E. has been into bugs lately (the influence of some new kindergarten friends) so she decided to be a spider this year at Halloween. I was looking for a spider costume but couldn’t buy the right one hence I made a spider costume for her instead.
The most difficult part was finding a black long-sleeved top in her size (116). In the 3rd shop (H&M) I managed. The basic garment for the spider costume: black long-sleeved top and black tights or leggings with black socks.
What you need – legs:
- black long-sleeved top in your child’s size
- 2 pairs of black tights (I used 60 den tights adult size)
- pillow filler
- black thread
- yarn (E. chose red as it’s more spooky and she said she was a black widow)
How to make it:
- Cut off the tights as long as your child’s arms are or a little shorter (actually we cut off the leg parts at the bottom and after filling them half way we cut them in the right length)
- Fill up the tights with pillow filler (The thicker the tights are the more likely the white filling won’t be visible)
- Sew the openings on the four legs.
- Sew 2 legs on one side and the other 2 on the other side. ( I made E. put on the black top and checked where the legs should go so they are about the same distance from each other. I measured it only on one side and signed it with chalk. Then she took the top off and I folded it half and signed the places of the other legs on the other side too)You can stop here but the legs will be hanging down on the sides.
- At the wrist and the elbow parts of the legs I pulled through a red yard (with a big needle) and sewed them to the top. After trying it on the legs slipped down on the yarn therefore with a small piece of red yarn I tied knots under the top legs to stop the slipping.
What you need – eyes:
- hair band
- black satin ribbon
- 6-8 googly eyes (bigger ones, they can be different in size)
- hot glue gun
How to make it:
- If your hair band is black go to step 2. if it’s not then cover the with the black ribbon (use a hot glue gun and you’ll be ready in no time)
- Glue on 6-8 googly eyes on top of the hair band. E. wanted only 6 as she’s got 2 more that makes 8, just like the number of the legs. You see the logic?
And you’re done. Now you can enjoy the spark in your child’s eyes. Don’t be surprised if your little one will wear it for one more week or even longer after Halloween. She was really proud of her costume in her own reserved way.