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Halloween Flower Costume

Dateline: 10/14/97
Make your child an adorable flower costume for Halloween.

Materials needed:

  • A green jogging suit with a hood or fabric to make a hood.
  • Bright color fabric for flower petals
  • Green Fabric for leaves
  • Sequin or fancy trim
  • Batting
  • Optional: Floral wire - depends on the stiffness of your fabric.
  • Thread
  • Masking tape to secure the wire ends
Directions

(NOTE: All seams refer to a 1/2" seam allowance)

BODY OF COSTUME:

If the jogging suit doesn't have a hood, you will have to make one. If you are experienced, you may be able to create one by starting with a shape similar to this. Another option is to make a hood from a purchased pattern.

Secure the hood to fit around the child's face. Pull the draw strings and knot the string to prevent it from opening up.

Flower Petals:

Depending upon the age of your child and how elaborate they want to be, decide on a petal type. Here are a few of the types I've done.
diagram

I've created a printable pattern for the rounded petal for a 3 year old child. You will have to decide how many petals you want to use.

Cut out two fabric pieces and one batting piece for each petal.

Put wrong sides of the fabric together and a layer of batting. Stitch the rounded edge of the petal, leaving the bottom open to turn right sides out.

If the fabric and batting don't create a "stand up" type of petal, play with inserting the floral wire inside the petal before you close it. Be sure to wrap the ends of the wire with masking tape to prevent them from poking through the fabric.

Trim seam allowances. Turn right sides out. Finish raw edge by tucking the fabric in by 1/2" and stitching across the edge.

Depending on the size of your petals, you may want to make a row of top stitching down the middle of the petal to keep it flat.

Attach petals around the face opening of the hood. You can use a hand basting stitch if you would like to use the jogging suit again later.

Cover the ends of the petals, where they attach to the hood, with a fancy trim. I used 1" wide sequin trim.

LEAVES:

Decide how many leaves you would like to attach to the body of the suit. I would recommend at least a few. However please keep safety in mind while you create your costume.

I have included a printable pattern of the leaf that I used.

Cut out two fabric pieces and one batting piece for each leaf.

Put wrong sides of the fabric together and a layer of batting. Stitch the rounded edge of the leaf, leaving the bottom open to turn right sides out.

Trim seam allowances. Turn right sides out. Finish raw edge by tucking the fabric in by 1/2" and top stitching (definition) across the edge.

Using your sewing machine, free hand stitch the veins in to the leaves. This is a diagram of where I placed the "veins". leaf diagram

Attach leaves to the costume. They are very cute scattered on the sleeves. Use a hand basting stitch if you would like to use the jogging suit again later.

FINISHING:

Once your child is all dressed, blushed cheeks finish the costume. In our house the kids insist on having make up.

Tips for Your Flower Costume

Make a Halloween Loot Bag out of the leaf or petal fabric.

Use green fabric that contrasts the body of the suit. You might want to use tie dyed fabric done in greens and yellows to make the leaves look frost bitten.

The printable pattern was designed for my 3 year old. You may want to adjust the size of the pattern and leaves for an older child.

pumpkinEverything Halloween
Lots more costumes and Halloween ideas!

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