Before I share my kids costumes for this year (and a few other fun DIY adult costumes!), I’m dipping back into the archives one more time to share our Halloween costumes from 2013. I’m not super in to family Halloween costumes, but I’m all about coordinating sibling costumes. My four year old was obsessed with Curious George last year, so we couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to do Curious George and the Man with the Yellow Hat.

I shared my tutorial for the Curious George costume (a men’s hoodie refashioned into a baby jumpsuit) right here on my blog, and the Man with the Yellow Hat tutorial is below!

Click through to see the full tutorial!

disclaimer: these photos were taken last year — I apologize for the bad quality!
white dress shirt (there are good ones at H&M or Old Navy)
yellow RIT dye
1 yard white jersey knit fabric
1″ wide elastic
white onesie (gerber are my favorites)
wide brimmed hat (felt or straw works great)
black 1″ ribbon or leather
Step 1. Take your white dress shirt and 1 yard of white knit fabric and dye them yellow using the RIT dye instructions.
Step 2. Set those aside. Now let’s make the pants.
Use an existing pair of leggings or fitted pants as a pattern. Fold them in half, pulling the crotch out to a point. Lay the straight edge of your pants along the folded edge of your fabric and cut around the pants. Repeat so you have two pant legs.

Step 3. With right sides of the fabric together, pin one pant leg from the crotch to the ankle and sew up with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second pant leg.

Step 4. Matching up the crotch seams, pin the two pant legs together and then sew them together with a straight stitch, starting at the waistline and going down and under the crotch and back up to the waistline.

Step 5. Create a casing for your elastic at the waistband and the ankles by folding the fabric over twice and sewing around the entire waistline (or ankle), only leaving two to three inches open so you can insert your elastic. Sew the ends of the elastic together, then tuck it into the casing and sew the casing closed.

Step 6. (Optional) Use scraps of fabric to create simple belt loops.

Step 7. Cut off the bottom of a white onesie, and the bottom of your yellow dress shirt (so they’re both even and straight), and with right sides of the fabric together, pin them together. You’ll have to stretch the onesie a lot to get it to fit around the shirt. Sew with a straight stitch around the entire bottom of the shirt, stretching in between pins so the onesie can fit.

Your shirt should now look like this, and it won’t come untucked while he trick or treats!

Now it’s time for the famous Hat!
Step 1. Cut the brim off your hat, then cut a slit up the hat and fold it in on itself to make it narrower and taller. Make sure it fits your child’s head perfectly now.

It should now look like this:

Step 2. Cut a new hat brim out of cardboard and make a long tube of fabric to cover it completely. Cut open the circle so it can easily slip on.

Step 3. Cut two half circles of fabric and sew them together to cover the top of the hat.

Trim off the extra fabric and hot glue the edges up underneath.

Now both pieces of the hat are completely covered with yellow fabric.

Step 4. Use glue to attach the hat to the brim.

Lastly, take a strip of ribbon or leather and glue it around the hat. And you’re done!



  1. Mary Sane says:

    OH MY!!! I’m laughing so hard I’m actually worried I might pee myself. Amazing costumes!! 😀

  2. Carole Gates says:

    I just love these! So clever and not typical. LOVE THEM!!

  3. Janine says:

    Those are great! I remember them from last yr, but love seeing them again.

  4. OKAY…this is all seriously getting too cute. You have such gorgeous little babies! Can’t wait til the day I have someone to dress up. 🙂 Thanks for sharing this post! Xo, Alison


  5. Sooo cute. You are an awesome mom! When I have kids, I want to make costumes like this!


  6. How did I miss this adorable costume??? Super Cute! I love book themed Halloween Costumes!

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