Halloween Ideas

Make a Kid's Pilot Costume for Halloween

Your little one's imagination will take flight in this vintage aviator costume. Embellish everyday clothing with handmade felt patches, then add a custom-made scarf and bomber hat to bring the look together.

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Materials Needed:

  • brown jacket
  • goggles (some welder's goggles look similar to aviation goggles)
  • 1/2 yard white faux silk
  • 1/2 yard brown faux leather
  • fabric glue
  • no-fray fabric glue (optional)
  • white twill tape
  • 4 felt quarters: 1 black, 1 white, 1 blue and 1 red
  • paper
  • pencil
  • permanent marker
  • pins
  • brown all-purpose cotton thread
  • scissors
  • sewing machine

Make Scarf

With sharp scissors, cut white imitation silk fabric width-wise into two 6-inch-wide pieces (Image 1). Line up ends together then sew to make one long 6-inch-wide scarf (Image 2). Don't worry about the seam, it will be hidden behind jacket's collar. If desired, edges of scarf can be hemmed or treated with no-fray fabric glue, but this step is only necessary for fabrics that fray.

Make Patches

Create patches by cutting then piecing together pieces of felt with fabric glue (Images 1-3). Make flags, stars, chevrons, ribbons or medals — let your imagination go wild.

Make Name Badge

Create a name badge by cutting a piece of white twill tape long enough to accommodate child's name. Next, cut a piece of black fabric slightly larger than twill tape piece to frame-out name badge (Image 1). Glue the two pieces together with fabric glue then write child's last name on twill tape with a permanent black marker (Image 2).

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