Old Posts: DIY Baby Costumes!


We are all about homemade costumes in this family… I think both my older kids have made about 90% of their Halloween costumes. It’s just fun, ya know?  This year I’m making Milo’s again, more on that later.  I thought I’d post the DIY of the costumes Milo wore the last two years.  The Baby Popcorn and the Little Sherlock.

The first one is from when Milo was just 4 months old!  It’s the Popcorn costume:

FROM: Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Popcorn Baby Costume – DIY

This costume couldn’t be easier (or cheaper) to create.  It’s comfortable and safe and we got TONS of compliments on it!  And a giant serving of movie popcorn couldn’t be more perfect for Milo’s Movie Critic Dad to carry around! The whole costume cost less than $5.

DIY Baby Popcorn Costume:


You’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard of red felt (you’ll have fabric leftover)
  • 1/2 yard of white felt (you’ll have fabric leftover)
  • scissors
  • glue gun and glue (quite a few glue sticks unless you want to sew)
  • baby sock hat (we used an old one we already had)
  • popped popcorn
  • baby carrier
  • Velcro or safety pins


1. Measure and then cut enough white felt to cover the outside of your baby carrier (you should end up with a white rectangle because you want the material to be long enough to cover baby’s legs). Cut triangular pieces off the top side of the rectangle to create the top of the “popcorn carton”. .

2. cut thin strips of the red felt that are long enough to reach from top to bottom of your white material.

3. Glue those on and trim the tops if necessary to match up with the white edges.  You could sew the strips on if you wanted but I made the whole costume in about 45 minutes while watching TV… I didn’t feel like sitting at the sewing machine.


4. Write “Popcorn” on your red felt and then cut the letters out.
5. Glue those onto a bigger piece of white felt and then trim the white felt around the letters to create somewhat of a bubble effect. Glue Popcorn word onto main piece in the middle toward the top.
6. Find a cute baby with an old sock stretchy hat. (Fortunately we already had both of these down the hall in the nursery.
7. Pop some popcorn and glue onto hat (make sure the baby isn’t wearing the hat for this step!).  I actually cut out pieces of white felt and then glued the popcorn onto those pieces and then the hat so it would last longer. Eat remaining popcorn.

To complete the costume put on your carrier and put baby inside. Use velcro or safety pins to attach the costume to the sides of the carrier under the baby’s arms (if your baby is still in the forward facing position in the carrier the costume still works just as well – the baby’s arms will just be inside.).  Matt dressed up in a white shirt and bow tie to look like a popcorn vendor.  Super cute, huh?  Another reason I love this costume is because it could have easily been adapted for a cold or warm night.

*We actually had purchased a yard each of the white and red material.  The popcorn costume didn’t even use a half a yard so I gave the remaining fabric to my 12 year old and she made a “Where’s Waldo” costume.  Again, less than $5.  For Where’s Waldo all you need is a red and white sock hat, some glasses, a cross shoulder satchel and a red and white shirt.  Cady didn’t have a red & white shirt so she constructed one with the leftover fabric.

The second costume is from last year.  I’m obsessed with Sherlock so guess what Milo was?  You got it.
FROM Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Little Sherlock Costume


Quick and easy and cost us about 10 bucks!  We already had some of the crafting supplies so you may have a lot of this laying around the house as well.  First thing I did was sit down and plan the absolute most easiest pattern I could think of.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the contemporary Sherlock movies/shows out there (here, here and here) but I was going for the classic Sherlock Holmes look.  I drew inspiration from these pics I found on Google:


I knew there was no way I could make a trench coat with my rudimentary sewing skills so I decided on a long “vest” and short “cape”.  The effect is the same and it was easy peasy. (Please excuse these horrible drawings, but it’s what I used).





Here are the supplies you’ll need:


1. Measure your kiddo for the length you want the vest to be (top of shoulders to the knees).  Remember to allow for hems/seams.
2. Cut your material to the shape in the first pattern pic above.
3. Fold on the fold lines and then sew those tabs together at the top.  The top doesn’t have to be “pretty” – it’s covered by the cape.
4. Finish all the rough edges with a hem (you could use fabric glue as well).
5. I added pieces of velcro to use as closures in the front.  I then glued on 2 buttons so that it looked more finished (pic below)  FYI – I had to snip the back of the buttons off so they would be flat once I glued them on.

1. Measure your kiddo to find out where you want the edges of the cape to hit on his/her arm.  I measured from Milo’s elbow to the center of his neck and then to the other elbow and then added a few inches to allow for a hem.
2. My measurement was 22 inches (then I added 2) so I cut a 24″ diameter circle. 2nd pattern pic above.
3. Next I cut a slit all the way to the center.
4. I finished by hemming all the rough edges (I folded the edges in about a half inch then ironed it so I would know where to sew).  Again, you could totally use fabric glue.  (see pic below).
5.  Lastly, I put the cape on him and marked where it should close.  Glue or sew a 10 inch piece of ribbon on each side where you marked it so that you can tie the cape closed at the neck.  You could also just use the velcro/button method from the vest on the cape, but I liked the look of a ribbon.


MAGNIFYING GLASS: Martha Stewart has a similar one online (you could probably google it – she uses a foam brush stick instead of a dowel).  We already had a dowel from another project and we have plenty of mason jar tops around here.  (You could purchase a cheap plastic magnifying glass if you don’t want to make one.)


1. You can glue the mason jar lid to the top of your dowel, but I had hubby use a screw. Our toddler can tear stuff up so I figured it would last longer if it was secured better!
2. Give it a few coats of black spay paint and that’s it!

HAT AND PIPE:  There are also a few tutorials on how to make a “detective hat” out there as well.  However, I found a Hat that came with a plastic toy pipe for less than 5 bucks on Amazon so I went with it.  Our shipping is free (hello Amazon Prime!!!) so it was worth it!  The tutorials require you to buy 2 caps then add material on the sides with ribbon at the top.  It would still be inexpensive if you decide to go that route as well.




Milo wore a pair of khakis and a long sleeve white shirt underneath.  I think it’s adorable!

plaid material – 50% off at Hobby Lobby 1.99 a yard. (you’ll need 2 yards)
black ribbon – 50% off at Hobby Lobby .99 for 15 feet.  I used less than 2 feet so you can have this for future projects if you don’t already have some at home.
Classic coat buttons – 50% off at Hobby Lobby – .99 for 3.  I used 2.
velcro – we already had some.  You only need a couple of inches.  You could also actually USE the buttons but I’m no good at sewing button holes!
needle/thread – we already had some.  Pick up fabric glue if you don’t want to sew.
Magnifying glass – I had all supplies already
Hat & Pipe – 4.49 from AmazonYou can EASILY do this costume for less than $15… It would cost you more to buy one and it’s more special if it’s homemade, right?


Milo also wore his to a cosplay convention here in Dallas (Fan Days) and it held up perfectly!  Here’s a pic of him during the costume contest on stage:


People were stopping us right and left to take his picture!

Thanks for stopping by – enjoy your little Sherlock if you decide to make one!



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