This year was the first in a while that I’ve had the chance to actually make myself a Halloween costume. Usually I just focus on the kids and make sure they are all set with the things they need me to make to complete their outfits. Since they all chose pretty basic and/or pre-made costumes (a werewolf that took me 5 minutes, and store bought Batman and IronMan), I took the opportunity to put together a fun costume with some crochet elements, some upcycling, and some fun finds from my drawers of stuff I save for just such an occasion. I challenged myself to use as much as I could out of things I already had, and for anything I couldn’t make or repurpose, I gave myself a budget of $10.
To start, I made myself a top hat using the Halloween Top Hat pattern on the Red Heart website. Its a free pattern and very easy to follow. I modified it slightly, bringing the diameter of the hat down one extra decrease so my hat would have a more dramatic shape to it, and just added an extra increase towards the bottom so it would still fit on my head. I was considering making it in the pumpkin orange they show in the pattern, but I ended up going with black for two reasons: I decided to go a little more spooky with my costume, and I thought this hat would make a great base to dress up to add a whimsical flair to any occasion. I did not attach the band to the hat so that I could change it out easily.
And here it is, the completed ensemble! Spooky, sassy, and so much fun to put together! If you’re a little bit crafty (and keep all kinds of materials handy “just in case”) it’s pretty easy to come up with a great costume on a shoestring budget.
Did you make your own costume this year? What elements did you incorporate to bring your vision to life? Share in the comments or my FB page, I’d love to see your homemade costumes!!
Happy Crafting (and Trick or Treating)!