The countdown is on, Halloween is frightfully close and you need a quick kids costume now. Like really NOW! I feel your panic! So, today we’ve got four cute and quick kids costumes for you to make from four clever Moms I found out in blogland. Keep calm and read on!

Image courtesy of jenspendsless.com

Image courtesy of jenspendsless.com

Friar Tuck and Robin Hood Brothers

This adorable sibling costuming idea from Jen at the Jen Spends Less blog is amazing!  Jen’s oldest son loves all things Robin Hood so this costume idea was a natural. It’s a great mash up of upcycled ready to wear, a fleece blanket and felt yardage. You’re going to love that these use just basic materials and are quick and beginner friendly!  Jen had never made a hood before, but called on her inner woodsy maker and was a hood master by the end. You’ll purchase the bow and arrow, but the quiver is a clever recycle.

Image courtesy of jenspendsless.com

Image courtesy of jenspendsless.com

Baby Tuck’s delightful ruff of yarn hair is super cute and will be easy for you to make with Jen’s instructions.  Totally a costume you can still make, Robin and Tuck may not look quick but, as Jen says, they’re actually easy. Click here for the great tutorial and off to Sherwood Forest you go!

Image courtesy of alphamom.com

Image courtesy of alphamom.com

Last Minute Owl

Designed by Ellen for the Alpha Mom blog, the title of this quick kid’s costume is immediately reassuring! It’s an upcycle, as most uber-quick costumes are. And, it’s another kid’s costume that’s easy to assemble even if you’re a newbie sewist. It would be a great project to involve the future owl child in, too. You’ll need an old t-shirt, several feather colored materials or more old clothes you can cut up. Ellen has great instructions and a template for the mask and feathers in a PDF linked in her post. You could certainly make your owl colorful by choosing bright fabrics or clothes to refashion. Make a blue bird, red cardinal or yellow canary by picking out solids. I love a kids costume that sparks imagination and this one is a soaring fit! Click here to read and follow the tutorial on the Alpha Mom blog.

Image courtesy of costumeworks.com

Image courtesy of costumeworks.com

Wild, Wild Thing

Based on the fabulous character from Maurice Sendak’s charming storybook, I found this cute kids costume on the Costume Works blog. Be sure to look around when you visit designer Kathleen’s post – you’ll find loads of ideas. Kathleen’s instructions are basic, but you’ll be able to easily leap into the crazy Wild Thing concept and make this your own. Another mash up, this one involves using a commercial pattern (from your stash?), a little ready to wear and a bit of fabric.  This Wild Thing totally makes my heart sing! (Anyone remember that song?) Click here for inspiration from Kathleen and enjoy a little unruly, joyous creating.

Image courtesy of madincrafts.com

Image courtesy of madincrafts.com

Leggy Hoodie Spider

A hoodie, socks and super-size googly eyes are the elements Jessica of the Mad in Crafts blog used for this “kind of sweet, kind of scary” spider costume. Definitely a quick kids costume, I think you big kids could make this for yourselves, too! Wouldn’t it be fun to wear for greeting Trick or Treaters at your door, the School Carnival or Trunk or Treat? Jessica used glue and thread for the hoodie transformation and she gives you great hints in her how-tos. Click here and create your own arachnids – big or small!

Making costumes has always been a fabulous sewing adventure at my house. And, they weren’t just for Halloween. The Robin Hood post brought back one of my favorite memories.  For my son’s fifth birthday party, I made simplified Robin Hood costumes and hats for each of the boys to put on when they arrived. We bought inexpensive bow and arrow sets, served a castle cake and held a target contest. The bows and costumes went home with the little ‘Robins” as party favors. Somewhere I have a snapshot of all five of them running through the forest behind the house in an exuberant moment in time we will always treasure.

So my final suggestion is to think about quick kids costumes for more than just Halloween. Memorable moments can be created by you and your sewing machine for any occasion, at any time, in any season. Just grin, create, sew and play!

About the Author


Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.

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