Two of my boys are way into ninja’s lately and they really wanted to be ninja’s for Halloween. We were at the dollar store one day and they picked out some ninja masks and some weapons to bring home, and they begged me to make them some costumes to go with them. A DIY ninja costume? Easiest thing ever! If you have a pair of solid sweats and some fabric strips you’re all set! My boys had long sleeve shirts and since I was buying fabric for the strips anyway I figured I would just sew them some simple pants rather than buy them sweats.
*Note: If you don’t find a ninja hood, you could either whip one up I’m sure, or just wrap some fabric over their head leaving their eyes and nose exposed and tie it around the forehead with a coordinating fabric strip.
DIY Ninja Costume
How to make super easy pants
This is how I make my kids pajama pants out of sheets, how I made my Oliver’s scrub pants and how I make piles of pants for my daughter’s American Girl Doll. You can easily adapt this for any size if you just have a pair of pants that fit the person you are making them for.
- Fold your fabric and your pants length wise. Place your pants on the fabric with the crotch of the pants facing away from the fold, and the legs lining up with the fold of the fabric. (*crotch is an ugly word).
- Cut around pants leaving a seam allowance on all sides, including a little extra space on top for waistband, and a little extra room on the bottom for the hem. Cut a second piece exactly the same way.
- Open your pieces of fabric and lay them on top of one another right sides facing. Pin the crotch and sew the crotch only on both sides all the way up to the top of the waist.
- Open your fabric with the crotch seams in the middle (see how they resemble pants now?)
- Sew up the legs on both sides (if you are making these for a small doll or smallish person, you will want to sew the hem in the pants before this step, or heaven help you try to do it after the legs are all sewn up!)
- Roll the waistband down and sew all the way around, leaving a small opening.
- Cut your elastic to the size that will fit around the waist comfortably and a tiny bit extra for overlapping. Use a safety pin to thread elastic through waistband.
- Overlap the ends of the elastic and pin on either side, sew elastic into pants, and sew up the hole that you left for the elastic.
- Hem the pants (I totally skipped this step on these pants since I am just wrapping them up with strips of fabric and I got a knit fabric that doesn’t fray).
For the costume, I just tied a belt on and strips around their arms and legs, gave them each a weapon and let them loose.
There’s a lot of hi-ya’in around these parts at the moment…beware of the ninja brothers!