DIY Western Costume With Spurs

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DIY Western Costume With Spurs
Spurs are the finishing touch of a great Western costume. (Pair of rusty spurs image by rider from Fotolia.com)

Cowboy, cowgirl and western outfits are popular Halloween costumes for men, women and children alike. As a result, these costumes are easily found online or in a store. However, store-bought costumes can be expensive. Fortunately, it's easy to make a homemade western costume, complete with spurs. The spurs may seem challenging to re-create, but they are actually the simplest part of the costume. With some basic sewing skills, anybody can make a homemade western costume and spurs.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Brown T-shirt
  • Thread
  • Needle or sewing machine
  • White, long-sleeve T-shirt
  • Jeans
  • Red fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Elastic
  • Hot glue gun
  • Silver spray paint
  • Brown shoes
  • Toy gun
  • Cowboy hat

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn a brown T-shirt inside out. Cut the sleeves and collar off the T-shirt and cut the shirt open in the front all the way down the middle. This will form the vest.

  2. 2

    Fold over the edges of the arm holes, collar and front opening of the vest 1/2 inch. Sew the folds in place, tucking the raw edges of fabric under the seam as you go.

  3. 3

    Pair the vest with a white, long-sleeve shirt and a pair of jeans.

  4. 4

    Cut out a triangular piece of red fabric that is 24 inches long at the base and 12 inches wide in the middle.

  5. 5

    Fold the edges of the triangle over 1/2 inch and sew the folds in place, tucking the raw edges under as you go. Tie this piece of fabric around your neck as a bandanna.

  6. 6

    Cut a star shape out of a piece of cardboard. The star shape should be about 2 inches wide. Cut a piece of elastic that is just long enough to wrap around your ankle.

  7. 7

    Sew the ends of the elastic together, forming a ring. Hot glue one of the points of the cardboard star to the elastic ring, allowing the opposite point of the star to stick out away from the elastic.

  8. 8

    Spray paint the cardboard and elastic silver. Repeat this process for the other spur. Wear the spurs around your ankles. Pair the costume with a pair of brown shoes and a cowboy hat, and carry around a toy gun as a prop.

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