This year our four year old asked to be a spider for Halloween. I didn’t feel up for sewing stuffed sock arms onto a shirt, so instead we found a decoration spider at Target for $10. Before the spider was made into a costume, it was a fun toy. Since our little guy is interested in spiders, he dubbed this spider a Bird Eating Tarantula. Sounds pretty creepy!
- Decoration spider with positionable legs
- Few strips of black fabric
- Black thread, sewing machine, scissors
- about 5″ of black velcro
- Gorilla Glue
- Old black T-shirt
- Hot-Melt Glue Gun
- Goggly eyes, assorted
- Black shirt for the child to wear
Making the Spider “Backpack”
To wear the spider as a costume, I measured a close backpack loop around both arms and sewed straps of black fabric in the measured length, about 1 1/2 inches wide. I used Gorilla Glue to secure two long strips of the soft part of the velcro to the spider’s belly. I then sewed two strips of fabric to work as the “backpack straps”. The rough side strips of velcro were sewn onto the fabric strips. This way, the spider can still be used as a decoration or toy.
Making the Hat
To make the cap, I made a top-knot hat out of an old black T-shirt. Measure the circumference of the child’s head, divide that in half and that is the length of the bottom of half the hat. By using stretch jersey, there is enough give so that you don’t have to give seam allowances. 9 1/2″ across on the bottom was the perfect size for my four year old. The bottom of the T-shirt can be the bottom of the hat, so you don’t have to create a new hem. Put the two cut out pieces together inside out and sew around the edges, then turn right side out and tie a knot in the top fabric. Glue your goggly eyes on using hot glue.
Ready to party! Have a safe and happy Halloween!