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Fleece Costume

A wonderfully practical material, fleece is ideal for making imaginative costumes that will keep children warm and cozy while they hunt for candy.




This whimsical creation, brought to us by Martha Stewart Living television stylist Cindy Treen, requires little more in the way of supplies than scissors, glue, and our downloadable leaf template; the costume is meant to be worn over street clothes.


  • Fleece in brown and three shades of green
  • Paper scissors
  • Leaf template
  • Fabric glue
  • Straight pins


  1. Step 1

    For the cape, cut a large brown fleece rectangle to about 20 by 40 inches.

  2. Step 2

    Using our downloadable leaf template, cut out leaf shapes in three shades of green: 16 light-green leaves, 22 medium-green leaves, and 25 dark-green leaves. Glue the leaves to the cape, in overlapping rows, covering the brown. Leave some of the brown showing where the collar will be.

  3. Step 3

    To make a toggle closure for the cape, roll a 2-by-4-inch piece of brown fleece to resemble a twig, and secure it closed with glue. Cut out a small leaf, and glue it to the end of the small "twig."

  4. Step 4

    Fold the top of the cape down to make small collar; secure with glue. Where the two edges of the cape overlap in the front, cut a 1-inch buttonhole on the top overlap. Glue the base of the "twig" onto the right side of the opposite flap so that it lines up with the buttonhole; let dry, and pull the leaf toggle through hole.

  5. Step 5

    To make the tree hat, cut out five leaves, and arrange them in a circular form flat on a table; pin together. Glue the leaves in place, leaving room at the very top for a fabric twig; remove pins. Make two twigs, using the same technique used in step

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Reviews (2)

  • letmeeatcake 20 Sep, 2011

    The photo for the fleece costumes does not depict the costume in the instructions. The instructions for the blue jay costume are not included anywhere on this website. Where is the attention to detail, Martha? Frustrating.

  • d2dodie 24 Oct, 2008

    Can anyone help me with the directions for the bird hat? Seems as though the hat in the directions is just for the leaf hat. I have tried a couple of things on my own, but the fleece just doesn't seem to be stiff enough to work.