How to Dress Up as Marlon Bundo for Halloween

Looking for a quick, easy, and fun Halloween costume this year? Why not dress as Marlon Bundo, star of the hit children’s book Last Week Tonight with John Oliver Presents a Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo?

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo

Below you’ll find simple directions to make your own Bundo bowtie. Add some bunny ears, and you’re ready!

Quick + Easy Marlon Bundo Costume

What You’ll Need

  • About 1/2 yard of fabric (our cotton quilting fabric is from JOANN)
  • Pencil/fabric pen
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive or stitch-on hook & loop fasteners like Velcro (we used stitch-on Babyville Boutique Die-Cut Tabs)
  • Iron and ironing surface
  • Thick, double-sided fusible interfacing for stiffness
  • Stitch Witchery bonding tape
  • Hot glue gun and sticks
  • Sewing machine if you want to finish the seams and closures with stitching (optional)



1. Mark, measure, and cut the following pieces of fabric:

  • Two 10” x 7” rectangles
  • One 21” x 3.5” rectangle
  • One 6.5” x 3” rectangle

2. Mark, measure, and cut the following piece of interfacing:

  • One 9.5” x 6.5” rectangle

Note: You may want to mock this up with paper to see if this is the size you prefer and adjust accordingly.

2. Take the 10” x 7” fabric and iron .25” seams all around to make crisp edges. Place the interfacing in-between the fabric, wrong sides together and iron the pieces together well. You may choose to finish the seams with a sewing machine once the fabric cools.

3. Take the 21” x 3.5” fabric and fold the sides in to meet at the center lengthwise (wrong sides together) and iron well for crisp edges. Open it slightly and add a strip of the Stitch Witchery inside along the center so that the two edges touch it. Iron well. You may want to put a scrap of fabric between the iron and the piece to protect the iron from any glue that may seep out.

4. Do the same with the 6.5” x 3” fabric. Fold in the sides lengthwise to meet in the center. Iron. Add Stitch Witchery and iron again well. Use scrap fabric barrier if needed.

5. Take the finished 10” x 7” section and fold it lengthwise so that the edges meet in the middle. Then fold the opposite way, with the new edges meeting. If you look at the fabric from the side, the folds will zigzag and resemble an “M.” Hot glue the center of the fabric (where the top points of the M meet). Put some weight on it until it cools.

Making M


6. Lay the finished 6.5” x 3” with the new seam facing up. Place the finished 21” x 3.5” piece at the top of the other piece, so it looks like a top-heavy “T.” Both pieces should have the seemed sides facing you. Make sure they are centered and hot glue where they meet. This is both the band for the tie and the neck band.


7. Try on the “T” fabric piece against your neck for the right fit. Attach two pieces of hook and loop closure to the ends of the “T” fabric on opposites sides so that when the ends overlap the closures connect. Even if you use adhesive closures, you may want to stitch them a bit to ensure they stay.


8. Take the tie body (“M” piece) and stretch out the sides so that they resemble a finished tie, but take care not to unstick the glue. Take the “T” piece and glue the top of the side with no seam (the nice side) to the back of the tie body. This is where the legs and the lower point of the “M” meet. Wrap the small end of the “T” forward over the tie body so that the nice side if facing out. Connect the ends and glue. Once it is cooled, you should be able to wear your tie. Add rabbit ears and you’re done.


Happy, hopping, Halloween!

– – –

You can find A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo here.

April Whitney

April Whitney

April Whitney is a Senior Publicist for the Entertainment category with an abiding love of pop culture. She just celebrated her 11th year at Chronicle Books.
April Whitney


1 Comment

Leave a Comment