The winner of this giveaway is commenter #4, Charissa, who said her favorite childhood Halloween costume was her chef costume. Congratulations, Charissa!
Every Halloween I find myself thinking that there has to be some sort of happy medium between a cheaply made store-bought costume, and the time and expense it takes to make a costume from scratch.
It turns out there IS a way to make handmade costumes without the fuss.
In Playful Hoodies: 25 Reinvented Sweatshirts for Dress Up, for Costumes & Fun, Mary Rasch shows how you can make clever costumes from a child’s wardrobe staple.
The costumes in this book are all fairly simple and could most likely be completed in an evening (or two, if your evenings are as crazy as mine).
In Playful Hoodies, just a few well-placed additions are you need to transform a plain hoodie into an adorable bunny or brave knight or cute bumblebee.
Hoodies are a smart starting point for a fuss-free handmade costume. They’re readily available from most discount stores, and inexpensive. They’re comfortable, because an awesome costume should be easy for a child to wear. You can buy them in any size to fit your child, unlike those store bought costumes that come in size ranges. And they’re durable – they won’t tear up after just one wearing.
Her book includes instructions & templates for making these costumes:
Little Red Riding Hood
I’ve got a copy of Playful Hoodies to give away to one Craft Gossip reader. To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me your favorite Halloween costume from when you were a child. Mine was a ladybug costume my mother made for me.
Deadline for entry is Friday, October 24, 2014 at midnight CST. U.S. residents only, please.