Do-It-Yourself Halloween Costume Tips
Posted October 1, 2007 1:21 p.m. EDT
Updated October 13, 2007 1:20 p.m. EDT
Dos and don'ts of do-it-yourself Halloween costumes:
- Start with a store bought foundation, such as a sweat suit, pajamas, leggings, leotards or tights
- Select a pattern that fits your ability.
- Use glue or other adhesive products if you can't sew.
- Look around the house for everyday things that can be transformed into a costume.
- Choose fabrics such as felt and flannel that are easy to work with and don't fray easily.
- Embellish your costume with glitter, glow-in-the-dark paint, fringe, boas, etc.
- Use trims to hide mistakes, such as an uneven hem or poorly stitched neckline.
- Use Bathing caps and headbands to attach ears or antennas.
- Consult the Internet and magazines, such as Martha Stewart Living, Family Fun and Craft: magazine for ideas.
- Wait until the last minute.
- Use velvet, silks or other costly fabrics that are difficult to sew.
- Forget about your face and hair. A well-painted face or stylish headpiece can make a costume.
- Wait until your child is in bed to work on the project. Kids have lots of creative ideas.
- Forget to theme your treat bag to the costume.
- Leave home without accessories, such as wands, crowns, capes, etc.
- Be afraid to ask for help.
Sources: Martha Stewart Living, Craft: and Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.