Alright, it’s October 1st…so, in my book, Halloween is just around the corner – I love this time of year! I thought I’d share here the Octopus Costume I made for Baby O last year, incase anyone out there is brainstorming about simple costumes to make for their baby or toddler. I love this costume because it could work well for non-walkers too. It’s also great for boys or girls. I do wish I had better photos of her, and of the construction process itself, but I hope you’ll enjoy what I do have and please post if you have any questions (I’ve finally figured out how to add the plugin that sends readers an email to let them know if I’ve replied to their comment – much thanks to a fellow blogger who posted about it recently! – I think this will make communication much easier.). Soo…here she is in her adorable outfit (random toys in the photo were there to bribe her to stay in one place…you know how it can be!)…
1.) Plain White Onesie (I got a 3 pack of longsleeve “Gerber” ones at Target for under $10.) and a Plain White T-Shirt you don’t need anymore (Raid your husband’s drawer of white undershirts!)
2.) Fabric Dye in color of your choice (I use “Rit” dye and I like to do the method where I dye the clothing in my washer/dryer rather than in a pan. It is much neater this way, in my opinion.)
3.) 4 pairs of Adult Size Socks in the color of your choice (Note: it’s ideal if your socks are close in color to your fabric dye of course.)
4.) Two sheets of Felt (the kind that are under a dollar each, at the fabric or craft store) in Black and White
5.) 1/4″-thick Black Elastic from the fabric store
6.) Stuffing from the fabric store
7.) Scissors, Pins, Needle & Thread or Sewing Machine, Fabric Glue (optional)
1.) Dye white onesie and an old t-shirt in Rit dye.
2.) Use a tutorial like this one to make a “beanie” hat using the t-shirt you just dyed.
3.) Use white and black felt sheets to make two big Octopus eyes. Adhere to hat with needle and thread or fabric glue.
4.) Choose one pair of socks from your collection and cut off the foot at the ankle. Fold the cut part under 1/4-1/2″ and use pins to temporarily hold in place (See Figures A & B.) Use a needle and thread or sewing machine to stitch the hem in place (use similarly-colored thread if possible). These are your baby’s leg warmers.
5.) Use stuffing from the fabric store (you can buy a bag of it – it’s the same kind one might use to stuff a pillow, for instance) to fill the remaining 6 socks. Make them pretty full, but leave about 1.5″ at the top. I used pins to temporarily hold in place (See Figure C. Also please see note on Figure C - Actually best to pin and sew closed when your sock is laying flat, with front (toes) facing you.). Sew top of sock closed in a straight line (See Figure D.).
6.) Fold top part of sock down and stitch it, in a straight line (See Figure E.), forming a “loop” through which your elastic can be threaded.
7.) Chase your baby/toddler around to measure his/her waist. Cut your elastic to a suitable length, according to waist size. Thread it through the top of your 6 socks and secure with several stitches in the back, forming a pull-up “belt” for your baby (Added benefit…Diaper changes are easy in this costume!). Note that you can then adjust the placement of the 6 socks around your baby’s waist, once the belt is on.
Have any questions, comments, or want to link to some cool handmade baby/child costumes you’ve made recently? I’d love to see! I hope your week is off to a great start, and that you too are getting excited for the changing of Seasons. XX