Tinkerbell Costume Ideas

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Make your own Tinker Bell costume from scratch for any child size with the included pattern and take part in the childhood story of pirates, Peter Pan and Never Never Land. The costume includes sparkly wings, felt slippers and a silky little green dress. Make it your own with extra glitter, tulle and just a touch of fairy magic.

Off to Never Never Land!
Off to Never Never Land! (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • 1 yard of green dress fabric
  • 1 yard of green lining fabric
  • 1/3 yard of tulle
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
  • Hand sewing needle
  • 16-gauge wire
  • 2 yards of tulle wing fabric
  • 2 yards of ribbon
  • 1 sheet of green felt
  • 2 white pompoms
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1/4-inch wood dowel, 18 inches long
  • White iridescent paint
  • 3 sheets of yellow felt
Supplies to make a Tinker Bell costume
Supplies to make a Tinker Bell costume (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

A little green dress is the heart of the Tinker Bell costume, and really, any green dress will do. Look through thrift shops and sale racks for anything shiny or green, in the form of skirts or dresses. Or you can print out this pattern and make a dress with a ruffle and petal skirt. The pattern will fit a three-month old baby, or you can enlarge the pattern to fit any child.

The Green Dress

Step 1: Measure

Measure around the shoulders of the child who will wear the Tinker Bell costume. Place the measuring tape around the chest, arms and back, with arms down. Divide this measurement by four to find the "pattern width." For example, if the circumference around the shoulders is 20 inches, the pattern width would be 5 inches. Print the pattern bellow and enlarge it to scale until the bodice pattern width matches the pattern width measurement.

Print to scale for a Tinker Bell costume pattern.
Print to scale for a Tinker Bell costume pattern. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 2: Cut Out the Pattern

Cut out the paper patterns and pin each piece to the corresponding fabric. Cut out each piece as indicated on the provided pattern.

Step 3: Gather the Ruffle

Change your stitch length to the longest setting on your sewing machine. Sew a straight line 1/2 inch from the edge of the tulle and do not backstitch. This is called a basting stitch. Pull one thread from one end while holding both threads at the other end to gather the fabric into a ruffle.

Pull one thread to gather the tulle.
Pull one thread to gather the tulle. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 4: Attach the Ruffle

Pin the ruffle on to the right side of the front bodice (bottom piece) and align the stitch line with the edge of the fabric as shown.

Pin the ruffle around the sweetheart neckline.
Pin the ruffle around the sweetheart neckline. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Tip

  • The right side of a fabric is the surface of the fabric that will show when the garment is worn.

Step 5: Sew Front Bodice

Align the notches and pin the front bodice top to the front bodice bottom with right sides together. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge and backstitch at the beginning and end of the stitch.

Sew together the sweetheart seam.
Sew together the sweetheart seam. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 6: Sew Front and Back Bodice

Pin the front bodice to the back bodice with right sides together. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge at the shoulders and side seams. Iron the seam allowance toward the back of the dress, and then turn the bodice right-side out.

Sew together the shoulders and side seams.
Sew together the shoulders and side seams. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 7: Sew the Bodice Lining

Repeat Steps 5 and 6 in the lining fabric, but skip sewing a ruffle in the lining.

Step 8: Sew the Petals

Pin together one fabric petal and one lining petal, right sides together. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge along the bottom left and right sides. Leave the top edge of the petal open. Cut small notches around the curved edges of the petal.

Clip notches in the seam allowance.
Clip notches in the seam allowance. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Turn the petal right-side out and iron the seam flat.

Turn the petal right side out and iron flat.
Turn the petal right side out and iron flat. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Repeat this step until eight petals are completed.

Step 9: Attach the Petal Skirt

Pin the petals to the bodice with right sides together, aligning the top edge of the petal with the bottom edge of the bodice. Overlap all eight petals, evenly spacing them around the bodice waist.

Overlap the petals in a random or symmetrical pattern.
Overlap the petals in a random or symmetrical pattern. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 10: Attach the Lining

Place the bodice lining on top of the bodice with right sides together. Sew along the neckline 1/2 inch from the edge of the fabric.

Cut a notch at the bottom of the v-neckline.
Cut a notch at the bottom of the v-neckline. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 11: Finish the Armholes

Turn the whole dress right-side out. Fold in the seam allowance around the armholes and pin in place as shown.

Turn under the armhole seam allowance.
Turn under the armhole seam allowance. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Hand sew the lining to the bodice at the armhole with an invisible stitch following these steps.

  1. Tie a knot at the end of a long piece of thread and then thread a hand-sewing needle. 
  2. Place the needle through the fold on one side of the seam.  Pull the thread through to secure the knot at the end of the thread.  
  3. Place the needle in the fold of the seam directly across from the first stitch and pull the thread through.  
  4. Continue around the armhole seam, making a small stitch in one fold, and then jumping across to make a small stitch in the other fold.  
  5. Tie a knot at the end of the thread when the armhole seam is complete.
Sew a small stitch back and forth through the fold at the seam allowance.
Sew a small stitch back and forth through the fold at the seam allowance. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 12: Attach the Ruffle to the Underskirt

Sew a long stitch (basting stitch) 1/2 inch from the edge of the tulle fabric ruffle, just like the ruffle for the bodice in step 3. Pull one thread on one side to gather the fabric. Pin the ruffle to the bottom edge of the underskirt, right sides together. Sew 1/2 inch from the edge.

Sew the ruffle skirt to the lining.
Sew the ruffle skirt to the lining. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 13: Sew the Skirt to the Lining

Sew the underskirt to the bodice lining at the waistline, matching up the pieces at the side seams.

Pin and sew the bodice lining and underskirt together.
Pin and sew the bodice lining and underskirt together. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 14: Sew the Wing Support

Fold the wing support piece in half along the long side, and sew 1/2 inch from the edge.

Attach a safety pin to one end.
Attach a safety pin to one end. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Insert the safety pin into the tube of fabric and pull through to the other side.

Move the fabric over the pin.
Move the fabric over the pin. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Push the fabric to turn the tube right-side out.

Repeat these steps to make a second tube.
Repeat these steps to make a second tube. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Fold the strip at each end to create a loop. Repeat these steps to make two to four loops, depending on the size of the child. The wings will be more secure with several loops to tie the wings to.

Make a belt loop.
Make a belt loop. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Place the loop along the center back of the dress. Topstitch the loops along the narrow ends onto the dress. Sew through both the bodice and lining layers.

Add more loops for more wing support.
Add more loops for more wing support. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Tinkerbell Wings: Ideas and How to Steps

There are several ways to make custom Tinker Bell wings. Cut out lace shapes in felt and glue to a wire wing support, or make a wing "skeleton" out of poster board and cover with tissue paper or cellophane. Add glitter and paint to make Tinker Bell's wings your own. This article will show you how to make wings with wire and fabric.

Step 1: Wire Support

Cut a long piece of wire approximately 3 feet long. Bend the wire in half and make a long oval shape as shown. Wrap the ends of the wire together to create a stem at least a few inches long.

The longer this stem, the more support the wings will have.
The longer this stem, the more support the wings will have. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 2: Drape Fabric

Wrap the wing fabric around the wire and gather at the base. Adjust the folds to lie flat.

Repeat to make a second wing.
Repeat to make a second wing. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 3: Secure Fabric

Twist the excess fabric around the stem of the wing and secure with a hot glue gun.

Glue the tule fabric to itself.
Glue the tule fabric to itself. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Trim off the excess fabric below the wire stem. Repeat to make a second wing.

Cut off the excess fabric.
Cut off the excess fabric. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Cut a pice of ribbon approximately 2 feet long and tie both wings together at the the base of the stem.

Secure the two wings together at the stem.
Secure the two wings together at the stem. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Wrap the ribbon around the stems to cover the fabric. Secure the end of the ribbons with a hot glue gun.

Wrap the stem with ribbon.
Wrap the stem with ribbon. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Cut two long ribbons and tie both onto the stem, about 1 inch apart. Secure with a hot glue gun.

Add more ribbon ties if the stem is longer.
Add more ribbon ties if the stem is longer. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 4: Attach the Wings

Thread the ribbons through the loops on the dress.

Cross the ribbons through both sides of the loop.
Cross the ribbons through both sides of the loop. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Pull the ribbons tight and tie a bow.

The ribbon and bows mimic a corset!
The ribbon and bows mimic a corset! (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Tinkerbell Slippers

Make your own slippers out of felt or paint a pair of ballet flats green. A large white poof at the toe completes the Tinker Bell slipper.

Step 1: Pattern

Print out the pattern for the slippers or trace the bottom of a shoe on a piece of paper. Trace the pattern pieces onto green felt and cut out two soles and two slipper tops.

Cut out the felt pieces.
Cut out the felt pieces. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 2: Sew shoes

Sew the two flat ends of the slipper top together, 1/8 inch from the edge as shown.

Sew the heel of the shoe.
Sew the heel of the shoe. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Pin the slipper top to the sole as shown.

Match up the edge of the sole with the long side of the slipper top.
Match up the edge of the sole with the long side of the slipper top. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Sew the slipper together 1/8 inch from the edge.

Slowly sew around the curved ends.
Slowly sew around the curved ends. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Step 3: Add Pompoms

Turn the shoe right-side out. Use a hot glue gun to place a large white pompom on the top of each slipper.

Glue on the pompoms.
Glue on the pompoms. (Image: Sarah Hamilton)

Make a Wand

Tinker Bell's magic wand can be made from a thin wood dowel and some sparkly white paint. Add a yellow felt star to the end or tie metallic ribbon around the dowel.

Hair and Makeup Ideas

Tinker Bell's beauty look can be created with some light fresh makeup and a sleek little up-do. Apply iridescent eye shadow and pink lip gloss, and don't be afraid to cover the skin in body glitter. Pull the hair up to a tight bun on top of the head and secure with bobby pins. To get Tinker Bell's bright blonde hair, make a wig out of yellow felt. Make a cap with several "hair sections" wrapping around the head. Gather some felt into a bun, and glue to the top of the cap.

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