When my daughter wanted ghost costume for Halloween, I jumped at the chance to DIY a classic homemade bed sheet ghost costume.
But, I had to think about how she would see behind a bed sheet. I didn’t want to just make holes – then you’d see the face inside.
Then the idea came to me to use screen material. The same thing that keeps the bugs from flying in your house.
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The costume ended up being a great hit. It may be a Halloween costume but it usually makes an appearance in late September and isn’t entirely put away until Thanksgiving.
Here’s how I did it:
Ghost Costume Materials & Tutorial
You will need:
- An old white sheet (mine was a full size fitted sheet. I cut the edges off)
- Some screen material (mine came from an old screen but any hardware store will have it)
- The ghost eyes and mouth downloadable template at the bottom of this post
- Black thread
The size of the sheet needed will depend on the size of your kids. A queen or king size sheet will work best for taller kids or adults. Make sure you’re happy with how far the bed sheet hangs before you start cutting.
Cut the eyes and mouth template and pin them onto the screen material. You will need 4 of the eyes and 2 of the mouth otherwise people will be able to see the little face behind the mask. I just folded the screen material in 4ths so I would only have to cut once.
Choose where the face should be. Usually somewhere in the middle of the sheet. Position 2 pieces of screen material on top of each other for each of the eyes and the mouth. Here the eyes are 1 inch apart but you may want to measure your little goblin’s face before you start sewing.
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You might think that the next step would be to cut out the holes. But if you do that the sheet will deform as you sew the screen and you’ll end up with a wrinkly ghost. We can’t have that now! So, sew the eyes and the mouth on the sheet first.
A satin stitch works great. I did it with a tight zigzag on the machine but this step can also be done by hand.
Then turn the sheet around to the back and cut out the sheet material to create an opening for each eye and mouth.
Here you have it. An ooky, spooky ghost costume that your kids will want to wear to the breakfast table.
Put it on and have fun!
We didn’t have a problem with the sheet shifting on my girls heads, but if you’re afraid the sheet might fall off when your kids run, just safety pin (or sew) a white knit cap to the inside of the sheet at the top.
Go check out the adorable Free Halloween Treat Bags Printables this little ghost is holding: