Sports fans will love this DIY Referee Costume. It is a simple costume that does not require a lot of time or expense. Anyone can make this Halloween costume idea.

Child in referee costume.

DIY Referee Costume

A couple of years back, I created homemade Referee costumes for my twins to wear during the Halloween season. Even though making this costume was super easy, I have some guidelines that I believe will simplify the process for you even more.

Supplies needed:

  • black and white stripes material, 1-2 yards (depending on the size of your child)
  • black pants
  • black hat
  • white embroidery thread
Child in referee costume.

How to make a referee costume:

  • Step 1. For your referee pants, simply use a pair of comfy black sweat pants.
  • Step 2. Use your child’s long sleeve t-shirt to get the right amount of fabric for the referee shirts. Take it with you to the fabric store. This shirt will be your “pattern”. Find some black and white striped fabric and have them cut enough for you to make a front and back of the shirt.
  • Step 3. Simply fold your fabric in half and lay your child’s shirt on top of the folded fabric. Cut out the shape of the shirt an extra inch.
  • Step 4. To make it super simply, you don’t have to sew the neck. Simply cut a circle for the head, then cut a slit down the back of the shirt. It should be large enough to allow your child’s head in.
  • Step 5. Sew from the end of the sleeve, up to the arm pit, then down the side. Repeat for the other side.
  • Step 6. I purchased a black hat from Amazon and used hot glue to attach white embroidery thread to the top seams of the cap.
  • Step 7. Additionally, I purchased a heat-transfer American flag emblem and affixed it to the costume’s front. Your child can also wear black shoes if they have a pair.
Child in referee costume.

Feel free to add accessories to the homemade costume if desired such as a whistle. This is a fun costume. Happy Halloween!

Print the instructions for Referee DIY Costume:

DIY Referee Costume

Prep Time30 minutes
Active Time1 hour
Total Time1 hour 30 minutes
Keyword: DIY Referee Costume
Yield: 1
Author: One Crazy Mom

Equipment

  • black and white striped material, 1-2 yards (depending on the size of your child)
  • black sweat pants
  • black hat
  • white embroidery thread

Instructions

  • For your referee pants, simply use a pair of comfy black sweat pants.
  • In order to get the right amount of material, use a well fitting long sleeved shirt and take it with you to the fabric store. This shirt will be your “pattern”. Find some black and white striped fabric you love and have them cut enough for you to make a front and back of the shirt.
  • Simply fold your fabric in half and lay your child’s shirt on top of the folded fabric. Cut out the shape of the shirt an extra inch all the way around the outside of the shirt.
  • To make it super simply, you don’t have to sew the neck, simply cut a circle for the head, then cut a slit down the back of the shirt – big enough to allow your child’s head in.
  • Don’t be scared – sew from the end of the sleeve, up to the arm pit, then down the side. Repeat for the other side of the shirt. You’re done. You can hem and do other fancy stuff like that, but it isn’t necessary.
  • For the hat, I just bought a black hat from Amazon and hot glued the white embroidery thread along the seams of the top of the cap – just like a referee.
  • I also bought an iron on American flag patch and put it on the front of the costume – again, totally optional.

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