Indiana Jones DIY Costume

Indiana Jones DIY Costume

Put Together Your Own Indiana Jones Costume

When my kiddos start a sentence with, “Mommy, I need you to make…” It’s like music to my ears!

I was thrilled when Bug announced that she needed me to make her an Indiana Jones costume for Halloween. We’re still in the middle of the 2020 pandemic, and I’m not even sure where she’ll be wearing the costume.

Halloween is only a few days away, and we haven’t decided what we’re doing yet.

Either way, she’ll need a costume!

My first stop was the local thrift store. I found a pair of khaki pants, a blouse, a pleather jacket, a hat, and a whip. Now she just needed a few additional accessories.

I used one of the Little Hunter’s old Nerf guns and spray painted it black. I added some orange vinyl to the tips for safety. Of course, she needed a pistol holder, too. So I made one out of pleather.

Next, I made a belt out of some webbing and D rings that I had in my sewing stash.
Then, I made a satchel out of some inexpensive muslin.
She had the perfect black boots to tie the outfit together!

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  • Cereal Box
  • 1/2 yard muslin
  • 2 D Rings
  • Strap
  • 2 Snaps
  • 2 Covered Buttons
  • Thread
  • Hot Glue Sticks
Indiana Jones satchel DIY


  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hot Glue Gun


Step 1

First, I took an old cereal box and opened the seams. I cut off one of the sides. Then, I flipped it inside out and hot glued it back together.

cereal box

Step 2

Using the cereal box as my guide, I sewed the muslin into a box shape.

I sewed the corners of the bag to make a box shape.

satchel inside out

Step 3

I took these jeans that were old and stained and cut off the top part to reuse the fake leather and D rings.

old jeans

Step 4

Using the fake leather and D rings, I made buckles for the purse strap.

I took an old purse and removed the strap. I put the strap on the D rings.

Next, I added some snaps to the front.

costume satchel

Step 5

I used my InkScape software to design this to look like the Indiana Jones logo.

I printed it out on iron-on paper and ironed it onto the bag.

Riley Jones

Step 6

I used a scrap piece of muslin, and using the cereal box as my guide; I cut out this satchel flap.

I added some snaps to the inside. For the outside, I used some of the fake leather to cover some buttons and then just hot glued them onto the snaps.

satchel closure

Step 7

I inserted the cereal box.

inserting cereal box

Step 8

Once I inserted the cereal box, I sewed the seam shut, and it lined the inside of the box well.

indiana jones satchel completed


  • 1/2 yard pleather (plastic leather)
  • thread
  • velcro
  • snap
  • buckle
pistol holder


  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Hot Glue Gun


Step 1

Draw out your design for the holster using chalk or a sewing pencil.

Cut it out.

Sew it closed.

fake leather

Step 2

Add a loop to the back for the belt.

Now, use a piece of the fake leather to make a belt.

Add the buckle to the end.

holster buckle

Step 3

I added a strap with some velcro to hold it closed.

pistol holder

Step 4

I took an old broken Nerf gun and spray painted it black. I added bright orange vinyl to the tips for safety.

nerf gun
nerf gun painted black
indiana jones costume


This costume came together pretty easily. I can’t think of any bloopers.

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