Call for Pattern Testers!

Hello Sewing Friends!! Where are my last minute costume makers? This message is for you!  I have my Baby Bumble Bee Costume PDF pattern all ready to test and I would love to have a some of you try it out for FREE this year. I know, so. last. minute. But that's how I roll and you definitely have time to sew this up this week. Would you like to Bring home a Baby Bumblebee this Halloween? Get the details below!

This PDF Sewing pattern includes sizes from Newborn to 4T along with plenty of photos and step by step instructions to help you along the way. It's written for a confident beginner and the supplies you need can be easily found at your local fabric/craft store. Please leave a comment below or email me (sarahmarkos  @ if you are interested in giving this a try and willing to give me some feedback a couple of weeks from now.
Here are the sizing charts and supplies  if you want to get a head start on gathering them.

Baby Bumblebee Body  Size Chart - Fabric Requirements




Black polar fleece

Yellow polar fleece

1/4’’ elastic


5-8 lbs

17-21 inches

1/2 yd

1/4 yd


0-3 month

8-12 lbs

21-24 inches

1/2 yd

1/4 yd


3-6 months

12-16 lbs

24-26 inches

5/8 yd

1/4 yd


6-12 months

16-24 lbs

26-30 inches

5/8 yd

1/4 yd


18 months

24-28 lbs

30-33 inches

5/8 yd

1/4 yd



28-32 lbs

33-35 inches

2/3 yd

1/4 yd



32-36 lbs

35-38 inches

2/3 yd

1/4 yd



35-39 lbs

38-41 inches

3/4 yd

1/4 yd


For the Body, Hat, and Stinger

1/2 - 2/3  yd Black Polar Fleece (see Size Chart above)

1/4 yd Yellow Polar Fleece or Felt for the stripes

15-20 inches of 1/4 inch elastic  (see Size Chart) for the leg openings

Black twill Snap Tape with 3 snaps for the bottom closure (sold by the yard) or three sew-in snaps 

3” length of narrow black elastic for the loop closure at neck

1/2‘’ black button

1 black 12’’ pipe cleaner for the antennae

2 yellow pom poms, 1-1 ½’’ diameter

For the Wings

2 squares about 13’’x 13’’ of white quilting cotton for the wings 

1 scant 13’’ x 13’’ square of double sided iron on adhesive such as Heat n bond Ultra.

12  white 12” pipe cleaners for around the wings

1  black 12” pipe cleaner for wing center

Additional supplies

Printed PDF pattern sheets (pgs. 20-31)

Yellow and black thread

Needle for hand sewing

Safety pin for threading elastic

Glue stick

Hot glue gun or tacky glue

Wire cutters or old scissors to cut the pipe cleaners


This pattern has been YEARS in the making! I sewed up my
 first version as my baby's first Halloween costume 21 years ago. All of my kids wore it as their first costumes too. I have always wanted to turn it into a pattern and each year I work a little on it. This is my first pattern with multiple sizes and there is  A LOT to  wrap your head around. I would love to hear your feedback and help me make it great!!  And if you are in the throws of working on sewing up your Halloween costumes.... Good Luck! Leave a comment and let me know what you are sewing. 

Happy Halloween Sewing!! 



  1. Hi there! I don’t know if I’ll be able to make it in time, but would love to be considered a tester for future patterns! Def keen to give it a go though.

  2. Yes there is still time. I just need your email address so I can send you the pdf pattern. Thanks!!!