baby costume Ideas

  • Sheep
    White hooded sweatsuit
    Cotton batting or stuffing from a pillow
    White or black felt triangles for ears
    Double sided tape
    Two pairs of white or black socks

    Apply strips of double sided tape up and down the sweat suit. Attach cotton batting in clumps by pressing onto the tape. For the ears, cut two triangles from either black of white felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of white socks on his hands and one pair on his feet (use black socks if you used black felt for the ears).

    Skunk
    Black hooded sweatsuit
    White faux fur
    Fabric glue
    Black felt
    2 Pairs black socks
    Double sided tape
    Black fabric

    Cut the faux fur into a long strip and adhere it on the hood and down the back of the sweat jacket with strips of double sided tape. Cut a small oval shape for the tummy area and adhere that with fabric glue. For the ears, cut two triangles from black felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

    Bunny
    Pink, brown or white hooded sweatsuit
    Powder puff or large pompom or a handful of cotton balls
    Double sided tape
    White pantyhose
    Wire coat hanger
    Plastic headband
    Two pairs of socks to match suit color
    Plastic or real carrot

    Attach powder puff, pompom or cotton balls to back of sweat pants using double sided tape. Bend the coat hanger into the shape of two long bunny ears. Gently stretch the panty hose over the ears and attach to plastic headband. Carry a carrot!

    Turtle
    Green sweatsuit (hooded is optional)
    2 Pieces green or light brown poster board
    Scissors
    Craft paint or thick markers
    Hot glue

    Cut one piece of the poster board into a large oval shell. Draw large wobbly circles on shell. Go over outline with markers or paint to accentuate. Cut two long, fairly thick strips (between one and two inches depending on the size of the child) from the second piece of posterboard the full length of the board. Using hot glue, attach these strips to the top of the back side of the shell, then run over child's shoulders as straps. Hot glue straps in place.

    Leave enough room for "give" so child can move his/her arms without tearing or breaking the straps.

    Puppy
    Brown, tan, gray, black or white hooded sweatsuit
    Fabric circles in a contrasting color (i.e. white suit, brown spots, etc.)
    2 Sheets of felt in color matching sweatsuit
    Scissors
    Double sided tape
    2 Pairs of socks in color matching sweatsuit
    Dog collar or belt cut to size (optional)

    Using small pieces of double sided tape, attach fabric circles to sweatsuit in various different areas. Cut two floppy ears from 1 sheet of the felt and either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the second sheet of felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Top off with a dog collar or a belt cut short to serve as a collar.

    Cat
    Gold, brown, tan, black, gray or white hooded sweatsuit
    Faux fur in color matching sweatsuit
    Fabric glue
    Felt in color matching sweatsuit
    Plastic headband
    Scissors
    2 Pairs of socks in color matching sweatsuit
    Dog collar or belt cut to size (optional)

    If desired, use black marker to draw stripes on sweatsuit. Cut two triangles for ears and hot glue to the headband. Cut a small oval shape from the faux fur for the tummy area and adhere that with fabric glue. Next make cuffs and a collar. Use the cuffs on the sweatshirt as a guide for how wide and long you need to cut the faux fur strips. Attach the strips to the sweatshirt using fabric glue. Cut a long tail from the remaining felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.

    Top off with a dog collar or a belt cut short to serve as a collar.
    Spider/Bug
    Black hooded sweatsuit
    2 Pairs of black socks
    4 Pair of black tube socks, nylon or polyester
    Cotton batting

    Stuff the tube socks with cotton batting to make the spider's legs. Sew or pin the eight legs to the sides of the black outfit. Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

    Note for infants: When your baby crawls, the legs flop up and down on the ground, making it look like a spider crawling across the floor. Adorable!

    Variation: To make a bug costume, use a green or brown (or any color you like) sweatsuit and coordinating socks.

    Spider Web
    Black hooded sweatsuit
    White fabric paint, squeeze bottle
    Medium-sized fuzzy spider
    Black plastic headband
    Hot glue
    Small plastic spiders

    With white fabric paint in a squeeze bottle, paint a big spider web on the front and back of the black sweatsuit. Paint a few smaller ones on the pants. Hot glue the fuzzy spider to the plastic headband, allow to dry. With two or three stitches, hand sew small plastic spiders to the webs, don't forget the ones on the legs!

    Tiger
    Yellow hooded sweatsuit
    Black or brown fabric paint
    Yellow felt
    2 Pairs of black socks

    Paint black or brown stripes on the sweatsuit. For the ears, cut two triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the remaining felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.


    Cow
    White hooded sweatsuit
    Black fabric marker or black fabric/felt circles
    Short piece of rope or 10-12 strands of black yarn, braided
    Dog collar or old belt cut to size
    Bell
    2 Pairs white socks

    Draw black splotches onto sweatsuit with a fabric marker or cut and sew on black felt or fabric circles or spots. Add a tail by unraveling one end of the piece of rope and pinning the closed end to the back of the pants. If using yarn, be sure to leave a section unbraided toward the end of the tail. For the ears, cut two large triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood (or a headband). Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Use dog collar or an old belt and attach "cow bell" for the finishing touch. Have child wear one pair of black socks on his hands and one pair on his feet.

    Pig
    Oversized pink hooded sweatsuit
    Cotton batting or receiving blankets
    Pink felt
    Hot glue
    Long pink chenille stick
    2 Pairs of pink or white socks
    Plastic pig nose (optional)

    For the ears, cut two triangles from felt. Either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Twist chenille stick into a corkscrew tail and attach with a safety pin. After child is dressed, stuff sweatsuit with cotton batting or receiving blankets (anything soft that will not irritate skin). Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.
  • some more baby costume ideas
    Dinosaur/Dragon
    Green hooded sweatsuit
    Sheet of red felt
    Sheet of blue felt
    Sheet of purple felt
    Sheet of orange felt
    Two or three sheets of yellow felt
    Plastic grocery bags (for stuffing) or cotton batting
    Long piece of green felt or fabric to match suit
    Fabric glue

    From the red, blue, purple and orange felt, cut triangular scales. Glue to the front of the sweat jacket in overlapping scale pattern. From the yellow sheets of felt, cut large triangles, roll into cone shapes, glue together to form the cone. Allow to dry. Stuff cone shapes with plastic bags or cotton batting and glue to the back of the suit for spikes. Make smaller versions of the yellow cones for the hood. Add a large pointy tail on the back hem made from long piece of felt or fabric. Hand sew on to back of pants or bottom of jacket.

    Mouse
    Gray hooded sweatsuit
    Gray felt
    Double sided tape
    2 Pairs of gray or black socks

    Cut two circles for ears from the felt and either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. You may alternatively use a headband. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Cut a long tail from the second sheet of felt and attach to the back of the pants with a safety pin. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.

    Ladybug
    Red hooded sweatsuit
    2 Pieces red poster board
    Scissors
    Black craft paint or black marker
    Hot glue
    2 Black chenille sticks
    Red or black plastic headband
    2 Pairs of red or black socks

    Cut one piece of the poster board into a large oval. Draw or paint black circles onto oval. Cut two long, fairly thick strips (between one and two inches depending on the size of the child) from the second piece of posterboard the full length of the board. Using hot glue, attach these strips to the top of the back side of the shell, then run over child's shoulders as straps. Hot glue straps in place. Leave enough room for "give" so child can move his/her arms without tearing or breaking the straps. Wrap chenille sticks onto headband for antennas. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.

    Bear
    Brown hooded sweatsuit
    Brown felt
    Double sided tape
    2 Pairs of brown or black socks
    Oversized plastic margarine tub
    Blue construction paper or craft paint
    Black marker

    Cut two circles for ears from the felt and either hand sew or hot glue onto the hood. You may alternatively use a headband. Keep in mind that hand sewing will make the ears easily removable so you can reuse the sweatsuit after Halloween! Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet. Paint or glue construction paper around margarine tub. using black marker, write the word "HONEY" across the front.

    Butterfly
    Black hooded sweatsuit
    2 Black chenille sticks
    Black plastic headband
    Poster board, any color except black
    Fluorescent craft paint, different colors
    Sequins
    Glitter
    Craft glue
    Pair of long boot laces
    2 Pairs of black socks

    Cut posterboard in half, with scissors shape each half as a wing of butterfly. Being sure to leave enough room for a border around the wing, paint wings with fluorescent paints in different shapes and patterns. Paint a black border around edge of wings. Add sequins and glitter to the border. Poke a hole at the top inside seam of each wing, and at the bottom inside seam. Run boot laces through and criss cross over child's body and tie. Wrap chenille sticks onto headband for antennas. Have child wear one pair of socks on her hands and one pair on her feet.