We are loving the renewed excitement and energy that little ones bring back to the holidays. Last year for Halloween, Bea had just turned one so we put her in a cute bee costume, took some pictures out front while she snacked on her first fruit gummies, and then called it a night. This year I decided to make Bea's halloween costume --- Super B! I am not at all a super experienced sewer or costume maker so this is a pretty simple DIY costume you can make for your tots.
Here are some of the supplies you'll need to make your own Super hero costume:
After trying to draw my own superhero "B" for awhile and not quite getting it right, I found these handy superhero letter shields here that worked wonderfully as a pattern. Iron on fabric glue sheets make this project really easy. Exacto knives also help : )
I used shiny gold fabric, shiny blue fabric, and the iron on fabric adhesive to make the shield. First, I ironed a piece of fabric bond onto gold fabric and another piece onto blue fabric. Then I traced out the shield onto the fabric bond sheet I had ironed onto the blue fabric and cut the shape out. For the gold fabric, first I had to cut out the paper pattern I had printed of the superhero "B" using an exacto knife. I flipped the superhero "B" paper cut-out and traced this backwards B onto the fabric bond sheet ironed onto the gold fabric. I followed the pattern and cut the gold fabric"B" out with an exacto knife. I ironed the gold "B" onto the blue shield and then I ironed the blue and gold "B" shield onto a plain cotton shirt.
I wasn't sure how much Bea would appreciate something tied around her neck, so instead I attached buttons to her shirt so that I could button the cape on. We had a star theme going on, so I found some fun gold star buttons that amped up the cuteness. I used one on each shoulder and one on the back so that it wouldn't ride up on her neck.
The cape is a piece of shiny blue fabric that I stuck gold, glittery foam star stickers to. At the top of the cape, I put a 2 inch strip of the iron on fabric adhesive, folded the fabric on itself, and ironed it down to bind it. I did this to act as a hem, but also to reinforce the slinky fabric so that it would button better. After many futile attempts to make button holes with my sewing machine, I gave up and just cut some slits in the fabric since the adhesive paper was in there to reinforce it, and would help keep it from fraying, too. I hemmed the bottom so that it wouldn't fray, but I left the sides unhemmed. The original piece of fabric was a rectangle so I tapered it making a gradual rounded cut from the buttons to the widest part at the bottom of the cape.
For the superhero style bottoms, I just took an old pair of bloomers and sewed on some stretchy gold sequin costume trim. And when I say "sewed on", this was sort of an exploratory mission because using a machine to sew together two stretchy things and sequins was a little above my sewing skills. So, I just held the trim and bloomers together, stretched them out and then did little spots of sewing them together about every inch or so. Did I mention I so don't like pinning things before sewing? There was no pinning involved in this project : )
I wanted to find some bright tights, but these starry leggings were a great find that are a little warmer and won't get big runs when she falls down like tights would.
Now, to accessorize!
I made some wristbands out of the same stretchy gold sequin trim that I used for the belt. I just measured around the wrist so that it would fit loosely and hot glued the ends together.
Little gold boots would be a super cute addition to the ensemble,
or a little gold face mask for older (or tolerant!) tots.
So, that's it. Hope you like it!
Trick or Treat!