I am all for store-bought costumes, but around here trick-or-treating is usually coooold. It seems like most of the costumes made for girls are skimpy. This year, my daughter wanted to be a flower for Halloween and I wanted her to be warm while she was trick-or-treating. I couldn't find anything in the stores so I decided to make my own. This came in under $20 even with having to buy the sweatshirt.
For the flower sweatshirt I used:
- hooded green sweatshirt
- pink and green felt
- floral wire
- permanent marker
- needle, scissors, and thread
- butterfly decoration, optional
- 2 rolls of glittered tulle
- needle, scissors, thread
I started by cutting petal shapes from the felt. For a size 5T sweatshirt I used about 14 petals.
I folded the petals in half and sewed in a double thickness of floral wire. The wire was about 3/4 of the height of the petal. The wire inside helps support the petals and keeps them from flopping over.
I sewed them into the inner side of the hood, overlapping the petals.
Using the same technique, I made some leaves and sewed them onto the sleeves of the sweatshirt. The veins in each leaf are just drawn on with permanent marker.
You could certainly stop there, but my little trick-or-treater is a tough customer. She wanted petals sewn around the waist (I left the floral wire out of those) and a tutu. I used this tutorial to make the tutu.
We also added a butterfly perched on her head.
We paired them with some striped leggings and she's very happy with her flower costume*.
It even looks good from the back!
*Although not happy enough to actually wear it trick-or-treating. She wore her Princess Anna dress instead. I'm totally not bitter about it though.