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DIY Cheerleader Costume for Halloween

Give me an H! Give me an A! Give me an L! Give me an L! Give me an O! Give me a W! Give me an E! Give me an E! Give me an N! What does that spell? HALLOWEEN!

We’ve got the spirit and an easy cheerleader for just for you! Create a cheerleader skirt in your favorite team colors. Match with a sweatshirt and shorts or tights to add pep to any school parade or party.

Skill Level: Casual Crafter

Time: 2-3 hour

How to make a cheerleader costume

What you will need:

Materials needed

  • Plain sweatshirt
  • Shorts or tights to wear under skirt
  • Pencil or fabric marker
  • Pencil, chopstick or dowel rod for pom pom
  • Glue

Supplies needed

Tools Needed

  • Scissors—we recommend Westcott Brand Scissors and Trimmers
  • Pencil or fabric marker
  • Steam Iron

Tips before you get started:

Measurements provided for kids sizes 4 – 5. Alter as needed for larger or smaller sizes.

VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back for Fabrics fasteners make it easy to convert a sweatshirt into a team sweater, then restore to original condition for everyday wear. With iron on fasteners, there’s no sewing required to make an inexpensive felt skirt.


  1. Cut a piece of felt for the skirt in color A, 13 x 25 inches. Place the felt rectangle on a table horizontally with the wrong side up. Draw a line lengthwise, 3 inches down from the top edge. Fold the top edge over to the line and press. Below the line along the right side, mark and remove a piece 2 x 10 inches. Divide the remaining width in 6 equal parts and mark vertically for “pleats”. Cut 5 pleat slits only to the top line.

DIY Cheerleader Costume Step 1

2. From felt in color B, cut 6 pleat inserts each 3-1/2 inches wide and 11-1/2 inches long. Along the skirt top, lift the folded edge and center an insert between the top fold and the bottom edge and over each pleat slit. Center last insert over the pleat edge by the cut out corner. Fuse inserts to wrong side of skirt, at the top above the line. Fuse folded skirt edge down to encase the inserts into the waistband.

DIY Cheerleader Costume Step 2

3. Fuse VELCRO® Brand Iron On fasteners to waistband ends so left pleat covers the insert on the right side

4. Draw team letter or adapt from computer fonts and enlarge to desired size. Trace onto felt A and cut out. Glue letter to fabric B and cut out leaving a scant 1/4 inch border in contrasting color. Cut VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back hook pieces to apply to back of letter. Apply corresponding pieces of loop and apply to sweatshirt to center the letter.

5. For the pom pom, cut 1 piece of felt A and B, each 5 x 12 inches. Place each rectangle horizontally with wrong side up. Draw a line lengthwise, 1/2 inch down from top edge. Cut vertical slits from bottom edge to the line 1/4 inch apart to fringe both rectangles. Fuse top of fringes together. Apply a small piece of VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back hook tape to the end of the pencil or dowel stick, allowing the hook to catch the felt, roll up the fringe around the stick. Attach with additional VELCRO® Brand Sticky Back.

To convert back to normal use, remove VELCRO ® Brand Sticky Back from sweatshirt and pencil.

Made your own cheerleader costume? Let us know how it turned out!

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