How to Make a DIY Woody Costume for Toy Story Cosplay or Halloween

by Janel
13 Materials
2 Hours

In this tutorial, I'll show you how to make a DIY Woody costume. Halloween is coming up, and if you’re stuck on what to dress up as, why not go for the legendary Woody from Toy Story? This costume is super cute and fun, and will definitely give off that “wow” factor.

I have compiled this women’s Woody costume so you can see how easy and fun it is to recreate this look. Ready to get creative? Let’s start!

Tools and materials:

  • Long sleeve buttoned-up yellow shirt
  • White t-shirt
  • Black paint
  • Sponge brush
  • Gold paint - optional
  • Red and black marker
  • Sheriff's badge
  • Hot glue
  • Felt
  • Cowboy hat
  • Toy gun
  • Boots
  • Red bandana
Making a female Woody costume

Drawing red checks on the yellow shirt

1. Make the checkered pattern

A Woody character costume wouldn’t be complete without the trademark yellow shirt with red squares. Simply use a ruler (or a hanger, like me) to draw vertical and horizontal lines across the shirt. Make sure to do this straight and evenly. 

Tip: This did take me a while, but you don’t have to be so particular with it. After all, it is just a fun costume! 

Making a Woody Toy Story Halloween costume

2. Cut the white t-shirt

Now, cut your white t-shirt up the center, and cut out the sleeves. This is for the vest part. 

Making a vest for the DIY Woody costume

Round out the opening of the two front sides, so it looks more like a vest. 

How to make a Toy Story Woody DIY costume

3. Add the cow spots

Using either black fabric or acrylic paint, sponge black cow spots on the DIY Woody costume. 

Woody's cow-patterned vest

Do this randomly around the vest. 

Painting the sheriff's badge gold

4. Paint the sheriff's badge

This step is optional, but it really brings the whole costume together nicely. I bought this badge from the dollar store, but you can find it anywhere, really. It looked a bit rusted, so I decided to go over it with some gold paint to add some shimmer and let it pop out. 

Making a Woody character costume

I ended up putting two coats on it. It didn’t look smooth, but that’s ok; it’s just a costume. 

Making buttons for the Woody shirt

5. Make the buttons

Cut three medium-sized circles from the extra fabric from the sleeves. Then, glue these onto the button panel. 

Making a gun holster for the Woody costume

6. Create the gun holster

Cut a rectangular piece from your felt, fold it over the toy gun. Measure around the outside of the toy gun and trim off the excess. 

Hot gluing the gun holster

Hot glue the raw edges into place to create the perfect little pouch for your women’s Woody costume. 

Creating a belt loop for the gun holster

To get it to hang from your belt, cut an extra piece of felt and create a loop. 

Woody costume for adult women

Hot glue the bottom of the loop to the pouch, and once dry, you’re able to slide it through your belt. 

Easy Woody Toy Story costume

7. Put on your cowboy boots

There's a snake in my boot! For a fun little extra, write “ANDY” on the bottom of your cowboy boots. 

Women’s Woody costume

DIY Woody costume

DIY Woody costume

That’s practically it! Of course, you should add all the little extras so that your Woody from Toy Story costume looks complete. This includes the red bandana around the neck and a brown cowboy hat.

I loved making this DIY Woody costume, and it’s really the ultimate women’s Woody costume for Halloween. It’s so cheerful and playful, don’t you think? Thanks for joining me, and let me know what you think in the comments below. 

Suggested materials:
  • Long sleeve buttoned-up yellow shirt
  • White t-shirt
  • Black paint
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  • BonDiva BonDiva on Oct 25, 2021

    I created the Woody outfit for my grandson twice as it kep being his sfave outfit and he grew. Be sure to have PLENT of the pens or markers you need as it usually takes far more than you will realize due to the dye sinking into the thirsty fabric.