DIY {No Sew} Indian Costume



I have a SUPER EASY, no sew, DIY Halloween costume tutorial for you guys today. This is best suited for children’s costumes, unless you wanted to cut your shirt and have a midriff and short skirt, which I don’t recommend. Let’s not use Halloween as an excuse to wear 3/4′s less clothing.

Ok, let’s do this! All you need is:

*1 Adult sized T-Shirt in brown, or a color of your choice¬†(I used a women’s small)


*20 minutes

*Cute Kid

THAT’S IT!! This should cost you $5 or less. Michaels sells T-Shirts in every color for $5 (plus you can use a 40% coupon practically year round)


Begin by cutting the bottom hem off the shirt (SAVE IT, it will become the belt)

Cut 3″ slits every 1-2″ along the bottom.

DSC_0834Tie a knot at the top of each piece of fringe. Pull and stretch each piece to create thin, curled strips like mine.

Cut off the sleeves of your shirt. Save the sleeves if you plan to use them as shoe covers.

DSC_0836Cut the sleeves apart (as pictured above)

DSC_0837Lay one “sleeve” back up, and leave the other sleeve down to create a one-shoulder look. Cut the folded over material into strips, and repeat on the back of the shirt.

DSC_0839Tie knots at the top of each strip, as you did along the bottom. Tie two pieces of fringe together on the left side to create a shoulder strap. You will tie the right side of the dress together (under your child’s armpit, if you want a one-shoulder strap look) after the dress is on, which will allow you to customize the fit.

CamrynIndian2Use the bottom hem that you saved to make a belt.

My daughter doesn’t have long enough hair for “Pocahontas braids”, so I gave her pigtails instead, and threw on a brown headband. If you don’t have a headband, cut a strip from your leftover shirt scraps, and tie one on.

Optional Accessories (Photos of optional accessories below):

*Feathers for the headband

*Moccasins (We used Freshly Picked Moccs)

*Beads for fringe

If you do not have “Indian themed” shoes, don’t worry. You can use the leftover sleeves, cut slits in them, and tie them around your child’s ankles to create a fringe over ANY pair of shoes.


Cut the end (wrist section) of the sleeves, leaving about 4″ for fringe


Cut 4″ slits, and pull/stretch each piece of fabric to create long, curled pieces of fringe

DSC_0815Slip those bad boys onto your ankle, and viola! You could wear these over any pair of shoes, or flip-flops.

I already owned the shirt, so this project was 100% FREE for me, but again, Michaels sells basic shirts in a variety of colors for very, very cheap. You could substitute the brown shirt for lime green and make this a Tinkerbell costume, or use an orange shirt for a Flintstones inspired outfit as well.

Camryn decided she wanted to add feathers to her headband, and beads onto each piece of fringe (which was a long and tedious job for mom) so here she was at our local Halloween festival wearing her colorful version.

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Do NOT try to steal a girls chocolate.

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The beads and feathers only cost me $4 at Michaels, and I have a TON leftover for future projects.

She’s still insisting on being Buzz Lightyear Halloween night, and is making my husband and I be Jessie and Woody, and our dog is Bullseye. Should be interesting.

Hope you all enjoyed this quick and easy, last minute Halloween DIY !

What are y’all dressing as for Halloween? Maybe we should do a contest on Facebook, and y’all can submit your costumes, and we can all vote for our favorite. Any prize ideas? Leave me a comment below with your ideas!

XO – Samantha

My Weekend

Happy Monday! Hope everyone had a lovely weekend. Me and my little family spent the weekend at home, relaxing, after getting rained in. I guess summer here in Texas is finally coming to an end.

If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this picture of Camryn with all her pumpkins.

photoWell here’s where all those pumpkins ended up.

photo (2)Do you see my peeping toms?!

I saw this picture on Pinterest, and I think the little mice would be the perfect addition to my steps on Halloween.

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Camryn and I were feeling festive on Friday and spent the afternoon doing Halloween crafts. I found the wooden masks from Michaels for a dollar, and we already owned the paints, so our project was only $1. Hours of entertainment = a good $1 investment.


IMG_2780On Saturday we baked sugar cookies and decorated them with a LOT of sprinkles.

DSC_0784 DSC_0793Then we ran by H&M for a few minutes and I came across these cute little gold bangles, which I decided needed a good home. ;-) The gorgeous tassel bracelet is from Bip & Bop.

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The rest of my sunday was spent organizing my closet, which you guys will see pictures of later this week.

Stay tuned for tomorrows post on my favorite beauty products under $10.

XO – Samantha


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