This homemade pumpkin costume is a super simple DIY that you can whip up in about an hour. It can be easily adapted for either kids or adults. (I made one for my son and one for myself.)
This is also a really great DIY Halloween costume if you're on a tight budget. I bought the orange fabric at a secondhand store (it's a bedsheet) and the felt at the dollar store. The whole costume cost about $5 to make.
How to Make a DIY Pumpkin Costume for Kids or Adults
All you need to make this DIY pumpkin costume is some orange fabric, some black felt, some hot glue (optional), a contrasting fabric, some elastic, and some basic (super basic!) sewing skills.
- orange fabric (an old bedsheet works great for this)
- black felt
- a sewing machine (or a needle and thread and LOTS of commitment to hand sewing)
- contrasting fabric or a thick ribbon
- hot glue
Step 1: Cut your pumpkin fabric.
You will need to cute twice as much fabric as you need your finished pumpkin to be. This is because we fold the fabric lengthwise and widthwise in order to make it easy to stuff.
Measure yourself or your kid (a rough estimate is fine).
As an example: I have 42 inch hips. I want my pumpkin costume to be loose and I need twice as much fabric, so I made my rectangle 88 inches long.
My rectangle for an adult costume (female, average height and weight, 5 foot 6) is 50 inches tall. (The finished costume ended up being 21 inches tall.)
General rule: take how wide and how tall you want your pumpkin costume, add 2-3 inches and then multiply by 2. That's the size of your orange rectangle.
Step 2: Fold your pumpkin fabric.
Fold your fabric in half lengthwise and then width-wise.
Step 3. Add the elastic at the bottom.
Tie your elastic together at the ends to form a loop.
Open up your fabric and put the elastic inside, at the bottom.
Step 4. Make the armholes.
Cut down the side of your fabric about halfway to make an armhole.
Then sew two side together for the front and two sides together for the back (see pictures below for clarity).
Step 5. Sew the side(s) together.
If you folded your rectangle in half lengthwise, you will only have one side to sew.
Step 6. Sew the top of the costume.
Fold down the fabric at the top of the costume to make a place for a drawstring (like track pants have, or like hoodies have).
Sew one of these drawstring spaces on the front and on the back (see images below for clarity).
This is a good time to stuff your pumpkin costume with polyester batting, too.
Or, if you want to use what you have lying around, you can use newspaper to stuff your pumpkin costume (just know that you'll have to open it up and throw out the newspaper if it gets wet, or to wash the costume.
Step 7. Thread your fabric or ribbon through.
You will tie the fabric/ribbon in a bow to keep the costume up.
The EASIEST way to thread your fabric (or ribbon) through is to tie an end around a crochet hook. (A pen could also work if you don't have a crochet hook.)
Your fabric/ribbon should be long and thin. Long enough to wrap comfortably around your shoulders and tie in a bow. (But thick enough to hold up the weight of the costume comfortably.)
Step 8. Hot glue the jack-o-latern face.
Hot glue and felt are amazing for this task. Cut out some eyes, a nose, and a mouth (and anything else that you want) and hot glue the face onto your pumpkin costume.
This project took me under an hour and cost about $5.
You wear your pumpkin costume around your torso, by stepping into it like a dress. (And the fabric/ribbon drapes around your shoulders to keep it from falling off.)
I also made a DIY pumpkin costume for one of my kids. (We're going to be Mother and Son pumpkins this Halloween. Yay!)
Rebecca is a mother of twin boys and a professional blogger. She loves to bake, knit, and run through the forest.