Halloween is fast approaching. This is the ideal time for parents with young children to think about making a homemade Halloween costume for their infant or toddler. A simple costume is the best for very young children. Design a costume that has a hat to help identify the costume character, especially in locations where coats are needed to keep the child warm.
Round pegged knitting looms are ideal for making stocking caps and an ideal tool to make them for Halloween costumes. The knitting looms are sold in sets of four. Each set contains a small, medium, large and extra large pegged knitting loom. For those individuals who remember spool knitting, the process is the same. Instructions are available at the hobby or craft store where the round pegged knitting looms are sold.
Make a pumpkin stocking hat with orange yarn. Add a crocheted green stem and a green leaf. Create a bumblebee hat using yellow and black yarn. Make a vampire, warlock or witch hat with black yarn. Add a red or purple design to the hat such as a bat, star or wand. Either hand stitch the design into the hat with a darning needle or cut a design from felt and glue the item to the stocking cap. Create the fabric costume after the hat is complete.
Pumpkin and Bumblebee Costume Ideas:
Clothing ideas for a pumpkin are an orange sweatshirt with orange or black sweat pants; an orange dress and a pair of black tights or leggings; or an orange shirt with black pants. Make a jack-o-lantern costume with orange material. See instructions below.
Clothing ideas for a bumble idea include a yellow and black striped shirt, sweatshirt or dress. Strip a yellow piece of clothing by sewing or painting black stripes around the clothing article. A black permanent magic marker also works to create the stripes. Add black pants, tights or leggings to finish the outfit. Make a bumblebee costume with yellow and black material. See instructions below.
Jack-o-Lantern and Bumble Bee Costume Instructions:
Measure the waist of the child and the distance from the waist to the neck, also known as the trunk. Double the measurement of the waist and use the measurement for the width of the costume. Add two inches to the trunk measurement and use the measurement for the height of the costume. Cut a piece of material to the dimensions to create a long rectangle.
Sew the two trunk measurement edges together and stop 4-inches from one edge. Lay the sewn tube on a flat surface. Place the seam on the left side of the tube. Cut a 4-inch slit on the opposite side. The slits are used for part of the armholes.
Turn a ¼-inch hem on the three raw edges. Make a casing on each raw edge that is ¾-inches wide. Thread a cotton ¼-inch cord through the three casings.
Place the costume on the child and gather the bottom edge. Tie the cord. The two cords running through the neck section are tied on the top of each shoulder to finish the armholes. Add a face to the front of the jack-o-lantern with black felt.
Vampire, Warlock or Witch Costume Ideas:
A vampire, warlock or witch costume is very easy to make. Dress the infant or toddler in all black clothing. Cut out bats from red felt for the vampire. Cut stars out of purple felt for the warlock or witch. Either hand sew or glue the felt items onto the clothing. Do not add a cape for children this age due to the chocking possibilities.