How to Make a Taco Costume for Kids

The best thing about tacos? You can fill them with anything -- beef, chicken, pork, fish, even potatoes! This particular taco is stuffed with the spiciest ingredient imaginable… a walking, talking, charming child of your choice. You can't eat it, of course, but Halloween costumes don't get much more delectable. Follow these easy steps and, I promise, you won't even get a stomach ache afterward.

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Things You'll Need

  • 3 yards yellow felt
  • Disappearing ink pen
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • T-shirt that fits the child (preferably in a beige or neutral color)
  • 1/4 yard dark brown cotton gauze
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1/4 yard apple green felt
  • 1/4 yard lime green felt
  • 1/8 yard red felt

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Step 1: Taco Shell

Fold the 3 yards of yellow fabric in half, and then fold the double-layered fabric in half. Using a disappearing ink pen, draw a semicircle along the opposite side of the fold.

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Step 2: Cut Out Taco

Cut out the traced semicircle from the folded felt. When opened, this will be a circle comprised of two layers of felt.

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Step 3: Sew Taco

Sew a 1/4-inch seam around the whole circle.

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Step 4: Cut Out Arm Holes

Wrap the child in the felt circle as though they are putting on a jacket. Before cutting the arm holes, mark where to cut arm holes with the disappearing ink pen.

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Step 5: Create the Taco Filling

Add brown gauze to the front of the T-shirt in a crinkly fashion using hot glue. Be strategic about where you apply the glue to ensure the T-shirt doesn't show.

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  • Place a scrap of cardboard inside the T-shirt prior to hot gluing to make sure you don't glue the front of the T-shirt to the back.

Step 6: Add More Taco Filling

Add longer pieces of dark brown gauze to the bottom of the T-shirt to make sure the taco costume looks like it's filled with meat.

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Step 7: Add Lettuce and Tomatoes

Cut up green and red felt in non-uniform strips. Then, hot glue them randomly amongst the brown fabric and any visible areas of the T-shirt.

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Step 8: Assemble the Costume

Have the child put on the T-shirt and wear the taco shell jacket over it. Your costume is complete!

Taco, por favor!
Taco, por favor! (Image: Sonya Nimri)
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