I loved the Calvin and Hobbes comics growing up. I own all the books and just loved reading them. My parents always teased me about having a little Calvin when I grew up. Well, I do have a very blond, very active little boy so I thought it would be perfect to have him be Calvin for Halloween.
I decided to make a little Hobbes that I hand basted onto his back. I used this free Hobbes pattern and tutorial. I didn’t do all the hand stitching as was suggested to make it easier on myself.
When I first put Hobbes on his back he kept walking in a circle to see what it was.
I had white and black striped fabric and after looking everywhere, I couldn’t find any red and black striped fabric. I dyed the fabric I had three different times and still couldn’t get the true red that I wanted. I just made a basic short sleeved shirt from this pattern.
Here’s some tips for sewing knit fabric.
I also made his pants from girl pants. They are pretty tight; I didn’t make enough room for his diaper, so it’s a good thing that it is a stretch fabric.
To make our costumes easy, my husband and I dressed up as Calvin’s parents. I got my husband some dollar store glasses and popped out the lens. My husband came up with the idea to make little word bubbles with a classic saying. I think it added the perfect touch. Mine says, “You’re not sorry you had Calvin, are you?” My husband’s says, “Are you?”