How to Make Star Wars Costumes for Kids

Updated April 17, 2017

The Star Wars franchise has a host of followers, many of whom are children. As such, a kid's Star Wars costume is a popular item that can sometimes be quite expensive if bought at a store. Creating your own child's costume based on a Star Wars character can be more cost effective, but requires some patience and skill. However, with a few key items and some basic sewing knowledge, making this type of costume can be stress-free and rewarding.

Measure your child's height and width. Use these measurements to make a pattern, either on a store-bought or homemade one out of tissue paper. The pattern should be a basic cloak shape, with the bottom hem hitting the child's feet and the sleeve hem hitting the child's wrists. This pattern will later be used to guide you in cutting your costume material. Think of it as tracing.

Cut out the pattern and straight pin it down on your fabric. The fabric should be a tan colour if making a Jedi costume, white if making a Princess Leia one, or black if making a villain's -- such as Darth Vader -- attire.

Cut out the fabric based on the pattern. You must make two separate cuts, so keep the different pieces organised so you know which is meant for the front and which for the back. Save any scraps to make accessories like sashes.

Sew the fabrics pieces together using a sewing machine. You can also hand sew. When finished, turn the garment inside out so that the rough edges are on the inside and the smooth edges are on the outside.

Add accessories to the costume. Tie a sash to the waist of the cloak, or add two side buns to little girls' hair for a Princess Leia costume.

Collect recycled plastic and cardboard parts to make a lightsaber, which is the primary, sword-like weapon used in the Star Wars universe. Half an old shower curtain rod or an old wrapping paper roll will work nicely. Milk jug tops are a good idea for buttons on the part where your child will hold the lightsaber.

Using hot glue or masking tape, put the lightsaber parts together to your liking. The basic shape should be a long stick, but the design can vary.

Paint the lightsaber. The bottom half should be black, and the top half should be a bright colour like red, blue or green. Let dry before use.


For a girl Jedi, add touches like pink sashes or bows. For a creative lightsaber, let kids decorate their own.


Make sure the cloak isn't too long, or children may trip. Make sure the seams of the cloak are tight, or the seams may come apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing pattern
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Accessories
  • Assortment of plastic and cardboard parts
  • Paint
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Erica Morris has six years of journalism experience, working for publications in New York, London and South Florida. She has served as associate editor for a Jewish lifestyle magazine in Florida for the past two years, and worked as both a news and features writer for a number of weekly newspapers.