Last night, for no reason at all, Bella decided she needed to be a pirate. And so she was. Dressing her up in what we had around inspired me to share with y'all the neat little costumes we've put together over the years. I left out store-bought costumes (and there were several back-to-back years of Power Ranger and Spider-Man costumes).
Note that I can't sew and I'm not a "crafter." A little fabric glue here and repurposing there can turn disparate pieces into a costume that turns heads. For instance, Bella's Pippi costume from last year landed us on the cover of the local paper. That's pretty good for a novice!
I'll start with last year and work my way back in subsequent posts.
Bella dressed as Pippi last year (of course). Here's how we did it:
- Must have: Red yarn hair. (I used a wig for a clown costume. Cost: $10)
- A blue long-sleeved men's shirt you don't mind cutting up. (Found in Javi's closet. Cost: $0)
- An child's apron. (Found at the Dollar Store. The apron had a bee on it, so I just turned it backwards. Cost: $1)
- A sheet of yellow felt (Cost: $0.50)
- A sheet of blue felt (Cost: $0.50)
- A pair of funky-patterned tights (Already owned. Cost: $0)
- A long sock (Borrowed from my sister. Cost: $0)
- A pair of boots (Already owned. Cost: $0)
- Old flannel material for making patches (Found in the Mountain Man's closet. Cost: $0)
- Embroidery thread of any color (Already owned. Cost: $0)
- A treat bag made from an old pillow case
- Monkey to be Mr. Nilsson
- Gold coins for "dubloons"
- Harmonica or mini-accordion
- Scope (like I made for Bella's birthday party if you don't have a real one)
- Cut a P out of the yellow felt (for Pippi, obviously). Use a few rough, large stitches to attach the P to the apron with blue embroidery thread. Because the bee was still obvious from the back, I attached a flannel patch first, and then the P on top.
- Cut pockets from the blue felt. I cut the sheet in half, then layered it and cut the pockets at the same time. I used yellow embroidery thread to attach the pockets.
- Cut the sleeves at mid-arm from the shirt and use the scissors to fray the edges. Then fold up each sleeve and use a stitch to hold the fold in place.
- Add a few "patches" to the shirt and apron. Use yellow embroidery thread to make rough stitches holding the patches in place. Make sure you add a couple patches to the back of the shirt, too.
- For the hair: Divide the red yarn wig into ponytails. Secure them with a clear band. Braid the ponytails and use another clear band at each end. Stretch out a wire hanger and thread it through the wig. Then shape the wire to your child's head.
- The long sock is meant to go over one leg of the tights to create Pippi's look of mismatched leggings. If you have garters, you could cut the legs off two different pairs of cloth pants. If you have several pairs of long socks, skip the tights and just use socks. We had tights and my sister loaned us a long sock, so we went with that method.
- For the pillow case: Cut a few slits around the top to thread shoe string. This will make your drawstring. Then add a few of the flannel patches. I suggest you cut the pillow case down a bit so the bag's not so big. I didn't do this, but it would've been better if I had.
Coming up: A pirate, a knight, a wrestler, and an angel.
This post is linked to: The DIY Showoff, Get Your Craft On, Wordful Wednesday, Way Back When-esday, Works for Me Wednesday, and Somewhat Simple.