One of the best parts about Halloween is dressing up in costume and trick-or-treating. For the past couple of years, I’ve used some of our table linens to make my daughter’s Halloween costume.

In 2010, my daughter dressed up as a peace sign. Peace signs were EVERY 10 Year old’s obsession! From peace sign pillows, pencils, earings, clothing, notebooks… you name it. Anything and everything that had a peace sign on it, she had to have. So a peace sign costume seemed fitting.

Here’s how I made the costume:

  1. I cut the tie dye fabric in the shape of a peace sign and used heat transfer bonding (fusible webbing) and ironed it to a large piece of black basic polyester fabric.
  2. I cut the black basic polyester fabric with the peace sign attached into a large circle and sewed elastic around the outer edge.
  3. Last, I put the round elasticized piece of fabric onto a piece of round cardboard (like how you’d put an elasticized tablecloth on a table top.)
  4. I made two of these covered cardboard circles, each with a tie dye peace sign (one for the front and one for the back.)
  5. To attach the front and back circles, I sewed two shoulder straps to the backside of the black fabric to hang on her shoulders like a walking billboard.

She just dressed in all black and put on the peace sign. It was the perfect trick-or-treat costume because she could wear a couple of layers to keep warm!

For the matching trick-or-treat bag:

  1. I cut a large rectangular piece of the tie dye fabric and sewed red satin fabric to the the backside of the tie dye fabric.
  2. I folded the fabric rectangle in half so that the red satin was on the outside and sewed up the sides.
  3. For the straps, I cut 2 long 4″ wide pieces of tie dye fabric and sewed them to the inside of the bag.

You can’t tell by the picture, but I’m not a sewer!! This wasn’t straight or made from a pattern, but it worked perfectly. I just threw it together so she could have a candy bag that matched her costume.

The best part was that when she wore this to our local costume contest, she won 2nd place out of about 30 kids’ costumes. Needless to say, I was a proud mom!

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