Halloween Craft: Baby Girl Halloween Costume for Less than $10
It’s never too early to start getting ready for Halloween. With October around the corner, your older kiddos are going to start requesting elaborate Halloween costumes for their trick-or-treating adventures. Keep it simple for the little girls with this simple, inexpensive, last-minute ballerina costume.
Note: This costume can be converted into a witch, fairy, or princess costume by changing the tulle and onesie color.
How to Make a Newborn Ballerina Halloween Costume
- Elastic (I used ½ inch elastic, 15” long)
- 1 yard sparkly tulle (I used two different of colors tulle, ½ yard each)
- 2 inch ribbon
- Sewing machine
1. You will need a half yard of tulle for both the longer and shorter layers of the skirt. For the longer layer, fold the tulle in half length-wise. Set aside.
2. For the shorter layer, fold the tulle over at 6 ½” length-wise. Cut along the length of your half yard piece tulle, with 6 ½" on both sides of the fold. (Make sure you have enough tulle left over for the sleeves.)
3. Pin your two pieces of tulle together at the folds.
4. Baste the tulle together along the folds.
5. Gather the tulle until it is about 20 inches long.
6. Cut a piece of ribbon 20 inches long.
7. Fold your ribbon in half, then pin and sew it to the gathered side of the tulle. Make sure the shiny side of your ribbon is on the outside and that you sew it on top of the shorter piece of tulle.
8. Sew the back seam of the skirt closed. Make sure not to sew the ribbon openings closed.
9. String your elastic through the pocket created with your ribbon.
10. Sew the ends of your elastic together. Done!
1. Cut out your sleeves from the tulle left over from your shorter skirt layer. (Above is my super intricate sleeve pattern.)
2. Baste and gather along the curved side of the sleeve.
3. Pin the gathered edge of the sleeve into the seam of the onesie sleeve. This part is a little tricky. Essentially, you're extending the sleeve/body seam of the onesie and catching the edge of the tulle with the new seam. Just stuff the tulle in there as close as you can, pin it, and hope for the best.
4. Sew the tulle sleeve in place. This technique creates a sleeve that looks like it was originally sewn into the onesie. Done!
Throw on a matching headband and you’re all set for trick-or-treating with the whole family.
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Cari Thompson—the artist formerly known as Cari Stewart—is a wife, copywriter, online marketer, and blogger. She currently lives in the mommy blogger space as an editor, SEO specialist, and account manager. Her three greatest accomplishments: beating Super Mario 3 in one night without a whistle, drumming for tens of people, and licking an ice sculpture at the Versace Mansion. Check her out at caristewart.com, dougandcari.com, LinkedIn, and Twitter.
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