How to make your own Halloween skeleton costume

Hey Ghosties and Ghouls!

Can you believe that it’s October already? When did that happen? On the plus side, it’s the month of Halloween and I have a few spooky projects under my cape for you!

First up is my costume ready for a Halloween party. It’s the Skeleton!

how to make a skeleton costume

Shopping list:-

  • Black long sleeved top
  • Black trousers
  • Heat transfer vinyl - I am using HappyGlitter in White and Red for the heart. Available here
  • Iron
  • Grease Proof Paper
  • Scissors
  • A large bit of paper

How to make your costume

  • First up, draw around your T-shirt on a large bit of paper, so you can draw your pattern pieces to the right size.
  • Once you are happy with your skeleton design, cut out the paper pieces.
  • Use these paper pieces as your stencil to draw around onto the back of the heat transfer vinyl.

skeleton costume template

  • Cut out the vinyl pieces and place them in the correct order to one side.
  • Give your T-shirt a pre-press.

(Look at the Heat Fabric DIY sheet for heat settings)

  • Place the vinyl bones into place on the T-shirt facing the right way up. (Glitter side up!)
  • Once you are happy with your placement carefully cover the vinyl over with greaseproof paper or baking paper.

skeleton costume with iron

  • Then with your iron apply pressure for 10-15 seconds.
  • Then peel off your plastic carrier. If you are adding a heart like I have, make sure you fuse this on first and remover the carrier before adding the bones on top.
  • And there you have it, your body of bones.
  • Repeat all step for your arms and trouser legs.

We would love to see your handmade Halloween costumes. Send us pictures over to with the subject title ‘HappyHalloween’ to be in with a chance of winning some goodies!

Heat transfer vinyl used in this project was HappyGlitter in White for the bones and Red for the heart. Available here

how to make a skeleton costume


Happy Halloween HF Crafters

Marnie x

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