If you haven’t planned the baby’s Halloween costume yet, here is a quick DIY for you! This is as easy and inexpensive as it gets- I should know- I made three of them! I definitely can’t afford expensive costumes for all the kids this year, so I had to get creative. This DIY bear costume is perfect for infants and toddlers, and even those with beginner sewing skills can complete it. The costume base is a store bought fleece jacket, and it just builds from there. I purchased my jackets from Kohl’s for $6.99, and I had the rest of the supplies at home. So $6.99 for a costume? That’s about as cheap as it gets! Pair the jacket with matching brown pants for a full costume.
- Dark brown fleece zip-up jacket with hood
- Dark brown scrap fleece
- Tan scrap fleece
- Thread to match and sewing machine
Lay out the fleece jacket flat.
Cut a circle from the tan fabric. I used a small bowl. The circle should fit nicely in the middle of the jacket.
Pin the circle to the middle of the jacket.
Sew using a zig-zag stitch. Do not sew over the zipper. This needs to be usable to make sure the jacket can fit over the baby’s head.
Cut loose threads.
Now begin with ears. Cut small ear (2) and large ear (4) patterns.
Pin small ear in the middle of large ear. Stitch using a zig zag stitch.
Pin this ear to a plain ear, right sides together. Stitch using a 1/4 seam allowance. Clip curves and trim bulk.
Turn ear right side out.
Do the same with the other ear.
Now cut slits in the top of the jacket to insert the ears. I cut a 3″ slit, 3″ from the middle and 3″ from the edge.
Insert ear into slit, turning under raw edges.
Stitch close to the fold.
Do the same for other ear.
Finished! The zipper can be undone from the inside to make it slide easily over the baby’s head.