Happy October Everyone! With Halloween just around the corner I thought it was time for a Mini Fashionista DIY. Halloween is usually full of the same semi-scary or cutesie costumes for children and I wanted something different. I love Halloween and dressing up so of course I wanted to create something unique for my mini me.
Take a look at my step by step instructions to make one of your own. This costume is so cute and you can make it for less than $20! My daughter wears a size 2T and the instructions are designed to fit that size; you can adjust the sizing for anyone, even adults. What unique costumes will your little ones be wearing this year?
- Cardboard Box (I used 11.25 x 8.75 x 12)
- Black Quilted Fabric (I used about 1.5 yards)
- Chain (I purchased mine at Michael’s > Bead Landing Brand 24in)
- Gold Glitter Paper
- Glue Gun & Sticks
- 2 round objects to trace (these will serve as tracing items for the head and arm holes> make sure you pick 2 sizes that these parts can fit through; bowls will work> I used the top to my sewing box and a coaster)
- Printed out logo
- Ruler and/or Measuring Tape
- Box Cutter
- Shipping Tape
Lets Get Started!
1.Turn the cardboard box with the longest piece horizontal- cut bottom off completely but do not discard. If there are open flaps on any side, tape these shut to create a sealed box all the way around.
2.To create the arm holes, start out on the smaller sides of the handbag. Take your coaster (or whatever you are using to measure the arm hole) and place it 2 inches down from the top and centered then trace and cut out with the box cutter.
3. To make the head hole, center your your larger round item, trace it, and cut out with the box cutter.
4.Wrap the quilted fabric around the sides of the box and leave 2 extra inches on each side.
5.BEFORE you complete this step, read to steps 5- 7. Glue the fabric around the sides of the box. I rolled it up and then hot glued down the fabric about every 2 inches.
6. As you are doing step five make sure to cut a slit in the middle of the arm hole. You will see why later.
7.When you get to the end, fold material over to have a clean finish and glue down.
8.Where you cut the slit make another cut vertically, this should look like a letter T. Then fold over the edges and glue and tape down (do this for both arm holes).
9.Fold the fabric under on the bottom and glue and tape down. Make hospital corners on the edges for a more finished look.
10.On the top of your handbag glue down the fabric. Don’t worry if this is not perfect it is not going to be visible when your project is complete.
11.Take the piece you cut in step 1 and measure a line ¾ of the way across. Then cut and save both pieces.
12.Creating the purse flap is a little tricky so please use the pictures as a guide. Measure a second piece of fabric over the top of your handbag. The piece should be 2 inches longer than the ¾ piece in the front, 2 inches longer than the width on both sides, and 2 inches longer than the ¼ piece in the back. See picture below.
13.Glue the ¾ piece of cardboard box into the back of the piece of fabric you cut/ then fold over the sides.
14.Line up the ¾ covered part on the front of your bag and stretch the fabric across the top and line up the ¼piece in the back (to measure where the second piece needs to be glued) then glue down. You should now have a piece that looks like the one below with no exposed edges.
15.Place this piece over the top and glue down. I suggest gluing down the front first so placement is correct.
16.Now to make the hole for the head. Draw a letter T on the top center for the head hole and cut then fold back the pieces and glue and/or tape down. This will make a square like shape similar to the arm holes.
17.To make the handbag strap, sew or safety pin the chain on the inside of the box ¾ of the way up on both sides.
18.Cut your printed logo out and trace it onto a piece of cardboard for a better stencil.
19.Trace the logo onto your gold paper and cut it out. I used the brand below but would recommend something thicker.
20.Glue the logo to the front of the flap and you are DONE!
This is a handbag costume is not in affiliation with any brands- it is an inspired piece.