You can make this DIY TinkerBell Costume (it has a no-sew option, too)! We’ve made many dress up costumes and share our free patterns and proven beginner sewing tutorials to walk you through it step-by-step.
Beginner Level Tutorial – DIY Tinkerbell Costume
My latest dress up creation, a Tinkerbell dress-up costume, is Elise’s favorite right now. It was by far the easiest dress up apron I’ve ever put together.
This only took about 2 hours to complete and that included taking pictures and notes for this tutorial. Note that this is definitely a beginner level project, so even if you’ve never sewn a stitch, commandeer a sewing machine and start stitching!
If you have a fairy fan in your house, this is the perfect addition to their dress-up box or Halloween festivities.
Look how cute – caught in mid-twirl! I made mine a bit big for my daughter because I want a few years out of this, but you can make it as long or short as you want. Tink’s dress might be the subject of debate, but we all have to concede: that little pixie rocks can rock a mini!
Some people might question the dress up apron concept, and to those people: I urge you to reconsider. I adore this concept for many reasons – enough reasons to warrant an entire article to themselves. They deserve it. Here are some highlights:
- Usage life, people. Kids grow fast.
- Pretend play = crucial. I can throw a whole lot of science-y stuff at ya, but this is a tutorial for TinkerBell… I think it’d be a bit out of place.
- Many ages = 1 apron. Can you say sibling love instead of rivalry? I’d like to think I’m helping to foster sisterhood that more resembles FROZEN than Cinderella.
- This bullet point is just here to see if you’re still reading – go ahead and tweet this if you are. Read the full article here for some more insight.
Tinkerbell Costume Supplies
I purchased all of my supplies at Jo-Ann’s and it cost only $15 to make this (including the coordinating green thread)! This is a very inexpensive costume to make. I’m not even sure you can buy a TinkerBell dress up outfit for $15, can you?
- craft apron
- 1/2 yard green dress up satin
- 3 yards of green tulle (matte)
- 1/2 yard of specialty fabric – I chose a pleated foil ombré because it reminded me of the veins in leaves – perfect for TinkerBell!
- sewing supplies, coordinating thread
- scraps of iron-on interfacing (optional) and fabric glue (optional)
Tips for Making a DIY Tinkerbell Costume Apron
Before we start, you might want to take some measurements or have some rough guesses flushed out. I measured the drop from the top of the apron piece to where I wanted the bottom of TinkerBell’s dress to fall (not the tulle). I used that to determine where the bottom points of TinkerBell’s dress should be cut. Then, I measured the drop from my child’s waist to where I wanted the tulle to fall (and cover the craft apron). I also measured my child’s waist to determine the width of the tulle and the cover piece to which it is attached.
For reference, my daughter is 2.5 years old and wears a 2T or 3T in clothes. Also for reference, look up back stitching if you don’t know what it is. Nearly every sewing machine has this feature, and it is important you back stitch at the start and end of a sewing interval. Do not forget to back stitch – I do not note it in every sewing step, but please remember that this is a necessary step.
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