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October is Costume Month….any requests??

I have been waiting for months for October to come.  MONTHS!!!  I usually wait until October to start making costumes for Halloween because I just can’t bring myself to start before then.  Kinda like decorating for Christmas…..I have to wait until Thanksgiving is over.  I just have to.  Halloween costumes are the same way.  I just have to wait until October begins.  And guess whaaaaaaat?!!  October starts next week!!  I know, I’m still a big ol’ kid.  But I LOVE the magic of Halloween!


Here are a few costumes from years past.


The Little Red Riding Hood crew from 2012.

1 red riding hood




The Mary Poppins group from 2011.

2 mary poppins costumes



Cinderella and Prince Charming from 2010.

3prince charming 

4 cinderella



And Peter Pan and Tinker Bell from 2009.

6 peter pan  5 tinker bell



(Is picking a favorite costume the same as picking a favorite child?  Totally different, right??  Well, then, I’ll go ahead and tell you my favorite……the MARY POPPINS year!!  Ahhhhhh!  I absolutely LOVED figuring out, making, and then dressing my kiddos in those costumes!!!)

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Anyway, I wanted to do something a little different and FUN this year.  Every year, I just make things for my own kids.  And the costumes are only helpful if they are what you’re dressing up your kids/grandkids/neighbors (or yourself) that particular year.  I guess they can always be saved for future years too…..but still, it’s hard to use for the current year.


SOOOOOOO……how about we turn October into COSTUME MONTH??!  And I’ll make several really simple costume ideas, all throughout the month.  (I’ll do a few other posts too…..but mostly costumes/dress-up’s).  The costumes will have to be pretty simple ideas or an idea that I can simplify, because, well, I only have so many hours in my day.  Ha!!  But, if there’s a particular costume that a whole bunch of you would like to make and it’s definitely more time consuming……….I’ll show you some tips, offer some ideas, and talk about supplies and such to tackle the project on your own.  You know….to help give you a good starting point. I’m completely excited just typing this out!  Because we’re going to have costumes coming out our ears over here.  And I’m thrilled!




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Oh, and yeah, I’m going to still make my kids’ costumes too…..but I’m not sharing that yet.  (Mostly because we haven’t narrowed it down.  And maybe the list will change after I read some of your ideas.  HA!)



Okay, so here’s the deal.  Tell me all of your ideas.  ALL OF THEM!  Oh, and especially the simpler ones that you’d really like featured here during the month of October.  But don’t leave out the more complicated ones…..because I’ll pick a few of those to highlight, and talk you through making it on your own.  Or maybe simplifying it.  Sound fun??


Okay……leave a comment and share your ideas.  And then, later, when you’re doing the dishes or taking a shower (that’s when ideas come to me!) and you think of another idea, leave me another comment.  I don’t mind lots!


And, you know, maybe in a few days we’ll have a vote…..and then I’ll know which ones should be made first.  Yeah, let’s do that! :)


Talk to you soon! :)





  1. Chelsea says:

    I am about halfway through making a Rapunzel dress for my daughter which has been tricky but is turning out pretty cute if you don’t look to closely at my wonky zipper seams. The bodice is almost done, but I was thinking about doing a panel skirt (is that what you call it?) since that is what it is in the movie and it would make it a bit easier to do the detail on the front. Also, I struggle with gathering large amounts of fabric so I like the idea of getting a full skirt without having to gather. Any tips on making a panel skirt would be appreciated. i think I can handle making Flynn/Eugene for my older son although I am not sure how to go about making convincing boots/shoe covers. I would love some ideas and instruction to make a Pascal chameleon costume for my youngest. I have some ideas of what I might try, but after the trial and error difficulty I have had with the dress so far, I would love some help from a more experienced and creative seamstress.

    1. Sarah says:

      paschal was super easy- I did it a few years ago with a sweatsuit and a hanger. :) Here’s a link

  2. Amy says:

    I’m making a penguin costume for my 6mo, and found your tutorial while looking for ideas, so thank you very much! I considered a Kirby costume ( this year for my ever-hungry and non-discriminatory baby but couldn’t think of a way to make it safe and not look awful. I I think headgear can really make or break a Halloween costume, so I personally would love some tips there. I’m making a Milli costume, of Team Umizoomi, and am struggling with trying to make a hood – gathered, elastic, or using darts. I’ve seen some pictures of Pac-man costumes which make me chuckle and look like they could be really simple. One of my favorites has always been the family who chose “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” as their theme, and dressed up as caterpillar, leaves, and butterfly. That’s all I’ve got in terms of simple costumes – looking forward to this series!

  3. Sarah R says:

    I have a little redheaded girl who I was thinking of dressing up as Annie. My husband wants her to be strawberry shortcake though. So ideas on either of those would be appreciated.

  4. Susan says:

    I have a couple ideas for my 4 year old boy, and 1.5 year old girl – would love if any of these made the list!

    Turtle and hare
    Spider and Little Miss Muffett
    Firefighter and dalmation
    Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann

  5. Anonymous says:

    Ditto on minions. :)

  6. Brittany says:

    Despicable Me minions!!!

  7. Lisa says:

    Wild Kratts Creature Power Suits, please!!

  8. Anika says:

    Your costumes are always amazing! I have made my twin bus their costumes each year as well…but they haven’t been as cool as yours! This year I thought I was set on doing Super Heroes, but they have been loving playing the the kitchen set at daycare so now I am toying around with the idea of making them Chef or Baker costumes. I was kind of thinking aprons rather than the white buttoned up shirt.

    1. Anika says:

      *twin boys, not bus!…gotta love auto correct!

  9. Sarah says:

    I would love to see you do a minion costume from Despicable Me. My little guy wants to be one, and I’m a little stumped.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I did yellow long sleeve tee with overalls and made a super easy minion hat out of fleece and just sewed on the eye and goggle since I knew my 3, 2, and 4 month old would not keep goggles on HTH

  10. Emily says:

    My 4 year old has decided to be WonderRed from super why (the girl in the purple and red leotard with a red cape that rolls around on roller skates) and thus I am going to do my 4 year old in super why to tie the outfits together. I need a girlie version of super why?

  11. Angie says:

    Pirate Princess please.

  12. Amanda says:

    I’m so excited! I always do family costumes (including my husband and I!) and this year we’re doing the Wizard of Oz. Dorothy, scarecrow, wicked witch, Glinda, and my 1-year old as a Munchkin. :) I think I’ve got most of us figured out except for a scarecrow hat, I would love a tutorial for that! Another request would be for dragon and knight costumes. That’s what we almost did this year: knights, princesses and a little 1-year old dragon. It seemed more difficult to do though so I would love some ideas to do it next year!

    1. Anika says:

      I love to do family costumes too! We did the Wizard of Oz a couple years ago and I used a fisherman’s hat from a thrift store for my little scarecrow. I stitched fringed fabric around the inside of the brim to be the “straw” and I added a plaid fabric band and a fake leaf to the outside.

  13. British American says:

    I haven’t dared asked my kids if they have any ideas / requests yet. My daughter found her old super woman/girl costume from the thrift store and it still fits, so she will probably wear that. I picked up some really good Target clearance costumes last year, so that will probably work too.

    One thing I am interested in is a robot costume for my 2 year old. They have some cute ideas on pinterest. But I might just make him wear last year’s clearance!

    Last year I made cowgirl chaps for my daughter, thanks to pinterest. :)

    1. Kiera Chambers says:

      my husband and son were robots a few years ago, I went to the $ store and got a lot of cheap metal/foil baking wear and electrical cords and used them to make costumes, think I spent $10 on the two costumes total…

  14. whitney says:

    I love themed family costumes (at least while my kids are still young enough to think it’s cool!) and I LOVE LOVE LOVED your mary poppins!! this year we are either doing the roaring 20’s -flappers and gangstas or we might just all go as a different insects (butterfly, bee, ladybug, etc) totally random right?! :) would love to make a caterpillar costume for a toddler or a cute easy flapper dress. can’t wait to see what you do this year.

    1. Ellie says:

      I love the insects idea!

  15. Morgen Newill says:

    I have a 1 and 2 year old. This is my first year to dress them up and I am so excited to make their costumes myself but could use some guidance. My 1 yr old scoots around like a monkey instead of crawling so I was thinking of Curious George for her and My 2 y/o son being the Man in the yellow hat! Let me know if you have any thoughts :)

    1. Anonymous says:

      Last year, I had my baby dressed as a monkey and convinced my 11 year old son to be a banana. He carried his sister around on his back and it was super cute to see a tiny monkey on a huge banana ;-)

    2. Carol Ann says:

      I would love to see a “man in the yellow hat” costume. I did a sock monkey for my son 2 halloweens ago, so I’ve got that down. :)

  16. RaD says:

    What about an “attacked” Peter Pan collar! Bwhaahhaaa!

  17. Kathy Hardison says:

    My grandson’s name is Hawk (7yrs old) and that’s what he want to be this year for Halloween. He asked me to make his costume and I have only found 1 picture on the internet and there were no instructions. I can’t even find a pattern for a “Hawk”. Where do I start?

    1. Amy says:

      In case this doesn’t end up an October project here, I made my daughter a parrot costume a few years ago, and used this as my inspiration. Maybe you could do something similar with brown felts. Good luck!

      Or there’s this:

  18. Jeanette says:

    My almost 3 year has given me more ideas than I would have guessed! So far she talks about a mermaid, cat, owl, piggy, girl monster, dinosaur, or pirate. And just today she added Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse. Any of these would be fun costumes so maybe one will make your October list! Thanks for being such a great encouragement to a newbie seamstress!

    1. kim says:

      ive done a mermaid before now, make the tail shape with green fabric and quilt it to hold its shape the sew onto leggings at the waist, the applique the shell bra onto a white/ pink top :) simple sweet and very effective x

  19. Kara says:

    Phineas & Ferb with the Fireside Girls.

  20. Paige says:

    Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse!

  21. Patty says:

    Mickey Mouse & Doc McStuffins!

  22. Katie says:

    Are you going to do a link up with this? Because I’m working onanimalcostumes for my husband’s school play and would love to share what I’ve made!

  23. Kristen says:

    Any tips for an ice skater’s outfit? I’m stumped.

    1. Kelly says:

      Jalie has a few skater dress patterns.

  24. Netty says:

    I need a simple lamb costume. Can you believe there are none out there? Not that I’d buy one anyway….but nothing… :) Love this idea!

  25. Laura says:

    If you can do an adult-sized Rapunzel dress, that would be the best thing ever. Because of course, it’s hard to find teenage girl costumes that aren’t…. revolting, to say the least.

    1. Amy says:

      If it helps, this seemed like a fairly doable approach, and it looks like it could be scaled up in size.

    2. Laura says:

      So cute! And that does help a ton. Thanks!

  26. Adrienne says:

    Please please— My 6 year old wants to be an yellow Minion—Don’t know how to make one- I would love your ideas or thoughts. Also- charlie brown/snoopy and sally outfits would be really fun to make for another year!!!

    1. Heather says:

      I second the Minion request.

    2. Anonymous says:

      we did minions last year I just dyed a long sleeve tshirt yellow and they wore overalls and I made an easy fleece beanie with hair and sew-on eyes!

    3. Anonymous says:

      We did a minion last year. We did yellow tee, overalls, I made a Gru logo for the front of the overalls, and I found some steampunk goggles at target. I parted his hair in the middle like that one minion. It was hilarious. And it was totally comfortable too. The goggles made it though.

    4. Leslie says:

      Yes, yes, yes!! :)

  27. Shandra says:

    My daughter decided Rapunzel was a good idea. Turns out the bodice isn’t so bad, but tht princess cut on the skirt had me stumped! My son really wants to be the red angry bird. I need a great idea for a two year old boy, though! I wish I could get my kids to go for themes. That ended when my daughter turned four. Apparently we were already embarrassing!

  28. Katelyn Jensen says:

    Rapunzel & Flynn Rider!! ( in a way that can be made into an adult version!)

    1. Stephanie says:

      Yes! I second this! And a baby Pascal costume!

    2. Sarah says:

      I’ll jump in again. i did this a few years ago and it was super simple. Just used a sweatsuit. Here’s a link. I did Flynn Rider too, just out of felt. It wasn’t as adorable, but it worked.

  29. Sarah says:

    Mine wants to be Sofia the First this year

    1. Emma says:

      Mine too… This would be fabulous!
      I love this site, and I also love how excited you are about Halloween… This is exactly how I feel about Christmas so I’m hoping you could start Christmas decoration ideas nice and early this year :)

    2. jan boss says:

      we dress up as sofia all the time here! $3 bridesmaids dressed- very easy to do!

    3. kim says:

      my daughter wanted a sofia dress for her birthday so I followed the Cinderella pattern on here and just tweaked when needed x

  30. Kiran says:

    My 10 year old is very into Greek and Roman mythology right now thanks to Percy Jackson. A Greek goddess costume like Athena or Hera would be great!

    1. Jamie says:

      Thîs is what my daughter wants also! A tutorial would be awesome.

  31. LIz says:

    My friends and i wanted to perform “Peter Pan” earlier this year and i was so grateful when i found your tutorials for the Peter Pan costume and the Tinkerbell costume. Maybe you could teach us how to make Captain Hook’s hat and coat? I’m usually the one in charge of costumes (Cause I’m the only one who can sew) and i really am at my wit’s end.
    Oh, and I Googled “Tigerlily” costumes but i couldn’t find any tutorials either? Can you help? Thanks SOOO much in advance. Even a few small tips would be useful.

    1. Debra says:

      I made a Tiger Lily costume for my daughter last year and the most helpful thing was finding the suede cloth costume fabric at JoAnns. It already had pre-made fringe and decorative cut outs, and it was polyester and wouldn’t frat at the ends, so it didn’t need any hemming. It made the project so much quicker and looked great! Check out their costume fabrics and you’ll find it. :)

    2. Nicki says:

      My husband was Captain Hook last year! I used the Simplicity pattern for the coat from the Jack Sparrow-looking pirate – it’s number 4923. I just did it in a lightweight red fabric, and added gold trim, and it looked just like captain hook! Since it’s a costume pattern, it’s not lined at all, which means it comes together pretty quickly. We bought his hat at a party store (Boswell’s… don’t know if you have any near you. It’s the BEST place for great costume accessories).

  32. Kimberly says:

    …just wanted to add that although all your costumes are fantastic my favorites are the Mary Poppins set! Adorable!

    1. Kiran says:

      That’s my favorite too!

    2. Kim says:

      And mine (and my sister’s), hands down :-)

  33. Kimberly says:

    Harry Potter’s robe! The patterns I have found don’t look like the real thing and I’m not good and piecing patterns together or adjusting them (like making a hood a little more pointy). Any help would be appreciated ;)

  34. Megan says:

    We’re doing He-Man/She Ra this year. My kids are He-Man and Orko, I’ll be She Ra or the Sorceress and my husband’s Man-At-Arms. I need to get started soon, but any tips would be appreciated! Thanks for such a great site/source of information. :)

  35. Brianna says:

    The Monster’s University group…definitely Mike and Sully

  36. Jamie says:

    Bunny rabbit, Cars (lightning mcqueen, mater, miss sally), fairy/princess

  37. Lena says:

    I would love to make my toddler a Raggedy Ann costume that includes a tutu…I have found tutorials on how to turn a beanie into a wig but I’m completely stuck on how to do the dress.

    1. Anonymous says:

      I actually did Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy for my first two kids one year. They were ADORABLE! I actually found an old commercial pattern and it had directions for cutting the yarn and making the wigs by sewing them to a tricot cap. It was lightweight and fit tight enough to not shift around on the head. My daughter was only 18 months at the time and she managed to keep the wig on despite hating hats. I added to the pattern by drafting some red and white leggings and black shoe covers.

    2. Leslie says:

      I would also like to see this with a Raggedy Andy as well! Thanks! :)

  38. Marie says:

    A cute firefighter costume would be awesome! Thanks!

  39. Olga says:

    A pirate… With a ruffle shirt, cool jacket and hat…tried to find a tutorial and couldn’t!

    1. Elizabeth says:

      My son it Captain Hook this year. I used the Prince Charming costume here, lengthened the coat and changed the decorations, and it looks pretty good. Just passing along

    2. Olga says:

      Do you have a picture? I would love to see it!

  40. Andrea says:

    My son is going to be the Bee-Do Minion, my daughter the wicked witch of the west. And I’m going to be Cruella DeVille. My husband will be just himself (which is no fun at all!)

  41. alisha says:

    Our family did Wizard of Oz costumes one year…very fun. Our Dorothy costume has been well loved and used, by my girls, as well as friends and family. :) I bet you could make some awesome Wizard of Oz costumes!

  42. Karli says:

    My daughter is into Doc McStuffins and I thought it would be cute to have her sister dress up as Lambie -I would love to see how to make those 2 costumes!

  43. Susan says:

    Policeman please!!

  44. Nicole says:

    Would love to see your take on Pascal from Tangled. My oldest daughter wants to be Rapunzel so I’d love for my 6 month old to go as Pascal. There are no manufactured Pascal costumes and the homemade ones I’ve seen online are $85-$100.

    1. Sarah says:

      Sorry to jump in here, but I did this a few years ago and it was SUPER easy. Here’s a link to how I did it. All it cost was a sweatsuit. :)

  45. Sarah says:

    I need a Police and a Firefighter costume for my 2 boys. I’ve seen a few tutorials but none that I love. Please help!

  46. Sarah says:

    Or bears, snakes, or skunks according to my 4 year old.
    But seriously a dinosaur costume!!

  47. Brandy Crockett says:

    Maybe you have already done one of these and I missed it but I actually have been wanting to ask if you could make a post about 10 ideas for using scraps of fabric or something like that. :) I hate throwing away fabric because not only does it cost a ton but it’s still cute. But on the other hand I think sometimes my husband would prefer if I had about half the material I store. It would be fun to have some ideas on how to use it up.
    Totally not a halloween costume comment. Sorry.

  48. Jamie says:

    My daughter wants to be “Candy Land” this year. There is a candyland costume out there.. but it’s lacking in the cuteness department.. She loves frills and tutus so I really wanna girl something up for her.. I’d looooove for you to take the idea and run with it!!

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