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Call for Kiddos! The 3rd Annual Best (or Worst) Homemade Costumes!

Back in the day, all it took was a pair of red sweats and a towel and (believe it or not) you were The Greatest American Hero. I love a good homemade costume. Growing up, my parents were always big into the homemade costumes. There was rarely sewing involved, but my folks were masters at embellishing stuff we had around the house in a spectacular way. Take a basic dress, add a Spanish scarf, some fashion boots, loads of mom’s bohemian 70s jewellrey—and VOILA! You were a gypsy! Take some overalls, cut up dad’s old plaid shirt, make a little satchel of treats on a stick and BAM! We got ourselves a hobo. My parents were really creative and my whole family always loved dressing up.

Even though most people buy their outfits (and trust me, there ain’t nothin’ wrong with that! we do it too) I still love seeing what people whip together for their little ones. Sometimes the homemade costume turns out amazingly well and then sometimes….welllllll, not so much. But there is something undeniably charming about doin’ it your own way.

Which leads me to this: we want to see YOUR homemade kiddo costumes. And let me be clear, you don’t have to be a Mini Martha, we’ll take it all! Perhaps you made something so stinkin’ cute you got compliments everywhere you went. Or maybe things didn’t work out QUITE the way you expected. Either way, we want to see ’em all.

Don’t be shy—the good, the bad, the ugly are all welcome. Vintage/retro photos welcome, but I’m mostly looking for recent examples of your craftiness! We’ll be posting them here on Modern Kiddo in a Costume Parade Photo Gallery. I’ve had some requests to post them earlier than usual so people can actually use them as inspiration for their own costumes, so that’s what we’re gonna do!

images: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

So what are you waiting for? Send me those photos!! Email them to: Alix [at] We prefer 550-600 pixels wide, if possible….and feel free to include a link to your blog/shop, if you have one. Looking forward to seeing what you scare up!

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  1. jess judkins says

    Okay I am making Judah an ewok costume, which means I bought the sweat pants and hoodie at walmart and some fur fabric at Joannes with some pleather. I’ll send you pictures once I am finished sewing it all up. Its going to be fantastic 😉 ((well at least in my eyes it will be))

    • Alix says

      aw yeah baby!!!! can’t wait to see!

  2. OliversForest says

    omg… the mickey and minnie take the cake! amazing!

    • Alix says

      hahaha I know!! i love them allllll

  3. Julie says

    As usual, all the pics in the post are AMAZING! Ack, the french fry kid is hilarious! My son wants to be a lego man (a minifig) this year soooooo I’ve got a lot of work to do. Went to home despot this weekend to start gathering supplies…

    • Alix says

      Oooh we have a Mini Fig coming up in the Costume Parade! Such a cute idea!

  4. Little Big / Carrie Anne says

    Ohhhh MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN I love this so hard.

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