How to Make a Princess Leia Costume Out of a Sheet

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 flat, twin-size sheets

  • Fabric marker

  • Sewing machine

  • Package of safety pins

  • Scissors

  • Two 9-inch pieces of elastic

  • Pair of white boots

  • White shirt with mock turtle collar

  • Gold chain belt

Flat, twin-size sheets should be the right size.

Princess Leia Organa, one of the main protagonists of the original "Star Wars" films, has become a symbol of feminine strength and power. She has been copied and emulated by girls for more than 30 years and remains a popular subject for Halloween costumes. Most remember her as they first saw her: in the long white robe and honey bun hairdo of the first movie. The robe can be easily made with a couple of flat, twin-size sheets and minimal sewing skills.


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Step 1

Sew the two sheets together along the narrow edge. Leave a 12-inch gap in the center for your head.

Step 2

Pull the sheets over your head so that one sheet is behind you and the other is in front.


Step 3

Pin the sheets together at the wrists, under the arms, at the waist and at the hem line. You will either need a model or someone to pin it for you. Be generous; the robe should fit rather loosely. And the sleeves should be wider at the wrist than under the arms.

Step 4

Pull the sheets off over your head and lay flat. Draw a line from the wrist pin to under the arm pin to the waist pin to the hem pin. This is your sew line. Draw another line about 1 inch away from this line. This is your cut line. Repeat with the other side. You will now have a drawing of your robe on the top sheet


Step 5

Cut along the cut line through both sheets. Sew the two sheets together along the sew line.

Step 6

Turn the robe inside out. Cut and hem to the length you want.

Step 7

Stretch and pin the pieces of elastic to the inside to each sleeve. Sew them on.

Step 8

Wear the costume with a high-neck white top, white boots and a chain belt.