Sunday, October 28, 2012

DIY No-Sew Girly Ghost Costume Tutorial

I know this is a little last minute to be sharing a costume tutorial, but I waited until the very last minute to put this together so I figure if I can do it so can you!  So, if you still need a costume for your little cutie don't worry you can make this one in no time!
For the "Girly Ghost"  I found this google image (don't you just love the lashes?!?), printed it full sized on a regular piece of paper... 
cut out the eyes and mouth and used them as templates for the black felt face.
 Since I wanted to make this a "no sew" project I just used double sided tape to stick the felt pieces to a white t-shirt (this cute ruffle edged one I bought at walmart for $3, but you could use one you already have or a onesie).  The tape worked great and after the couple hours of fun, it came off with no problems and now we can still get some good out of the cute shirt.  
For the ribbon bows I picked up three different black and white ribbons, some with dots and some stripes to go with the tights and leg warmers and then used this great tutorial to make the layered bows.  For the headband I just hot glued it to a black headband and used an extra piece of felt on the underside to cover the glue and help attach it to the headband.  For the shoulders I just used safety pins, but you could use hot glue for the bows and the felt ghost face if you don't have other plans for the shirt.
For the tutu this time I used a trick I learned from Pinterest and found something that was the length I wanted the strips of tulle and instead of cutting each piece I wrapped it around, in this case my cutting mat (but you could use cardboard) which was about 13 inches, perfect to make a roughly 6 inch long skirt, then just cut the ends!  So smart and so fast!  To make this skirt I used two full spools of white tulle. 
I used the basic tutu method of folding the tulle in half and then looping it under the waste band (you can see a tutorial here), but this time to make it extra fluffy I used three strips at a time stacked on stop of each other.
Also, instead of using elastic for the waste I used an extra long piece of coordinating wide ribbon, make sure to leave plenty of ribbon on each end of your tulle knots so that you can tie a big bow in the back.
The adorable tights are some we got last year as a gift (I think they were from Crazy 8's), and the leg warmers are just long women's socks that I cut off at the ankle.  If you have a sewing machine do a quick zigzag along the edge so it doesn't fray, but if you don't or don't have the time no worries they will still be cute and no one will notice.
I'm so happy with how it turned out and it really was very easy.  Even though it isn't quite Halloween yet, we already did our trunk-or-treating a few days early and can report that this costume was a HUGE hit!  
And the little ghost loved it too!  So if you are looking for a cute, creative costume but don't want to sew this may just be the answer!



  1. About how much tulle did you use? Do you know how many yards where in each spool? I LOVE the costume!! Such a cute little ghost!

    1. Hi Jessica,

      Thanks so much for checking out this post :) A yard (or two just to be safe) if you buy it off the bolt (less than $1 a yard) would be plenty or one roll (25 yard about $4) if you want to do less cutting. The more strips the fuller the skirt, so really it's up to you. Good luck, this is so easy and we got so many compliments.

      Take Care,

  2. Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing.

    1. Thank you :) Hope you enjoy it!! Happy Halloween!!!

  3. What tutorial did you use to make the bows?