Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume

Be the buzz.

Are you looking for Halloween costume ideas for kids? Here’s an easy-sew bee that your little one will want to wear well after the trick-or-treating is over. You’ll sew some Dritz ruffled elastic onto a basic t-shirt and watch your bee come to life. Pipe cleaners and pom-poms become antennae, and store-bought wings finish off the look. So if you’re into DIY Halloween costumes, add this one to the list. 

Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

You’ll need these basic sewing supplies to make this costume:


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

1) Starting directly below the sleeves, draw your first stripe across the front of the t-shirt from sleeve to sleeve.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

2) Measure the distance from the first line to the bottom edge of the neck band stitches. This will be the distance between your stripes. Using this measurement, mark another line above the first, near the neck band. Mark this line from sleeve seam to sleeve seam.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

3) Using the measurement in step 2, draw additional stripes across the body of the shirt.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

4) Turn the shirt over and repeat marking lines on the back. Make sure they meet the lines on the front and are the same distance apart.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

5) Divide lines into quarters by making marks at the sides and center points on the front and back of the shirt.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

6) Measure the chest of your child and subtract 4″. Cut elastic pieces to this measurement. Cut 1 piece for each full “stripe.” Cut two 1/2 length pieces for the top stripes. Apply Fray Check to cut ends of elastic.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

7) Divide full elastic lengths into quarters and mark with pins at folds.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

8) Starting at center back of shirt, pin elastic end at center mark. Match shirt marks with pin marks and pin elastic around the shirt at marks. Tip: pin and stitch one piece of elastic at a time.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

9) Using a zigzag stitch, take 1 or 2 stitches to secure elastic at back of shirt. Put needle in down position.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

10) Grab shirt and elastic behind presser foot with one hand. Then grab elastic and shirt at next pin with other hand. Pull elastic to match width of fabric. Keeping elastic centered over line and holding elastic and shirt firmly in front and behind needle, stitch down center of elastic with zigzag stitch. Stop as needed to re-grip elastic and shirt. Keep needle in down position each time you stop. Stitch around entire circumference of shirt.

Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

11) Repeat for remaining stripes. For short line near neckline, use one of the 1/2 length pieces. Divide this piece in half and pin mark. Pin ends at sleeve seams and center mark. Stretch and stitch as above. Repeat with other 1/2 length piece on back.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

12) For antennae, measure head for headband and subtract 4″. Cut elastic to this measurement. Mark center of elastic with pin. Bring ends of pipe cleaner together and twist together about 1″ from ends. Fold ends up to form “T” shape. Continue to twist pipe cleaner until a small loop is formed at the end of antenna. 

Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

13) Insert pom-pom into loop at top of pipe cleaner. Continue to twist pipe cleaner until pom-pom is secured. Repeat with second pipe cleaner and pom-pom. If needed, adjust twist at “T” to make antennae the same length.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

14) Position one end of antenna “T” at pin. Make sure antenna is standing straight up. Zigzag stitch over pipe cleaner end. Bend the antenna down as you sew to stitch all the way to twist. Repeat on other side of antenna.

Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

15) Position second antenna end next to first end at pin and stitch as above.


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

16) Overlap ends of elastic 1″ and stitch to secure. Wear like a headband and position antennae as desired.

 Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-sew Bee Costume for Kids

17) Dress your little one in her bee costume! Our little gal is wearing her bee shirt with black leggings. You can add store-bought wings as an option (we did!).

(If you add wings, please check manufacturer’s packaging for age guidelines/instructions.)  


Halloween Crafts: Make an Easy-Sew Bee Costume for Kids

18) Let’s not forget our male bees! For a little boy costume, you can use 5/8″ fold-over elastic instead of the ruffled elastic. Stitch with long, narrow zigzag along both edges of elastic. Perfect with dark jeans!

What are your little ones going to be for Halloween? We’d love to see a nice list of ideas in the comments section … (handmade or not)!   
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