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Parker has hit the age where he is obsessed with superheroes and dressing up like them. Not only does he love them, he seems to switch from favorite to favorite to one more favorite with each passing day. To control the cost of this superhero obsession we made our own no-sew Spiderman costume.
Luckily we found an easy and cheap option because by the time we bought a Batman costume he was already asking for Green Lantern, Superman and Spiderman. Aside from the cost of all these costumes, when he wants one he wants it right. this. minute. So I knew my non-sewing self had to come up with a solution.
Both boys had just outgrown pajamas in Spiderman blue so went to work on creating something from those. I turned them inside out to get rid of the pattern and then dug through my bin of shirts to sell or give away for something red and found two red t-shirts (thank goodness!).
If you don’t have old stuff you can use, I love ordering separates or pajamas from Mightily because their clothes are very inexpensive and you can get pretty much find any type of kids’ clothing in plain colors with no designs on them. Then you don’t have to turn anything inside out! Here’s our favorite line:
So here’s how we made the costume in about 10 minutes with a cost of $0:
1. Lay the red t-shirt over top of a blue long-sleeved shirt. (You could also use a long sleeve red shirt, cutting in the same pattern as I did with the short sleeve. You will actually have even more fabric to work with when you move to making the boots or even arm cuffs.)
2. Cut about 3-4 inches parallel to the waist on each side of the shirt then upwards towards the neckline, cutting off the sleeves.
3. Put thick paper or cardboard in between the layers of the red shirt and draw a simple spider with permanent marker. I cheated and pulled out a Spiderman coloring book as an example.
4. Save the discarded arm pieces and use them as Spiderman boots. I secured them to the pajama pant legs with Krylon spray adhesive but you can use tape or just press them to the pants. (When I made a second set I kept them detached and my youngest used them as Spiderman “gloves”).
5. Layer the outfit with the blue pajamas first then the red pieces and let your little no-sew Spiderman costume shine on the one who will enjoy it most!
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