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Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

My daughter Elise is my little ray of sunshine, without a doubt. So when it came to making my delightful baby her first proper Halloween costume, I came up with this cheery fleece and felt “Sunshine” Halloween baby costume with a colorful rainbow on the back.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

This free Sunshine Halloween Costume Pattern is sized for babies about one year old like Elise, but you can size it up or down as you need to. I think it’s a great Halloween costume idea for both boys and girls.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

I used a special stiffened Friendly Felt made from recycled post-consumer plastic bottles to make her hat’s “sunrays” naturally poke in the air. Cute, huh?

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Last Halloween, Elise was a mere two weeks old so all we did was to put her in this Halloween-themed t-shirt from her Mammy Winegard:

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

This year I bet this bucket of sunshine is going to score loads of Halloween candy. But to me, I think that *Elise* is the treat!

WANNA MAKE IT? Free pattern, step-by-step tutorial and supply list for making my DIY Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween Costume for babies, toddlers and kids –>

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Cut out the Halloween costume dress
Print and cut out my free sunshine Halloween pattern for babies and kids. I have fully embraced the rub-off process described in Project Runway finalist Daniel Vosovic’s fun book “Fashion Inside Out” and created this pattern by tracing around a dress that fits Elise well, adding length to the bottom, and adding 1/2″ on both sides for the side seams.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

If your child is younger or older than one, you can shrink or enlarge the free pattern. Or you can just trace a dress that currently fits your child like I did.

Tape the pattern pieces together. Pin the pattern on your fleece or use pattern weights and cut.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Create your sun on the Halloween costume front
Print and cut out my free sun pattern. Cut 7 yellow triangles, 7 orange triangles and 7 gold triangles. Cut out one 8″ circle (I traced around a small plate).

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Arrange the triangles how you wish, making sure they fit about 1/2″ under the circle. Pin when you like what you’re seeing.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Sew around the circle, leaving the ends of the ‘sunbeam’ triangles loose.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Create your rainbow on the Halloween costume back

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Print and cut out my free rainbow pattern, pinning each piece onto the piece of felt. (After the fact, I was reading “What Makes A Rainbow” and realized that I put red on the bottom when red should be on the top. Curses! So you are welcome to flip them when you cut out your rainbow!)

I created this pattern by putting the back piece on my table and drawing a rainbow on a piece of tissue paper like so…

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Layer the rainbow, slightly overlapping colors as you go up.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Make sure you like where the red piece is placed, then remove the rest. Sew close to the edges.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Continue by adding the orange, slightly overlapping on top of the red so that you won’t see any white between the colors.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Continue like this to sew down all your colors.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Place your cloud to cover up the end of the rainbow and pin. Sew close to the edge.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Attach Halloween costume front and back
This is why I love fleece costumes: There are only two side seams to sew! Put the right sides together – rainbow touching sun. Sew your left and right sides together using 1/2″ seam. Turn right side out. All the other costume edges are left raw.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Place buttons on the outside of the back straps. Sew. These buttons are from one of Shane’s old suits. Groovy, eh?

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Cut a buttonhole on the front strap. Start small! You can always make it bigger if you need to.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Make sunshine hat with felt rays
This free sunshine hat pattern is derived from the babies sunshine ruffled hat that I made for Elise this summer. Print out my slightly altered Halloween version and cut 4 hat pieces out of yellow felt for the outside, 4 hat pieces out of yellow fabric for the lining, plus 5 triangles from stiff felt made from recycled bottles that you can get at Joann’s – it sticks up like sunshine rays nicely on its own.

Follow my babies sunshine ruffled hat instructions to sew two felt hat pieces together. Repeat with the other two felt hat pieces. Iron seams open. Now you have two ‘hat halves’ – set one aside.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Place one ‘hat half’ right-side-up on your table. Pin the stiff felt triangle to the long curved top edge, slightly overlapping triangles. Sew.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Pin the second ‘hat-half’ on top, right sides together. Sew along the long curved top edge

Sew the lining by following my babies sunshine ruffled hat instructions. Turn the bottom edge under 1/4″ and iron.

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Place the lining inside the felt hat, wrong sides together. Slip two pieces of grosgrain ribbon on the sides. Here’s a closer view:

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Sew around your hat, making sure to catch the lining inside. Go back and forth a couple times over your ribbon straps so they stay secure. The inside will look like this:

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Trick or treat!

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free DIY toddler baby costume idea sewing pattern and tutorial

Did you make it? Please post a comment and let me know how this craft idea works for you. And share your own photos at the MerrimentDesign.com Facebook page, “I made it!” flickr photo gallery or tweet a picture to @merrimentdesign. Craft and pass it on!

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20 Responses to “Sunshine and Rainbow Halloween free costume pattern for babies, toddlers and kids”


  1. Kathy Beymer Says:

    @Melanie, that’s great! If you could, please post a photo of your little sun in our new flickr group – http://www.flickr.com/groups/merrimentdesign/

  2. Melanie Says:

    I am sewing this costume (just the sunny side) and the hat for a play she is in this month. She’s playing a sun! I was so relieved to find this “how to” so I don’t have to re-invent the wheel. Thanks!

  3. Kat Says:

    Wow this is awesome!!! I have a couple little girls that would just love to have a costume like this!!! :) Thank you for the awesome tutorial!!

  4. Anne Says:

    That’s SO cute!!! I linked to your post over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-sunshine-and-rainbow-costume-for-babies/2010/10/30/

    –Anne

  5. Anne Says:

    Squeeeal! That’s SO cute!!! I linked to your post over at Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/free-pattern-sunshine-and-rainbow-costume-for-babies/2010/10/30/

    –Anne

  6. Rachel Says:

    Oh WOW! I love this! How sweet and fun. Thanks so much, I’ll be linking.

  7. Papgena Says:

    Oh this is so sweet!!! I like cute outfits not scary ones and this is lovely!
    The model helps too!! ;)

  8. Liz Says:

    That is adorable!!!! I love costumes like this, no one else will have anything like it!

  9. stephanie Says:

    Love! Maybe I should make this for me and wear it to work – could possibly brighten my day up! ;)

  10. jaime Says:

    EEEK! so cute.


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