Easy DIY Gumball Machine Costume

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

Hi all! Popping in for a minute today to share this costume I just finished up for my girlie. 

Let me start by saying, this idea was not original to me. I found it here, and thought it was so adorable that I had to upsize it for my 4 year old!

This is a super easy diy, with minimal sewing if you buy a premade hat as well, which would make it quick enough you could finish it up yet tonight!

Supplies needed:
Red Shirt
Black Pants
Fitted hood/hat (or the All In One Hooded Scarf pattern)
Fabric Glue
Black & Gray Felt
Sewing Machine (optional)

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

I made the hat using the All In One Hooded Scarf by Heidi & Finn, which, by the way, is on SALE for only $5, through tomorrow I believe. So if you want to stitch quick, be sure to snatch it up!

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

I made the XS for my 4 year old since I used a jersey knit. I narrowed the cowl to thin straps and then just tied them instead of adding any sort of closure, just for simplicity sake and also it creates a bit more of an adjustable fit. After I sewed it, I glued the pompoms on using Fabri-Tac. Once the glue was dried, I ran a basting stitch by hand around the front of the hood and gathered it for a close fit around her face. This hood fits me! So if I take the basting stitch out, I can adjust it to a huge range of sizes. Maybe I can convince her to just be a gumball machine, year after year... Lol.

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

The gumballs were the most time consuming part, but it was fun and is a good time to binge watch some Netflix. I used pompoms from Hobby Lobby. I found a mixed bag that was most of the colors that I wanted, so I grabbed 4 of those, I'd say I used a full 3 bags, plus a bag each of white, red & green. The mixed bag had neon green in it, that I ended up not using because it just wasn't quite the right color. I used Fabri-Tac to attach them and I would recommend that over hot glue because it's more flexible and not as heavy.

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

The shirt is a boys Garanimals shirt from Walmart, the pants are black knit pants from Children's Place.

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

For the 25c sign, I used half a sheet of gray felt for the background, then cut the 25 cents out of the black felt. I simply printed this in Word, then taped the paper to the black felt and cut through both the paper and the felt at the same time. I used this font, in size 300 for the 25 and size 250 for the c. I used a little bit of fabric glue to keep the black felt in place on top of the gray, then used my sewing machine to stitch around the numbers and the edges of the black. Then I sewed the whole sheet to the shirt.

EASY DIY Gumball Machine Costume

And there you have it! A quick and easy (and CUTE!) costume for your little one, customizeable to any size. 

Happy costume making!

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