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Three Easy Halloween Costumes

Three Easy Halloween Costumes

These costume ideas from Bernina don’t even use a pattern and require minimal sewing, but deliver maximum cuteness.

Ballerina or Princess

Start with a leotard and tights; add ballet slippers and a purchased tiara. Finish off the costume with a beautiful tutu or skirt make from several yards of netting or tulle gathered and attached to a ribbon waistband; tie around the waist like an apron.

For really simple gathering, use a zigzag stitch with a length of 4 mm and a width of 4 mm. Stitch over heavy thread or dental floss, pull up gathers as needed, then tie thread tails together to secure. Cut a length of one-inch wide ribbon 40 inches longer than waist measurement. Matching center of ribbon to center front of skirt, pin in place along the top edge. Stitch in place, sewing along the outer edges or the ribbon.


Make a cape from lightweight fabric cut to the desired length plus one inch for hem. Hem the sides and both ends. Gather one end (as in tutu above) until it is approximately eight to 10 inches across. Center a 36-inch length of one-inch ribbon over the gathered edge and stitch in place along the edges, turning the ends under. On the underside of the gathers, stitch a length of hook-and-loop tape. Sew the opposite part of the tape to the back center neckline of a T-shirt or sweatshirt.

To wear, attach the cape to the hook-and-loop tape at the back of the shirt, then tie the ends of the ribbon in a bow in front. The hook-and-loop tape supports the weight of the cape.

Scarecrow or Hobo

Sew patches to worn out clothing. For straw stuffing, cut rectangles of gold, orange and yellow felt to fit around the hems of the clothes, cutting each strip about six inches wide. Use scissors to cut the felt into fringe, stopping about one inch from one long edge. Tuck the fringe into the lower edges of pants, sleeves, and shirt with some coming out of the shirt collar; stitch in place.

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