The following is a tutorial on how to make a low-cost snowman costume with very little sewing.
Frosty the Snowman
I didn’t do this for the picture, but I plan to stuff his
little belly to round him out on Halloween. Right now he looks
a little like Frosty the beer drinker.
Here’s what you will need:
- 1.25 yards of Sherpa (or other white and fuzzy) fabric $6
- 1 package of 3/4” elastic $2
- 3 black buttons $3
- Black thread
Note: this is what I used for a 4-year-old’s costume, so adjust quantities according to the age/size of your snowman.
- Cut elastic into three strips. One for around the waist, one for around the neck and one for around the legs.
- Open up the fabric on a flat surface and make cuts as shown on the diagram. Tip: I used a yard stick to measure and draw a straight line for the middle row of fabric cuts.
- Next, feed the elastic through each strip of cut marks horizontally in an over-under sewing pattern and tie the ends together when finished. Repeat this for the other horizontal cut marks.
- Sew black buttons on the upper part of the snowman body.
- Put the costume on your child (have them step in carefully) and adjust the fabric around them. (The fabric will technically be open in the back, but there’s so much fabric, you can’t tell).
- Next, find the best place for the armholes and cut them. Feeling around I asked my son where his shoulder was and he replied, “It’s right by my neck,” which made me laugh. And that’s it, folks!
My son will wear this over a white turtleneck with a red scarf and a black top hat. It only took a few minutes to make (well, after the madness). It’s decent, and the cost was only about $12!
Glad this costume is done and I didn’t wait until the 11th hour to start it, which is what I usually do. Anyone else guilty of that?