DIY Red Riding Hood Costume

Hello Everyone!

I am so excited to share this post with you today. I have been trying to plan a good costume DIY to share with you for a few weeks now, and yesterday I thought of the perfect one 🙂 My sister is having a Halloween Party in a few weeks time and I have been stuck on what to wear for awhile, so I thought why not write about it as well! As you know I have been loving Pretty Little Liars over the past month and as I watching some PLL inspired costume videos, I had the great idea to be Red Coat. However, I don’t own any leather gloves and lack the long blonde hair so I sat down to have a think about what I could be instead..and then it hit me. Little Red Riding Hood! The cloak would be so simple to make and there was no need to buy any other items as they would be hidden buy the cloak anyway. So with that being said, let’s get started!

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You Will Need:

  • Red Fabric of your choice (I used 1.4m × 1.7m fleece, but it ended up being quite short so I would recommend you get at least 2m×2m)
  • Scissors
  • A hooded sweatshirt
  • Red Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Ribbon or Cord

What To Do:

  1. Lay out your fabric on a flat surface and fold one end over the top about 40cm in width. This is to create two identical pieces for the hood.
  2. Using your sweatshirt as a pattern, trace around the hood, leaving about 1cm for seam allowance (this is all the space I needed, as fleece does not fray).
  3. Cut along the lines you have made, ensuring you cut through both layers of fabric. Pin along the back seam of your hood and sew together carefully.
  4. To make the cloak, I carefully made sure all the edges of my fabric were straight and roughly folded the fabric diagonally to create a triangle.
  5. Fold the fabric in half once more to create a small triangle and using the top point of the triangle (where all the folded points meet), cut a curved line about 4cm from the top and remove the point.
  6. Unfold the fabric and you should have a small circle in the centre, just big enough to fit your head in to.
  7. Using one of the corners as a guide, carefully fold your fabric in half diagonally, and cut a slit down one section. This is to create the front of the cloak.
  8. Pin the bottom of the hood to the neck line of the cloak, right sides together and sew along this line.
  9. Fold all the raw edges 1cm onto the inside of the cloak, pin in place and sew to create a hem.
  10. The final step is to carefully attach the ribbon or cord of your choice around the neckline of the cloak. (I chose to sew a black ribbon on for a bit of contrast).

You are now ready to model your cloak and beware of the big bad wolf! 🙂 I plan to wear a black dress and black boots under my cloak as I really want it to stand out. I hope you enjoyed this DIY and would love to see if any of you re-create it! You can find my social media sites on my links page 🙂

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