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How to Make Your Own Storybook Character Costumes

Updated February 21, 2017

When you were a child, you probably had a favourite storybook character; Little Red Riding Hood, the Three Little Pigs or even Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. Now your children can too. Dressing up in costumes is not just for Halloween. Keep your children entertained with children's literature and creative dress-up clothes in the most economical, no-sew way--using what you have from around your house--and reusing items for three different costumes.

Dress your child in a black shirt and black trousers or leggings. This serves as your costume base.

Cut an old red sheet in half using a pair of fabric shears.

Wrap one half around your child's head to create the effect of Little Red's hood.

Wrap the other half around your child's waist and tie in a knot or secure with a child's belt. If you do the latter, you can pull up the fabric a little higher than the belt, and then fold the border down to hid the belt.

Place an old basket in your child's hand. Place a few kitchen items and food items--some fruit and bread--and top it off with a dish towel.

Dress your child in a collared shirt and overalls. This is your costume base.

Braid your child's hair in pigtails if her hair is long enough. If not, too spiky side ponytails will do.

Paint your child's face with pink face paint, if you have it. If not, two rosy cheeks with a little blush will do.

Draw a thick black line vertically down the toe of two pink socks with permanent marker. Before drawing, put the socks on your child's hands.

Dress your child in a jumper--preferably blue or blue gingham if she's got it--and a white collared shirt.

Place the basket in her hand and tuck a small black stuffed animal that is a dog or looks like a dog in the basket.

Braid your child's hair in pigtails and secure with hair ties.

Coat an old pair of high heels with white craft glue. Place on a few sheets of newspaper, and sprinkle red glitter over the top. Allow to dry. If you do not have red glitter, improvise with a pair of solid red heels.

Things You'll Need

  • Red sheet
  • Fabric scissors
  • Black shirt
  • Black leggings
  • Child's belt
  • Basket
  • Various food items
  • Dish towel
  • Overalls
  • Collared shirt
  • Hair ties
  • Face paint or make-up
  • Jumper
  • High heels
  • White craft glue
  • Red glitter
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About the Author

Vera Leigh has worked as a professional freelance writer since 2008. Her work has appeared in "Learn Overseas" and "Grad Source" magazines. In addition, she received an honorable mention in "Newsweek's" My Turn contest. She has written features for nonprofits focused on literacy, education, genomics and health. In her spare time, Leigh puts her English major to use by tutoring in grammar and composition.