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Halloween Costumes to Sew – From Crafty to Couture

Halloween costumes to sew don’t have to break the bank and don’t have to keep you up all night sewing before the big day. Here are some great Halloween costume ideas, whether you want your costume (or your kid’s costume) to be subtle or elaborate this year.

Halloween Apron

Sew an apron (pinafore, really) with festive Halloween embroideries. These are Halloween costumes you can quickly throw over clothes at work right before the lunch potluck begins. Or don it while handing out candy on Halloween night. Dress it up with a fascinator and some makeup to complete the look with a bit more effort. Use reflective CRY thread for some of the embroidery details to really make a statement!

Halloween costume to sew

DIY Caped Crusader Costume

A cape is an easy-to-sew Halloween costume that is simple to alter depending on the character. Cut the lower edge into convex half circles, leaving points, to create a spider web cape. This ruler is super helpful for precise, evenly spaced circles. Then embellish with couched ribbon for the web details. Or trim the cape with a coordinating fabric strips embroidered with hearts (Queen of Hearts) or stars (Wonder Woman) in Sulky rayon thread. Simplicity 1024 is a great starting point.

Halloween costume to sew - Wonder Woman

Furry Football Pet Costume

Need Halloween costumes to sew for your pooch? This football is super simple. With appliquéd white fabric strips and brown fleece, you can complete this costume in a few hours (or less!). Use KK 2000 to secure the layers before stitching. Sulky Poly Deco is a great choice for the appliqué to ensure durability so your furry friend can continue to wear Simplicity 1239 throughout football season.

Halloween costume to sew for a dog

DIY Poodle Skirt

The costume that never goes out of style–the Poodle Skirt–is always a fun go-to for kids and adults alike. Try a large-scale machine embroidery Poodle design as an alternative to the traditional appliqué. You’ll needs adequate stabilization to support all those stitches, so opt for Sulky Cut-Away Plus or Fuse ‘n Stitch, which will stay with the fabric throughout washing and wearing.

Flowers or Ivy for Halloween Costumes

Freestanding lace is a great technique for Halloween costumes to sew. Sulky Ultra Solvy is your BFF when stitching these types of designs. Choose a floral or ivy design and stitch multiples using a combination of rayon and Filaine for a dimensional, textured look. Stack flowers to make a fascinator and dress all in green to transform into a flower bouquet. Or string together ivy designs and become a super villain, using Simplicity 1091 for the rest.

Learn how to make the floral fascinator shown above with a great tutorial from Anna He of Seattle Cosplay.

Who will you become for Halloween? Harry Potter? Dumbledore? A fierce fighter of the Iron Throne? Let us know in the comments below!


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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!