INSIDE: How to use a baby romper to make a DIY Tick Tock Croc costume for Halloween.
It all started with a mermaid-themed summertime birthday party that my daughter was attending. A dig through my towering basket of fabric led me to make her a tale of a mermaid bottom.
So when Halloween rolled around, it only made sense for my little Neverland crew to go as a themed trio: the mermaid, her [friendly] pirate and their little [cute] nemesis, Tick Tock Croc. See how I turned a baby romper into a Tick Tock Croc costume. Arr!
Turn a baby romper into a tick tock croc costume
As much as I love to craft and create, I detest spending a lot of money doing so! I began the crocodile costume-making by scouring my favorite discount stores for solid green pajamas, shorts, t-shirts…anything I could modify. Nothing!
Next stop, my son’s closet. There hung a lime green sleeve-less romper, showing some wear and tear from being baby #2 to have worn it. How to turn this surfer-themed romper into a teeth-showing, clock-wearing creature of the swamp?
– Romper (or kids sleeveless t-shirt)
– Green fabric dye
– Felt sheets in greens, gray, white, black and yellow
– Sewing machine (here’s a basic machine to get you started if you don’t have one)
– OR, fabric glue
diy tick tock croc costume
Unless you lucky enough to have green clothing in your closet, you will have to rely on fabric dye to give you the green croc look. Follow the directions on the fabric dye.
With the romper dyed to satisfaction, and once my sink no longer had a ring of green, it was time to tick tock! Download the FREE Clock Template and size to the dimensions you need. I chose to sew the felt, but you can just as easily use hot glue or my fave, fabric glue.
If the idea of sewing text doesn’t thrill you (believe me, not the easiest of tasks especially when the kids want to “help you sew”), use fabric pens or puffy paint to write the text.
So the half of the croc completed, flip the romper over. Download the FREE Croc Scales Template, sew or glue the scales in any design layout that looks most like a croc to you.
how to make tick tock croc shoe covers
Every croc needs some feet. Cover their little shoes with some green feet and claws with the downloadable Croc Shoe Covers Template. First, measure the width and length of the front of the shoe. Keep a little flap of extra material that you will use to tuck into the top of the shoe and tape to the underside of the shoe.
make a tick tock croc headpiece
Knowing my little guy most likely wouldn’t keep a hat on (regardless of the many cute Pinterest ideas I found), I came up with the idea of creating a headpiece instead. Designed to be lightweight so the little guy wouldn’t realize he had two googly eyes and gnawing teeth atop his cute head. I used bobby pins to adhere it to his head.
Download the Croc Headpiece Template. Use a heavy piece of interfacing between the two pieces of felt to make the eyes stand upright.
Other Halloween DIY Ideas:
- Animal ear headbands for kids
- Easy pirate boot covers
- Painted pinecone Halloween garland
- Fabric scraps autumn pumpkins
- 5 step mesh pumpkin wreath