How to Make a Shepherd Costume for Toddlers


Help your sweet toddler stand apart from the sheep in his easy-to-make shepherd's costume. This shepherd costume is great for stage productions, costume parties, and Bible school activities. It requires little sewing because it is made from three T-shirts, and the comfortable cotton fabric is easy for a toddler to wear and allows him to have a full range of motion. It's also machine washable, so the evidence of your toddler's shepherding adventures can be easily washed away!

Things You'll Need

  • 2 small adult white T-shirts
  • Brown fabric dye
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 1 white T-shirt, child’s size
  • Blue fabric dye
  • White pillowcase
  • 1 cardboard gift wrap tube
  • Wire hanger
  • Brown packing tape

Shepherd's Tunic and Robe

  • Dye one small adult white T-shirt light brown. Mix the fabric dye as directed on the package. Allow the shirt to dry thoroughly. This shirt is the shepherd’s tunic.

  • Dye the other adult-sized white T-shirt dark brown. Mix the fabric dye as directed on the package. Add extra dye to create a darker colored fabric. Let the shirt dry thoroughly.

  • Cut the dark brown T-shirt from the center neck to the hem. Make another cut to enlarge the neckline.

  • Cut the sleeves off of the dark brown shirt. This piece will be worn as the outer robe portion of the costume. Set the sleeves aside for later use.

Shepherd's Head Covering

Shepherd's Belt

  • Dye the child's size T-shirt dark blue. Follow the package directions, and allow the shirt to dry.

  • Cut a section of fabric from the T-shirt’s torso so that it measures 8 inches in width. Don’t cut the side seams. This part will be used for the shepherd’s belt.

  • Fold the piece in half so that the rough edge and the finished edge are stacked on top of each other. Sew the edges together.

Shepherd's Crook

  • Place brown packing tape across one end of the gift wrap cardboard tube until the empty space is completely covered.

  • Wrap the shepherd’s crook with tape.

  • Fold a metal hanger so that it is straight on one end and hook shaped on the other.

  • Insert the straight end of the metal hanger into the open end of the staff to create the shepherd’s hook.

  • Wrap the metal hanger with brown packing tape until it is the same width as the rest of the tube.

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