What could be cuter than a little ladybug? A little ladybug that you made yourself!
This DIY costume takes 1-2 hours to make, depending on how you do it. You’ll need black pants, a red long-sleeved shirt or onesie, and black felt, fabric, or duct tape, plus scissors and a pencil or pen. A small glass or cup or a compass, plus a piece of cardboard to make a circle pattern, are also helpful.
The most time-consuming part of this costume is first tracing, and then cutting out, all the circles; depending on the size of your ladybug, you’ll probably want around 18-24 black spots altogether. I made them out of felt for nine-month-old Kimmie, and then reused them with a larger shirt a few years later for eighteen-month-old Essie. Once you’ve got all your circles cut, just baste them onto the shirt loosely with large black stitches, so they’ll be easy to remove later.
If you want to save time and don’t care about reusing the spots, you can also buy black felt with adhesive already on the back, or pre-cut black felt spots (though the largest I could find were 1.5 inches in diameter; the ones I made for our costumes were closer to 2 inches across).
If you’re a stickler for details, you’ll want to sew them on in a symmetrical pattern, since this is how ladybugs look in nature, as my scientifically-minded husband pointed out to me AFTER I’d sewn them all over Kimmie’s red onesie. (I did an internet search for images of ladybugs, and sure enough, they all had symmetrical spots; who knew? You learn something new every day.) When I redid the costume a couple of years later, I made sure to put the spots on Essie’s shirt in a Daddy- and nature-approved pattern.
A red or black hat is optional; if you use one, you can pin a black pipe-cleaner on top (or poke it through the holes, if your hat is crocheted or knitted) to serve as antennae. Or, if your kiddo will stand for it, you could put antennae on a headband (my girls always preferred hats to headbands). This costume is very easy to make for adults, too, so you can match your little one for trick-or-treating, if you like.