A Crayon costume for my lil’ girl

My 6-year-old -soon-to-be-a-1st-grader recently told me that she wanted to be a Crayon for Halloween.

A light blue Crayon to be exact.

I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Halloween costumes, but we always start talking about Halloween in August.

I guess it’s because it gives us something fun to look forward to as summer is coming to an end.

And we really love Halloween.

Plus, it gives ME some time to think about what I want to be and to allow time to make costumes for my kids ~ if that’s what they choose.

Last year they wanted store bought costumes.

**Hmph**

My little girl surprised me a couple of weeks ago when she said she said “Mom, I really want YOU to make my costume this year”.

{**sigh** }

I LOVE making my kids costumes!

How could I say no to this sweet little girl with the lil’ summer freckles and toothless grin….??

I looked for a tutorial on-line, but didn’t have much luck finding instructions or a pattern. I did find several images of hand-made Crayon costumes, and a bunch of the store bought kind.

I found one that Myah like and decided to just wing it.

I started by purchasing the supplies we would need for this – light blue and black felt.

Easy!

I LOVE felt !  No fraying = easy, squeezy!!

I started by wrapping my lil’ chicklet in the light blue felt.   Wrapped it around her like a tube dress, then I pinned it and cut.

I cut the fabric to fit her length-wise as well.

This light blue piece of felt will act as the “paper part of the crayon” ~ basically the entire costume!

Next….

I found some super light foam type tubing (???) we use to insulate our slider in the winter.  I decided it would work perfectly to make a little bit of a “lip” on the top and bottom hems.  I didn’t need to do this step, but I thought it would give the Crayon more dimension.

I placed the foam tubing about 2 inches from the edge, folded the felt over, pinned and sewed it in place.

Next, I took my rotary cutter and cut “waves” all along a strip of black felt.  Not too wide, about 2″ – 3″ or so. This will be used as the edging part of the Crayon.

I pinned it in place and straight stitched along all the edges.

For the Crayola logo I downloaded this font.

I typed Crayola in Photoshop (you can use Word, etc.), sized it and printed it out.

I used my printed letters as a template to cut letters from the black felt.

Next, I cut an oval to fit in between the “waves” of the Crayon.

This took a little trimming, until it fit nicely in the middle of the waves.

I placed the cut out Crayola letters on the oval piece, traced around the letters with a piece of chalk, then cut a bit larger than my chalk marks.

Once the inside of my oval was cut out, I pinned it in place and sewed along all the edges.

I hot glued my “Crayola” letters in place ~ I glued because sewing the letters would have taken a LOT longer!

Myah wanted her costume to fit more like a dress, she didn’t want her arms to be inside the felt like this costume….

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 She wanted her Crayon costume to fit more like a dress.

 I didn’t want the dress to be too tight though because I know it can be cold on Halloween and wanted my girl to be able to wear layers underneath her costume.

 So I made it a little “roomy”, added a zipper up the back and and grosgrain ribbon ties to keep it in place.

For the hat I used a 12″x12″ piece of scrapbook card stock and created a cone shape.  Then I duck taped it closed.  Using my hot glue gun, I covered the entire cone in light blue felt.

Once I covered the cone, I cut an 8″ wide strip of light blue felt, long enough to go around the bottom part of the cone.  I folded it in half and glued it in place ~ this creates the crayon “tip”.

(sorry about the lack of photos for the hat….)

Myah really loves her costume and has tried it on dozens of times!

Myah and I decided the color of this Crayon is “Baby Blue” ~ I mean, she is my baby after all.

I cut the name using my Cricut and black vinyl.  You could also use black felt.

My older daughter now wants to be a Crayon as well ~ orange I believe.

Seriously, this costume was really easy to make.  You could totally skip the zipper part and just stitch a seam up the back or cut arm holes in the felt.

It is also pretty inexpensive to make.  Felt is pretty cheap by the yard and I had all of the other materials.

Here is a list of the materials I used in case you are interested in making your own Crayon costume:

1 yd – light blue felt

1/2 yd – black felt

Foam insulation tubing (optional)

Thread

Glue gun & sticks

16″ zipper (optional)

Grosgrain ribbon

12″x12″ card stock (or poster board – for the hat)

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Comments

  1. That is soooo sweet mom! :D

  2. So cute!!!! :p

  3. Thank you Bowie!  I so appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and comment as well!  Bless you!

  4. Awww, she’s going to be the cutest crayon ever!!! You did a fantastic job on her costume!!!

  5. Looks perfect! Thanks for linking up with Lemon Tree today!

  6. I bought this costume but I love the hat and the bows you used for the straps so i may just alter the dress a little. Thanks :)

    • Why thank you! Myah really wanted me to make hers and that just made me so happy since they didn’t want me to make their costumes last year. I’m like “can I please…..??” LOL. Thanks for dropping by!

  7. My mom and I are going to make it together… I am going to wear it to my school’s halloween dance and for halloween.

  8. This is so cute! I’m thirteen and looking up costumes for my 7 year old sister who wants my help this year. Our mom isn’t really the costume-making type so my sister relies on me to avoid having to go as the classic sheet ghost. :) We might use this idea sometime!

    • Oh, thank you so much! What an awesome big sister you are! Your little sister is so lucky to have someone like you to help her make the costume she wants, not to say that the classic sheet ghost isn’t cool! LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

  9. I am so excited to make this! I have started the first one. My daughter is in my class at school, so her and I are going as matching crayons (purple and pink…her fav colors!). Thanks for the easy directions!!!

    • So happy to help and thank you!!! I’m so happy I could have helped, I googled like crazy to find some instructions! Appreciate your comment and kind words, come back again soon and good luck!!

  10. What a fantastic idea AND great tutorial. My older daughter (11) is going as a crayon this year, and my mom and I found your blog SO helpful. Thank you for posting!

  11. My twin 20 month old daughters are going as crayons because of your blog thanks for the tutorial.

  12. costumelove says:

    Would you take an order?! I have three littles and think 3 different but very girly colored crayons would look adorable this Halloween– please email me either way! I don’t want to settle on the ones from the store, but budget is of concern, needing 3 of them….. Ages 2, 2, 4. Thanks for your time- adorable job!

    • Michelle says:

      Hi there. At this time, I am not taking orders for custom costumes, but I would be happy to assist with any questions, etc. Thanks for stopping by!

  13. Love it. My four year old wants to be a crayon so I will mish mash this tutorial with some ideas of my own. I’ll probably end up sewing a tank top to it on top and get her some hot pink tights. Thank you!

    • Love it! Actually, my daughter just pulled it out tonight, it still fits and held up pretty well! Best of luck, I would love to see what you do!

  14. Thank you so much for the detailed instructions! I just made it for my 9 year old daughter.  I am not a sewer at all.  I bought a machine a couple years ago and only used it for the first time on this project LOL. I didn’t attempt a zipper but it came out adorable.

  15. Oh, Thank you, thank you for posting this! And thank you for making it look easy. My daughter wants to go as a pink crayon and the only costumes we can find in the store that would fit her are the *ahem* grown-up lady ones that are not appropriate for a 10-year-old. I’m not a great seamstress, but I think I can do this. Wish me luck!

  16. This is so cute!  My friends and I are all being  crayons now for Halloween we are almost half way through. It is so exciting!

  17. Just wondering what font cartridge you used with your cricut? Making a costume for my 7 yr old but using foam instead and would love to know which cartridge you used so I can duplicate. Great job the bows to attach it will be perfect.

  18. Rather than download the font and attempt to size it, I used this logo: http://typophile.com/files/crayola_5386.jpg and enlarged it, creating a pattern.

  19. Amber Kellogg says:

    Would you consider making and selling these?  My 3 year old twins would love them!

  20. thanks for stopping by and I saw the link ! My little crayon :)

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