Let me start by saying that I own a sewing a machine, but I do not know how to thread it. I can do some hand stitching, if absolutely necessary. I just do not have the desire to actually sew. The costumes you are about to see are held together with hot glue, iron-on tape, safety pins or a hand stitch or two. These costumes are simple. I found these easy costume ideas online, it is amazing what you can find. Many of the ideas came from http://www.familyfun.go.com/ or http://www.marthastewart.com. I probably saw them while waiting in a dentist or pediatrician's office.
Just because I made these costumes does not mean I saved money. It probably would have been more cost effective to buy the "Made in China" costume that everyone else was wearing, but we were making memories and you can not put a price on that. Can you? These are some of my favorite costumes that I have made.
It looks like we had a bird flu theme in 2005 with the chicken costume. This was a white hoodie, a white feather boa and orange fleece pants.
We have had a jelly fish. This was made with a child's sombrero from the dollar store, fabric to cover, ribbon and sweats. Ice cream cones made with a sweatshirt, nylon tights stuffed with fiber fill, vinyl, foam and straws for sprinkles.
Get those creative juice flowing. It really is fun to make your costume or your child's costume. I'm going to be working on mine soon. I can't wait to see your costumes this year.