Saturday, September 19, 2020

Easy Barbie Pumpkin Halloween Costume -No Sew

Waaaaaay back in the 1980's it was popular for fabric manufacturers to sell panels of fabric that were designed to be cut out into pillow shapes, and one year I made pumpkin Halloween costumes from panels for my sons too. This made life a little easier for a working mom:@) I was reminded of this recently when I saw a simple Jack-O-Lantern poncho type top for women on LTD Commodities... So I decided it would be fun to create one for Barbie too! The key to this project is using a fabric that drapes well. My cotton was only washed once or twice, a well worn t-shirt or different type of fabric might be best.

And of course it's easy to add a cute headband from a recycled bottle ring, wrap some pipe cleaners for vines and glue on a leaf or two to mimic the stem. 

What I did:
  1. Draw 9" wide circle on fabric (doesn't need to be perfect). This will bring the top down to her wrists. It can be shorter or longer.
  2. Cut out, you can cut zig zag into bottom if desired, I used pinking shears. You can also glue sewing trim to the bottom for a cute decoration.
  3. Fold circle in half twice into cone shape. Measure down 1/2" from point, draw half circle, cut hole in center just big enough for Barbie's head to fit through. Glue sewing trim around the hole for decoration if desired. I used a string of sequins and Liquid Stitch.
  4. Create the Jack-O-Lantern face. This can be drawn on with a Sharpie (which is what I used), cut pieces of fabric and glue on, use stickers, or I've even seen specific buttons designed for this exact purpose at Joann Fabric.
  5. From here, you're basically done. You can continue decorating and designing as desired😎
A few possible sewing trim embellishments:

Barbie says it's never too early to start planning for Halloween😉

The LTD Commodities version, my inspiration:

Halloween Pumpkin Costume Poncho

And if you'd like to make a crochet poncho, my free pattern can be found here.

~Make something just for fun and have a happy day🎃

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1 comment:

  1. That's a very cool Halloween costume, and very easy to make. The hair band is cute too!


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