I love sewing Halloween costumes for my kids. It’s always a lot of time and work on my part, but they appreciate it so much! This year, however, I’m a Thirty Something College Student. I simply don’t have time. I thought it would be fun to make Ellie a costume this year that I didn’t have to sew, more like…curate. Luckily for me, her favorite character, Polly, from her favorite book, Polly’s Pink Pajamas by Vivian French, is an easy DIY costume!
The book is about a little girl, Polly, who –spoiler alert– loves her pink pajamas. She wears them all the time (which is basically the story of Ellie’s life, so that worked out well). One day she gets invited to a party, but she doesn’t have a party outfit. She goes from friend’s house to friend’s house, borrowing items of clothing. She puts them all on over pink pajamas, naturally.
“The red spotted dress was MUCH too SHORT.
The green check cardigan was MUCH too SMALL.
The stripey socks were MUCH too LONG.
And the blue shiny shoes were MUCH too BIG!”
She cried and cried and cried UNTIL…
…her friend called to tell her that the party is a….
Such a cute story right? I love this book because what it’s really about is how good it feels to be yourself.
Polly’s Pink Pajamas Costume DIY:
- Red spotted dress that is way too short
- Green Cardigan that is way too small
- Stripey socks that are way too long
- Blue shiny shoes that are way too big
- PINK PAJAMAS
- Pink heart hair clip
You can probably find a lot of these items in your child’s closet. As you can probably tell from the photos, I didn’t have a red spotted dress, so I used fabric paint and a round sponge to add the white polka dots. We already had the pink pajamas and the green cardigan that was too small. I ordered the rainbow socks on Amazon. We had an old pair of shoes in the attic that were silver, so Ellie and I painted them blue with blue acrylic paint. She was so excited to help with making her costume! For the heart hair clip, I hot glued a felt heart to an existing hair clip. The total cost for this costume: a whopping $6.
The point I want to make with this post is that you don’t have to sew up a costume from scratch to make your child a costume. A great place to find interesting characters for easy DIY costumes is BOOKS!
Now, if you want this costume for your child and you have a burning desire to sew it, that’s awesome! Here is a list of patterns that would work: