Many thanks to guest contributor Jillian Grimm (don’t you just love that name?) for this easy, awesome tutorial.
Felt makes an excellent, virtually no-sew choice for simple Halloween costumes.
Because it doesn’t fray, felt does not require hemming. It is also easily glued and hand sewn, making it perfect for the non-sewing crowd. And with a variety of colors available at your local fabric store or a fabric store online, the possibilities are endless.
Here are just a few simple and easily customizable Halloween costumes that can be made from felt in almost no time at all.
Mustache-on-a-Stick and Masquerade Masks
These quick mini costumes are perfect for a last minute party and are also great to hand out to non-costumed guests at your own Halloween bash.
Cut two mustache or mask shapes from a small piece of felt (sheets of felt are available at most craft stores or online). Thread an embroidery needle with a two-foot piece of coordinating or contrasting (depending on the look you want) embroidery thread and sew a simple running stitch around all the edges.
When you have an inch or so to go, pause and stuff your mask or moustache with small pieces of felt scraps to give it a little poof and stability and finish stitching closed. Insert a dowel between the stitches on one side and secure with a few drops of craft glue.
Have a little Batman in your house? They’ll love to swoop and swirl in this easy batcape. The weight of the fabric give the perfect drape for a cape and the wide width of felt sold in most fabric stores means you can avoid cutting and sewing panels of fabric to create the cape shape.
Fold one yard of 45-inch width black felt in half with the folded edge to one side. On the side opposite the fold, cut a triangle that starts a third of the way up from the bottom and finishes along the top edge, about 5 inches from the fold.
Make a second cut from the starting point of the triangle along the bottom, rounding it toward the fold. This creates a basic cape shape. Round the neck slightly and cut scallops along the bottom edge and stitch or glue ribbon (if you suspect this will become a long term addition to the costume box, stitching is best) to each side of the collar.
Measure the circumference of your head and add an inch. Cut a triangle from black felt with all sides at that measure.
Roll the triangle into a cone and glue the seam with craft glue. Once dry, trim the bottom to be straight before setting out for some Harry Potter trick-or-treating!
Red Riding Hood
Following the same proportions as the bat cape but leaving off the scallops and using red felt, you can create a simple cloak for your Little Red Riding Hood. In addition to the cape and ribbon ties, you will need to create a hood.
- Cut a 16-inch by 12-inch rectangle from the felt.
- Fold the rectangle along the long side to get a smaller 8 by 12-inch piece.
- Stitch or glue (again, stitching will hold longer) the top edge of this new rectangle.
- Open the bottom edge back up and center along the neck of the cloak. You’ll need to fold or gather the bottom edge to fit within the neckline.
- Pin into place and stitch the hood to the cape with general-purpose thread.
Have a great Halloween!