Halloween is around the corner and every season friends ask me for costume crafting help. My "go to" solution for this Halloween is a hoodie. An inexpensive solid color hoodie can be turned into almost anything. With just a few embellishments, a brown hoodie can easily become a wolf, a green hoodie a frog, a black hoodie a bat—let your imagination romp and your old hooded, heather gray sweatsuit might morph into Dumbo!
Last week Ashley, our script supervisor here at TV, came to me with a costume emergency. She was attending a dinosaur party and had nothing to wear. Last minute, with a little guidance, Ashley whipped up her costume using a green velour hoodie as the base. It was so easy, she wound up making two more for her sister and cousin to wear to the party as well!
Scrap pieces of felt work great for easy embellishing. You don't need to worry about fraying or even sewing—felt can be attached with fabri-tac glue.
Fabri-tac can also be used to make interesting details on your hoodie costume like growl lines, lip curls and wrinkles. By drawing a line with the glue on the inside of the hoodie and pinching the fabric together on the outside, holding for a minute while it dries, you can turn a cute creature into a fierce one.
Also, look around your home for inspiration—I craft with things I find laying around my apartment all the time. I used a ping-pong ball to make the eyes on this frog costume.
Don't let your costume stress you out this Halloween. With a few supplies, you can create something fabulous in no time at all. Last year I dressed as a bat and I just might be a winged creature again this year... we'll see!