How to make Red Riding Hood costumes

Updated April 17, 2017

Little Red Riding Hood is the lead character from the children's fairy tale bearing her name. Various forms of the story exist, with the two most-known versions by Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm. The key to Red Riding Hood's costume is her red hood. You can pair just about any dress with the distinctive hood and accessories to create a convincing Red Riding Hood costume. This hood requires no sewing, and the rest of the costume uses everyday items.

Lay the red fabric out on a flat surface in front of you.

Start in the bottom left corner and use the pencil to sketch a large semicircle onto the fabric, ending in the bottom right corner. Use a dashed line, rather than one continuous line, for a smooth, rounded line.

Cut the semicircle out of the fabric, running the scissors along the dotted line.

Place the semicircle on your head with the straight edge lined up along your forehead. Center the fabric so that there is equal length on either side of your head.

Wrap the ribbon loosely around your neck with the fabric gathered inside. Tie a simple bow under your chin to hold the fabric in place.

Pull fabric from the sides up and out to create a voluminous hood shape. Continue pulling and arranging the hood until it falls softly over your head.

Put on your dress, then cinch the waist with a black belt. Pull on your socks and shoes and finish by tucking a basket over your arm.


Wear your hair in braided pigtails with red ribbon at the ends. Stuff the basket with scrap fabric and cover with a red tea towel. Have a friend dress as the Big Bad Wolf for a couple's costume.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 metre red fabric
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • 1 metre red ribbon
  • Dress (gingham, checkered or floral)
  • Black belt
  • White knee socks
  • Black shoes
  • Basket
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