How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase

Updated April 17, 2017

Just like Cinderella's fairy godmother turned a plain orange pumpkin into a magnificent carriage, you can turn a plain, ordinary pillowcase into a magical costume for your child. A pillowcase can be turned into a brightly coloured crayon costume or a delicate vintage dress. It just takes a little bit of imagination to transform that everyday object into a fun costume.

Measure the pillowcase against your child. With a pencil, mark where the armholes and the neck hole should be cut. Check the length of the pillowcase against your child. If it is too long, mark where it should be hemmed.

Cut out the armholes and neck hole with a scissor.

Look at a crayon to guide you in outlining the design of the wrapper. Put a piece of cardboard inside the pillowcase, and then go over the pencil sketch with a black paint pen. Fill in the larger black areas of the design with black fabric paint.

Take a piece of heavy construction paper that is the same colour as the pillowcase, and roll it into a cone to make a hat for the costume. This is the point of the crayon.

Dress your child in a sweatshirt and sweatpants that match the colour of the pillowcase crayon to complete the costume.

Use an embroidered-, lace- or eyelet-edged pillowcase. Measure the pillowcase against your child. If it is too long, cut the pillowcase at the open end and hem.

Mark where the armholes should be at the open end of the pillowcase, and cut quarter circle-shaped holes.

Gather and sew the fabric near the neckline if the pillowcase is too wide at the neckline. Decorate with a bow or pretty button to cover the stitching.

Sew one decorative wide ribbon on the front of each shoulder and a wide decorative ribbon on the back of each shoulder. Tie each ribbon in a bow.

Decorate a wide-brimmed straw hat with flowers or ribbons to complete the vintage dress costume.


If your child's friends want to be crayons, each child can make a different colour crayon costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Black paint pen
  • Black fabric paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard
  • Heavyweight construction paper
  • Tape
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Satin ribbon
  • Buttons
  • Wide-brimmed straw hat
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Carolyn Gray started writing in 2009. Her work history includes line and staff management in the Finance and Controller's Department of New York Telephone and NYNEX. Gray has a Bachelor of Arts in government from Clark University and a Master of Business Administration from New York University's Stern School of Business in Management and Organization Behavior.