A quick break from "31 Days" to bring you this post, *before* Halloween, so you can actually use it this year!
I love a "homemade" costume. By homemade, I just mean something you put together yourself, versus buying an already pre-assembled costume from the store that is a specific character. There is nothing wrong with that (We bought an off-the-rack "Daphne" costume for my daughter last year, and my son is usually something purchased!) but it isn't quite as much fun.
There is a great sense of accomplishment from taking ordinary items and turning them into a fun costume. That is the case with this pirate outfit! You can take things that you probably already have at home and quickly turn them into a custom costume that will be simply adorable.
First you need a few things:
I didn't consider this part sewing, because you can do this without a needle. It does not require a sewing machine, either. You could even do it without a needle, by poking your holes with a sharp skewer or even a fork (knit is very quick to separate into a hole) and then wrap your ribbon with tape on one end, so you can push it through the holes.
Then I took a square of red felt and some embroidery thread. This part is sewing, but you could definitely skip the patch, or use fabric glue or hot glue to put it on. You could use craft paint to fake the stitches. But it took me about 5 minutes to running stitch the square on, and I liked the way it looked!
Or, again, you can skip this step and use a scarf you already have! I had a red one I almost used, but this looked more authentic. If you have a fringed one, you won't even need to alter it, and can continue to use it after the costume is worn. Either way, it is the perfect place to put your sword!
So here's my cost breakdown:
Electrical tape- $0.57 (Walmart)
Red ribbon- $0.50 (Walmart)
Total cost: $3.07 (plus tax)
Even if you purchased your shirt, pants and scarf at Goodwill, you should still be able to keep your costs to under $10. And if you have priced costumes lately, that is a great deal! And it's a pretty awesome costume. It will probably only take you 30-45 minutes to put the whole thing together.
And then you will have one adorable pirate! Yay!
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"Show Me What Ya Got" at Not Just a Housewife
"Wow Me Wednesday" at Ginger Snap Crafts
"Works for Me Wednesday" at We Are THAT Family
"Thrifty Thursday" at Living Well, Spending Less