I promised you, and here it is...how I made the Train Costume... for only $10!
The hardest part of making the train was deciding how I wanted it to look. Once I had a design idea, the rest of it was pretty easy.
The Straps: The straps are nylon webbing. I actually used the strap from an old diaper bag. You could also use old backpack straps. (TIP: Before you throw old diaper bags and backpacks away, cut off the straps and clips, they may come in handy for future projects!) Measure the straps to a comfortable length and then hook them on using long brads. You may want to use a couple in each strap to make sure they are secure. I inserted the strap through the layers of cardboard to hide the ends. The straps are criss-crossed in the front to help them stay up on the shoulders.
Engineer Cap: You can find information about how I made an Eddy Cap for the Engineer cap here.
This train does take some time to make, but it's totally worth it! Both of my boys have worn it and loved it. You can imagine the excitement when they turn on the light, get their train whistle ready, and walk out through the door to collect candy. I have so many happy memories watching them 'chugging' around in this costume. Which of your kids costumes was your favorite and brings good memories?