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September 23, 2010 | Posted By: Laura Pagles
At the risk of sounding like my mom: When I was a kid, we never wore store-bought Halloween costumes... We could get pretty clever, pulling off last-minute homemade costumes from old bed sheets, tin foil, or shipping boxes (I was a front-load washing machine).
My mom sews, like with a sewing machine and patterns. And my sewing doesn’t extend past my little makeup bag of a few random thread colors, needles and buttons. For a minimal-sewing, low-cost, and warm (if you’re north of the Mason Dixon line, you’ll understand) solution, try sweats and hoodies – genius! Assorted, “probably on sale ‘cuz it’s so ugly” colors, open up an assortment of homemade kid costume possibilities.
This little elephant costume has the added bonus of a trunk (yay!). You can keep this simple or go into detail. Either way, it’ll still look like an elephant.
This one is so ridiculously easy: Red sweats and a hoodie for the body.
Now, look at the assortment of colors available for sweats and use your imagination: Use fabric paint or electrical tape to turn orange sweats into a tiger suit. Attach yellow and/or orange fringe around the front of a brown hoodie and arm openings to make a lion – oh my. Pink sweats, a curly tail, and an abbreviated version of the elephant trunk for a snout.
Personally, I’m going for it this year with an attempt at a homemade Buzz Lightyear costume, equipped with a wristband laser cannon (laser pointer). And I'm pushing to get my husband to sport that Elmo costume.
Check out FatWallet merchants like Sears, Hanes.com, and Champion USA for inexpensive sweats with Cash Back to boot!
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