Universe Costume (galaxies, stars and the moon)
By: Amanda Formaro
Children are fascinated by the moon and stars. Turn that interest into this adorable costume to wear on Halloween night!
What you'll need:
- ¼ yard of metallic yellow fabric
- 1 ½ yards of midnight blue Crushed Panne fabric
- Felt in red, orange, gold, green, white and light blue
- Package of crystal rhinestone craft gems, varying sizes
- Gem Tack glue
- Hot glue gun
- Cotton batting
- Good pair of scissors
- Multi-colored craft gem rhinestones for treat bag (optional)
How to make it:
- Cut a crescent moon shape from yellow metallic fabric. Fold fabric in half so that right side is facing onto itself. Trace or draw a circle, then cut the crescent from that. Size will be determined based on the size of your child.
- Once moon shape is cut, be sure that edges are lined up, right sides facing each other, wrong side facing out. Starting at the top point of the moon, hot glue the seams together, working your way down to the bottom point of the crescent.
- Next, cut a hole for your child’s face in one side of the yellow fabric only.
- Using hot glue, starting at the bottom point of the crescent, glue the seam, stopping directly under the “chin” of the face hole.
- Starting at the top point of the crescent, hot glue the remaining open seam, stopping at the “ear” of the face hole. This should leave a neck opening in your yellow fabric.
- Stuff each point on the moon with cotton batting.
- Test fit the moon on your child’s head. If too snug, simply cut a slit in the back of the moon starting at the bottom where the neckline would be. This will allow more room to fit your child’s head inside. You may leave this flap open or secure it with Velcro pieces.
- To make the shirt, fold your blue fabric in half, right side of the fabric facing inward. “Eye measure” by holding fabric up to your child to be sure you have enough. If not, try folding the fabric lengthwise instead of widthwise.
- On the fold, find the center and cut a neck hole big enough to fit your child’s head in.
- Lay fabric flat on work surface. Use one of your child’s t-shirts as a pattern to cut the shape. Stitch from the bottom side seam of the shirt up to the sleeve. Sew sleeve. Repeat on the other side and trim excess thread.
- Turn shirt inside out and lay flat on work surface.
- Cut planets from felt. Use a gold circle and red ring to make Saturn, a blue circle with green and white splotches for Earth, and a small orange circle for Mars. Use hot glue gun to attach them to the front of the shirt.
- Use Gem Tack glue to decorate shirt with rhinestone “stars”.
- If you have excess fabric, make a simple treat bag by simply sewing or hot gluing the sides of a folded piece of fabric. Add simple handles and decorate with excess rhinestones and a moon cut from your excess yellow metallic fabric.
- For a warmer costume, wear a navy blue or black long sleeved sweatshirt or turtleneck underneath. Alternatively, when sewing the shirt, simply cut the sleeves longer and make the cuffs wide to resemble a robe instead of a shirt.
- Metallic fabric can be a little tricky to work with, which is why we chose to use hot glue instead of the sewing machine. If you prefer, use a shiny satin material or soft fleece instead. If you use metallic, try using straight pins or safety pins to help keep the fabric in place while you are working with it.
- Ask for help at the fabric store to determine what materials don’t show cut lines. We used crushed Panne fabric, which is very forgiving. Fleece works well also.