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Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume

By: Jane Monzures for
Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume
Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume
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Make a super darling Jack-O-Lantern costume with materials you already have at home! If you're on the hunt for easy Halloween costumes to make at home, look no further than this Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume. An orange pillowcase and green ribbon are your basic building blocks for an ultra easy costume to make from the comfort of your living room. This is a particularly great costume for kids because they can wear warm clothing underneath easily. It's always so sad when you have to cover a costume with jackets, so make sure that costume is on the outside with this darling project!

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening


Primary TechniqueSewing



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • Orange pillowcase
  • Green ribbon
  • Black felt
  • An old folder
  • Chalk
  • Fabric glue


  1. At the opening end of the pillowcase, cut two 2 inch slits on the side seam. This is where you'll thread the ribbon through the hole and out the other side to create the neck of the costume. The green ribbon is the stem of the pumpkin.

  2. To make the arm holes, measure five inches from the neckline and cut an opening four inches long. 

  3. Cinch the top and tie a bow with the green ribbon.

  4. Cut out a stencil drawing of eyes, nose, and a mouth for the pumpkin face from the folder. It can be as traditional or funny as you'd like the face to be.

  5. Trace your stencils with chalk onto the felt and cut out the face. Position it in the center of the pillowcase and use fabric glue to attach it. 

  6. Cut off the bottom of the pillowcase and hem it using a liquid stitch or by sewing it. 

  7. Add a few stitches to gather the lower left and right sides of the pillowcase to create a ruche gathering to make the curve of the pumpkin.

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