Halloween Ideas

Kid's Halloween Costume: Robin Hood

Easily turn budget-friendly felt and polyester fabric into a no-sew Robin Hood costume that you can pull together in a jiffy.

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Robin Hood Costume: BeautyEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio ©ten22 studio | Rennai Hoefer 2014

Materials Needed:

  • 1/2 yard green felt
  • 1 to 1-1/2 yards brown polyester fabric
  • feather
  • scissors
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • long, sturdy stick (for bow)
  • twine
  • child size brown pants and green or brown T-shirt or sweatshirt

Create Tunic

Fold brown fabric in half. Hold folded fabric next to child and cut so the bottom of the fabric hangs to approximately the child's mid thigh. Next, lay fabric on a flat surface and cut both layers of the bottom to create a zigzag pattern (Image 1). On the folded side, cut an opening in the center that's large enough for the child's head to slip through. Cut a long length of green felt to use as a belt to tie around the tunic (Image 2).

Create Hat

Cut a piece of felt that's 12" by 18" and fold in half width-wise. Starting at the top right folded corner, draw an arched line coming down toward the bottom left (non folded corner), ending about 3" from the bottom corner of the felt. Cut along that arched line (Image 1). Next, fold the curved edge up about 2" and secure with hot glue (Image 2). Turn the hat over and fold the brim up on the other side, securing the upturned edge with hot glue (Image 3). Finally, place the hat on the child's head to determine the exact size, mark it, then secure the hat's back edges with hot glue to create a snug fit. Hot-glue on a feather, tucking it into the brim (Image 4).

Finishing Touches

Head outdoors to find a sturdy stick with a slight curve to it. Knot a piece of twine around the stick's ends to create a bow (Image 1). Dress your child in their own brown pants and brown or green T-shirt or sweatshirt. Slide the tunic over their head, securing it with the green felt sash. Add Robin Hood's signature hat and your little rogue is ready for Halloween adventure (Image 2).

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