.  Because our dress-up box is absolutely overflowing!  So hopefully one of you could use this.  (More on the giveaway down below!)

 

But who can resist a cute little BABY CARROT?!!!  (<—see what I did there…..haha!)

 

DIY Carrot Costume 1

 

The costume is made from fleece and can be worn as-is for warmer places (like here in Oklahoma), but can easily be layered with leggings and a long-sleeved shirt for colder places.

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

The sprouting leaves are made from stiff netting…..and surprisingly, they stood up REALLY well!  But even if they flop back a bit, you still get the idea! :)

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

I added some stitched lines to the fleece, to give it that textured carrot look…

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

The front and back come down to a point to mimic the shape of a carrot…..but since it goes up at the sides, there’s plenty of room for movement and walking.

Oliver is just barely taking some steps and getting comfortable with walking, but still mostly crawls (that’s why you see his daddy’s hand in all these pictures).  But those higher sides also allow for crawling.

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

Wouldn’t it be fun if he had a twin brother and we dressed him up as a stalk of broccoli?  Or a pea pod?  Or, like I mentioned above, a bottle of ranch dressing?! Ha! ;)

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

Oh, baby boy…..you’re such a good sport!  And make the cutest little bundle of beta carotene!

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

SO—

If you don’t sew, don’t have time to sew, or would rather not sew…….this costume is up for grabs!  Oliver wears an 18-month in clothing but it would work for a 1 year old (and would be a little longer) up to probably a 3 year old, maybe a smaller 4 year old (but would be a little shorter).

If you’d like the costume, leave a comment below (make sure you leave your email address in the comment form, not inside the actual comment, just the form) and let me know who you’d like this costume for! :) Hopefully it will work out for one of you!  ****Giveaway closes Saturday October 3rd, 11:59 p.m.

 

And if you’d like to make your own carrot, in any ol’ size you want — let’s get started!

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Orange Fleece, amount varies (available online HERE)
  • Green Netting, 1 yard (netting is stiffer than tulle….and will stand up better)
  • Elastic cording
  • Fleece Baby Hat Template (Same as BABY COW COSTUME TUTORIAL)
  • Sewing Supplies (here’s a list of my favorite sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas) 

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.

 

First of all, go and check out the Baby Cow Costume tutorial and print off the pattern piece for the fleece hat.  You may need to adjust the size for your needs, so be sure and make a test hat, just to see how it fits your subject.  (It’s really fast to make!)  I ended up adding about a 1/2 inch around all edges but I didn’t end up needing it, even though Oliver is a year older than when I originally drafted that pattern piece.  Sew the darts on the front and back hat pieces.

DIY Carrot Costume 11

 

Now, there is no right or wrong way to do this…..but you need to sew a wad of your netting to the top of one of your hat pieces. I folded my netting into 3rds and then bunched it up at one end and then attached it to the RIGHT side of the hat piece.  It will be a little tricky to fit it under your presser foot, but the more netting you can wad up into one place, the tighter it will be and the better it will stand up on the head.  Attach your netting about 1/4 inch from the edge of the fleece.

DIY Carrot Costume 12

 

Place the other hat piece on top, with RIGHT sides together, and then sew your hat together along the curved edge.  (Refer to the tutorial above if you need more help sewing the hat together.

DIY Carrot Costume 13

 

Trim off any excess fleece.

DIY Carrot Costume 14

 

Now, you’re going to have a bunch of netting edges at the very top of the hat…..but that will be itchy for your subject.  So, cut a circle of fleece and hot glue it over this inside section of the hat.  (This will also help give the base of the netting a little more stability and will help it to stand better.)

DIY Carrot Costume 15

 

Turn the hat right side out and turn under the bottom edge and sew in place, using a zig-zag stitch.

DIY Carrot Costume 23

 

For the main bodice of the carrot, you’ll be putting your pieces together a lot like the Strawberry Costume tutorial.  So, read through that first and then come back to put your carrot together.

Now, measure your subject just like the strawberry and decide how long you want your costume to be.  Then add 1.5 inches to that measurement.  Next, measure around the chest of your subject and then multiply that number by 1.3, then add 2 inches for seam allowances, and then divide by 2.  (The 1.3 can be adjusted…I just found multiplying it by 1.3 was a good ratio.)

Oliver is almost 15 months old and wears size 18 months in most things.  SO, if you want to use his measurements as a guide, here’s what I came up with.  I decided to make the carrot 22 inches from the top of shoulder, down to mid-calf.  22 inches plus 1.5 is 23.5…..which was the length of my fleece piece.  Oliver has a chest size of 21.5 inches…..so after being multiplied by 1.3, adding 2 and then dividing by 2, I had a width of 15 inches.  So, I cut 2 pieces from my fleece that were both 23.5 inches tall and 15 inches wide.  JUST BE SURE THAT THE STRETCH OF YOUR FLEECE IS GOING LEFT TO RIGHT, NOT UP AND DOWN.

Then, cut the bottom edges to a curved point, mimicking a pointy carrot.

DIY Carrot Costume 16

 

Place your two pieces together (with right sides together) and then sew along both sides, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  However, be sure to leave two armholes open towards the top of your pieces, just like the strawberry costume tutorial linked above.

DIY Carrot Costume 17

 

Now, cut 2 more identical pieces, just like the first (as a sort of lining to help stiffen up the costume).  Sew the sides together just like the last step, making sure to leave the armholes open.  Now, turn one of your sections of fabric right side out and then slide it into the other one, and line them up, making sure the right sides are together.

DIY Carrot Costume 18

 

Match up the side seams and the curved bottom edges.  Pin the curved edges together.

DIY Carrot Costume 19

 

Then sew them together, using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

DIY Carrot Costume 20

 

Turn the entire thing right side out, press flat with your fingers, and add pins to keep the curved edge flat.  Sew in place, about 1/8 of an inch from the edge.

DIY Carrot Costume 21

 

This is optional, but I decided to add some lines to the costume, to make it look like those lines on a carrot.  However, I think I would use brown or something a little more obvious next time.  Just be sure that the 2 layers of fleece are flat and matched up on the side seams as you sew.

DIY Carrot Costume 22

 

Now, sew a seam all the way around the upper edges of the costume, securing the 2 layers together, 2 inches down from the top edge.

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Now, fold those edges down and inward on themselves 1 inch, and sandwich them closed.  Sew all the way around the top edge, about 1/8 inch from the edge…..leaving a 1 inch inch opening somewhere along the top.  This is your casing for your elastic.

DIY Carrot Costume 24

 

Now, finish of the armholes, just like the strawberry costume linked above.

DIY Carrot Costume 25

 

Lastly, thread your elastic through the casing, knot the ends together, then sew the opening closed.

DIY Carrot Costume 26

 

That’s it for the bodice.

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

And now your little Baby Carrot is complete!

DIY Carrot Costume...a simple and unique costume for any age! | via Make It and Love It

 

 

Enjoy!

-Ashley

 

 

Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

Comments

  1. Linda @ Sewing Shop says:

    Hi, just wanted to let you know that I linked to this tutorial from my blog: https://www.sewingshop.net/blog/thursday-treasures-3-theme-orange/

    This is simply adorable and a really original costume!

  2. Dorothy Young says:

    what an adorable outfit for dramatic play! My 15 month old granddauwould be adorable in this and we could use it at my child care center afterwards. I have a pea pod costume I made for my son 25 years ago and would love to use them together!

  3. Becky says:

    My boy is 14 months and costume-less; we’d love to win It!

  4. Rachel says:

    Slipping in under the wire to say that we would love to win this for our daughter Anna! It’s adorable and she would be so cute in it. Thanks for offering to give it away!

  5. Jeannie says:

    My husband has been talking about dressing up Charlie, who is turning 1 next month into a carrot and both myself and my husband will be dressing up as bunnies since Charlie was born. He is a tall 1 year old and we are in California, this would be perfect if we can get it!!

  6. Angeelie Detta says:

    I have two little boys (12 months apart). I’m sure that this costume will fit one of them!

  7. judith says:

    OH, so sweet …. for my granddaughter, Genevieve ……. her Mommy and Daddy have raised a garden this summer while they have been raising her!

  8. Karie says:

    I love your costume ideas Ashley! So cute! I’d love this for my own little one year old. :)

  9. shantel says:

    Oh my little toddler would look adorable in this outfit!

  10. Pamela says:

    So cute. I would love to have this for my grandson. Your little baby is such a great looking carrot, he is a doll.

  11. Brandy Hoot says:

    This is the cutest costume I’ve seen so far this year and I’ve been searching for weeks!! My littles are a bit older but I would so love to win this for my 20 month old niece. She would be so excited to wear the hat!! And since she’s be raised as a vegetarian, she’d really appreciate the carrot. :) Thank for the tutorial and for the chance to win!

  12. Megan s says:

    id love this for my 18 month old!

  13. Nicole says:

    I love your random costume ideas! And this baby carrot one is adorable! I’m about 90% sure my family will go as produce this year. We’ll have one strawberry, one baby carrot, and if you think of any other fruit or veggie costume ideas I’ll have to make them too! I’m still trying to brainstorm the two adult costumes. We have some friends and family who are vegetarians, so they will especially love our theme for this year :)

  14. Amy ball says:

    My 3 year old daughter is a fruit and veggie lover plus my job is to inspire more people to eat more fruits and veggies! perfect!!!!

  15. Kristina says:

    This is just darling! I LOVE the stitching you did across the carrot body. I have a 1 year old and we live in warmer weather so this would be perfect as you showed it on your sweet Oliver. You do great tutorials!!

  16. Courtney B. says:

    My daughter McKenna would look adorable in this costume! She is 17 months and is short and still has her baby rolls. Her older sisters are going to be Anna and Elsa for Halloween and I am tempted to dress up as Sven. She could be my little carrot.

  17. Deborah Weathers says:

    This costume would look adorable on my daughter Sienna. She already outgrew her Tinkerbell outfit I bought a few months ago so I need something stat!

  18. Lisa says:

    Wowwww, great idea for next Carnival! My son is 19 months old!!

  19. angela ga says:

    Would love this for my little daughter. Now if I could convince big sis to be a bunny!

  20. Meghan B says:

    Would love this for my 17 month old daughter!

  21. Mikayla McMillan says:

    I love your tutorials. They make me love sewing again!
    I have a 15 month-old curly “carrot top” girl that would love this!

  22. Liesbet R says:

    I’m in! I have two daughters of one and three years old.

  23. Andrea Nilsson says:

    I would love to win this for my nephew he would be the cutest little carrot

  24. Allison says:

    That is sooo cute! It would be the cutest costume for my 20-month-old “baby.” :)

  25. Elizabeth Oborn says:

    Hello there!! My little baby girl Olivia is 17 months old and I would absolutely adore her to be a carrot for halloween (especially because carrots are her favorite food/baby food). Thank you for considering us.

  26. erin says:

    I would put it on my baby or her brother! We are in Minnesota, so all costumes are fleece by mom’s mandate, and include a hat. That carrot would work fantastically for our frigid Halloweens.

  27. Monica says:

    I would love to have this for my daughter to wear for Halloween!

  28. Diane W says:

    How incredibly cute! I LOVE costumes like this. No scary, ugly or bloody stuff. Keep it cute and simple… I have 5 little grandkids under 4 that could use this….

  29. Chelsea Clark says:

    I have an 18 month old who would love this costume!

  30. Burcu says:

    This would be very nice for my 3 year old :)

  31. Carol Wong says:

    Oh my goodness! What a cute costume … But not as cute as the model! My goddaughter would look adorable in this!

  32. mary says:

    This would be so amazing for my granddaughter and when Halloween is over it would add a very cute dress-up costume for my daughter’s
    day-care.

  33. Katie says:

    My niece or nephew would look adorable in this!

  34. Lizet Q says:

    So cute for my daughter !!

  35. Andrea W says:

    It would be for my 16 month old girl.

  36. Ellen says:

    This is a super cute costume and would fit great on my soon to be 18 month old son! Love your blogs and your great tutorials! Life is Good :)

  37. Lisa says:

    My son! Thanks for the giveaway. :-)

  38. Cheryl says:

    This would be super cute on my son :)! I would like to be put into the draw please, if you ship to Canada :D.

    I learned to sew last year but with a newborn I just can’t seem to find the time to get anything done. I do hope to make their costumes next year :)! I especially want to try your parrot costume.

  39. Tara says:

    This is too cute, I would love it for my little almost-two-year-old!

  40. lindsey says:

    i would love this for my little boy (he is 18 months) he would look adorable toddling round our little village in this – however i am in the uk so maybe it’s not open to me? oh well great costume anywayxx oliver is sooooo cute!

  41. Amber says:

    I used your fleece hat tutorial last year to make part of the costume for my son and it turned out great, thanks!

  42. Anne Marie says:

    This would be perfect for my grandson!

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