Hey guys! I hope everyone had an awesome Halloween this year! I think it’s safe to say we had a blast trick-or-treating! Riley went as Woody from Toy Story, and man he couldn’t have fit the character better. The extra spunk this kid has makes every holiday and event even more fun! I only wish Halloween hadn’t fallen on a school night this year so we all could have enjoyed a bit more time together! I love that some states observe the holiday on a Friday/Saturday when it falls on a weeknight.
This year’s costume (unlike last year’s) was well thought-out and homemade. My mom had a huge hand in helping me put it all together and for that I couldn’t be thankful enough. My life is a madhouse enough as it is. Throwing a homemade Halloween costume into the mix could have quickly turned into a you-know-what-show. Thankfully though this costume was so easy to put together and turned out absolutely adorable!
The basics of the costume were pretty easy. I did have a somewhat difficult time finding a shirt close to what Woody actually wears. After a few days of searching I settled for the closest thing I could find- which lucky enough for me was a $1.50 Children’s Place shirt I found while thrifting with my best friend. The thrift store always has my back! For the remainder of the costume, we purchased from Amazon or had on hand the following items:
- A pair of jeans
- A red bandanna
- A brown belt
- Sheriff’s badge
- A pair of brown cowboy boots
- Children’s Brown Felt Cowboy Hat by Century Novelty
These were all pretty easy finds and if you’re in a last minute crunch for a DIY costume, Amazon Prime will be your best friend here. My mom and her boyfriend ordered a lot of these items ahead of time for us. They are lifesavers.
MAKING THE VEST
The most complicated part of this costume was Woody’s cow print vest (and it really wasn’t complicated at all.) I’d say it cost me about $6 total to make- maybe even less because I bought a few extra sheets of felt just in case I had any issues; and took around 45 minutes to put together.
- 2 XL sheets of white felt
- 2 XL sheets of black felt
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring tape
- Sharpie or dark water soluble pencil
- Hot glue gun
- A shirt (that currently fits) to measure size and arm width
The first thing I did was stop at my local craft store to purchase a few extra-large sheets of black and white felt. If you’re looking to make a vest in a kid’s size 6/8 or below- felt is the easiest way to go. But I will say, if you need to go any bigger, it will take more than just two sheets of felt. You may have to glue multiple together.
I started the construction of the vest by taking a t-shirt of Riley’s to use as a guide and marking appropriate lines where the neck and arms should fall. For the front of the vest, I took one sheet of white marked felt, folded it in half, and cut along the lines to reveal a left and right front portion for the vest. I then took another felt sheet, matched the arm and neck lines, and cut each hole out individually. You should be left with two long and identical front pieces, and one large backing, Like this:
From there, I begin cutting out and hot gluing the ‘cow print’ onto the vest. I knew it would be easiest to do this before putting the vest together. Remember, because you’ll be gluing the edges of the front pieces to the back piece, try not to get too close to the edges on those sides. Your cow print pieces don’t have to be perfect. Make as few or as many as you like!
Once you have all of your cow spots on, its time to glue the front and back pieces of the vest together. Be sure to line the pieces up correctly, and use about a 1/4 of an inch ‘seam.’ This part can be a little tricky, and it can be easy to burn yourself (like I did) so be careful!
I finished the vest off by gluing on his sheriff’s badge, and using the Sharpie, drew on some little seams and it was ready to go!
He was so ecstatic and just made the best Woody! If you’re looking for an awesome costume with very little effort, I’d definitely go the homemade Woody route! Riley had so much fun and everyone was just in awe of how adorable he looked! It was definitely a Halloween to remember! Who knows what crafty costume I will have up my sleeve next year!
I hope your Halloween was as memorable as mine! Fill me in by leaving a comment below! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some Halloween taxes to collect! Teehee.