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Little Red Riding Hoodie Costume

Source: The Martha Stewart Show, October 2008


Embrace the charm of the classic storybook character with this easy-to-make hoodie costume.


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  • Red hoodie

  • Fabric glue

  • Needle and thread (optional)

  • Scissors

  • Eyelet trim

  • Clothespins

  • Clamps

  • Brown yarn

  • Measuring tool

  • Red grosgrain ribbon

  • Red fabric, about 22-by-22 inches or larger

  • String, about one yard

  • Tailor chalk or fabric-marking pencil

  • Dinner plate

  • Iron-on hem tape


  1. Sew or glue eyelet trim to hoodie, all around hood and over zipper. Hold in place with clothespins until dry.

  2. To create the braids, measure three 3-yard strands of yarn. Fold the three strands in half. Tie a small piece of yarn around the top, near the loop, to create one 6-strand bundle of yarn. Repeat twice to make 3 bundles. Tie the three bundles together at the top. Clamp the bundles to table or stable surface and braid. Tie red grosgrain ribbon to bottom of braid. Repeat to make a second braid.

  3. Glue braids to inside bottom of hood.

  4. To make the cape, start with a piece of red fabric that is at least 22-by-22 inches. Create a compass by tying a piece of string to tailor chalk. Hold the string at a point 20 inches from the chalk, place in a corner of the fabric, and draw an arc on the fabric with the chalk. Use a plate to trace the neckline. Cut the cape from the fabric.

  5. Use iron-on hem tape to keep the edges of the cape from fraying. Glue eyelet trim to the bottom of the cape. Secure neckline of cape around base of hood with fabric glue.

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