Thursday, September 23, 2010

No-Sew Cupcake Costume, and a WINNER!

I am pretty excited about this project. I fell in love with this Pottery Barn Kids Cupcake Costume a couple of months ago, but my little bean was too small for it. Also, it was priced right around $60, which was just more than my costume budget could handle. So, I decided to give it a go myself. I didn't sew even an inch of it, and I am pretty happy with the results!

All you will need are these simple materials:
1) 1 yard of pink fleece
2) 1/2 yard brown felt
3) 6-8 pieces of small felt sheets (red, white, brown)
4) ruffled edging
5) scissors
6) hot glue
7) ribbon
= $18.67
The first thing I did was pull some of my daughter's clothes from her closet to get an idea of sizing. I cut the neck outline using the outline of one of her shirts.
Next, I scalloped the edges of the neck piece and added red, brown and white polka dots (with hot glue of course!)
Then I hot-glued the ruffled edging onto the neckline, in a double layer to create the 'topping.'
After I added the ruffle edging, I realized it would be harder to stretch the top layer off and on my daughter's neck. So, I cut a straight seam down the back, and hot glued simple thin ribbon to create a tie.

I made a second neck layer, slightly wider, following the exact same steps. However, I did not glue any ruffled edging on the bottom layer, so I didn't need to create a seam or tie.

The next step was to create the skirt, or 'cupcake and wrapper.' For this piece, I pulled out one of Lola's dresses to figure out a good width and length. I then cut a piece of the brown felt to size, and hot glued the edges together to create a skirt.
I don't have very many pictures of the process, but I cut 7 inch light brown felt strips to glue onto the skirt. These created the wrapper. I glued them on, side by side, in sort of a picket fence pattern.

To finish the skirt, I added a pink trim to the bottom to make it look a little more finished, and added ruffled straps to make it a jumper that Lola could wear, under the two neck pieces. (All pieces were attached with hot glue, of course!)

For the finishing touch, or 'cherry on top' if you will, was a cherry headband. I am still looking for the perfect 'stem,' so if you have any ideas, let me know! For the part I do have, I created a stuffed red felt ball (sealed with hot glue), and wrapped a double ruffle layer around the outside. I then hot glued both pieces to a thick brown headband we already had.

And, wait for it, wait for it...


Our little cherry cupcake. Isn't she a sweetie? I am a little worried that maybe the 'cupcake' part is a little much for the wrapper, but hey, who doesn't like a little extra frosting right? I might be trimming this part down if the perfectionist in me gets a little too loud.

It was hard to get a good picture of the little cupcake, because she was way too busy. But I wanted you to see the little costume in action, so I hope you enjoy what I did manage to capture.

I'll be linking to these parties this week. Hope you will come and link up with us!

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Happy Thursday!


Chris September 23, 2010 at 6:13 AM  


Sarah @ Modern Country Style September 23, 2010 at 6:17 AM  

That's brilliant crafting. I've just bought a glue gun and whole new crafting world's are opening up to me! I've just posted a Tutroial on Vintage Scrabble Magnets, using my trusty glue gun!

You're daughter looks adorable in her new outfit!.

Julie Kay September 23, 2010 at 6:22 AM  

Wow! The costume looks awesome! How about a red pipe cleaner for the stem?

EYE can make that! September 23, 2010 at 7:14 AM  

That is just the cutest little costume... you did an amazing job! I love it!

Tammy@My Party FIle September 23, 2010 at 7:39 AM  

You had me at "no-sew"! This is so adorable!

Courtney September 23, 2010 at 8:50 AM  

I think it's perfect as is! Not too much frosting at all!

TLF September 23, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

Seriously, the cutest thing ever!

Jade Cook September 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM  


Email address is:

Thanks! I CAN'T WAIT to do this!!!

Fawnda@Fireflies and Jellybeans September 23, 2010 at 9:17 AM  

I like yours better than the PB one... the PB one looked to overdone! yours is nice a simple and cute!

Simply daring model too! :)

Unknown September 23, 2010 at 9:24 AM  

try a green pipe cleader : ) I made a similar costume for my daughter last year and for the whip cream and cherry on top, i used a mini red beach ball and a green glitter pipe cleaner. I used two pipe cleaners to shape one into the stem and the other as a cut leaf on the stem.

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs September 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

So CUTE!! I love it!! You are so creative to do that! Its completely adorable and perfect!!

Maria-Isabel @ Agape Love Designs September 23, 2010 at 10:18 AM  

So CUTE!! I love it!! You are so creative to do that! Its completely adorable and perfect!!

Melissa B. September 23, 2010 at 11:32 AM  

Such a great idea!! felt is always nice to work with too. affordable, don't have to finish edges and you can use hot glue! good thinking!

Tiffany September 23, 2010 at 11:59 AM  

Patrice, that is ridiculously cute and your little sweetie makes it even cuter! LOVE it! So clever to find a way to make your own!

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Leanne September 23, 2010 at 1:57 PM  

I like yours much better and think that your frosting length is perfect! I can't believe you didn't sew it at all! great costume!

ificould September 23, 2010 at 2:07 PM  

So stinkin' cute! My friend has had her eye on the cupcake costume from PBK for a while- featured this post today on my blog! Thanks for sharing your how-to

Kristin (Book Sniffers Anonymous) September 23, 2010 at 3:24 PM  

This is an adorable costume.

Unknown September 23, 2010 at 4:34 PM  

SO amazingly cute!! This is just darling. And as a gal who can't figure out sewing the hot glue sounds great! :)

Jessica September 23, 2010 at 6:13 PM  

Best thing I've seen in a long time..L makes me smile.

Pink Prayer Journal September 23, 2010 at 6:54 PM  

OMG The costume is amazing... you could put those on etsy for 50!! ;)

Anonymous September 23, 2010 at 8:51 PM  

Great costume and what a sweet girl! WOuld love to have you come link up with Make It Fantabulous! on Friday!

Lori@Paisley Passions September 23, 2010 at 11:13 PM  

How stinkin' adorable is that??? SUPER darling! Thanks for sharing your “creative mojo” with me on Thrilling Thursday. I hope you will be back again soon :)
~Lori S.
Thrilling Thursdays @Paisley Passions

Jaedyn September 24, 2010 at 8:07 AM  

I LOVE that you created this whole costume with hot glue! Thanks so much for sharing!

Practically Spent September 24, 2010 at 9:05 AM  

Way, way sweet on the too cute model!!

Sue September 24, 2010 at 4:20 PM  

You did a FABULOUS job! I like it better than the Pottery Barn version:) Adorable!

Krista @ While He Was Napping September 24, 2010 at 5:50 PM  

This is too cute! Wish I had a little girl to make one for. Definitely going into the "for the future" file. Thanks. Came over from Tidy Mom.


Anonymous September 24, 2010 at 7:08 PM  

That's such a fun little costume! :)

Unknown September 24, 2010 at 9:04 PM  

This is so cute! You should link this up to my Sister Sister Sunday party on Sunday!

Kelli September 24, 2010 at 9:51 PM  

That turned out so cute! I love it. I love the cherry on top!

Lei September 24, 2010 at 10:45 PM  

Amazing! What a fun idea!

Andi September 24, 2010 at 11:18 PM  

Awww! how cute is she? What a great costume! Wonder if I could go trick or treating twice this year so I have an excuse to make this? :-)

Meghan September 25, 2010 at 7:37 AM  

Holy Cow! This is awesome.
Do you think my 4yo boy would wanna dress up like this?
Too cute!

Unknown September 26, 2010 at 9:03 PM  

Adorbs!! I love a handmade costume. My girl is 11 and last year was her last year dressing up. I was just recalling yesterday that I'd made all of her costumes except for one.

~ The Speckled Dog

Preppy Pink Crocodile September 26, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

That is so fantastic! Adorable!!

Handy Man, Crafty Woman September 26, 2010 at 9:37 PM  

That is the cutest costume EVER! I love it! She's so cute!

Shayna @ Texas Monkey September 27, 2010 at 9:01 AM  

OH wow that is awesome,my kind of costume, no sewing! :) I love it! I'd love to have you link up at our party and show this off!

Unknown September 27, 2010 at 11:18 AM  

LOVE IT! TOTALLY ADORABLE AND SWEET! best part you didn't sew a stitch. THAT IS MY KINDA A GIRL CRAFTER. I don't sew or own a sewing machine. What you did looks fab, and everyone will think that you did sew it. BRAVO! jen

memakingdo September 27, 2010 at 12:05 PM  

That is so adorable! I would love if you linked it to my linky party!

hmmmm1977 September 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM  

My 3 year old has been telling me she wants to be a cupcake for Halloween for the past month. Her idea was brought to life, thanks to the mailman, bringing the latest issue of pbkids!
Thanks for posting! I think this will be my first homemade halloween costume ever! It looks easy enough to make thanks to your directions too!
I showed her the PB picture and your picture and she likes your costume better! Great job

April September 27, 2010 at 8:41 PM  

That is the cutest thing I've ever seen!

Kyla Armstrong September 28, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

THIS IS AWESOMENESS!!!! Can I share it on my cupcake blog???

Kim -today's creative blog September 28, 2010 at 12:14 PM  

Ok, THAT is a darling little cupcake! So cute! Since I don't have a little girl, maybe I'll dress up like this. :)
Ladies, do me a favor and add a text link back to TCB when participating in Get Your Craft On. Link party pages don't help my SEO. I'm selfish like that. :)

Sumo @ Sumo's Sweet Stuff September 29, 2010 at 12:02 AM  

Thanks for linking up! I'll be featuring your idea on my blog on Saturday!


Two Little Tots October 1, 2010 at 8:18 AM  

I am making 2 of these for Halloween this year for my girls. Thank you, thank, thank you for the step by easy to read and follow.

I will be starting within the next week and if I have any questions, can I email you?

Also, once I am done...I will link back to you!

Thanks again!

Anne October 1, 2010 at 11:08 AM  

This is SO STINKIN CUTE!!! I featured your tutorial in a post on Craft Gossip, scheduled to go live Sunday, October 3 at 11:00 am CST.


Leanne October 2, 2010 at 8:12 PM  

That is so cute, so is the little cutie wearing it.

Marisa October 3, 2010 at 11:27 AM  

That's amazing! It looks great. I would have made it way harder on myself and tried to sew everything. Hot glue--genius idea.

Sweet Harper October 3, 2010 at 5:17 PM  

I have a bit of a Sweet Tooth myself so I am just trying to decide if I want to wear this costume or if I should make it for my sweet girl. Although, now that I think of it, we'd make a super cute cupcake pair! Glad I found your blog & following you on twitter now too!

Anonymous October 4, 2010 at 11:46 AM  

I made the same costume from the PB catalog but I sewed mine - wish I would have seen this first so I could have just glued it! Your skirt is much easier than the way I figured out mine on the sewing machine. Anyway - I will tell you what I did for the stem. I wrapped a strip of green felt around a pipe cleaner and glued it down. Then I snipped a tiny hole in the 'cherry' and just pushed it through. Easy as pie.

Laura Bray October 4, 2010 at 2:11 PM  

So cute! What genius! October 5, 2010 at 10:51 AM  

Aww, I love your version! And I would love to link to this post if you didn't mind.

leemeandthegirls October 5, 2010 at 7:28 PM  

Just wanted you to know I featured your craft on my blog tonight. :) YOu can check it out here:

Shelley Dawn October 7, 2010 at 11:37 AM  

I am featuring your post on my blog.

Your poject is totally awesome!

NaptimeCraftMommy October 9, 2010 at 6:00 PM  

I made this for my daughter- do you have a Flikr group or an email so I can send you a pic? It's darling! :) Thank you for the super easy tutorial. I couldn't help myself though.. I HAD to sew a lot of it! LOL!

Unknown October 9, 2010 at 9:23 PM  

This is so sweet! I wish my daughter was still little enough. I would totally make this. I would love it is you would link this post on my Halloween Costume linky party.

Andrea @ October 10, 2010 at 9:40 PM  

I'm in love with this costume! I hope you'll stop by this week and link up to my Halloween Costume Tutorial link up at The Train To Crazy!

Shelya October 11, 2010 at 8:28 PM  

I love this and am definitely making it, but I need a coordinating outfit for my other daughter (probably the 1 year old)... can anyone figure out how to make the PBK milk costume? Or a donut? Or something else that would go with a cupcake?

Unknown October 15, 2010 at 1:12 PM  

This is the cutest cupcake I've seen. I'm sharing your post with my readers today.

Shelley Dawn October 18, 2010 at 12:56 PM  

Yay! I finished my costume!

Christina October 22, 2010 at 8:03 AM  

YEAH!!! I saw the same Pottery barn kids costume, I asked my daughter what she wanted to be for Halloween ....of course, a cupcake. haha I LOVE your costume!! Thank you so much for the idea...BRILLIANT!!

Michelle {Daydream Believers} October 23, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

ADORABLE! :) I am featuring this tutorial on my blog today

Have a GREAT day! :) M*

Momma October 31, 2010 at 10:55 PM  

I used this tutorial to make the cupcake costume for my daughter this year! THANK YOU! Here it is...

I love how it turned out!

KatieO November 1, 2010 at 10:00 PM  

Your tutorial came just in time to inspire me to make my own. I had even blogged about wanting to find a way to make the PB cupcake did that for me :) And I used your tutorial to make my own as well!

Heather Nicole November 4, 2010 at 11:52 PM  

Love this! I made my daughter a cupcake costume based on your tutorial!

Thanks so much! oh....and i blogged about it!

Michal (Skeletons Out of Closet) February 8, 2011 at 3:22 AM  

It's perfect!
I want to have a baby girl so I could make her this costume!

Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 12:47 PM  

Saw the Pottery Barn one and then a blogging friend linked me over to you! Love this and think I'll try out my crafting skills.


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Mommyof2girlz/StephD October 1, 2011 at 5:41 PM  

Oh my goodness this is adorably sweet! Wonder if I can entice one of my girls to be a cupcake for Halloween instead of a

Tai Bender October 1, 2011 at 8:28 PM  

Oh wow is this ever cute? LOVE

Maysem October 2, 2011 at 9:37 AM  

This is awesome!! Pinning it!!

Maysem @

Billy and Sarah October 2, 2011 at 5:02 PM  

So super cute! I was planning on "winging it" with the PB costume as my inspiration for my 4 yr old. Her favorite book is, "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake", so she's going to be a cupcake with sprinkles. Now I don't have to figure it all out on my own!

Freetime October 12, 2011 at 6:40 AM  

BEAUTIFUL!!!!! i love this cupcake!!!! :)))

Mary Ellen October 22, 2011 at 12:04 PM  

This is awesome! Thank you so much for sharing your creation... I'm off to the fabric store -I'll be making 2 for my twins, one purple frosted, the other pink. Gosh, I love love love love this design!

Amy October 25, 2011 at 6:15 PM  

Thank you so much for this tutorial! :) I made it for my daughter and I can't wait for her to wear it. So adorable and so creative!

Unknown October 30, 2011 at 11:11 PM  

Hi. I found your post on Pinterest and I just absolutely loved it! I knew as soon as I saw that little cupcake costume, that that was what my daughter was going to be for Halloween. Thank you so much for the inspiration! I have posted pictures of what I made and featured your link as my inspiration.

Asteroidea August 20, 2012 at 7:40 AM  

So cute! I love your concept :)

Maybe for a stem you could use a pipe cleaner and then bend it a little to form a stem.

Jaimee @ Havenwood House of Boys October 10, 2012 at 3:22 PM  

This is so adorable!! I'm including this in a 13 for Halloween: Homemade Costumes roundup on my blog this week, with one pic and a link back to this post. Thanks for the great inspiration : )

Kim Vij October 21, 2012 at 9:58 AM  

This is such an adorable costume and I love that it's no sew. We'd love for you to share it on our Homemade Costume Parade. Here's the link.

Unknown October 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM  

This is tooo cute

Unknown May 8, 2013 at 3:40 PM  

So cute. I think a candle Might be a cute hat too.

Unknown May 8, 2013 at 3:41 PM  

So cute. I think a candle Might be a cute hat too.

Kissing Kin October 3, 2015 at 9:14 PM  

Very creative. Kudos!

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