how to make a policeman costume
What is cuter than a tiny uniformed officer of the law? We’ve loved this costume so much that two of my kids have worn it over the years. Making a policeman costume is easier than you think, take a look and see how to easily pull together the cutest cop costume ever.
You will need: shirt, pants, hat, shoes, belt and cop accessories.
I made this shirt but any basic blue, black or white button up shirt can be used. The trick is in the details. The name badge is made with a swatch of fabric and a Sharpie pen, then sewn onto the shirt. The police badge is from the costume shop and pinned to the shirt. Don’t forget the crisp white t-shirt to be worn under the uniform shirt!
The American flag patch and star patches are from the local fabric store and can then be sewn or ironed on. I would recommend sewing them on otherwise they tend to peel off at some point.
The official police precinct badge came from a neighbor who is a policeman- we got lucky there. But, it would be easy enough to make one with Sharpie pens on fabric or I’m sure you can find generic ones online. The epaulets with the stars on the shoulders are an important detail than can help make any shirt convincing.
I added darts to the back of the shirt because I wanted it to be close fitting and not baggy at all- all the better to see the belt and accessories… Also, close fitting and tailored is how police uniforms are made to fit.
The pants are school uniform pants from Target. Any blue or black pants will do but I would recommend the school uniform section for the simple trouser look in basic navy or black.
The shoes are very basic as well, they’re from Payless they were very cheap as well. Check the boys dress shoe section of any store and look for practical, durable and shiny.
The hat is from a local costume shop. You may have to purchase a badge separately and then sew or glue it onto the hat. Hopefully you can find a hat with a police badge already in place. I had to buy this badge but thankfully it was equipped with a pin, so we could easily just pin it onto the hat.
I could only find one size of hat available, luckily it was adjustable in the back. Cinching it down to make it kid-sized worked out just fine.
All of these accessories (minus the donuts) were purchased together from a local costume shop. I had to cut down the plastic belt to make it kid-sized, but it’s a simple adjustment to make. The donuts are plastic and are play food from our kids play kitchen. The donuts have been tied on – swinging around they draw a lot of attention and make the detail even funnier.
This costume is sized for a 3 year old and great for a girl or a boy. A striped convict costume would go well on a brother or sister in a cute themed Halloween situation. Just be aware of the role playing that my ensue…
Policewomen still need their hair and make up done, always an important Halloween ritual for all the ladies in our house no matter the costume.
Thanks for following along! I would love to hear or see your feedback- aspects that worked or didn’t work for you when putting together this costume. I’d love to see pictures too, tag me on Instagram or Facebook @noelleodesigns. Thanks & Happy Halloween!