DIY Tin Man Costume for less than $20!

DIY Tin Man Costume for less than $20!

DIY Tin Man Costume

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

Sof’s mom brought me some inexpensive stretchy metallic fabric and red trim with a request for a Tin Man costume. Total cost for this project was around $20, including the funnel to make the hat.

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

For the tank, I used the free Spaghetti Strap Dress pattern from Small Dream Factory.

Elastic Lace Criss Cross Straps

I modified the dress length for a tank, lowered the back, and used stretchy elastic ruffles to make the criss-crossed back.

DIY tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

The pants are the Basic Leggings pattern* from Serger Pepper. I added ruffles and even dusted off my edge stitching foot to make those neat hems.

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

The necklace cost a dollar. The crystals are attached using the Tulip Deluxe Heat Tool


DIY Tin Man Costume- Funnel Hat

To make the Tin Man’s famous funnel hat, I painted a plastic funnel with Elmer’s glue and poured glitter all over it. Hot glue secures the ruffled elastic trim, and the same trim is used to make a chin strap or headband.

DIY Tin Man Costume | SewsNBows

We went to a friends farm for this shoot…and let me just say that ponies are way cooler than posing for pictures! It was really beautiful there, and I’m dying for a little ranch of my own.

I want a pony!


I’m trying not to get my hopes up, but we might be buying a farm soon. There are about a million DIY projects on this fixer-upper; including an old red barn, milk house, and horse stables to restore. It’s in THE TOWN I want, and not much comes up for sale there. I’m want it so bad it hurts. If it’s meant to be…then bring it on!

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Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. gin

    love your design of the Tin Man. I also made a Tin Man pageant outfit using the same stretchy spandex fabric for the shorts and some hollogram sequin fabric also. Mine is a skirt version and I will be posting it shortly. I hope you get your dream farm. That little horse is adorable. And so is Sofie.
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  2. Angela

    You always amaze me! This is one awesomely girly tin man! She is ready for the stage. I truly hope your dream comes true and you get your farm.

  3. irene

    That’s plain cool! Blingy and ruffled, with a drop of red-ish!
    Please add your outfit to SergerPepper Flickr board…. pretty please!
    I wish your dreams come true really soon… an old red barn sounds like the perfect photo shoot location <3
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  4. Gina

    very creative costume Amy from head to toe!!! the fit is perfect and so cute! i bet you are still vacuuming glitter. i hope you get your dream farm!!!!!
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  5. Mel

    Omg she looks amazing!! That is one cute tin man Amy.
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