FOUR DIY LAST-MINUTE HALLOWEEN COSTUME IDEAS

Halloween is just four days away! If you haven't already purchased your little one's costume, it is almost too late to head out to the store so, here are a few last-minute DIY's from the Queen of decor herself, Martha Stewart.

1. Madame Butterfly 

Photo Credit: MarthaStewart.com

MATERIALS

  • 1 1/2 yards dark brown wool felt
  • Butterfly Template
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard polyurethane foam
  • 1/4 yard blue felt
  • 8 by 10 inches each of orange, white, and green felt
  • Needle and thread
  • 1-inch-wide black elastic
  • 2 brown pipe cleaners
  • Brown headband

STEPS

  1. Fold dark brown felt in half; place template on top, aligning left side with fold, and cut out (do not cut at fold). Repeat with piece of foam. Repeat process with remaining brown felt and foam, this time cutting along the fold.

  2. Cut out 2 sets of markings from colored felt, using template as a guide. Topstitch markings to each felt wing. Stack pieces as follows: whole foam wing; whole felt wing, faceup; felt half wings, facedown; foam half wings. Stitch around perimeter with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out. Whipstitch center opening closed; this will be underside of wings.

  3. Stitch around perimeter with a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Turn right side out. Whipstitch center opening closed; this will be underside of wings.

  4. Cut elastic into two 11-inch strips; hand-sew crossed straps onto underside of wings as shown, stitching through one layer of felt and foam. To make antennae, wrap pipe cleaners around headband; curl ends.

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