Elf Halloween Costumes
Our duo stays cozy in no-sew woolly vests, made simply by shrinking and trimming thrift-store sweaters; cutoff sleeves become hats. Of course, the telltale signs of any elf are pointy ears (these are stick-on) and curl-toed shoes (theirs are crafted from painted canvas drop cloths and slip right over regular shoes).
Old sweaters are the foundation of this costume; when you shrink them in the washer and dryer, the wool becomes felted, so it won't unravel when cut. The body of one sweater makes a vest, and the sleeves are used for hats. You can make a vest and hat from one sweater, or shrink two sweaters for different colors. If you don't have any sweaters to shrink, look for them at thrift stores.