Making a jester costume for your child for Halloween or any other occasion is not as hard as it seems. Although you can easily purchase the costume at a costume store, making it yourself is a straightforward procedure that saves on costs. The best part of creating such a costume is that any tiny flaws made during assembly give the costume a sillier look, enhancing its appearance furthermore. Use two of the child's favourite colours to create a one-of-a-kind ensemble that is sure to stand out and make the audience laugh.
Cut a strip of 3- or 4-inch-wide felt or thick fabric that is long enough to wrap around the kid's head. Allow one inch for overlap.
Cut out 6 to 8 identical triangles from a thick piece of fabric. Keep each triangle 10 inches tall, and the base 5 inches across. Alternatively, create a stencil with the right dimensions and trace it over the fabric to create eight identical triangles.
Line up pairs of triangles on a table so you have a total of three or four pairs. Sew the two long sides of each pair together, keeping their base sides open.
Insert fibre stuffing through the open side of each pair of triangle and sew it closed.
Spread the felt headband on a table and arrange the triangles over it, spaced evenly apart. Join with a safety pin on the inner side of the headband so it is not visible, glue or a straight stitch.
Sew jingle bells to the pointed tip of each triangle pair. The bells weigh down the triangles so they bend slightly.
Join the two ends of the headband together and secure them with two safety pins.
Spread two pair of form-fitting trousers or leggings in the child's size on a table. Depending on personal taste, select two complementing colours such as black and blue, or contrasting colours such as yellow or red. Split both pairs of trousers from the base of the crotch to the middle of the waistband using a seam ripper.
Sew a leg from one pair of trousers to the opposite leg from the other pair of trousers to form trousers in two different colours. Line up the front and back and hand sew the two using a whip stitch, or use the sewing machine.
Cut two different-coloured sweatshirts vertically in half with scissors. Join two contrasting pieces together by hand or use the sewing machine. Keep the colours in the shirt opposite to the colours in the trousers. For instance, if the left leg is yellow and right leg is red, keep the left side of the shirt red and right side yellow.
Trace diamond outlines on felt in contrasting colour and cut it out. Apply fabric glue to one side of the diamond and join it to the front of your shirt. Make as many of these as you want to dress up your shirt.
Things you need
- Felt or thick fabric
- Measuring tape
- Matching thread
- Fibre stuffing
- Safety pins or glue
- 3 or 4 metal bells
- Two pairs of trousers
- Seam ripper
- Two shirts
- Sewing machine
- Fabric glue