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DIY Captain Hook Halloween Costume for Kids

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If you have two little boys and are in need of a good sibling Halloween costume idea, look no further! Last week I shared my 2-year-old’s Halloween costume: a darling and easy Peter Pan costume. And now it’s time for part two: Captain Hook’s costume tutorial. And, of course, if you have little girls, throw in Tinkerbell and Wendy to complete the cast!

This Captain Hook Halloween costume is a little more involved than Peter Pan, but as long as you go slowly and follow the instructions, you’ll do great! Plus, everyone will fall off their Halloween chairs when they discover you MADE the Captain Hook jacket. I mean, I am insanely proud of mine!

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DIY Captain Hook Halloween Costume for Kids

Materials Needed:

  • 1 yard maroon jersey knit fabric
  • 1 yard red velvet fabric
  • 1/8 yard white cotton fabric
  • 1/8 yard gold fabric (mine is a polyester suiting fabric)
  • 1 white dress shirt
  • 1/4″ elastic
  • 1/2 yard white ruffle trim
  • maroon floppy hat
  • large white feather (or feather boa and wire)
  • hook and sword

Step 1. Make the Caption Hook Pants 

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Using the yard of maroon fabric, make your child a pair of leggings using the same tutorial from the Peter Pan costume.

Step 2. Make the Caption Hook Jacket 

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First, let’s cut the main pieces for the jacket. Take the red velvet and cut 1/3 of a donut shape, as shown. This will be the coat skirt. I measured halfway around my son’s natural waist (plus a few inches) for the top measurement, and then doubled that number for the bottom measurement.

Step 3. Cut the bodice pieces for the jacket 

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I used a white dress shirt as a sizing guide. You’ll need two half pieces for the front, and one full piece for the back.

Step 4. Cut the sleeves and cuffs for jacket 

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I used a white dress shirt as a sizing guide. Lay the shirt flat along the folded edge of fabric laying flat on the ground and trace around it.

Then cut the cuffs, making the wrist measurement the same as your sleeve, and the bottom measurement 2-3″ wider, as shown.

Step 5. Sew the front and back of the bodice together

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With right sides of the fabric together, pin one front half bodice piece to the back bodice piece at the shoulders. Sew with a straight stitch across the shoulder, then repeat for the second sleeve on the other shoulder.

It should now look like this … 

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Once both of your sleeves are in, let’s move on.

Step 6. Sew the sleeves and cuffs 

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Next, place the sleeve cuff on top of the sleeve with the right sides both facing down, as shown. Sew together at the wrist with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve.

Step 7. Press the sleeves 

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Your sleeve should now look like this. Press the seam flat with an iron, and repeat for the second sleeve.

Step 8. Attach the sleeves 

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With right sides together, line up the very middles of the sleeve piece with the shoulder seam. Then pin the sleeve all the way around the sleeve opening.

Step 9. Sew on the sleeves 

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Once the sleeve is completely pinned to the arm hole, it should look like this. Now carefully sew around the entire arm hole with a straight stitch. Repeat for the second sleeve.

Step 10. Sew up the sleeves and sides 

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Place the jacket flat on the ground, turned inside out. Line up the armpit seam, and then pin the rest of the sleeve (to the wrist) and side. Now sew from the bottom of the jacket to the wrist with a straight stitch, as shown.

Step 11. Sew up the cuffs 

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Since the cuffs will be turned the opposite way once the jacket is on, the seam needs to be on the opposite side. Turn the jacket right side out so the cuff is inside out (as shown). Clip the seam allowance at the wrist so the seam will lie flat, and then pin and sew up the cuff, as shown.

Step 12. Add the coat skirt 

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Take the coat skirt and pin to the jacket waist with right sides together. Sew with a straight stitch, as shown.

Step 13. Add the jacket trim

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Captain Hook’s red jacket has golden trim, so let’s add that now. Cut two long rectangles of your gold polyester fabric, making them long enough to run down the front of the jacket, and about 4″ wide. Fold each strip of fabric in half and press flat with your iron.

Step 14. Sew on the trim 

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Pin the gold trim to the jacket, as shown. Make sure the raw edges of the trim and jacket are matched up.

Step 15. Cut the neckline lining

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Cut a strip of fabric in the same shape as the jacket neckline, as shown. This will be your neckline lining.

* I didn’t have enough fabric left, so I cut three separate pieces, but one piece is totally fine. 

Step 16. Attach the neckline lining 

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With right sides of the fabric together, pin the lining to the neckline. Then sew them together with a straight stitch, as shown.

Step 17. Secure the neckline 

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Now fold over the neckline lining, pin in place, and then sew along the neckline with a wide straight stitch.

Step 18. Hem the jacket 

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Just fold it up twice, pin in place, and then sew with a wide straight stitch.

Step 19. Sew on the sleeve ruffles 

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I found the ruffle trim in the Lace and Trim section of Jo-Ann’s, and it was perfect for the edges of the sleeves. I just cut it to length and then sewed it to the end of the white button-up shirt with a straight stitch.

Step 20. Make the necktie 

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Captain Hook has a cool ruffly necktie, so I made a super easy version out of some white cotton scraps I had. Cut two pieces of fabric — one 6″ x 6″ and the other 3″ x 6″. Take each piece and sew across the top of it with a basting (super wide) stitch, and then pull the long strings to gather the top edge. Repeat for the second piece. Then sew them together and sew a piece of elastic on so it fits snuggly around your boy’s neck.

Step 21. Make the hat 

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Alas, the hat! This was super easy. To make an old floppy hat turn up, I used a needle and thread and sewed from the hat to the brim, pulling the string tighter so the edges curled in. To make a large, fluffy feather, I used half a feather boa and wrapped it around a piece of wire. Then I hand-sewed the feather to the side of the hat.

And you’re done!

Complete the outfit with a plastic hook and sword, tall socks with black shoes, and an eyeliner mustache.

And don’t forget to check out the Peter Pan costume tutorial for baby brother!

Article Posted 3 years Ago

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