If you are working on your Costume Design Badge through either the Frontier Girls or Quest Program or just looking to ideas to create costumes for a theater production or costume part, continue reading for all sorts of ideas and information.
Up Cycled Costumes
Need a simple skirt for a costume? Why not re-purpose an old men’s shirt with this quick and simple no sew skirt from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. The basic concept and instructions can be adapted to create a wide variety of skirts from all sorts of shirts.
You can also use an old pair of pants to create this amazing witch hat on Instrucables. With a little adaptation you could use a similar method to create an elf hat or old fashion night cap.
Need a top hat? Instructables has an easy pattern to make one out of cardboard and a bit of paint. Like the items above, the pattern is easily adaptable to make a wide variety of flat topped hats from boating hats for a gondolier to a wide sunbonnet for a southern belle. Just adjust the width of the brim and the height of the hat.
Paper bags are another quick and inexpensive source of costumes. Hative has some great inspiration on how to turn a simple paper bag into a unique costume.
About Family Crafts has a list of 18 different costumes that are quick and easy to make out of simple pillow case.
I love these no sew ideas from Smart Money Mamas. While they are designed for kids, they would be just as easy to make for adults and most use old sweatshirts with a bit of felt.
What about wigs? Hair is an important part of any character you are trying to portray, but wigs can get expensive. Here is a simple how to video to create your own easy DIY yarn wig from You Go Gurl.
Heading back in time? What about cotton ball wig for George Washington or other founding fathers? Deceptively Educational has a quick and easy pattern with step by step instructions.