How to Make Your Own Halloween Costumes: 9 DIY Halloween Costumes
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Halloween is the time for carving pumpkins, trick-or-treating, and of course, dressing up in costumes! Finding creative Halloween costumes can be hard especially when everyone buys them from the same store.
Stand out from the trick-or-treating crowds this year with these great homemade Halloween costumes. You'll love all the Halloween costume ideas in 50+ Halloween Costume Sewing Patterns for the Family.
Don't spend money buying overpriced costumes from the store when you can easily make your own homemade Halloween costumes with these sewing patterns.
Learn how to sew your own Halloween costumes with these easy-to-follow tutorials. If you're wondering what you should be for Halloween, then you've come to the right place!
We have fun homemade Halloween costumes for girls, boys, and adults. There are lots of animal costumes, movie character costumes, and unique costumes that you'll love. All you need is a weekend or less to make these costumes.
Let your creative juices flow and customize your costumes with fun details and sewn embellishments. Best of all, you can make them any size you want so they fit perfectly.
Once Halloween is over, these costumes will make great additions to the dress-up box. Make this Halloween the best yet with these great homemade costumes!
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Homemade Girls' Halloween Costumes
No matter what her style, your little girl is sure to love all of these homemade Halloween costumes. She'll look so "sweet" in costumes like the Candy Corn Costume or the Pumpkin Tutu Costume. All these DIY Halloween costumes for girls are easy sewing projects that are perfect for trick-or-treating or dress-up.
You can also make her dreams come true with some gorgeous homemade Halloween costumes inspired by the Disney princesses! If her favorite princess is Sleeping Beauty, she'll especially adore the costume you see here. She'll love twirling around in these pretty costumes and won't want to take them off. Make her feel like royalty by creating a one-of-a-kind DIY Halloween costumes that bring out her inner princess. Plus, you'll save so much money by sewing your own princess costumes instead of hitting up your local Halloween pop-up store.
Enchanting Mermaid Tail Tutorial
This free sewing tutorial is the best way to give your girls their own set of fins without making a deal with a sea witch. With this DIY costume tutorial, you can create a mermaid tail that's easy to move in, which makes it perfect for trick-or-treating or just playing pretend.
This easy Halloween costume is pretty simple. It's just an a-line jumper cut into three different felt sections. Add a cute little cone hat on top to finish off this adorable costume!
Make your little girl's dreams of being a princess come true with this homemade Halloween costume. She is sure to love this beautiful DIY Halloween costume.
A little bird told me that this DIY Halloween costume would be perfect for your toddler! You won't help but smile when you see your little one in this homemade bird costume.
Use this Halloween costumes sewing pattern to make your little girl a Tinker Bell costume. She'll love looking like a graceful fairy!
Inspired by the blockbuster animated feature, this dress tutorial can guide you in sewing a gown that looks positively royal. Take some tips from this step-by-step photographic post on how to piece together a bodice.
Sweet and Simple Strawberry Halloween Costume
If your sweet is just too sweet, consider creating this simple Halloween costume. It can be worn over just about anything, ensuring that your kiddo stays extra warm while trick or treating.
This free sewing pattern was inspired by Once Upon a Time and is just perfect if your little one loves fairy tales. This DIY cape pattern comes with a rounded hood and lets you make a budget-friendly Halloween costume without spending a fortune.
This is a creative and fun costume for your little girl. Use tulle and felt to transform her into a cute jack-o-lantern. It's easy and quick to make, so you'll both love this homemade Halloween costume.
Your little girl will love wearing this dress to school or while trick-or-treating on Halloween. This adorable pillowcase dress is trendy and cute, but is also spooky and festive.
With this tutorial, you can easily learn how to sew a princess dress step-by-step to transform your little girl into her favorite lady. The best thing about this Cinderella-inspired costume is that is is much, much cheaper to create then purchase a dress like this one.
Your little girl will love dressing up for Halloween in this mermaid costume! The tail is easy to walk in and turns into a cute skirt. Plus, this pattern also has a bandeau shell top.
Make your child a daisy Halloween costume this year so she can be cute and comfy while collecting candy. This free and easy Halloween costume helps to save money around October, since costume prices at Halloween stores can get fairly expensive.
Frozen-Inspired Princess Anna Costume
There is nothing more magical for a little girl than dressing up as her favorite princess. Make her dreams come true with this Frozen-inspired Princess Anna costume, which is a great DIY Halloween costume.
Royal and Red DIY Princess Costume
When it comes to homemade Halloween costumes, this one takes the cake. Your girl will stay warm, look pretty, and absolutely love her new dress. You can even switch up the colors to make a dress that resembles her favorite princess.
Participate in the owl trend with this adorable and easy Halloween craft. Make a last minute kids' owl costume in just a few quick and easy steps.
No toilet paper is needed to make these homemade mummy costumes for your kids. Start by tea-dyeing sweatpants or a skirt, then add tulle and lace to make these DIY Halloween costumes. Your kids will love these spooky but comfy costumes.
If you’ve got a hoodie and some felt, you can rock this look for Halloween…or any day of the year, if you’re bold. It's a fun and thrifty DIY unicorn costume that will help your kiddo stand out from the crowd (in the most magical manner).
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Homemade Halloween Costumes for Boys
Your little guy can dress as a mummy or a his favorite superhero with these homemade Halloween costumes. He'll love these creative costumes, and you'll love how easy they are to make. All these creative Halloween costumes are easy to put together, so if you waited until the last minute this year, you're not completely out of luck!
Whether he's a fan of Disney, Star Wars, or Minions, or if he just wants to dress up as his favorite animal, you're sure to find something he'll love in this collection of homemade Halloween costumes for boys. DIY Halloween costumes are absolutely the way to go. You'll save money, and your little man has the option of customizing his homemade costume any way he wants!
This homemade Peter Pan costume is perfect for the little boy in your life who will never grow up. Make a felt tunic, hat, belt, and even shoe covers with this free sewing tutorial.
Superhero Utility Belt and Mask
Complete your children's superhero look with this tutorial. Complete with everything they need to be a super kid, including a easy cape pattern, this fantastic costume is a great Halloween costume idea.
Whether you need a last-minute Halloween costume or your kiddo just loves owls, this tutorial is going to be your next big project. This stunning and adorable idea is easy to make and simple, and the results are insanely realistic.
DIY Star Wars-Inspired Costume
Help your little one channel their inner Jedi master with this costume. This surprisingly simple tutorial will help you sew up a Jedi robe that will be the envy of all the other kids at the next Halloween costume party.
Chameleon Kid's Halloween Costume
Warm and easy to slip on, this costume can be created in under an hour. So, if you are looking for a great last-minute Halloween costume this year, this is most certainly an option.
Give your little guy the costume of his dreams without spending a fortune with this ninja turtle costume. He will love dressing up like his favorite crime-fighting amphibian, and you'll love how affordable and adorable this DIY costume is.
This Minion costume is really fast to make, so it's perfect for a last minute DIY Halloween costume. It re-purposes fabrics and materials you might already have hanging around your home, meaning you don't have to buy materials and you save money.
Indiana Jones Halloween Costume Idea
This simple and creative homemade Halloween costume for kids can be created in just one evening. All you need to do is create the adorable coat and pair it with some khakis and a hat.
One of the easiest DIY costumes to make, your kids will love running around in this fantasy getup. The best part about this poncho is that it will fit your children for years after you finish making it, keeping your child's imagination active for ages to come.
The Cutest Prince Charming Costume Ever
This Halloween, bring a little fairytale magic home with this costume. Homemade Halloween costumes can take a lot of time to put together, but this easy-to-follow tutorial will make the process a snap.
Homemade Halloween Costumes for Adults
If you're making costumes for your kids, make sure you don't forget about your own costumes! Don't miss out on these fun and creative homemade Halloween costumes for adults. Whether you want to go all out for Halloween this year or if you just want to throw on a cape and call it a day, this section has lots of adults DIY Halloween costumes for any preference. The Mr. Potato Head Costume would be great for a group costume for the whole family!
The most important thing is, you don't want to spend 50 bucks at the costume store for something you're going to wear once. Sew your own great Halloween costumes for yourself and your spouse to make this the best, the most wallet-friendly, and the most fun Halloween ever.
A Christmas Story Homemade Halloween Costume
If you love the classic holiday film, this costume will warm your heart. Complete with a free printable pattern, this sewn costume will be a hit at Halloween parties, and you can even wear it again at holiday parties.
Sometimes the simplest costumes can be the best. This ghost costume is so ethereal and spooky, you'll have trick-or-treaters quaking at your door! Best of all, it's incredibly quick, easy, and cheap to make.
Use this tutorial to create your own version of the famous garment. Keep in all the warmth and wear this adorable cape as a Halloween costume or in any chilly weather.
Ahoy mateys! Looking for an accessory to complete your Halloween costume? This is a perfect fit. Check out this easy tutorial and learn how to make a swashbuckling mini tricorn hat.
As far as quick and easy Halloween costumes go, you won't find much better than this headband. Couple your glamorous new headgear with some black tights and a black sweater for a unique twist on the typical DIY cat Halloween costume.
The Notebook-Inspired Vintage Dress
The hit film The Notebook has something for everyone, whether it be the epic romance, Ryan Gosling's charm, or the vintage 1940s fashion. This free dress pattern is modeled on Allie's iconic red gingham bikini and pays tribute to the sweet, romantic fashion of the 1940s.
This cloak pattern is easy to follow and is perfectly priced at (basically) free! It has options for a couple of different lengths and is sure to add a little drama to any costume.
Folllow this tutorial to learn how to make a Halloween costume that is fun and festive for this upcoming trick or treating season. There are many Halloween costume ideas out there that seem as though they are used by everyone, but this DIY Halloween costume is unique, cute, and sure to make you the talk of any party.
Make a splash at your next costume party! This intermediate sewing pattern is one you just might want to wear all year.
Whether you're dressing up as a ballerina or just looking to add girlish frill to your closet, this tutorial is just the thing for you! This tulle skirt sewing pattern will teach you all you need to know to look fairy godmother-gorgeous at little cost to yourself.
DIY Vintage Princess Lolly Halloween Costume
Utilizing a yellow dress and some felt, you can create an easy and adorable costume based on one of the iconic characters from any childhood. You'll be the sweetest person at any party once you learn how to make a Halloween costume that is as cheery and festive as this one.
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DIY Halloween Costumes for Babies
Look no further for baby Halloween costumes patterns, because we've got everything you need right here! Make your baby's first Halloween special with these DIY Halloween costumes that are easy, budget-friendly, and, most importantly, adorable. In these homemade costume ideas, your little one with be the sweetest treat of the night. I mean, how cute is this Olaf Baby Halloween Costume?
These infant Halloween costume patterns and homemade costumes for toddlers will ensure that you have the cutest baby on the block. You're gonna be the parent with the most candy at the end of the night, because these baby Halloween costume ideas are just the cutest things anyone will ever see!
Piglet Hat DIY Halloween Costume
Pair this easy DIY hat with a simple pink onesie or dress. You'll have a quick, effortless costume that is much more adorable and affordable than anything you'll find in the store.
Little Dorothy Baby Dress Pattern
If you're looking for a unique dress for your little girl, this one is sure to delight anyone who sees it@ Match it with some cute little red booties to make an even bigger statement.
Little Linebacker Football Onesie
Your future football player will steal all the attention at the big game in this onesie. Not only is it the perfect outfit for game day, but it also makes a great baby Halloween costume.
Make this costume and you're guaranteed to have the cutest baby costume on the block! This costume is a two-in-one deal: The front is a sunshine, while the back is a colorful rainbow.
Crazy Circus Animal Cookie Costume
Designed after the popular afternoon snack, this tutorial will show you how to make a Halloween costume that is as sweet as your child. Unlike other Halloween costume ideas, this one is made out sweatshirts that will actually keep your child warm this October.
Little Fish Homemade Halloween Costume
Keep your baby cute and fuss-free by making this little fish costume. This too-cute costume is easy to make and will delight all your neighbors when you go out trick or treating this fall.
No-Sew Homemade Halloween Costume Ideas
If you're looking for a last-minute DIY Halloween costume and don't have time to break out your sewing machine, you're in luck! These projects are the perfect ways to make Halloween costumes with little to no sewing involved. Filled with tons of fun ideas, this list of no-sew Halloween costumes is the ultimate costume solution for procrastinators. This Little Lion Man Halloween Costume is a perfect example of a Halloween costumes idea that can be created in minutes and still looks so cute—no sewing necessary!
Shark No-Sew Halloween Costume
If you're looking for something fast and inexpensive, look no further than this incredibly easy DIY Halloween costume. This no-sew project recycles a gray sweatsuit that you can find at any thrift store.
This DIY hooded cape can be worn in a multitude of ways, with or without sleeves. Best of all, the DIY cape pattern comes with an easy no-sew option!
This costume is the perfect DIY kids' costume: cheap, highly customizable, and totally unique. The construction is such a quick process that you could make several costume changes for the night without breaking a sweat.
These no-sew capes are an easy do-it-yourself project that the kids will adore. This cape is a great super hero costume idea for halloween or a themed birthday party as well.
Done up with feathers and flowers, this DIY headband recalls styles from yesteryear that are still fashionable. Take a break from that sewing needle and try your hand at a wearable craft in time for your next party or get-together.
BONUS! Halloween Costume Ideas From Our Readers
For that time of year when witches, goblins, and ghosts are the norm, you probably want to dress yourself and your little ones in something trendy. To keep up with appearances this fall, we’ve collected these 29 Halloween Costume Ideas to sew – or not!
If you find inspiration from these homemade Halloween costumes, thank our lovely Facebook and FaveCrafts Blog friends for thinking up and trying out these truly easy costumes to make.
- My mother once picked up two brown kitchen rugs, sewed them so she had armholes and a place to put her head through...messed up her hair and went as a cavewoman! Truth!
- Ghost = Sheet with a couple of holes, LOL.
- Adam & Eve!!
- My mom did a hillbilly woman. Nightgown, mismatched socks, and her hair in rags.
- Princess, use a nightgown and add a cape and crown.
- Clown. Using a sweatsuit and homemade ruffles!
- My mom once painted each side of a box a different color, then painted a grid on each side, cut a hole for my head and one on each side for my arms, leaving the bottom open, then I wore a black turtle neck, pants, socks, gloves, and shoes. She pulled my hair back in a ponytail. I was a Rubik's Cube, I think the whole thing cost about $1.50.
- I used to go as a bum, very easy, I just used my dad's old clothes and used some burnt charcoal; to make me look like I had a beard. A stick and a bag hung over my shoulder and I looked like a hobo... Nice memories.
- Toilet paper mummy suits. ROFL!
- I remember going as a baby and making a diaper out of a sheet, wearing a white t-shirt, and having a bottle.
- Black cat: Black sweat pants & shirt, black headband, glue or sew on ears, black eyeliner on face for whiskers, then make a tail and pin it on.
- Used a black sweatsuit and cut out bat wings out of black fabric. Used a pink sweatshirt and stitched a Care Bear motif on the front. Sweatsuits are a great base for lots of costumes.
- Toilet...long skinny box for the tank...smaller square for the bowl glued on the front...cut a round hole in bowl box for the candy.
- A playing card. Use a king-size pillowcase and cut felt hearts, diamond out and go as an Ace of hearts, etc.
- My son rolled himself in a white blanket & added a sign tied around his neck that said, "Please don't squeeze the Charmin."
- A baby bumblebee - yellow jogging suit and electrical tape for stripes.
- A snowman, made from my sister’s old long johns stuffed with old clothes and towels.
- My mom gave herself a faux milk mustache and hung a sign on her shirt that said "Got Milk," back when those commercials were popular, it was cute :)
- Superman/girl, blue cape, blue long-sleeve t-shirt with letter S emblem.
- My brother and I were Martians every year. We used lots of tin foil.
- Gangrene – it’s a group costume. Participants wear green hefty bags and green socks. Muwahahaha!
- I'm working on a Cleopatra costume now. White dress, gold collar, and belt with some bling.
- I once wore tights and a leotard, with a dry-cleaning bag over them, filled with balloons. I was a bag of jellybeans!
- My niece went as a smarty pants once. She pinned smarty candies all over her pants!
- Ballerina!! Tights, skinny tee shirt, a little bit of netting for a skirt, ribbon to tie around the waist, and ponytail. Easy-peasy.
- I attached purple balloons to a black catsuit, played the saxophone, and went as “I Heard It Through the Grapevine!
- I remember my grandmother making a costume for me out of a pair of pajamas. She made a hood and bunny ears and a fluffy yarn pom-pom for a tail. She sewed it all together, and away I went on Halloween as a bright yellow bunny with a basket instead of a bag to collect my treats in.
- I was a table once. My mother cut a hole in a box and put it over my head. She put a paper plate around my neck and a table cloth over the whole thing. Best costume ever. I was beheaded.
- The first one I remember wearing to school was a headless horseman costume that I talked my mom into making . . . She took my dad’s white button-up shirt and starched the collar really good and tied a cape around the neck area and then placed it on top of my head, making sure my head wouldn’t slide through. I rigged a peephole through an open spot at the button and carried a plastic jack o’ lantern.
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I love all your ideas, the hobo one we did too. Every year the first grade went on a hobo picnic for the end of school,we walked down main street to the city park so everyone would see us.My mom got the great Idea to put dry coffee on my face with just a skim coat of elmers clue on my face then the coffee stuck to it. I was cute but that coffee was IIITTTchie and very hard to take off .before the days of washable glue this would have been in 1958
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do you have a pattern for a womens Indian costume. I need a skirt and top.
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Im trying to find a girls mad hatter costume with hat and a coat
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I need a costume size 12 for an Indian dress costume. I need long sleeves but a plain tunic type dress pattern. Any ideas?
Jul 28, 2012
Where is the pattern for the penguin?
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