If your family is anything like mine, Frozen is on almost constant repeat in your home. My toddler is practically obsessed and from my Pinterest home page, I’m guessing most of the rest of the world is too. When talking with friends about Halloween, which is practically right around the corner once you factor in the speed with which the year flies once school starts, I got the idea to make a cute yet super simple and inexpensive Anna costume. Perfect for Halloween or simply for playing dress up, the total cost and time expended was under $12 and less two hours to make.
First measure around your child’s waist and then add 2″ and cut a length of elastic to that measurement (I used 1″ elastic since that is what I had on hand). Tie the elastic together with a small knot so it fits your child’s waist snugly, but comfortably. Take your tulle and cut into 2″ strips. I usually fold over my tulle so that I can cut several strips at a time. Then take a strip of tulle, fold in half so it makes a loop at the top with two loose tails at the other end. Place the looped end over the waistband so that only a few inches of the loop stick out over the top and then pull the loose ends through the loop. Tighten the knot and slid it over to make room for a new strip of tulle. Repeat until the elastic is covered and the skirt is as full as you want it. Try not to tighten the knots too much or pull the elastic as you add more tulle, since this can stretch out the elastic and make it too loose on your child.
I bought a plain black shirt at Goodwill , washed it, then busted out the fabric paints. I pulled up a reference picture and then free-handed the design with a piece of chalk until it looked right to me. I simply used a damp paper towel to erase lines that weren’t quite right and then did it over. Here are some great transfer techniques if you don’t trust your free-hand abilities. Next I took a small paint brush and carefully followed the outlines and then filled them in. Once it dried, I set the design by ironing over it with a bit of scrap fabric between the design and the hot iron. If you don’t want to buy fabric paint, regular craft paint will work; it just might not hold up as well to multiple washings.
Take your 1/2 yard of fleece and fold it in half and cut out an arc. Next, cut off the point, making a half circle for the neckline. Then take your piece of blue felt and cut it into your clasp shape (I just free-handed it until I looked like I wanted). Glue one side of the felt to the outside of one side of the cape and glue a piece of Velcro to the opposite cape exterior. Glue the remaining piece of Velcro to the piece of felt and then you have a clasp to open and close the cape!
This is where this gets tricky. I decided at the last minute that I need to make Anna’s little hat and braids and I just used scraps leftover from the cape and a skein of yarn I had on hand. I didn’t use a pattern or anything, just a lot of glue and a lot of trial and error. I made the braids by wrapping the yard around a piece of cardboard I had cut to the length I wanted the braids and then cutting the loops on either end so I had two bunches of yarn that were the same length. In hind sight, I wish I had made the braids using this tutorial instead of simply winging it. I braided the yarn and used a tiny hair elastic to secure them and then cut the bangs out of more yarn. I glued the yarn to one piece of the left over fleece and then sandwiched a matching piece of fleece to the other side and glued ribbons to tie it around the head.
I need to get started on my sons’ Marshmallow and Olaf costumes soon, so the Goober wont cry to much when I give the Anna costume away. I am so thankful to my friend for letting me borrow her adorable daughter to play dress up with and to model this little costume. My total cost for this was under $12! So what are your plans for dressing up this Halloween?