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

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How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
Turn a pillowcase into a crayon costume. (crayons image by saied shahinkiya from Fotolia.com)

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.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you 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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Instructions

  1. 1

    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.

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    Measure where the armholes and neck hole should be for the costume. (tape measure image by MichMac from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Cut out the armholes and neck hole with a scissor.

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    Use a pair of scissors to transform the pillowcase into a costume. (scissor image by Vladislav Gajic from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    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.

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    A black paint pen is ideal for tracing the outline of the crayon wrapper. (Black pen isolated on white image by robootb from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    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.

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    Construction paper rolled into the shape of a cone becomes a hat for the costume. (traffic cone image by Chris Roselli from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

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

  1. 1

    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.

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    A pretty pillowcase provides the framework for a beautiful vintage costume. (bed and breakfast image by feisty from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

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

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    Mark where the armholes should be cut. (pink pretty little girl image by Olga Sapegina from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    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.

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    Pretty buttons add interest to the neckline and cover stitching. (buttons image by Marek Kosmal from Fotolia.com)
  4. 4

    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.

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    Tie a bow at each shoulder. (ribbon image by dana nicolescu from Fotolia.com)
  5. 5

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

    How to Make a Kid's Costume Out of a Pillowcase
    A straw hat or shawl helps to complete the costume. (dress and hat image by Lisa Eastman from Fotolia.com)

Tips and warnings

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

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