It's an unusual costume idea, but dressing up like a potato for Halloween is fun and easy to DIY. This basic potato Halloween costume is adaptable to all ages and sizes, and it can be embellished to look like a baked potato or Mr. Potato Head costume.
You can even use this tutorial to create Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head couples costumes, perfect for fans of Disney's Toy Story series. Basic sewing skills are necessary for making this potato costume, but it's possible to adapt the method to use fabric glue or hot glue instead.
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Things You'll Need
Newspaper or large construction paper sheet
Brown or tan felt fabric
Chalk or disappearing fabric marker
Straight pins or binder clips
Matching brown or tan thread
1. Make a paper pattern
Tape together sheets of newspaper or large sheets of construction paper to create a single paper sheet large enough to cover your child's torso and upper legs. Have them lie down on top of the paper with their arms out to the sides and legs slightly apart.
If the potato costume is for yourself, recruit a friend or family member to draw around you. Also ask them to help during the costume fitting stage.
2. Draw a potato shape
Using a pencil, draw a potato shape on the paper around the body, from the neck and out across the shoulders, around the torso and upper legs. Draw across (under) at the knees and up the other side of the body, back to the other side of the neck. The outline of the potato shape should be at least 10 inches out from the sides of the body but can be larger if you wish.
With the kid off the paper (and dismissed for now), refine the potato shape with the pencil. It should be wider at the knee level than the shoulder level – aim for a lumpy pear-shaped potato. Cut out the paper potato shape.
3. Cut out the fabric
Smooth out a double layer of brown or tan felt fabric on a flat surface and place the paper potato pattern on top. Trace around the edges of the pattern with chalk or a disappearing fabric marker, remove the paper pattern, and cut out the potato shape from the two layers of fabric. You should have two identical felt potato shapes.
4. Mark the head holes
Hold the two sides of the potato costume up against the child's body, one at the front of the body and the other at the back. With straight pins or binder clips, secure the two layers of fabric together above the shoulders, leaving a gap large enough for the head to go through. Carefully test the size of the head hole by lifting the costume over the head with the pins or clips in place. Mark the fabric to indicate the size of the head hole.
5. Mark the arm holes and side seams
With the costume still pinned or clipped at the shoulders, pin or clip the two layers of fabric together along the side edges, from the knee level up to the chest. Leave a gap at the top of the side seam that's large enough to comfortably fit the arm and allow for some movement. Mark the fabric to indicate the size of the armhole on each side. Leave the bottom edge of the potato costume open, as this is the leg hole.
6. Sew the seams
Carefully remove the costume from while leaving the pins or clips in place. With matching thread and a sewing machine set to sew a medium-length straight stitch, sew the side and shoulder seams with a ½-inch seam allowance. Be sure to start and end the seams at the marks indicating the head and arm holes, and back-stitch at the start and end of each seam to secure the stitching. Remove the pins or clips as you sew.
If you prefer no-sew DIY Halloween costumes, follow this method but substitute fabric glue or hot glue for the sewing. Just apply a line of glue close to the fabric edge, press the layers together and use binder clips to hold the seams together until the glue dries.
7. Hem the neck, arm and leg holes (optional)
Felt doesn't fray, so it's not essential to hem the neck, arm and leg holes of this homemade Halloween costume. However, doing so makes the costume look neater. Fold and press the edges of the fabric at the neck, arm and leg holes over to the wrong side by ½ inch, and sew close to the raw edge using a straight stitch.
8. Put on the costume
Turn the costume right sides out so the seams and hems are on the inside. Underneath the costume, put on tight-fitting, neutral-colored clothing such as a long-sleeved T-shirt and leggings in black or white. If you have brown clothing to match the potato, that's even better.
9. Optional embellishments for a Mr. Potato Head costume
If you want to use this potato costume idea for a Mr. Potato Head costume or Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head couples costumes, simply apply the toys' iconic facial features onto the front. Purchase additional felt fabric in black, white, red, yellow and pink. Look up photos of the toys and cut out matching eye, mouth, nose, mustache, eyebrow and ear shapes to sew or hot glue onto the potato costume. This could be part of a fun Toy Story group costume for a Halloween party with friends dressed as Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and other characters.