Halloween is 17 days away! plenty of time to make some minion costumes cause they’re easy and inexpensive and super fun!
- blue fleece
- yellow hooded t-shirt or knit fabric
- black pipe cleaners
- 2 black buttons
- black felt and Gru logo image
- dollar store glasses
- minion goggles template
I got a little carried away while I was making these costumes and forgot to take step by step pictures. But the whole process is super easy, so some after shots will be more than enough to keep you on track.
*sew all seams at 1/4″
1. First you have to make a pattern for the overalls. I used some snow pants – fold them in half along center front and trace around to get the FRONT pattern piece, then cut 2 out of the blue fleece.
2. Flip the snow pants around so they’re folded along the center back seam and trace around again. Cut 2 out of blue fleece.
3. Sew one front and one back piece, right sides together, at the side seams (indicated with yellow lines above. They won’t be sewn together yet…you’ll have two separate front/back pieces.)
4. Then you’ll sew the center front seam from the top of the overalls part down to the crotch on the FRONT and BACK.
5. Then sew the crotch seam from one ankle to the crotch to the other ankle.
The overalls are pretty much done!
6. Cut the straps 8″ wide and about 12″ long. Lightly press the strap in half (on the 8″ side so it’s now 4″ wide). Open and fold the raw edges in to the center (each side is folded in 2″) and then fold the whole thing in half. It’ll be about 2″ wide and 4 layers thick.
7. Sew the straps on the wrong side of the top part of the overalls on the BACK.
8. Try it on your minion and pin the straps to the front so the fit is comfortable. Cut the straps off 2″ below the top of the overalls and sew the buttons in the center of that 2″ overlap space.
9. Sew two button holes on the front of the overalls.
10. Copy and paste the Gru logo image into a Word document and make it about 2″ in diameter. Print it off, cut it out of the paper, trace it onto black felt, cut out of the felt, and sew onto a 4″ x 4″ pocket piece.
11. Sew the pocket with the logo on to the front of the overalls.
MINION SHIRT WITH HAIR
For my older boys, I made two long sleeved, hooded yellow tees with this pattern. I bought some 4XL yellow men’s t-shirts from WalMart for $3 each and made them into smaller shirts for my minions.
For my younger minion, I used a long sleeved yellow tee we already had and sewed a hood into the neck.
OR you can use a yellow beanie hat.
Whatever you decide to do, cut some black pipe cleaners in half and do a zigzag stitch across them in the center to attach them to the hood.
Then bend them up and you have crazy minion hair! I used 3 -4 pipe cleaners cut in half so had 6 – 8 strands of minion hair.
For the glasses, find some plastic dollar store frames – these came with goggly eyes that we took out. Print and cut out the minion goggle template and hot glue it to the front of the glasses.
The finished measurements are about 80″ x 5″. I bought 1/4 yard each of gray and black fleece. Neaten up the cut edges on your two pieces of fleece, and use the whole width.
- From gray fleece
- Cut 13 strips 4.5″ wide
- From black fleece
- Cut 2 strips 3″ wide
- Cut 12 strips 2.5″ wide
Start with the 3″ black strip and sew them together, alternating black with gray. The other 3″ black piece will go on the other end.
Neaten the raw edges and fold right sides together along the length of the scarf. Sew one short end closed, down the long edge, and about 1″ into the other short edge.
Turn inside out and sew the opening closed.
And there are 2 easy costumes for your people! I’m working on a Vector suit for myself, tutorial coming soon…