Quick Fleece Halloween Costumes

Quick Fleece Halloween Costumes
Autumn is a great time to score sales on fleece fabric. This versatile and forgiving fabric is especially easy to work with for making Halloween costumes. Fleece usually comes in a 60" wide width when bought as yardage from the fabric store, occasionally can be as wide as 72 inches.

Consider the following:

A simple circle poncho pattern can make a ghost costume out of 2 yards or less of white fleece. Fold yardage in half and half again. Draw a quarter circle line the length desired from the folded corner, cut out. For the head opening cut out a slight rounded edge from the folded top corner. Just glue or stitch on black felt for ghostie eyes and a jagged scary or oval mouth. The edges of the fleece can be cut in one-inch wide strips about five inches long then each strip tied into a knot or left untied for a fringe effect.

A similar circle of red fleece about 2 yards of 60” wide felt makes for a great 50’s style poodle skirt. Cut out a circle in the center for the waist wide enough for gathering and stitch on a length of 2-inch wide stretch elastic in black for an easy pull on waist band. Stitch or glue on a poodle shape out of black felt with black pom poms for the top of the head, near the feet and end of the tail. A leash of felt and dog collar can be added as well for the complete look.

Fashion a unicorn or dinosaur using any hooded sweatshirt. Stitch a cone shape of white felt for the unicorn’s horn and firmly stuff with poly fill. Glue on gold braid in a spiral around the horn. Stitch bottom of the horn to the center front of a hoodie. Add felt ears and felt flowers to complete the look. For the dinosaur spiked hoodie, cut out several diamond shapes. Sew down the center of the diamonds to the center of the hood. To make the spikes stand up in a triangle shape, pinch each spike at the base and tack a few stitches above the seam to hold upright.

Some tips for sewing with fleece:

Use "with nap" yardage requirements if using a purchased pattern.

Fleece has a right side and wrong side. Slightly stretch an edge of fleece fabric and it will gently curl toward you indicating that is the right side.

A benefit to using fleece is that its raw edges do not fray, turning under edges for seam finishing especially when making simple costumes is not necessary.

Fleece fabric has a great deal of stretch, especially along the cross-grain.

Look for labels that indicate Fair Trade Certified as every purchase impacts workers.

Have a Sew Inspired Happy Halloween!

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