My son loves the garbage man and the garbage trucks. All he wanted for Halloween this year (2008) was a garbage truck costume. First he wanted to be a garbage man. So we had him wear an orange t-shirt with thermal underneath, greenish work pants, brown shoes and an orange cap. Also gloves too. We got Waste Management patches off the internet and put them on the shirt and cap.
Next he told me he wanted to a garbage truck! So I decided to sew one with fabric. Our weather here is unpredictable and cardboard with paint just may have been a disaster waiting to happen.
First a drew a picture of what I wanted the costume to look like. Next I went to the fabric store and purchased all different types of fabric, quilting batting, fusable webbing, wooden dowels, duct tape etc. I started with measuring my son. Next I made the four sides and cut out the shapes and quilted them on. I used ribbon and fabric sew together for the red & white and yellow and black caution.
My husband built two frames with the dowels. One from the front and the other for the back. The fabric I sewed together earlier fit over the frames like slipcovers. I used embroidery thread to attached the fabric to the frame to reinforce it. I fitted straps to go over his shoulders. The tires I sewed to look like they had treads and then used a big yellow button in the middle.
It was very time consuming but the end result made my son very happy. Trick or Treat was a blast!