Tornado Costume Tutorial: Halloween DIY

tornado costume tutorial

There’s a twister! Use Poly-Fil Dark & Light to make a one of a kind Halloween costume with this tornado costume tutorial.

DIY tornado for Halloween

My son is so excited to wreak havoc with this costume! The second he put it on he was twirling all over the yard and shouting “I’m a tornado!” Thanks to the ultra light materials used he’ll be able to spin and run around comfortably in this DIY Halloween costume.

make tornado costume

We’ll be using Poly-Fil Dark under the light colored Poly-Fil to create ominous shadows in the twister. The swirling, cloud-like texture is also created with Poly-Fil Low Loft Batting.

Tornado Costume Tutorial Supplies

I’ve created a short video tutorial that shows you exactly how I made this tornado costume. Here’s a quick outline of the steps I took in the video of the tornado costume tutorial:

  1. Place the laundry hamper on a dress form with the bottom side up. Tape or glue the pool noodle on top.
  2. Cut holes for the arms in the hamper.
  3. Cover the hamper with a white sheet, then place the quilt batting sheet over that.
  4. Cut and glue or tie the sides to create arms and a tapered base.
  5. Twist remnant batting to make “stripes” that swirl around the form.
  6. Glue tufts of Poly-Fil Dark onto the costume, between the batting “swirls” from step 5.
  7. Hot glue tufts of white Poly-Fil Fiber Fill over the dark. Let the glue cool and then fluff and adjust the two battings to merge together.
  8. Hot glue the embellishments onto the tornado.
  9. Cut an “x” in the fabric at the top of the costume to create a hole for the child’s head to go through.

tutorial tornado costume

My son really loves this costume! He refused to smile for the pictures because he said he is a tornado and twisters are angry. He has a point! Have fun crafting & creating costumes for your kids this Halloween!

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