Costumes are is associated with the fall season and the Halloween holiday—but
you may want to make a costume just for fun. Children love to dress up all year
round. We sell costumes and understand that in these difficult economic times
you may want to make the costume for your children rather than buy it.
We can help you do either. We show you the step-by-step methods to help you
construct costumes suitable for both a traditional holidays and everyday fun.
Here is the first costume. Click on a link above for more. Click on the tab at
the left that says "Costumes" to buy a ready made costume.
1 white long underwear garment; white aviator-style cap; one bottle each
acrylic craft paint in medium blue, lavender, and turquoise; one skein yarn each
in medium blue, lavender, and turquoise; 1 darning needle; star stencil; gold-
glitter fabric paint; small stencil brush; gold-glitter dimensional fabric-writer
paint (optional); bread knife; extra large (car wash) sponge in blue or green;
needle and thread.
1. Use 3 mixing bowls or disposable containers to mix paints. In each bowl mix
¼ bottle of paint with 3 cups of water. Add water slowly, stirring to dissolve
lumps. Dye garment in 3 sections. Dip one end of garment in first color. Let it
steep for about 5 minutes, or until desired color is achieved. Wring out excess
water. Then repeat process with the other end of the garment, using a second
color. Finally, dye the middle section of the garment with the third color.
Wring out carefully and allow to dry. Colors will bleed together slightly. Repeat
dyeing process with cap using only two colors.
2. When costume is dry, make mane and tail. Cut 30' lengths of yarn in all 3
colors. Thread yarn onto darning needle and knot one end. Sew pieces of yarn
through cap, creating rows down the top and back for a mane. Push needle up
through cap and return down again next to where needle came out, leaving a 5"
long loop. Tie a knot next to the base on the outside. Continue making varied-
color loops and knots until you have enough yarn for a thick mane. Cut ends of
loops to make individual strands.
3. To make tail, use same technique as for mane, making the loops about 9"
4. Use a star stencil and gold paint to stencil stars all over garments. After
paint is dry, outline stars with dimensional fabric-writer paint. Let all paint
5. To make horn, cut a long triangular shape out of the sponge using a bread
knife. Cut it larger than you expect the finished size to be. Trim it into a cone
shape using the knife and scissors. Sew the base of the sponge horn onto the
front of the cap.