Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Tutorial: Candy Corn Costume

As promised, here is a quick post showing how I made the candy corn costume for Selah (posted about here). It is super easy. If I can do it, anyone can! I made this into a sleeper sack since Selah is only 5 months old, but if you are making this for an older child, just hem the bottom instead of sewing it closed, and make it into a dress (probably a girl-only costume at that point, but as a sleeper sack, it could go for both genders, minus the bow for a boy perhaps).

On one of our "Friday Craft Dates," my sister Melissa and I just "winged" the costume, using the same basic steps that I had used to make  pillowcase dresses HERE.

1. Trace a sleeper sack that fits your child to make a pattern. Since there are three stripes of colors that will need to be connected, add 2 inches of length to cover all the seam allowances. Also, widen your sides out into an A-line shape to make the triangular look of candy corn.

2. Cut your pattern into three even pieces to divide your pattern for each color of the fleece. Then pin it to your fleece and cut out two pieces of each color (for the front and back). Sew the three stripes together.

3. Placing right sides together, sew the front to the back, down the two sides and across the bottom. Leave your arm holes and neckline open.

4. Next you will make a casing for the ribbon. Fold over the width of your ribbon, adding 1/2 an inch. I used really wide yellow polka dot ribbon I found at Wal-mart, so my casing was huge!

5. If you want to do what I did and only have a bow on one side, insert the ribbon in one side, pull it through using a large safety pin, then keep going through the back casing and out the other side. After guessing how much you need to tie a bow, cut off the remainder. To keep the neckline gathered scrunch the fleece in the middle of the casing, and sew the casing shut on all four sides. This will keep the ribbon from slipping. If you want, you can also continue sewing all around the arm hole. The fleece will not unravel, so you don't need to bother with folding the raw edge over.  The stitches will just make the arm holes look "finished."

That's it! The easiest costume E.V.E.R! It is super quick to make... probably took us about an hour (minus kid interruptions!). Selah was so eager to try it on, but we made her wait until we also made a pointy hat to match the top of the candy corn.

For this, we just traced one of her baby hats. We measured her head circumference to make sure it would fit.... but didn't consider the fact that fleece really stretches. We had to take it in twice before it didn't fall down over her eyes! Oops!

After sewing a decorative flower and button onto the hat, Selah was ready to model her first costume.

 Trick or Treat!


  1. missed this post...this is really sweet Jen!

  2. So precious! I love how this turned out, so cute for Halloween. I"m a new follower, I would love if you stopped by and followed back!

  3. cute! My mother is obsessed with candy corn. If she saw this, she would force me to make one for my daughter. lol

  4. Super cute!
    I featured it here:

  5. This is so adorable! I don't have any little ones yet, but I'm saving this until I do!! =]

  6. I'm so glad that I'm following you! What an adorable costume, it looks great. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome work:)


  7. I love this candy corn project! I’ll be featuring it on later today. Please feel free to stop by and grab a featured button. (I’m going to try to talk one of my daughters into a bigger version of this costume.)

  8. I made this for my 6-month-old daughter for Halloween this year and it turned out so cute! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your tutorial!

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  10. I'd love to include your tutorial in my baby costume roundup - can you email me?

  11. I linked your tutorial on my blog where I have a photo of the candy corn costume I made for my daughter last Halloween! I am doing an alphabet series, and "C is for...Candy Corn Costume." I found your tutorial to be the most helpful (and adorable) out of anything else that is out there. Thank you!


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