When I was growing up my mom ALWAYS made our Halloween costumes. I honestly can’t ever remember going to a store and picking one out.
There is just something magical about a one of a kind costume isn’t there?
Making costumes doesn’t have to be hard or expensive either. In fact, the last three costumes that I have made for my kids have been WAY cheaper than something I could have purchased at the store.
But lets get real. If I am going to be making something it’s got to be quick and it’s got to be cheap!
This last minute Halloween costume for toddlers is both!
Okay, so our first tutorial is a black cat. Totally classic, cheap and you can make it during naptime!
I got all my supplies from Hobby Lobby because I basically live there. I’m sure you could get most of your times at any other craft store. I had originally planned on using a black feather boa for the tail but then I stumbled across this fuzzy fabric stuff called Fuzzy Stems. It was in the felt and fake fur section. It is 9 feet long, bendable and soft! I am now totally obsessed with it and am trying to come up with other crafty things I can use it on!
Okay so basically you only need tulle, the Fuzzy Stems, a onesie and either elastic or ribbon to make this last minute Halloween costume. I actually just had the elastic on hand so that’s what I used.
The only additional tools you will need are scissors.
A few notes before we get into the DIY
I wanted to be able to see cute baby legs through the tutu so I only got 1.5 yds of tulle. If you want a fuller skirt, a longer skirt or are wanting to put it on a bigger child get MORE. Tulle is super cheap so even if you end up with too much it’s not like you will have wasted more then a dollar or two.
My kids are TINY so I can still get away with putting them in a onesie. IF you use a black shirt instead you will need to put short or leggings underneath.
We live in Florida so we sweat while we are trick or treating. If you live in colder weather, just do long sleeves instead.
Most craft stores have COUPONS so don’t forget to use them!
Now to the fun part. This project literally only took me a total of 15 min. BUT my kids were asleep. If you are trying to do this when your kids are awake it will probably take 15 hours. Just warning you.
Measure your ribbon or elastic. And by measure I mean just wrap it around your child’s waste, give yourself room to tie it in a bow behind them, and cut.
Tie both ends of the ribbon to something so that it cant unravel on you. I tied mine between two dining room chairs. You just want to give yourself a firm area to tie the tulle to.
Cut your tulle. You want to take your fabric, fold it in half from top to bottom, and then fold it in half again. Next, you are going to cut strips. For a less full skirt, I use about a hands length for each strip. For more full, I use about two fingers wide.
Once you have cut a million strips of tulle you can tie them to the ribbon that you starched across the chair. Fold the strip in half, and then in half again and tie onto the ribbon.
Measure your child’s wrists and ankles for the Fuzzy Stems. Again, by measure I just mean wrap it around, add about an inch and a half extra and cut. There is a flexible wire inside so all you have to do is twist it on itself to get it to stay. Do this four times to create the wrist and ankle bracelets. Cut two more strips for the ears. I just put my baby’s hair in pigtails and wrap the Fuzzy Stems around it. Cut one long strip for the tail. You will just loop the tail through the tutu and position it however you want.
Assemble all the pieces and ooh and ahh over your handiwork.
Last Minute Halloween Costume
Little Black Cat
Total Cost – $13.85
1.5 yd of black tulle – $3.38
Fuzzy Tail – $3.99
Onesie – $3.49
Glitter Elastic – $2.99
** Snagged the cute little basket from the Target Dollar Section!
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