DIY Halloween costumes are fun and easy. Here are Seattle-area sources for ideas and help
Seattle kids and parents appreciate a good Halloween costume. And the very best ones are homemade. You don’t need to be crafty to make them, either. You just need an eye for the essential details, a few basic tools (duct tape and glue guns are helpful for most projects), and the time to assemble parts from different places. Cardboard boxes are useful if you have a small child intent on being a train or a ship or some kind of vehicle, or robot — or robot vehicle.
Here are some resources for those who are at work on original costumes:
The big thrift stores do a brisk trade coming up to Halloween. Among the useful items they carry: hoodies and sweatpants in all colors of the rainbow. Add some markings, ears and a tale and these sweatsuits can be the base for all kinds of critter costumes. For example, add ears, a tail and some markings to a yellow sweatsuit, and you have yourself a perfectly serviceable Pikachu.
These places are also good for accessories, be they cheap plastic helmets or silly shoes.
They’ve got a hilarious variety of fabric and notions, plus a variety of craft supplies that just might come in handy for your costumes. Need foam? Golden duct tape? Glue of any kind? Have a look around here. Also, on Saturday Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. there’s a drop-in kids workshop making Halloween visors.
You never know what kind of treasures you will find in this Greenwood crafting oasis, so it’s worth taking a peek at what they have. Also, if you need space and equipment to assemble the costume, you can find it here. Seattle ReCreative’s maker space contains a variety of useful tools, including a sewing machine, serger and a mat cutter. Call 206-297-1528 in advance if you would like to use the maker space.
If you have a sewing-intensive costume, you might be tempted by Made Sewing Studio’s Friday night sewing "sewcial" night or its open studio times, in which, for a $10 hourly fee, you have the use of all the studio’s equipment, plus its library.
For those with sewing-intensive costumes, this Occidental Square-based business offers open studio hours. For those whose sewing is not up to their ambitions, it offers lessons.