The Craft Patch: Syndrome Costume Mini-Tutorial plus Easy Costume Boot Tutorial

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Syndrome Costume Mini-Tutorial plus Easy Costume Boot Tutorial

I promised more details on how to make each of the Halloween costumes in our Disney Villains family theme. Now that I have sufficiently recovered from the crazy busy rush to get them done, I think I'm ready to tackle a mini tutorial.

Remember how cute this little Syndrome was?

To make your own Syndrome costume, you will need:
- black jumpsuit with a big white "S" across the front
- black cape (lined with blue if you want to be technical, but I ran out of energy)
- white boots
- white gloves
- black eye mask (forgot to put it on him in the pictures... oops!)
- orange spray hair paint

I used McCalls Pattern #5952 as the basis for the jumpsuit. All the black fabric is a stretchy, silky jersey knit from my stash. 
 To make the big "S" across the front, I cut the shape from costume satin and used double-sided fusible interfacing to stick it to the jumpsuit. Then I satin stitched around the edges on my sewing machine.

The cape was one my mom had in her costume box. It is a pretty basic Dracula cape. I was originally going to line the underside with blue fabric, but it just didn't happen.

I bought the white gloves and the colored hair spray at Wal-Mart. The gloves were $.97 in the little girl section (shh... don't tell!) and came with a second pair of pink gloves. The hair spray was about $2.50.

The biggest challenge was making the boots. So I took pictures to show you how I did it.

Easy Costume Boot Tutorial

Step 1: Cut this shape from costume vinyl (I used felt and they were trashed by the end of the night). Sew up the two sides as shown in the picture.

Step 2: Turn the boot right side out. Slip it over your child's foot with their shoe on and adjust it so that the fabric is snug over the toe area. Carefully slip the shoe and boot off your child. (And FYI, the shoe will not be damaged and can be removed from the "boot")

Step 3: Trim off the excess fabric, using the bottom edge of the shoe as your cutting guide.

Step 4: Place elastic across the bottom and hot glue each end onto the boot. This will hold the boot on.

Step 5: Roll the top edge down and hot glue it. This gives you a clean edge and helps you make both boots the same height.

And that's how you make a pair of costume boots!


  1. How many inches of "bagginess" did you leave? Thanks for posting this!

    1. I'm not sure I understand your question. Do you mean how much bagginess on the outfit or the shoes?

    2. meaning around the calves, how did you measure to make them look more like boots? Also, if I wanted the tip (toes) of these boot covers to be pointed how would I go about cutting those? thanks!

    3. I would measure the circumference of the leg, then add two or three inches. If you want pointy boots, you would change the shape you cut out to be pointy in front instead of curving down. Look at the first picture of the boots in progress I posted and see how the toe is round and slopes down? Just cut the shape different there. Hope that helps.

  2. I love this! I won't have to buy one to complete my daughter's costume for their school's United Nations activity. You made me a very happy mom! Thank you. :)

  3. This is SO great!!.. It's exactly what I was looking for my toddler's costume, He'll be Jake from "jake and the neverland pirates". But I'm thinking on adding a folding cloth on top of the boot to make it more than pirate perfect! ;)

    1. Your idea for making them pirate boots sounds perfect!

  4. I googled "how to make simple boot covers" and stumbled upon this tutorial... the funny thing is I need my boot covers for our family costumes as The Incredibles! What were the chances, in the entire internet, that the tutorial I clicked would be for a Syndrome costume!! Love it, thanks so much!!

    1. How serendipitous! Thanks for letting me know this little tidbit. It brings a smile to my face! Have fun with your costumes and happy Halloween!

  5. just stumbled across this looking for a shoe cover tutorial...could this be adjusted for shoe covers rather than boots?

    1. Hi Trina,

      I definitely think it could be adjusted. I would just use some scrap fabric or felt to try different shapes until you are happy with the look.

      Good luck and happy crafting!


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