Jack and the Beanstalk costume

9:16:00 PM

So, sadly, the responses to my previous post about Halloween ideas were unenthusiastically responded to except one: My sister suggested that Jack be Jack from "Jack and the Beanstalk" and Rob should be the beanstalk. Rob was super enthusiastic about being a beanstalk for some reason, and I'm actually alright with being the goose that lays the golden eggs. My Mother Nature idea was getting out of hand anyway. I'll have to do it when I have more money to go all out.

My sister drew a really cute picture of our family dressed up in this theme for Halloween and I couldn't resist. I made Jack's costume today and decided to do a tutorial because it can work for lots of other costume ideas.

This costume was SUPER CHEAP. I actually already had all the supplies but the feather, so it didn't cost me a thing. If you were to go buy the supplies, it would probably come to about $3.

Supplies for Cap:

  • 1 piece of 9x12" felt (if you want to make an adult hat, you will need about a 13x13" piece.)
  • 3 little safety pins
  • yarn or grosgrain ribbon (grosgrain ribbon isn't shiny so it fits the style of the hat more.)
  • thread

1. Fold the felt so that the edges match on one side.

2. Cut off the extra rectangle piece so the edges match and you have a perfect square.

3. Cut the square in half diagonally so you have two triangles.

4. Sew along the edges that make a right angle. Leave the diagonal cut part open.

5. Press the seams (make sure iron is on a low setting because the felt is probably acrylic or polyester) and turn right side out.

6. Fold up one corner to form the brim and press.

7. Open up the brim again and sew a straight seam at a right angle from the opening of the cap up to the crease of the brim.

8. Trim and fold the brim back up (the seam that you just made should be hidden when the brim is folded back up).

9. Pin two pieces of yarn or ribbon to the underside of the cap. If using yarn, tie a knot at the end, and push the pin through the knot so the yarn stays. I pinned mine off center so the cap point wouldn't go right down the middle of his face, blocking his view.

10. Pin a feather on with the pin on the underside and you're ready to go!

Supplies for Tunic:

  • Woven fabric (for a baby, about 1/3 of a yard; for a medium sized adult, about 1 yard)
  • Yarn or embroidery floss in a contrasting color
  • Needle (if using yarn, an easy threading needle with a split at the top of the eye works best)
  • Thread

1. Lay out a shirt (or onsie) that fits the person who will wear it. Choose a loose t-shirt for an adult.

2. Cut a rectangle out of the fabric, around the shirt, leaving about 2 inches on each side of the shirt. (I forgot how fat Jack is and should have made it wider.)
3. Using the neckline from the t-shirt as a guide, cut a half circle at the top. Although the neckline on the shirt may not be very deep, be sure that it dips down between 3-6" (baby to adult respectively).

4. Cut a slit in the middle of the neckline on one of the layers (3-6" from baby to adult respectively).

5. Sew the two layers together at the side seam and shoulder seams. Leave 4-8" (from baby to adult) open on the sides for the arms. Hem the bottom. Sew a zig-zag stitch around the neckline to reinforce the opening.

6. With the yarn (one or two of the little strings unraveled from a piece of yarn) or embroidery floss, whip stich around the neckline and armholes.

7. Thread some yarn or floss in the slit area to form a criss-cross pattern. Tie a bow at the top.

8. Use some yarn or floss (or some of the grosgrain ribbon from the hat) to tie around the waist. I made my belt thicker by crocheting a single row.

For adult girls:
  • You can make a long tunic dress with this pattern. All you would need to do is measure from your shoulder to where you want it to end. Add a few inches for good measure. Note: you will need more fabric for this. Get a little more fabric than the length measurement you took.
  • Make sure to measure your bust and bottom before cutting. The width needs to extend 2-3" more than your bust and bottom measurement divided in half. You may not be able to get the tunic on if you don't do this. Don't worry about the waist. After you sinch it in, it will show off your skinny waist (or make you look like you have one!).

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  1. He is so cute! What a perfect costume idea! You are so good!