On his first Halloween, several months before he turned one year, my son was proportioned just right to be a perfect Humpty Dumpty for Halloween. Unfortunately, he was not keen on any sort of alone time, so sewing was entirely out of the question. A hand made Halloween costume would have to be put on hold. My little boy’s second Halloween rolled around and despite the fact that he no longer looked exactly like Humpty Dumpty, I still felt the same desire to transform him into the loveable Mother Goose nursery rhyme character.
The costume I came up was pretty simple to make. I worked mostly with items we already had in our stash of old clothes, but the labor would have been even less if I had picked up a few new items, such as shorts and the correct size of tights.
Tutorial for Humpty Dumpty Costume for Halloween
To create Humpty Dumpty, I purchased a three pack of white onesies in my son’s size. I altered two of the onesies: I cut a panel out of the center of the first onesie, at around the point of the waist line that was about 4 inches wide. Then I divided the second onesie into two pieces by cutting right around the waist line. (The third onesie was left intact).
I sewed the panel I removed into the middle of the two halves of the second onesie. I have a great sewing machine with a stretch stitch, but if you don’t have this stitch on yours, you can substitute with a zigzag stitch.
Next I cut vertical strips of wool batting, each about two inches wide. I put the intact onesie onto my son and pinned the vertical strips onto his onesie so that all strips lay flush next to each other, all the way around. In hindsight, I cannot believe I dared to put straight pins into a garment that my son was wearing! However, this worked out fine at the time and fortunately no struggle ensued. No one got hurt and I never would have attempted this had I been worried! Safety pins would make a great substitute for straight pins.
Next I began tacking the vertical strips of wool batting onto the intact onesie (this time, my son was NOT wearing the onesie…) I did several layers of batting like this, with each set of strips a little shorter than the set beneath, so that an oval shape was achieved. You can use as many layers as you want in order to achieve the effect you are going for.
Finally, I cut a horizontal piece of batting to wrap all the way around the vertical layers in order to smooth out the lumps. I secured this horizontal piece with snaps so that it could be undone before putting my son into the costume. Once my little guy put the costume on, I did up the snaps.
At the shoulder seams I tacked the onesie with the extra bit added on at the waist, onto the onesie covered in batting.
I put the egg costume onto my son and my husband painted the cracks.
An egg-shaped hat would have been fantastic, but I ran out of time. This could easily be made from the fabric of a fourth onesie.
To make Humpty Dumpty’s shorts, I altered a bibbed set of overalls that were now too small for my son. I cut up the upper piece and made inserts into the sides of the shorts. It would have been far easier and quicker to instead buy some shorts that were one or two sizes too large.
For suspenders I cut up an old woven shirt of mine (a t-shirt would not work because of the stretch). I sewed on snaps at the cross in the back, and also where the suspenders attached to the shorts. My suspenders were extremely basic. You could make something far more elaborate. Conversely, if you buy pre-made bias strips in the novelties section of the fabric store, you can simplify your work even more.
I bought a pair of white tights at my local dollar store. Again, if I’d found a pair the right size, my work would have been decreased. Instead, all I could find was a pair that was far too long for my son. At thigh level I folded the extra length up and used my machine’s stretch stitch to fasten the folded layer down.
For the final touch I bought a pair of black Mary Jane’s off Craigslist. My son loved the Mary Jane’s so much that I felt bad that he only got to wear them for Halloween.
This year I have it easy. My son is wearing a darling clown costume that my own mother made forty years ago! Next year I’ll have double the work, though, making costumes for a three year old and for the baby who is currently in my belly.