Halloween Ideas

Make a Kid's Ladybug Costume for Halloween

A handmade tulle tutu, basic red sweatshirt and felt are all you need to craft this cute ladybug costume complete with a personalized leafy trick-or-treat tote bag.

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Materials Needed:

  • red sweatshirt or hoodie
  • 1/4 yard black felt
  • 4 yards red tulle
  • 2 yards black tulle
  • 1"-wide black elastic band
  • 1 yard black ribbon
  • piece of stiff green felt
  • green felt quarters: 1 light, 1 medium and 1 dark
  • sewing tape measure
  • ruler
  • chalk pencil
  • pins
  • black all-purpose cotton thread
  • green all-purpose cotton thread
  • fabric glue
  • black permanent marker
  • black headband
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

Cut and Sew Spots

Prewash sweatshirt. Trace around a circular object, such as a lid, soup can or drinking glass, with chalk pencil onto black felt (Image 1). Use sharp scissors to cut out spots (Image 2). Pin spots randomly onto front and back of sweatshirt (Image 3). Sew around perimeter of each spot to secure then remove pins and trim threads.

Make Tutu Waistband

Measure child's waist then transfer that measurement to black elastic band (Image 1). Mark with a pencil then cut band at marked line. Cut two 20-inch pieces of black ribbon then fold one ribbon over each end of elastic band (Image 2). Pin to secure then sew (Image 3).

Cut Tulle and Sew Reversible Tutu

Cut red tulle with sharp scissors into pieces that are approximately 10 inches long. Measurement can be shortened for smaller children or lengthened for older. Next, cut black tulle into 8-inch lengths. Tip: Tulle is very thin and can be layered when cutting to save time. Line up eight layers of red tulle and two layers of black. Ruffle layers gently with fingers and sew directly to bottom of elastic band. Repeat until all tulle is sewn to elastic band. Note: Tutu is reversible and can be worn with black layer on top or underneath.

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