Monday, September 24, 2012

Easy DIY Ghost Costume


This summer when I started sewing again, my son RJ started asking for a ghost costume and pulled out any white fabric from my stash.  The other day I finally broke down and decided to throw a ghost together.

I took a yard of cheap, white, slub knit I had from a $5.00/ 5 yard Walmart bolt and cut off a yard.
I serged the sides to curve up for a snug fit on the head and tried it on.
While he had it on I marked his eyes, then we talked about ways to make the scary eye holes.
He wanted them black, but I wanted him to be able to see where he was going, so we compromised on using black lace so we both got what we thought was important.
I drew 2" circles at the eye markings, pinned a scrap of black lace on the back, and sewed around the circles.  Then I just snipped away the knit white circles, being careful not to cut through the lace, revealing the black scary eyes.

The overall shape just tapers from the head to the side seams which are the full width of the fabric, and I didn't even even off the bottom. 

Look out for this creepy ghost! 

It was really quick, I think since I serged it and just hacked it all out beginning to end it only took 10 minutes.  
Love those quick, easy projects he gets so excited about!
Do you have your Halloween costumes in the works?

10 comments:

Malinda Jane Sieg said...

What a great mom you are! My boys would absolutely LOVE this since they are constantly putting every blanket and sheet over there head that they can find. Great job!

Ann said...

I love how this is so sweetly Peanuts Halloween. (I assume that's where you were going with the pumpkin patch shots.)

I'm still in the planning stages. If I can swing it, I'm going to do a lion.
http://www.thevelvetaubergine.com/2012/09/25/halloween-costume-project-the-cowardly-lion/

Katie said...

I love the black lace in the eyes and I love a quick project too!

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in Creative Busy Bee Craft Inspirations, under the Page 1 post on Sep. 25, 2012. Thanks again.

Ellen aka Ellie said...

I love the lace eyes, what a great idea!

Halloween is my least favorite holiday, but as a teacher the kids like it when I dress up. I think we're being assigned letters of the alphabet to "be." Hm...

Eric and Carrie said...

I've always wanted to make the whole gang of ghosts from "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown." You know, one with a witch mask, one with a ton of eye holes cut out, and one with a cloud of dirt or stench around it. The last one has me stumped, so it just might have to wait for next year. :)

Besides, I'm making a wolf from your pattern this year, which is going to be awesome!

Sarah G. said...

So happy to find this post! My 4 year old is being rather particular about the type of ghost (it should be happy, have a hood, but not cover his head, with eyes, but no eye holes [huh?]). Anyway, these photos seemed to click for him and we're going to try it.
But I don't sew! What does serging mean? Maybe I'll ask a friend with sewing know-how to help me with this.
Thanks so much for the inspiration!

Jessica said...

Sarah G.
Serging is a different kind of sewing machine. You don't need it. If you buy t-shirt type stretchy fabric "knit" you can just sew the rainbow and it will be fine. Good luck! You got to love kids ideas! Glad these eye holes might fit the description. :)

Sarah G. said...

Thanks Jessica! Next question: what does sew the rainbow mean? I tried Googling it but came up empty (mostly a lot of LGBT stuff lol). I really am not a seamstress, does this have to do with making an arc-shape?

Jessica said...

SOrry Sarah G., yes you are right, I didn't give a good explanation. Take the 2 layers of white t-shirt fabric and have your son lay down and draw a basic arc shape around him about 8-10" away. Sew along your line for the curved triangle shape of the ghost. So when you sew, it would be like sewing a rainbow, up one side, curve, then down the other.

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