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“Where’s Waldo” Costume…in less than an hour!

I know many of you will be doing the last minute scramble, to find a simple costume idea to attend that Halloween party at work, school, church, your neighborhood, etc.  Yes, it’s only October 7th today but between now and the 31st, you’ll probably have a trillion things to do……and will need something really simple to wear on Halloween. This idea will take you less than an hour to make.  (AKA: right before the party! ;) )


Grab a white Tshirt, a little bit of red/white fleece and felt, some round glasses (the plastic Harry Potter ones at party stores work great)……and you’ve got yourself a costume!


A timeless character in those beloved children’s story books……Where’s Waldo!





Okay, and just like the book…….go on, see if you can find Oliver among all of the other characters in the image below.


You can’t even see him huh?  Keep looking, I promise he’s there.


Hint: he’s wearing red stripes.





Give up?


Okay, I’ll help you!


(Haha…..I know, I know, the REAL Waldo is harder to find!  Thanks for humoring me though!)




Such a sweet kid, this Oliver.  And a patient one too.  In case you’re wondering, he hated those glasses.  We distracted him long enough to take a few pictures and then took them off the poor guy.  But if this was Oliver’s actual costume (and we were going somewhere), I would attach the glasses to the brim of the hat so the “look” of the glasses was still part of the costume but they were off his face.




Such a simple costume to make  a teeny tiny baby costume……all the way up to grown-up sizes.  (And to make it even easier/faster…..find a white beanie at the store and attach a strip of red to the bottom and a pom-pom on top.)




Sweet boy.  Even though Chloe (who’s 3) thought you were Mr Peabody (you know, that dog who talks with the big round glasses)……I think you pull off “Waldo” really well!  Let’s hide you again and see if the bigger kiddos can find you!


But take that cute smile off your face……you’re totally giving yourself away! ;)



 Okay, before we get started, a few sizing ideas…


Size Variations:

  • Baby/Toddler: Like I mentioned above, these glasses weren’t intended to stay on my baby’s face.  However, I thought it would look cute if I attached them to the brim of the hat, so that the “look” of the glasses was there.  They could also be cut from felt and attached to the brim of the hat, if you can’t find plastic ones to attach.
  • Kids/Adults: Older children would probably love wearing silly glasses.  However, if you can’t find any, consider cutting some out from felt and attaching elastic to the sides and then wearing it like a mask.  You could even paint the glasses onto the face with black make-up paint.  Also, Where’s Waldo would sometimes disguise himself with a scarf or a vest or a camera around his neck…….get creative and add accessories!


Okay, now gather what you need…



  • White Fleece (for the hat)
  • Red Fleece (for the hat)
  • Red Felt (for the shirt)
  • White Tshirt or onesie
  • Hot Glue
  • Blue pants or Jeans
  • Glasses (Try looking at party stores or online for “Harry Potter” glasses.  Mine are plastic and came in a package of 8 and were used for a different party.  But worked great for “Waldo”.)
  • Baby Hat Pattern Piece (FREE pattern pieces found here)…if you need a larger size, extend around the edges and make a sample with scrap fabric to see how it turns out.


Begin by cutting out your two hat pieces.  Then add a strip of red fleece to the bottom of both hat pieces and sew to the hat with a zig-zag stitch (so that it will still stretch).



Then assemble your hat, just like the Cow Costume Tutorial.



Next cut thin strips from your red fleece (about 1/4-1/3 inch wide).



Then, group all of your strips together and tie some thread around the middle and wrap several times, pulling tight as you go.  Tie the ends in a knot.  Cut off the extra ends of the strips, until you have a fluffy little pom-pom for the top of the hat.



Attach the pom-pom to the top of the hat with some hot glue (or you could hand-stitch it in place).



Then cut strips from your red felt and attach them to your shirt.  You can either sew each strip in place or hot glue them.  Just be sure that if you hot glue them in place, that your shirt is large enough to fit over your subject’s head and around their body after the strips are glued in place.  Gluing them will restrict the shirt from stretching at all.  In fact, this onesie used to be long sleeved but I glued the strips around the sleeves too tight and they wouldn’t fit over my baby’s fists.  So I cut them off.  So if the shirt is more snug, you want to stretch the fabric a bit before gluing.  Or have your subject try on the shirt and then carefully attach each strip.  (Another option for a tighter fitting shirt is to sew fleece strips to the shirt.  They won’t stay as straight and crisp as felt……but they would stretch more for ease of putting the shirt on/off. However, a roomy Tshirt would be fine to glue the strips onto.)



Add some jeans and some glasses to the outfit…..and that’s it!







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Ashley Johnston

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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 the 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!
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  2. Kristin Schmidt says:

    Hi, love this!! :) Making for my son tonight as a last minute costume. Question, did you make the stripes go all around the shirt or just the front??

  3. Sarah Marchant says:

    Okay, this is super precious! Love it!

  4. chelsea says:

    So cute! I just had a baby girl on 9-15 still searching for a girly easy diy costume! Maybe she will be Waldo :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Do it!!!!! It’s so quick and cute! :) (And if a friend hadn’t already asked for it, I would have sent you this one. Darn! :) )

  5. Eva says:

    Lindo seu bebe! Parece-se com a irmã, Chloe. Felicidades!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much Eva!

  6. Miss Loïs says:

    Oh so cute !!
    In France, his name is not Waldo but Charly.
    Have a nice day.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh how funny, I had no clue he had another name. So cute!


  7. modechouchou says:

    Oh! What a good idea ! I really love this costume. Your baby is great! Very good pictures, that made me laugh!

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks so much! And yes, he’s still so sweet and immobile and has no clue what’s going on. haha!

  8. Emma says:

    Ha ha! I love this costume. :) keep up the great work. I love all of your creative costume ideas. :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks Emma! This one makes me laugh too!

  9. colette tervort says:

    I Made this costume about 3 years ago for my son. I used your knit beanie tutorial for it, so Thanks! everybody at church loved his costume!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, that’s awesome…’s just such a funny costume! :)

  10. Laura says:

    You are having way too much fun with this. He really is freakishly cute though!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      I know, haha, and I kinda can’t stop!!! :)

  11. Sarah says:

    Thanks so much for all these costume posts – I’m just starting to put together a dressing up box for my toddler and they are super useful. At the speed I work we’ll be lucky if I pull it together for xmas so I am beyond impressed with how much you get done when you have such a tiny baby (especially one as cute as Oliver is,looking at him makes me miss the baby stage). Thanks for all the great ideas.

    1. Ashley says:

      You’re so welcome…..I’m having way too much fun with it! And yes, he’s such a good (and sleepy) baby! Naptime is my work time……good thing both kiddos rest at the same time! :)


  12. Dianne says:

    To cute I have a new grandson coming between now and oct 17 and im trying to make outfits you post and of course adding waldo to my list thanks

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, just think how cute this would be on him!!!

      And congrats on the new little grandbaby! Nothing better! :)

  13. Eva Alvarez says:

    I really like this idea. I’m going to save it for when the kids school has “dress as a book character.” Thanks for the idea. Do you happen to have an idea for a superhero costume? I have a 4 year old boy, 5 year old girl and 9 month old boy that are going to be super heroes this halloween. Thanks in advance.

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh yes, that would be perfect!

      And hmmmm, nothing too extravagant….but I do have this cape/chest plate tutorial:

      Maybe that will get the wheels turning?!!

      Good luck!

  14. Lydia Larae says:

    This is so cute! I love the find Waldo pic that you did with your little guy too. Not to mention that that little hat tutorial is great and will be useful for other times too.

    1. Ashley says:

      That picture with all the toys makes me laugh too! My bigger kiddos thought it was so funny to put all their toys around him. :)

  15. SWETHA says:

    I can’t believe he plays along with so many of ur posts.. Super cute costume.. We don’t really celebrate Halloween in India, but boy, would it be helpful knowing u! :-)

    1. SWETHA says:

      And excited to be the first one to comment..yeah!

    2. Ashley says:

      He is such a good little baby! He has no idea what’s going on……haha!

      Thanks Swetha! :)

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