Due to the approaching arrival of Baby Monkey at the beginning of the year, this Halloween I took the easy way out and got a store-bought costume for my little Monkey. Last year, however, I was a tad more ambitious and decided to make his costume, though I made sure it was something easy that wouldn’t require any sewing!
My little Monkey has a sweet little round face, and last year, when he still had more of his baby fat, it was even rounder. So I thought it would be perfect to dress him up as that other round-faced favorite of mine, Charlie Brown!
I especially loved that Charlie Brown’s well-known outfit was so simple to recreate. Here’s all you will need:
Yellow cotton shirt (long-sleeved is best, depending on the weather)
Dark shoes (black is best, but if you are like me and don’t want to buy a new pair of shoes just for Halloween, a very dark blue is fine)
- If the shirt is new, make sure to wash and thoroughly dry it first.
- Use your ruler to sketch out a basic zig-zag design on the shirt. The zig-zag should be on the lower half of the shirt. The exact size and width is up to you, although I opted for one that was neither very narrow nor very wide.
- Trace the zig-zag in marker, then fill it in. Be sure to really color it in darkly, since – depending on the brand of marker – lighter marks may fade in the wash.
- Let the shirt air dry thoroughly, then wash and dry according to the fabric marker package directions. (Here are some instructions for how to use Crayola fabric markers. I must admit I don’t recall following all of these steps closely; we just went with what was on the package and it turned out just fine. The close-up photos I have included here are from after the outfit was worn and washed several times, and as you can see, I will still be able to use it for Baby Monkey in a few years!)
This post has been shared at The Mommy Club.