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Homemade Kids’ Cowboy Costume

Halloween costumes don’t have to be expensive or come from a box.  With a little ingenuity, you can create a unique costume without spending a fortune.  After a shopping trip to my local Family Dollar, I came up with a homemade Halloween costume that your little cowpoke will love. What do you get when you combine a bandana, a clothesline, and a dishtowel?  A wrangling cowboy costume, of course! 

While this version is no-sew, you can easily spiff it up with a quick run through the sewing machine if you have one.  And for under $10 at your Family Dollar store, you’ll not only have a costume but also have leftover household goods you can use well after Halloween is over.

Wranglin’ Kids’ Cowboy Costume

Note: This dishtowel vest fits up to a size 2T.  For older children, you can use larger sized towels cut to size.  Also, cutting the dishtowel does create some shedding.  If you have a sewing machine, taking a few minutes to sew the raw edges will prevent that.  If not, we can live with a little shedding in the name of protecting the Wild West, right?

Materials (all can be found at Family Dollar):

Brown dishtowels



Wild Ranger Gun Set

Hook and Loop Tape in Black

Step One:  Fold dishtowel in half as shown.


Step Two:  On the top fold, cut out a space for the neck of the vest.  Then, cut up the middle of the towel, from the bottom to the neck hole as shown.


Step Three:  Leaving space for the arms near the top, attach self adhesive hook and loop tape vertically down each side edge to create a side seam, keeping the two sides together. (This step makes it more of a vest and less of a poncho.)

Step Four: (optional, because it does cause the terrycloth towel to shed a bit) If desired, cut a two inch long fringe across the bottom of the vest.

Step Five:  Coil the rope, and wrap the end around a few times to hold it together.  Be sure to supervise young children when they are holding the rope.

Step Six:  Dress your wrangler in the vest.  Add the bandana and gun set.  Place the coiled rope around one shoulder and prepare to giddy-up.

If you happen to have a cowboy hat and horse, all the better.  But as you can see, for under $10 and under 15 minutes our cowgirl had a costume I’m going to have to wrangle off of her because she loves it so much she doesn’t want to take it off.   If you have two cowpokes at home, this will actually make two costumes as long as you get an extra bandana and gun set.  Not too bad for a quick trip to Family Dollar and a few minutes of your time.  Ride ‘em, Cowgirl!

By Carrie

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