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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Affix Badges to Jacket
Hand-stitch or use fabric glue or pins to affix patches to jacket in desired locations. Tip: The method chosen to attach patches depends on jacket's material and if they will be attached permanently or temporarily.
Make Bomber Hat
Make a paper template for hat to fit your child's head. You'll need: one center piece shaped like a rectangle with slightly curved sides and two pieces for the sides with ear flaps (Image 1). It may take a few tries to get the sizing and shape right. Be sure to leave enough room for seam allowances. Once the template comfortably fits your child's head, place the paper pieces on the back side of faux leather fabric and trace with a permanent marker. Cut pieces out with sharp scissors (Image 2), then cut small slits into both sides of center piece where it will meet side pieces (Image 3). This will help the piece curve. Pin right side of pieces together with raw edges facing same direction (Image 4). Try hat on inside-out and make any necessary adjustments. Sew along pin lines, remove pins and trim threads. It may also be necessary to trim seams at front of hat so they don't show. Turn hat right-side out and try on. Pair hat with jacket, scarf, brown or gray pants, brown shoes or boots, and goggles (Image 5). Tip: Welder's goggles look a lot like aviation goggles and can be found for just a few dollars at most hardware stores.
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