Find an old baggy pants and shirt - holes are great! Tear 1 inch strips about 4-5 inches long out of yellowish colored fabric. Glue these so they hang out of the sleeves and neck opening of the shirt and also out of the bottom of the pant legs (make sure they are not so long out of the pant legs that you can trip).
To add some finishing touches, use scraps of different colored material and glue patches all over your pants and shirt. Top off your scarecrow costume with a straw hat and even a fake bird perched on your shoulder!
Suggestions from Lori Gidopoulos: "Take some of your old jeans or sweatpants even and apply the fabric patches, the messier the better! Make them look dirty - get some actual dirt on them if you like. Also, add a few rips and don't patch those. Put on an old sweatshirt and do the same... patch, rip, dirty. Once on, stuff the clothes with the fiberfill for a fuller 'stuffed' look. Throw on an old hat, even add a patch if you like, dirt, etc. Take some makeup and make red rosy cheeks, yellow your face if you can, and make a square nose. Add a bandana around your neck. Stuff the sleeves and pantlegs of the shirt with some straw/hay. It doesn't have to be a lot for the effect!! You could even glue some on the bandana near the neck! With the fiberfill in the clothing, the straw won't be so itchy."
Check out a larger photo of a scarecrow costume made by Bobbye Barthe.
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