I am a frugal mother who was not paying big bucks for a "wear it once" costume for my 10 month old son. I decided to do a scarecrow costume because I knew I could do it in such a way that he was (1) warm and (2) comfortable and (3) could be strapped into his car seat with no big hassle.
I went to the thrift store and for less than $1.00 got two sweatshirts, a pair of old jeans and a straw hat. I cut the first sweatshirt with a fringe at the bottom and wrists and used the second as patches which I sewed on (and I am NOT a sewer). I used raffia as a belt and at the wrists for effect. Put on the hat and there ya go. Simple, easy and cheap! And very, very cute!
I just used a sweat suit (it's warm). Felt for the patches and markers to draw the stitches. I cut the cuffs off of the shirt and leave the cuffs on the pants (again for warmth). At the wrists and ankles I tied raffia (around the fabric it's itchy).
The hat is a basket for potted plants. You can get them at the florist. I just frayed the edges and pinned up the front. I used a flower but I think a big button would be cute too. I cut the bottom off the shirt too so it hangs. At the waist I tied a frayed rope. It's cold here in Wyoming at Halloween so I always try to make the costumes big enough to wear a coat under.
This one works great for that. No sewing needed with this one at all just a glue gun works great.