I was super ambitious this year, which means we made the whole costume--from shoes to wreaths, to wings! I really wanted this whole costume making experience to be a special memory for them, and I hoped to even get some pictures of them in the costumes to hang in their room. I let my kids help design the costumes, and it seemed like every few minutes they'd hand me a new design.
Super fun. If you'd like to make your own fairy costume, head over to Make It Love It to see how our costumes came together. Then keep reading below to deck your kids out with the rest of the fairy accessories, including the fairy wings and fairy shoes!
Alright, let's get started:
Here's what you'll need for the shoes:
- Material for the shoes, preferably with at least a 2-way stretch
- Grip fabric for the bottom of the slippers (this is the fabric that is under the feet of footie PJ's. I found mine in the utility section at my local Joann's)
- Terry cloth for the inside "bottom" of the shoes
- Felt Flowers for embellishments, a hot glue gun to attach if desired
- 1/4 inch elastic for the shoes.
Alright, let's get started with the shoes. I've included a template at the bottom of this post. Seam allowances are not included. This size fit my 6 year old daughter who wears a size 12 shoe. My daughter has narrow feet, so if your child has wider feet you may want to add a bit of width.
For EACH shoe, cut out two pieces using my template. Pay attention to the stretch of your fabric. My fabric had a 2-way stretch. I made sure that it stretched from heal to toe, otherwise the show won't have much give and will be really uncomfortable.
Placing the right sides of your fabric together, sew around the inner portion of the shoe, as shown below.
Turn your fabric right side out. Now you're going to need to sew a passage way for the elastic. The guide is shown in (1), with the completed pathway shown in (2). Use a safety pin to help the 1/4 inch elastic through the passageway. Sew the heals together. This secures the elastic at the same time.
Pin the "right" side of your shoe such that it's facing the "right" (or bumpy) side of your sole. Place the terrycloth below the anti skid sole. Sew all around the edge of the shoe.
Here's what you'll need for the wings:
- 2 yards of tulle
- a 2-3 inch piece of 1 inch in diameter PVC pipe
- a small piece of fabric to cover the pipe, plus a hot glue gun to attach it.
- Felt Flowers for embellishments
- 1/8 inch elastic for the arm attachments
- A small piece of ribbon to tie the tulle to the PVC pipe piece
First, cover your PVC pipe with fabric, using your glue gun to attach.
Set the pipe aside and begin to assemble the wings. Take your two yards of tulle and sew the two ends together, making one big loop:
Grab them in the center and tie them to your pipe. Go ahead and use a hot glue gun to attach the tulle to the pipe better.
Now hop on over to Make It and Love It to see the rest of my fairy costumes!!