If your kids are like mine, they change their minds a million times about what they want to be for Halloween. My two younger ones swore they wanted to be Jessie and Woody this year, so I bought clearance costumes months ago. They won’t even try them on now. My son was the worst offender this year, giving a different answer every time someone asked him what he was going to be. He did say Jake several times, but also other things, so I didn’t take it too seriously. He was Jake last year. Except we didn’t get to go to the school party or parade because Halloween was postponed in New Jersey last year due to Super-storm Sandy and we were in Disney during NJ’s fake Halloween.
Anyway… his Jake costume was tight on him last year, so there was not way it would fit this year. The one piece outfit was so form-fitting he looked like he was in a ballet performance of Jake and the Never Land Pirates. There was no way I was going to let him try to squeeze into it this year. Here we are in Disney last year.
He also wore that Jake and the Never Land Pirates costume at his birthday party! (Read post HERE)
If DIY is not your thing and you would rather buy a Jake and the Never Land Pirates costume, this one from Amazon is super cute. And not 2-pieces!
But Amazon couldn’t save me. Nope. My son kept changing his mind, so I waited until the last-minute on purpose. Whatever he decided the night before Halloween was what he was going to wear. …Not such a good plan. Not at all. But it did bring about this great tutorial.We went to Walmart. They had a total of 3 costumes left. He was still saying he wanted to be Jake. It was late. I was tired. So I kicked into survival mode, and grabbed a pair of bright blue Faded Glory jeans for $9.92. Not a bargain, but that’s what I get for procrastinating and he can totally wear them as regular jeans after Halloween. (These Levi’s skinny fits would work too.) And a pack of white t-shirts for $5.92, because I figured the little man could wear the other 4 and I could cut up one. My one mistake was buying an over-sized blue t-shirt at $3.47. If I could go back I would have gone down a size instead of going up. I think I was just really worried he’d outgrow it before tomorrow. No one else seemed to be bothered by it. But you’ll notice now that I said it. The only other things I need to pick up was yellow bias tape ($1.96) and 4 yellow buttons (4/$.59). *Update: Amazon affiliate links were added for your convenience*
I already had Heat-n-Bond to attach the bias tape. This is what you use if you don’t want to sew. And who wants to sew! We also had a Jake wig (we got ours at Disney World last year) and brown Uggs (that I totally got in great condition for free and he has beaten them to death). The belt is actually a pair of his sister’s leggings that were in the Goodwill pile. I forgot about the belt until it was time to head off for the school parade and party, so I quick grabbed the leggings and cut off a few inches below the waistband. I tied the legs in a knot and was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the look. The leggings had a little lace on the ends and it looked very piratey to me. You’ve got to love when they put their shoes on the wrong feet!
How to Make Jake’s Pirate Shirt
How to Make Jake’s Pirate Vest
And this is the final product…Here are a couple of shots of my kids on Halloween. At school parade…
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