One of my favorite parts of Halloween is deciding what we will dress up as each year. But as much as I love it, the decision often devolves into a heated debate between my oldest daughter and I — especially when I’m planning to make the costumes myself. The challenge is that we have to hover perilously at the line between “This costume is awesome” and “I can actually make it.” We still haven’t definitively decided what her costume will be this year because of this struggle.
Thankfully, baby Juliza is easier because:
- She’ll wear whatever I put on her as long as its comfortable, and…
- It’s not hard to narrow down her interests.
So when Walmart challenged me to make a DIY costume, it took me about 2 seconds to decide to let Juliza dress up as her bestie: Doc McStuffins. To say that JuJu loves Doc would be a severe understatement. The child would watch Doc all day, every day if I let her. So Doc is who she will be.
Of course, that begs the question: Why didn’t I just buy a Doc costume. Well, first, because I couldn’t find one in Juliza’s size, but also because since Doc wears “regular” clothes, I thought it would be awesome to create a costume with pieces she could wear even when its not Halloween. So without further adieu, here’s our fly DIY Doc McStuffins costume:
So how did we make it? To be fair, much of this costume is a matter of assembling the right pieces, most of which you can easily find at Walmart. You can start with the basic building blocks:
- Purple striped shirt (Garanimals, $4.88)
- Pink or purple polka dot leggings (Garanimals, $3.88)
- Oversized white button down shirt (Wrangler, $6.98)
- Pink shoes
- Toy stethescope
Once you have that, you can add special DIY touches to make it feel less like random clothes and more like a costume. Starting with a fabulous, fluffy pink tutu to represent Doc’s cute little pink skirt.
DIY Doc McStuffins tutu
In all fairness, I really could’ve just bought a cute pink skirt to go with the rest of the outfit. But where’s the fun in that? Plus, I knew that a tutu would be crazy cute and really make the costume pop. Since I’ve made this kind of tutu on many occasions before, I’ll direct you to the tutorial from last year’s St. Patrick’s Day tutu. The process is exactly the same.
- Measure your child’s waist and cut enough excess ribbon to tie a secure bow.
- Cut dozens of lengths of tulle in various colors. (The pattern I chose was 5 pink, 1 light purple, 1 dark purple)
- Tie tulle to ribbon over and over again
It’s really easy once you get the hang of it.
DIY Doc McStuffins Headband
You may be fortunate enough to find a purple headband with a pink flower on it. I was not. So I made one. I simply cut a flower shape from the pink felt, and a circle of purple felt for the middle. I glued the flower to the side of the headband, and glued the purple circle to the middle of the flower.
That’s it! Quick, easy Doc-approved headband.
DIY Doc McStuffins Treat Bag
Yesterday, I shared the awesome DIY treat bag I made for Ja’Naya. Well, we couldn’t leave Juliza out, could we? She actually has a little doctor kit already, and I considered using it to contain her treats. The problem is that it is cumbersone to open since it’s more of a suitcase than a bag, so I knew it wouldn’t work for trick-or-treating since we’d have to fight to open it regularly. So in keeping with the costume theme, I decided to make her treat bag look like Doc’s bag.
You’ll need printable iron-on transfers. Simply print two copies of the bag template on the iron-on transfer sheets. Then cut them out and iron them on to the front and back of the bag per the instructions on the package. If you’d like to personalize, you can also type your kid’s name in a cool font and color, and print out two of those as well. Just keep in mind that you’ll have to reverse the font so it print’s as a mirror image. This is how it transfers properly when you iron it. This is the font I used, which is reminiscent of the Doc McStuffins logo.
I am absolutely in love with the way it turned out, and Juliza is pretty excited too!
Doc McStuffins Costume Extras
By now, your little doctor should be looking sufficiently like Doc, but if you want to take the costume up a notch, you can add a few special details. The bag template above also includes a Doc logo patch for the “doctor’s coat” and a doctor’s ID badge. Print the logo patch on printable iron-on transfer sheet like you did for the treat bag above, and adhere it to the front left or right side of the white shirt to make it look more like a doctor’s coat.
Then print out the included ID badge on card stock or photo paper. There are blank spaces for your child’s name and photo. You can add them in Photoshop or Illustrator before printing, if they’re available, or you can add them after you print. Then simply cut it out and stick it in a plastic badge holder for your little doctor to wear on the coat.
The finished look of this costume makes my heart sing.
And the best part? Juliza loved it! I had to quite literally chase her to take it off. That’s what I call a success!
More DIY Halloween Costumes
If you loved this and you’re looking for more homemade, DIY costume tutorials, check out my creations from Halloweens past, along with ideas from the other Walmart moms:
- DIY peacock costume
- DIY mermaid costume
- DIY wind-up doll costume
- DIY Harley Quinn costume
- Western costumes for siblings
- Easy mommy and me black cat costumes
- Zombie ghost & mummy costumes
- How to make mustaches and beards with eyeliner
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links have been used.