To make this "Couch Potato" costume I used a purchased poncho pattern. I bought a tan fleece with brown markings to resemble a potato. (Using fleece is a great way to keep kids warm on cold Halloween nights.)
For the couch I used a cardboard box. I cut a hole out of the middle of the box for my son's body to fit through. I cut the arms of the couch down a little and left the back higher. I covered the box with foam and then with the ugliest plaid fabric I could find. I attached straps made from wide ribbon to the box where the hole was. I covered the straps, where they went across my son's shoulders, with several layers of felt to make them softer. The straps worked perfectly to hold up the couch. I then glued the poncho to the couch.
I added accessories such as the beef jerky, Cheetos, and the remote. Everything was done with a glue gun except the poncho, which was sewn. It was easy for my son to just open the top of the poncho and step in and pull up the straps to hold it up. (It is also possible to slip the couch over his head like a shirt and put the straps on.) He wore brown sweat pants and a brown sweat shirt underneath for added warmth. It wasn't heavy at all. He wore it to an outdoor party for two hours and never complained. It was a HUGE hit!
The first part of the Couch Potato Costume made is the potato. I bought a textured beige curtain panel, folded it in half, sewed the rectangle 3/4ths around, leaving enough room to stuff it with quilt batting. I then sewed small pockets across the top and bottom of the stuffed rectangle and ran elastic through the pockets long enough to make drawstrings at the top and bottom.
When I pulled the drawstrings tight, it made an oval shape, leaving the center hollow so it could be fitted over my son’s body. I then cut and sewed holes for the face and arms to stick out and used stick-on Velcro to close the seam in the back. The couch is made of two boxes wired and glued together. I cut a hole in the bottom box and attached straps that connected from the back of the couch to the seat which acted like suspenders to hold the box up. I used spray adhesive on the box and then covered it with a stretchy twin sheet that looked like upholstery.
Once my son was strapped into the couch, I put on the potato costume on him to cover the straps. I also glued snack bags and a remote to the couch, and then stuffed knee-hi hose with batting, put on socks, and then attached them as legs. He won 1st place at our community’s Halloween costume contest.
We wanted our two year old's costume to be unique, and I wasn't looking forward to spending $30 for a store-bought one to wear one time.
My Mother used to make mine when I was a child, so I thought I would get an early start on learning how to make ones for my son. I was fresh out of ideas, but his Daddy wanted the costume to reflect his personality.
He loves watching television, so all of the sudden while I was putting him to bed one night, a couch potato popped into my head, complete with spud duds and a remote. This child LOVES remotes, so getting to carry one as he goes from house to house having people give him candy? He's going to think he's in heaven!
I started this Homemade Couch Potato Halloween Costume with two pillow cases, and that, along with some batting and a little bit of cloth ribbon for back ties, left thread as the only other supply needed.
The rest of the story was a lot of thread, frustration, and words that are scary any time of year and not just at Halloween...but in the end, he was quite a cute 'lil tater!