As you are well aware by now, I love everything about costumes and I certainly don’t believe in wearing them just for Halloween either (exhibit A). But, social norms say that Halloween is the only appropriate time of the year to really go at it so we are going nuts this year. We teamed up with Ali Hynek who gave birth 6 months ago to the most beautiful and cuddle-worthy triplets of all time, Penelope, Ethan, and Alejandra (Sweet Pea as they are affectionately known on her Instagram feed). We spent two glorious days shooting these sweet peas and I couldn’t have been more in heaven (give me all the cuddles!!!!!). We’ve got three batches of costumes starting with this first one: quick and easy costumes for you baby. And check out 3 flower costumes for baby and 3 celebrity costumes ideas here.
Each of these three costumes is based off a basic infant onesie pajama and should less than an hour to make. We love the easy ones too!
THREE BLIND MICE
You will need:
- grey felt (two pieces each for each ear)
- floral wire
- pink, white, red acrylic paint
- grey onesie (we got ours here)
- 1/2″ wooden dowel 2′ long
- glue gun
- sunglasses (we used these ones)
- grey fabric
To make the ears:
- Cut two ears from this template
- Glue wire around the perimeter of one of the pieces of felt. Leave about 4″ of wire coming out of the bottom
- Glue the other piece of felt to cover the wire.
- Wrap the wire around a headband.
- Cover the headband by wrapping ribbon around it.
To make the walking sticks:
- Paint the dowels white
- Paint the bottom 5″ red.
To make the tails:
- Cut a 2′ piece of fabric to this shape
- Sew the two sides together
- Stuff the tail
- Attach with a safety pin
You will need:
- white or khaki onesie (we used this one, they are so soft and have snaps in all the right places)
- black boots (we used these ones)
- Ghosbusters patch (yes! they sell them like that! And they’re the perfect size! I got them here)
- cardboard for gun
- black acrylic paint
- plumping hose from the hardware store (sold in 10 ft for $6)
- washi tape in red and black pattern
- kid’s science safety goggles (we used these ones but these ones would have been cute too! or these ones!)
For the costume:
- Glue the patch onto the onesie (or safety pin if you don’t want to harm the onesie)
To make the cardboard gun pack: (note: we didn’t make a pack for the babies because they’re not quite at the age to have something on their backs, but for older kids we would have made a pack out of a cereal box and painted in black)
- Cut out the gun shape from this template and trace it onto cardboard
- Paint it black
- add on decorative elements with washi tape
- duct tape the tube to the gun
FOR SUPER MAN
You will need:
- blue onesie (we used this one)
- red thick felt
- yellow thick felt
- red fabric for cape
- black felt
- gold ribbon
- Make the “S” emblem with this template. Cut out in red and yellow.
- Glue the two colors together and sew around perimeter if desired. We sewed for a more finished look.
- Cut the mask with this template
- Glue or sew the ribbon to the inside of the mask
- Similar to Superman but use the Batman template
- grey onesie
For the booties:
- I found a pdf on the internet for the bootie pattern and used the instructions provided. Click here to access the pattern!
- craft cutter or scissors
- template for logos
- white and red acrylic paint
- red knit fabric
- iron on adhesive vinyl
- paper towel cardboard rings
- black onesie (here)
- red onesie (we got ours from here)
- grey onesie (here)
FOR THE ONSIES
- Cut out the logos with your craft cutter (so much easier!) or by hand. You will get better results with your cutter
FOR THE HATS
- I used a pattern here for the basic template and instructions. Make sure you measure the size of the child’s head to ensure the circumference of the hat will fit, and add 1-2″ for the seam allowances.
- I did not sew on the bottom band, and instead just folded under the bottom edge about an inch and sewed it to secure.
- The fabric I used was also a bit thicker, so instead of knotting the top portion of the hat, I simply cut a strip of fabric and tied it around the tip of the hat.
FOR THE STRAWS
- Paint empty paper towel rolls with a few coats of white acrylic paint. Let Dry.
- Use tape to make straight red vertical stripes down the straw.
- Remove the tape and let dry.