How to make a tinkerbell costume

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by Christina Dennis

How to make a tinkerbell costume

My good friend asked me to help her make a Tinkerbell fairy costume for her little girl’s fourth birthday. We started with a gorgeous little green tutu made by Whimsical Elements, picked up some bright green satin from a local fabric shop, and she also snagged a $6 extra small women’s tank top in green. I ended up altering the top and making a little leaf apron skirt to tie over the tutu. I was happy with the results, and my little girlie was more than happy to model the outfit! Here’s how I did it and how you can too:

Materials:

  • 1 yard satin (for leaves on top and for leaf apron skirt)
  • tutu
  • child’s or women’s small tank top

Directions:

How to make a tinkerbell costume

From the satin, cut out a front and back for 4 large petal shapes (mine were 8″ by 7″ and I eyeballed the shape) and 3 smaller petal shapes (mine were 8″ by 7″). Cut out a 6″ wide strip across the entire width of the fabric (your fabric will probably be 54″ to 60″ wide) for the sash.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Put the petal pieces right sides together, and sew around the two sides. Turn over & press.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Press the 6″ wide strip in half lengthwise wrong sides together, and then press the two raw, long edges in ½”.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Arrange the larger leaves side-by-side with the top raw edges aligned. Place the smaller leaves on top, over where the larger leaves meet, as pictured above. Pin in place and sew together about ¼” from the raw edge.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Measure your child’s waist to find out how long you want the waistband of the leaf apron to be, and then gather the tops of the leaves to fit. In this case, I wanted the skirt to measure 21″ long.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Tuck the leaves about ½” into the waistband you’ve previously folded and pressed. Pin (a lot) because satin is slippery!

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Press the short ends of the waistband inwards and press (so there are no raw edges showing on the ends of what will be the tie). Sew the layers together with a topstitch about ¼” from the open fold of the waistband, sew the tie ends shut at the same time (as shown below).

How to make a tinkerbell costume

How to make a tinkerbell costume

For a matching top, find a green tank top that’s your child’s size (if not, you can do what I did and alter a women’s small tank top by taking in the shoulders and sides). Make small leaves in the same manner as the large leaves made for the skirt (mine measured about 2″ by 3″). Pin them together side-by-side, gather them, and then turn the raw edges in, pin, and stitch to the neckline as pictured above.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

To wear, simply have your girlie slip on the tank top and a tutu and tie the leaf apron over top. Cuteness!

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Well folks, I can’t help it…I have to show off my daughter’s Halloween-costume-cuteness. Here’s our beautiful little Tinkerbell!

How to make a tinkerbell costume

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Tinkerbell was her favorite out of all the characters she met at Disney last month, so I decided to attempt to make a toddler Tinkerbell costume for her. Here’s the pattern I bought to use for the costume. Definitely more time consuming than her no-sew little black cat costume I threw together last year, but it’s just so stinkin’ cute!

How to make a tinkerbell costume

I am a complete sewing novice, so I enlisted the help of my mother-in-law (who is an amazingly talented seamstress!) to guide me along the way! She helped me select the right fabrics and notions, cut out the pattern, gave me chunks of sewing “homework” that I could handle, then came and helped to get it all assembled. I certainly couldn’t have done this on my own! But I am proud that I had a hand in sewing it. 🙂 And I learned a lot along the way!

If you’d like to see how the pieces of the costume came together, I posted some photos on Instagram using the hashtag #addyshalloweencostume.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Using some leftover fabric, I sewed a simple drawstring bag (all by myself!) for her to use as a candy bag. Of course, I couldn’t resist using my trusty dusty Silhouette to cut out some heat transfer vinyl and dress it up a bit!

How to make a tinkerbell costume

There was a pattern for wings included in the Simplicity pattern, but I was concerned they wouldn’t be sturdy enough…so I found these wings on Amazon for a great price. They were perfect!

How to make a tinkerbell costume

It was totally worth the time put into this costume to see her face light up when she gets to put on her Tinkerbell dress. I have a feeling this one will be a dress-up staple until she outgrows it!

How to make a tinkerbell costume

Happy Halloween from our little Tinkerbell! Hope you and your family have a fun one!

UPDATE: Take a walk down memory lane with me to browse through all of my daughter’s DIY Halloween Costumes!

Steps

Creating a Child’s Tinkerbell Costume

  • You can use any shade of green, such as pale green or bright neon green, as long as the dress or leotard doesn’t have a pattern on it.

Tip: To make an infant Tinkerbell costume, dress your baby in a green onesie.

  • If you want the tights to really shine, look for sparkly or metallic tights.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

  • If you’re concerned that your child might trip over large pom poms, use small 1 inch (2.5 cm) ones that won’t hang over the sides of the shoes.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

  • To make it easier to wear the wings, tie 2 long pieces of ribbon from the middle of the wings into loops that your child can slide their arms through.

How to make a tinkerbell costume

  • You can also glue tinsel or glittery ribbons onto the thin end to make your wand a little sparkly.

Introduction: DIY Fairy Wings HOW-TO and BONUS Costume Essential

How to make a tinkerbell costume

How to make a tinkerbell costume

How to make a tinkerbell costume

ok first off, i fracken loooooove fairies. i had a great time making these. it is really easy. just make sure you really tie them together well. take your time with it and they will be some of the most sturdy wings you’ve sported. they stay up much better then the mass made ones do and there is no elastic to cut the circulation of both your arms off, just beautiful ribbon.

you need:
four hangers that are of the exact measurements.
2 pairs of old tights. use to different colors if you want
2 and a half inch ribbon or just a bunch of smaller ones
water based glue
a little glitter
an old paint brush
a pair of pliers
and your scissors

Step 1: Undoing the Hangers

  • please be careful when working with hangers. make sure to hold them firmly when bending. or maybe you want to be a cyclopes for halloween. no seriously use caution.

firmly hold a hangers in one hand and use the other to twist the top apart.

Make the hanger as straight as possible. it helps to use a thick pair of pliers. there will be a little bit of curl at the ends where you took the hanger apart but on one end the curl is up higher. try to work the curl out of the one that is higher but it doesn’t have to be perfect. the other end doesn’t matter cause it won’t be in the wing body.

Step 2: Shaping the Frame

now take an end in each hand, and slightly bend the hanger so that the ends cross at the bottom. about 2 and half inches of overlap

bend the ends in so the wire catches on its self.

do this to the rest of the hangers.

then take the other two segments and shape them for the bottom half. again the pliers are useful at this point. you can shape them anyway you want. this was a really easy way. and i liked how it looked:)

take what ever thick string you are using and tie a reinforcement knot at the joint of each segment. bring the string through the middle of the wing segment so the string is equal on both sides and tie a knot down the middle of where to over lapping wire “V’s”.

now take one top piece and one bottom piece and place them together. one of the overlapping wires on the bottom segment should touch the outer part of the top segment. and visa versa.

use your twine to tie them together. take your time with this and make sure they are together very securely. wrap the twine diag, up around where the overlapping wire meets the outer part of each wing. tie a knot and cut remaining string. as i went around with the twine i also wrapped up the left over hanging string from the reinforcement knots so you can’t see it and looks better.

Step 3: Making the Wings

take a pair of your tights and pull one of the legs down over the bottom segment like you would if you were putting it on your foot. *if there are holes in your tights use a strong craft glue to fix them. just make sure what ever seam is created gets turned to the inside.*

pull the tights down so that they are fairly tight. don’t worry about losing your wing shape you will fix them in a minute. once you have the tights pulled down to where you think they are tight enough, cut the other part of the tights off around the leg. you don’t want to destroy the leftover tights. you want them to remain as intact as possible. remove the part of the tights you don’t need. pull the foot part tight again over the bottom segment and tie a knot.

repeat to the top segment with the other foot of the tights.

put the remaining tights aside, they should be like capri tights now.

repeat all these steps to the other top and bottom segments.

Step 4: Makin the Straps

position the two halves together so that the outer wire pokey things fit together nicely. use your twine to tie them together. take your time with this also. go round and round with the twine north, south, east, west. go all directions with the twine. pull it really tight. really be sure to cover up the overlapping wire. use your pliers if you need to to push the wire down in position.

take time to shape your wings and decide what you what side is going to be the back and which side will be against your back.

take out your ribbon and cut two long equal strands. i cut mine about

with ribbon one, pull it through the mid section of the wings so the ribbon the same length on both sides. tie a knot on the side of the wings that will be touching your back.

repeat with ribbon two.

slightly burn the edges of the ribbon so they don’t fray. make sure the end of the ribbon is hard and dry before you set it down. only takes a couple of seconds to dry. but is super hot and gooey before it does so be careful.

Step 5: Decorating.

next use your water based glue and paint brush to paint designs on your wings. only do little bits at a time and add glitter as you go along so the glue doesn’t dry before you get to the glitter. i glittered the entire edge of the wings. not only does it help disquise the wire but reinforces the edges. you can also glue and glitter and spots on the tights that may have inperfections in them.

if glitter’s not your thang, there are so many other things to embellish with. carefully sew in little bells, random strands of ribbon, feathers you’ve found, little crystals. that’s the next pair i want to make. i just already had the glue/glitter and got the idea from the mass produced wings in the store and wanted to see how it would turn out. plus, i like sparkly.

Step 6: BONUS Essential Costume Piece

you can use your left over tights as a top and bottom.
take one of the pairs and cut the crotch out and you have your top. you put your head through the hole you cut and the what were the legs are now the arms. i used to do this in ballet. its a trade secret. haha no longer!
works great for halloween costumes that just are not warm enough for halloween night. i wish i would have know about this when i was a kid, then i wouldn’t have had to were a turtle neck under my belly dancer costume. i looked funny:)

and you can use the other pair as regular tights still, just capri style. i like those better anyway.

i layered mine with a random black dress i have and used the ribbon in my hair and around my neck.

pixie costume for basically free. depending on what you have already.
in case you couldn’t tell, i was way into this one. i intend to make many more pairs and in fact may have found my new calling:) recycled pixie wings for everyone!!
cannot wait to see yours!

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If you want to dress your little girl as Shirley Temple, impress all your friends and neighbors with a homemade version of her iconic red and white polka dot dress. With a little ingenuity, even a novice sewer can recreate a gorgeous version of this costume. Add a curly wig, tap shoes and a lollipop, and your little princess will be ready to dance the night away.

Shirley Temple’s Dress

Even beginner sewers can tackle this project because the dress construction is so straight-forward. Begin with a T-shirt for the bodice of the dress, and attach a simple, gathered, double-layer skirt to finish the dress. To keep the color and size of the polka dots consistent on the bodice and skirt, begin with a white tee and white fabric, and paint the red polka dots with fabric paint.

Things You’ll Need:

  • White cotton or cotton-blend T-shirt
  • 1 1/2 yards white cotton or cotton blend woven fabric
  • 3 yards red, extra wide, double-fold bias tape, 1/2-inch
  • 1 yard red satin ribbon, 1/2-inch
  • 1 yard red satin ribbon, 2-inch
  • White tutu or petticoat
  • Red fabric paint
  • Bottle cap from a gallon of milk
  • Foam paint brush, 1/2-inch
  • Iron
  • Hot glue gun
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric marking chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Shirley’s original dress was made of a sheer, ivory organza with red polka dots, which appeared bright white in the black-and-white-film. Not only is organza expensive and difficult to work with, but it also will not give you the crisp, white look you want for this costume. Choose a crisp white cotton or cotton blend for the skirt and a bright white cotton T-shirt for the bodice.

Paint the Red Dots

Lay the white T-shirt and the white fabric flat on your work surface. Apply red fabric paint to the top of the bottle cap with the foam brush. Use the bottle cap as a stamp to place red polka dots on the tee and the fabric. Fill in any empty spots on the red dots with the foam paint brush. Set the paint according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Allow paint to fully dry before continuing.

  • The fabric paint may have to be set with an iron to make it permanent.

Adjust Length of the Bodice

With your tape measure, measure the vertical distance from the top of your child’s shoulder to her waist just above her belly button. Lay the tee flat on your work surface, and cut off the bottom so the length matches this measurement.

Take Measurements for the Skirt

Measure around your child’s waist just above her belly button. Double this measurement to get the width for the bottom layer of the skirt. Measure from her waist to the top of her knee to get the length for the bottom layer of the skirt.

Cut the Fabric for Both Skirt Layers

Cut a rectangle of fabric according to the measurements taken for the bottom layer of the skirt. Cut another rectangle of fabric for the upper layer: Use the same width as the bottom layer, but make the length 2 inches shorter.

Apply Bias Tape

Sew bias tape around one raw edge of each rectangle. This will be the hem of each skirt layer.

Skirt Construction

Fold each layer of the skirt in half, right sides together, and sew the side seam using a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Turn the layers right side out, and insert the bottom layer into the upper layer.

Gather the Skirt

Set your sewing machine to a long stitch length. Sew a straight line through both layers of fabric along the waistline 1/8 inch from the edge. Sew a second line 1/8 inch from the first line. Leave 3/4-inch thread tails, and do not backstitch. Hold the thread tails firmly in one hand, and pull the fabric to create gathers.

Attach the Skirt and Bodice

Turn the skirt inside out. Insert the bodice, right side out, into the skirt, matching the raw edges of the bodice to the raw edges of the skirt. Put the skirt seam in the back. Adjust the gathers of the skirt so they are evenly placed all the way around. Sew the skirt to the bodice, using a 3/4-inch seam allowance.

Apply Trim

Trim the neckline of the dress with the 1/2-inch red satin ribbon. Use the hot glue gun to apply the ribbon around the neckline. Tie the 2-inch red satin ribbon around the waist for the belt.

The Petticoat

If you don’t have a full petticoat to put under the dress, use one or two white tutus to make the skirt full and twirly.

Costume Accessories

Shirley Temple was known for her curly locks, so if your little one doesn’t have curly hair, you will need a curly wig. You’ll also need a red ribbon for her hair. Dress her in white, black or red tap shoes, and have her wear white ankle socks with a lace trim. Since one of Shirley Temple’s most well-known songs was “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” have her carry a large swirl lollipop.

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Based in Philadelphia, Marybeth Kufen has been teaching since 2007, and has been writing education-related articles since 2013. She holds a master’s degree in elementary education and is a certified Reading Specialist. Kufen was named Teacher of the Year for her district in 2014.

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Water fairy Silvermist is a close friend of Tinkerbell, the fairy in the tales of Peter Pan. She is a sweet little character who is never afraid to come to the aid of her friends. Silvermist wears a one-shoulder blue dress and has glossy black hair and wings that are similar to Tinkerbell’s. A Silvermist costume would be fun to wear to a Disney or fairy-themed fancy dress party and is suitable for both adults and children.

Things You’ll Need:

  • Scissors
  • Pale Blue Card Stock, 30 Inches By 30 Inches
  • Silver Tulle Fabric, 8 Feet By 2 Feet
  • Needle
  • Pencil
  • Long Black Wig
  • Pale Blue Fabric, 8 Feet By 2 Feet
  • Glue
  • 2 Pieces Silver Tulle, 30 Inches By 30 Inches
  • Pale Blue Ribbon, 2 Inches By 5 Feet
  • Thread
  • Pale Blue Or Silver Ballet Pumps

Buy a pair of pale blue or silver ballet pumps from a fashion or shoe store if you don’t have a pair.

Fold the 8-foot by 2-foot pale blue fabric in half lengthwise so it is 4 feet by 2 feet. Lay it on your work space so the 2-foot edges are the top and bottom and the 4-foot edges are the left and right. The folded-over edge is the top edge.

Draw a small mark on the top edge 4 inches from the left-hand edge. Draw a small mark on the right-hand edge 10 inches down from the top edge. Draw a straight line between these two points. Cut both sides of the folded-over fabric along this line and discard the two triangles of fabric.

Sew together the two right-hand edges using the backstitch — sew from the very bottom of the fabric up to where you drew the 10-inch mark in Step 2. Make a mark on the left-hand edge of the fabric 10 inches from the top. Sew together the two left edges of fabric using the backstitch until you reach the bottom of the fabric. Turn the fabric inside out to hide the rough edges, pencil marks and sewing. You have made a pale blue one-shoulder dress.

Repeat steps 1 to 3 with the 8-foot by 2-foot silver tulle fabric to create an identical one-shoulder dress that is silver.

Wear the pale blue one-shoulder dress, then pull on the silver tulle one over the top. Both dresses should have the one shoulder on your right shoulder. Wrap the 5-foot by 2-inch pale blue ribbon around your waist and pull it tight to gather in your dress, then fasten it in a knot. Let any extra ribbon hang down.

Draw a large pair of wings on the 30-inch by 30-inch pale blue card stock. Look at pictures of Silvermist and fairies online for an idea of the shape. Use as much of the card as you can so the wings are nice and big.

Place the card wings on top of one of the 30-inch by 30-inch pieces of silver tulle fabric and draw a pair of identical wings using the card as a template. Paste a tiny amount of glue around the edges of the card wings and stick the tulle wings on top. Repeat with the other piece of 30-inch by 30-inch silver tulle fabric to stick the silver tulle wings on the other side of the card. Fold the wings down the middle. Put some glue in the center of the fold and attach them to the center of the back of your dress.

Over the Summer I decided that I wanted to make my kids’ Halloween costumes this year. So, in July, my daughter Riley (6-years-old) and I started looking for inspiration online. She decided that she really wanted to be Tinkerbell, so we started looking at as many Tinkerbell costumes as we could to get some ideas.

We decided on coordinating sibling costumes. Riley would be Tinkerbell and her baby brother, Hendrix (20-months-old), would be her Peter Pan! I didn’t want to make just any ‘ol Tinkerbell and Pan costumes, though, I wanted their costumes to be as authentic to the original Peter Pan Disney movie as possible. So I started slowly buying and collecting materials and tools to make their costumes.

Making the Tinkerbell Costume

In October I began making their costumes. I started with the wings by bending some wired coat hangers to create the shape for her Tinkerbell wings, as well as the hook fixture that would ultimately slide into the back of her dress. I then used some jewelry wire to make the inside design of the wings. When the design was finished, I spray painted the wings white.

I then used a specialty film called Fantasy Film to wrap the wings in. The wings were by far the biggest challenge for me, because the glue (Crafter’s Pick) that I had purchased to bond the wire to the film was taking FOREVER to dry. Luckily, I purchased more than enough of the Fantasy Film, so I was able to start over and re-wrap the wings to achieve my desired look. After the wings were dry, I cut the excess film and used a heat shrink gun to shrink and tighten the film, so that it would hug the wires.

I then burned the edges down with a lighter. When both wings were wrapped, I used Sakura 3D Lacquer to trace the inside design of the wings and then I applied tons of glitter to highlight the design and I let it dry. For the final step, I applied two coats of the Sakura Lacquer to further strengthen and seal the wings.

Creating Tinkerbell’s Shoes

I bought some used flats for my daughter at a consignment store and I cut the bow off of them. I bought some lime green fabric paint from JoAnn’s and started painting the shoes. I applied several coats and it wasn’t giving me the full coverage I wanted, so I just decided to add a coat of the Crafter’s Pick glue and added a bunch of glitter until the shoes were fully covered. I had originally wanted to fully rhinestone her shoes, because I thought it would be cool, but the rhinestones that I ordered were way too small. So, I improvised and took some assorted craft glitter packets that I had and I mixed them to achieve the light green look. I applied two layers of the Sakura Lacquer to the shoes to seal in the glitter and make the shoes nice and smooth. Then I used hot glue and cut up a feather boa to make the big poofs.

Making Tinkerbell’s Dress

I took my daughter’s measurements and drew out a pattern for the dress. When I finished the pattern I made an initial rough draft of it to see how the fit was on my daughter. It was a little tight, so I adjusted my pattern accordingly. Then, I started working on the final draft of the dress. I had previously purchased this amazing olive green net overlay that had a floral vine-like design all over it and I paired it with some lime green cotton.

I designed the dress to be strapless with clear straps since Tinkerbell has a strapless dress. I needed the dress to be form fitting as well, because I needed it to help support the wings. I created two deep pockets out of felt and placed them on each side of the zipper and I sewed them into the lining only, so that you wouldn’t be able to see the pocket outline from the back of the dress. I sewed in four little loops to hook the straps to and finished by basting the two fabrics together at the bottom to keep it kind of wispy-looking. Dress complete!

I was so nervous that the dress wasn’t going to fit her, because I had compared it to the first rough draft and it really wasn’t any bigger. But, amazingly, the dress fit her perfectly.
Finally, we decided to test out the complete look by going to the Disney Store’s Halloween Dress Rehearsal. I styled her hair and added in some blonde spray color that I found online, which actually worked out perfectly and had a very natural look to it.

I applied a little bit of makeup and then we were ready to go! Everyone was so amazed by her costume and people were even asking to take pictures with her. She said she felt like Tinkerbell and that it was her favorite costume ever!! It is certainly my best work and I am so proud of how it turned out!! I had hoped that we would be able to afford a Disneyland trip this year, so that she could meet Tinkerball and Peter Pan while in her costume, but it just wasn’t going to work out this year. All in all, I’m so impressed with myself and my skills, as I have only been sewing since April of this year! I plan on upping my game next year and every year thereafter!!

I hope you guys enjoy my version of Tinkerbell and that it helps inspire others to create and design their own Halloween costumes!