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Sunday, August 18, 2013

DIY Pascal Halloween Costume

Last year I was incredibly excited to send my girls off on Halloween for their very first trick-or-treating experience as sisters. It was about this time a year ago when 3-year-old Whitney absolutely adored Disney's Tangled. I vividly remember her request to watch that movie 2-3 times on some days. She asked for Rapunzel dolls for gifts, and always pretended that her daddy was Flynn Rider and I was Mother. She would stand on her bed with me sitting on the floor below and I would call up, “Rapunzel! Let down your hair!” Then I’d break out into a chorus of Mother Knows Best (listen to your mother…) Therefore, it was no surprise to me when upon asking her what she wanted to be for Halloween, she quickly responded, “Rapunzel!”

All the role playing we did in the spirit of the movie fed into Kennedy (then one-year-old) dressing up as Rapunzel’s cute little side-kick and over-protective chameleon, Pascal. While Rapunzel was fairly easy for me to pull together, Pascal was a tad more challenging to scheme up. I scoured the web for a Pascal costume only to find one that was the closest to a chameleon, let alone Pascal. I found that costume at an adorable little Etsy shop called DreamDesign. However, at over $100 including shipping, I couldn’t swing it. So I had to go DIY.

DIY Pascal Halloween Costume  erinbettis.com

Let me first note two important things. Thing One: I have never sewn anything in my life before this project. In fact, I asked for a sewing machine for Christmas seven years ago because I was about to get married and wanted to play good little house wife (which apparently meant sewing stuff), and the very first time I opened up the box to sew was for this very project. Therefore, anyone with even a novice DIY sewing background can create this costume. Thing Two: I had no pattern, I just winged the whole thing. Thing Three: (Yeah, I guess there’s another disclaimer.) Some of the photos you see during the DIY process were taken quickly on my iPhone. So, I hope it’s not too challenging to follow. Now, come along. Let’s make a Pascal costume.

  • Footed hoodie one piece pajamas in green. I found mine at FootedPajamas.com
  • One yard of matching green felt. (Pascal is tinted with several shades of green, so you can get away with the felt being slightly different than than the pjs.)
  • Poly-Fill Craft/Pillow Stuffing
  • One wire hanger
  • Scissors
  • Black marker or fabric pen
  • Two large white pom poms
  • Two larger brown buttons
  • Two smaller black buttons
  • One large safety pin
  • Needle, thread, sewing machine
  • (Optional) Varying shades of green felt leaves.
  • One long roll of sticky Velcro (You need both the hard, prickly side and the soft, adhering side.)

Step One: Creating the Tail
Fold your yard of felt in half. With your marker or fabric pen, trace out the shape of your tail and cut it out. Save the remaining felt for later. I trimmed mine down to about 25" – 30" for 12-month size footed pajamas.

DIY Pascal Halloween Costume Tail  erinbettis.com
Fold the fabric in half down the length of the tail with the dull-side out and sew along the edge leaving the bottom/widest part open to be able to fill with stuffing; like you’re sewing a seam for a pillow.

Turn it inside out and fill with stuffing. Take your wire hanger and straighten it out. Slide it down through the stuffing. You may want to use the hanger to push the stuffing down into the tip of the tail. Once you have the stuffing and wire pushed in all the way to the tip, curve the tail to your liking. I decided to curve the tail with the seam up because the scales will cover some of the seam at the top/base of the tail; the seam won't be as visible toward the curled end of the tail.

Lastly, I sewed the opening at the base straight across to keep the stuffing in and to complete the tail.

Step Two: Creating the Eyes
Place the smaller-sized black buttons inside the larger brown buttons. Hand sew these onto each large white pom pom as if you’re sewing buttons onto a shirt. Then, hand-sew your eyes onto the hood of the footed pajamas. I had Kennedy try on the pajamas prior to sewing them on for proper placement.


Step Three: Creating the Scales
With your leftover felt, fold your fabric in half, then trace and cut out the shape of scales. Next, open up the fold of the piece you just made, and cut along the fold so that there are two identical pieces to make one scale.

Optional: I found a package felt leaves at my local craft store that included pairs of varying shades of green. Therefore, what I did instead of the above step was to simply match up my leaf pair with no folding, tracing or cutting. For a 12-month size costume, I had 7 total scales (or 14 individual pieces.)

Next, grab a felt pair and match it up evenly. Thread right through the middle to attach them together. I made my stich about 0.5in above the bottom of the scale. Do this for all of your scales.

Once they’re stitched together, grab your Velcro. Cut small strips of Velcro. It is easiest to adhere both sides of your Velcro together prior to cutting so that the sides match in length.

Open the base of the stitched scale and stick a piece of Velcro there. Place the other side of your Velcro onto the Pajamas where you want the scale to go. I simply eye-balled where I wanted the scales placed. I started at the base of the back of the hood and finished down the tail.


Step Four: Attaching the Tail to the Pajamas
I wasn’t sure how Kennedy was going to like that tail, and I wanted a quick and easy solution to remove it in case it got in the way of a my tiny toddler. Therefore, I attached the tail with a large safety pin from the outside of the pajamas, but underneath the tail for safety. If you have an older child, I recommend pinning from the inside to hold it in place more securely, or perhaps just sew the darn thing on for better security and aesthetic appeal. Mine hung a little lower than I would have liked. Do what works and looks best to you.

She actually loved wearing this.

We went to a Halloween birthday party and later trick-or-treated as a group that night, and Rapunzel and her trusty side-kick Pascal were a hit. No one could believe that I DIYed my way through this costume. And for a non-sewer like me, I couldn’t believe it either. This was a fun project that took about a weekend to complete, but gave us memories for a lifetime.

October, 2012.


If you have additional tips or sewing tricks, please feel free to share them in the comments below. If you created your own Pascal costume using this design, I’d love to see photos of your hard work.

DIY Pascal Halloween Costume from erinbettis.com

Erin Bettis


  1. Haha, that's so adorable! Great job on the costume! It came out great. What's next for this year?

    1. Big E,

      Thanks! The tentative plan is The Littler Mermaid for this year; Whitney as Ariel and Kennedy as Sebastian. Haha. I just cant help myself.

      - EB

  2. Awe, that sounds like such a cute idea!!!! Can't wait to see pics :).

  3. Wow this is brilliant! You must be really creative Erin

    1. Natalie,

      Thank you. I get it from my mom, Patricia. :)

      - EB

  4. Oh, my goodness!! That is adorable! I can't believe you've never sewed before. Wow! Very impressive! Your children are adorable in their costumes and what sweet memories for you and them.

    Thank you for linking up on my Tuesday, Counting Our Blessings link up! It added another blessing to my week!


    1. Hi Julie,

      Thanks for stopping by! Your linky party was very well organized, and easy to navigate.

      - EB

  5. Umm this is PRECIOUS! Thank you so much for sharing it at our What We Love Wednesdays link up party :) I can't wait to see the rest of your ideas!

    1. Rachel,

      Thank you for the kind words. I'll be sure to stop by your site again next Wednesday.

      - EB

  6. Oh Wow! What a cute little pascal! So gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    And Sew We Craft

    1. Hi Amy,

      Thanks so much for stopping by and for the kind words! :)

      - EB

  7. Gosh darn it that's cute! And everyone must be doing it for Halloween this year because those jammies are SOLD OUT!! :(

    1. Hello JAPelicano,

      Thank you for stopping by today. As of this morning, the infant, toddler and kids' sizes in the emerald green and olive green hoodie footed pjs are indeed sold out at FootedPajamas.com. It seems they were running a really great sale!

      Therefore, I found a one-size-fits-most Fuzzy Frog at www.JumpinJammerz.com:

      Also, the other closest green footed pj I found is on amazon.com:

      However, you may want to DIY dye your footed hoodie. Buy a white, off-white or cream colored footed hoodie pj. Get some green Rit Dye from your local craft store, and turn that white pj into a beautiful shade of green. For more instructions on how to do that, I found them here: http://www.ehow.com/how_6939633_dye-fabric-green.html

      Happy crafting!
      - EB

  8. Oh my...this costume (and baby) are just adorable...great job! This would be great to link-up to Create It Thursday #22…it's live now! Hope to see you there!

  9. I am having the hardest time finding even white hooded pajamas to dye for 18 months. Any ideas?

    1. Hi there and thanks for stopping by.

      The great thing about Pascal is that he's a chameleon, and chameleons turn many shades! :)

      I found a dark blue footed hoodie in size 18-months. What I suggest is to keep it blue or try turning it a dark green with Rit Dye. I even used dark blue as the color of some of my scales on the back of my costume. I really think this could work out, although you may need to try the Rit Dye twice to get it green enough. Or, you can try yellow (or another lighter color) and dye it green. I think you'll still get the effect you're looking for.

      Here is the website I found the pjs: http://www.pajamagram.com/SellGroup/hoodie-footie-for-infants-blue.aspx

      I hope this helps.

      - EB

  10. I'm actually making one currently in the works using Carter's hooded jumpsuit that I dyed green using RIT

    1. Thank you Erin for all of your tips and for sharing your ideas!!! Your costume looks great!!

    2. Hi Gen,

      Thanks for stopping by and for the tip about using the Carter's hooded jumpsuit. What a great idea! :)

      - EB

  11. i love this costume! Would you be willing to sell it? if so contact me at dbratt444@comcast.net

    1. Hi Danette,

      Thank you for stopping by and for your inquiry. The costume is no longer for sale.

      Take care,
      - EB

  12. Great job! I've been looking for the white Pom poms for the eyes and can't find any big enough. Where did you find yours?

    1. Hi Jenna,

      I found the large white pom poms for the eyes at Hobby Lobby. If you don't have that store near you, try any craft store.

      Good luck,

  13. Erin, I LOVE your idea to use hooded footie pajamas for this costume! Genius! I ordered some for my little guy's costume as well. I've been bouncing back and forth between your page and Ashley's at Make It and Love It, using bits and pieces of both of your tutorials! THANK YOU for sharing your talent! I'm seriously so excited for Halloween, and my little man is loving his costume so far. Thanks again! :)

    1. Brittany,

      I'm glad you found this helpful. Cheers. :)


  14. For those having trouble finding the green hoooded Jammie's (they're sold out again in 2016 and aren't getting more before Halloween- their best seller for Halloween, they said), I ordered a matching hoodie and pants from Primary.com Thanks for the great idea!!!

  15. Is there any way you make these and sell them?! I am not playing when I say all my projects come out like the nailed it pics �� Anyways I can't find any as cute as this one and was wonderfing if you sell it on etsy or would consider letting me pay you for one! It's for my soon to be one year old

  16. Thank you so much for passing this! I used your instructions for my son and got so many compliments on it! I'm also not a sewer or crafty and was able to do it. I'd love to share a picture but inI not sure how to attach it haha

  17. Any chance you remember or can estimate how wide the tail was when you cut it out?


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