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DIY Tinkerbell Costume

Well, these posts are taking longer than I’d hoped, but now that we made it past Josiah’s 6th birthday party I’ll try to speed things up.

I’ve already written about my littlest Peter Pan costume here.  Now it’s time to talk about Tinkerbell.

DIY Tinkerbell Costume from The Nesting Spot

While Josiah took to the last second to make a decision on a costume, Audrey knew from the beginning that she wanted to be Tinkerbell.  I figured it would be easy enough since she looks like her.  I think she turned out pretty cute if I do say so myself!

DIY Tinkerbell Costume from The Nesting Spot

DIY Tinkerbell Costume from The Nesting Spot

I wanted to try and make something that looked like the actual Tinkerbell from the different movies, not just a green tutu dress that is Tinkerbell inspired.  I looked around the web for tutorials or pictures to help.  I did find some handmade costumes for sale that looked like I wanted but didn’t find any tutorials.  Ken and I were at JoAnn’s and I was looking around at all their green fabric to see what could work.  I wanted something comfortable.  I found some green knits but nothing quite light enough.  Then I saw another pretty fabric that was a shimmery and looked like leaves because of the texture of it.  In the newer Tinkerbell movies her dresses are made of leaves so I liked copying that.  The fabric was a bit sheer though so I bought the knit fabric to go under it.  I figured extra layers would help keep her warmer in this minimal dress as well.

diy tinkerbell dress from The Nesting Spot

I used another sun dress that she has as my reference for size.  I made the under layer first.  It is very simple with just front and back pieces.  I cut it long so that I could cut the bottom later.  I really didn’t want to end up with it being too short.  The top layer I made using four pieces.  I really just made it up as I went and kind of winged it.  I was inspired by this.   I did use her measurements though.  I also had to try both layers on her a couple times and take in the sides or make other adjustments to make it just right.  After getting the two layers the way I wanted I put them on her again to measure how much tulle would be needed for the straps.  Tinkerbell’s dress doesn’t have straps but we’re not doing that on a 3 year old.  I did want to give the illusion a bit though so I bought a quarter yard of nude colored tulle for a few cents at Hobby Lobby.

Note: You may notice a crease in the different parts of the dress.  I’m assuming that is where it was folded on the bolt.  I prewashed both green fabrics and am surprised it didn’t come out.  I really wasn’t paying attention to it and didn’t notice it until I was finished.  I don’t know if that kind of fabric can be ironed or not.  If you know tell me in the comments.  But really, it wasn’t too noticeable in real life.

tinkerbell dress sized from sun dress

tinkerbell dress straps

I pinned the two layers together and the tulle in between them as well.  I also tried it on her to make sure I was putting the straps in the right place.  The dress is FAR from perfect if you look at the seams closely but I try not to worry too much about a costume that will only be seen a few hours.  After it was all pinned I sewed two  rows around the top and backstitched over the straps to make sure they were extra strong.

Finally, I put it back on her and just needed to measure how much to cut off the bottom to make the skirt with the cutouts.  I debated sewing the layers together or doing other things but ended up just not worrying and just cutting the two layers to match (although they often lay in different positions when she moves).  I just kind of eye balled it.  I was afraid that the top leafy layer was starting to fray so I did a zig zag stitch close to the edge all the way around just to keep it from fraying too far.  I kind of liked the added detail.  Knit doesn’t fray so I left it alone.

tinkerbell dress

Surprisingly, the hardest thing for me to find was the wings. I looked everywhere….at least twice.  Finally, I ended up accidently seeing at the 11th hour that a local gift shop was selling Halloween accessories and I popped in to find that they indeed had angel wings for only $3.50!  I had been seeing every type of wing imaginable in my quest for good Tinkerbell wings but they were every other color of the rainbow.  I also saw some really awesome fairy looking wings but they were around $18.  Um, no.  Can’t do it. You may be asking yourself why I didn’t just make some.  Well, I could have but I really just wanted to keep this simple and not go through the trouble of trying to form coat hangers and get the panty hose to work etc.  I just figured this would be an easy short cut. Who knew it’d be so hard?  But in the end the angel wings (with halo) worked great.  They definitely looked more to me like fairy wings than angel wings.  I did bend the corners of all four wings though to make them a bit more pointy and fairy-like.

tinkerbell wings

Because there was such a large piece of cloth in the middle of the two halves I wanted to disguise it a bit so it wasn’t so obvious that it was fake wings on her back.  I wanted them to look like they were just coming out of her dress…you know, like a really fairy would.  I also didn’t want to use the arm straps that came with it because that would detract from the look.  I didn’t want to cut the straps off though so that when Audrey plays with them later at home she can just slip the wings back on.

tinkerbell wings

So, I used a scrap of fabric leftover from cutting the top dress layer and just wrapped it around the middle a few times and then safety pinned it down.  Then I just slid the straps under the cloth and they stayed put.

tinkerbell wings

I safety pinned the wings to the back of her dress.  I actually didn’t do this until we got to the Fall Festival because wings and car seats don’t mix.

tinkerbell dress and wings

Tinkerbell wears huge pom-poms on her shoes.  These are super easy to  make.  I grabbed some white yarn that I already had and cut out a piece of cardboard to wrap it around.  Choose the cardboard width to be half the diameter of the finished pom pom.  There are tons of tutorials online on how to make them.  Here is one.

Tinkerbell shoes and pom poms

At first I had trouble figuring out how I would attach the pom poms without hurting the shoes.  But then I had a flash of brilliance and remembered some barrettes I had bought long time ago to use for something else.  Thank goodness for hoarding supplies!  I simply used another long piece of yarn, tightly tied it around the center of the pom so you couldn’t see it and then tied it to the barrette.

pom pom clip diy

Then all we had to do was clip it to the top of the shoe.

tinker bell pom pom

I had been going back and forth about what she should wear for shoes.  Tinkerbell wears green shoes but I don’t see those often and wasn’t sure how to make them.  Finally, I decided that she could just wear some brown mary janes that she has but I was staring at her new gold shoes and thought that even though they aren’t true to the movies, they were fairyish and would also be comfortable for lots of walking.

tinkerbell shoes

And I think they turned out pretty cute!

At the last minute before we left I finally had a chance to look up how to do a sock bun. I had heard of them but hadn’t never seen how one was actually done before. I watched the first youtube video that popped up on Google and it looked very easy. I found an old sock that had no mate, cut it and started wrapping it around Audrey’s hair. First of all, it is always hard for me to pull her hair back because of the way her hair lies. It does not like all going back in one direction. Lots of lumps happen. Second, her hair is still very thin so it really wasn’t enough to fully cover the sock and it kept trying to slide out all night. But I just kept tucking it back in and it looked good enough. For someone with fuller hair this is definitely an easy way to get the Tinkerbell hair look.  Oh, and this photo shoot was done after Halloween so her hair was done quickly just for the photos.  It actually was a bit better on the actual night.

Okay, well, about wraps things up. If you have any questions please ask! I hope to get the last costume written about before Thanksgiving. haha!

DIY Tinkerbell Costume from The Nesting Spot

Final Hospital Update, Pioneer Day, and Halloween, Oh My!

Sorry for the lack of updates.  Two days after I wrote my last post, on October 22, Josiah was released from the hospital.  He was moved out of the PICU on Monday and went home about 24 hours later.  We were so happy to leave and join the family back together.  I really can’t say enough good things about the hospital and all the support we got from our community of friends and family.  I plan to write another post about that soon but haven’t had the chance to put my thoughts on paper yet.

In the meantime, even though Josiah was still very weak when we left he was looking so much better.  He was able to join his class for Pioneer Day which made us all so happy.  It’s a day of reenacting pioneer life which they have been learning about the last two months.  It included washing with a wash tub, calf roping, making wooden Jacob’s ladder toys, making bead necklaces, learning how to dry apples, panning for gold, making possible bags in a teepee, animal trapping, and on and on.   It was lovely to see how happy his classmates were to finally see him.  They were overjoyed that their prayers had been answered and that Josiah was healed.

Cattle Roping

Another thing that worked out wonderfully was a friend let us borrow the boots and shirt for the day since we didn’t have anything for him.  As soon as we left the hospital we stopped by the thrift store that was down the street but I couldn’t find anything….you might be surprised to hear that if you’re not from Texas…you’d think that is all that anyone wears around here.  The friend and her son just happened to be trying to visit us at the hospital not knowing we were already discharged so we met them at the thrift store for a bit since they had made the drive all the way to Austin.  It was so nice knowing that I didn’t have to spend the next day running around town trying to find an outfit for him to wear.  Definitely a God send there.  Oh, and the boys all made “coon” skin caps in class and the girls made bonnets to wear on this day.  Josiah had just started his in class the day before he got sick so thankfully it was the right size and his teacher just finished it for him.

He rested at home the rest of the week though and went back to school on the following Monday.  His teacher recommended that he leave early the next few days to take a nap since he was still really dragging.  By Wednesday though he was starting to look a lot better so we thought that maybe Thursday (Halloween) he’d be up for staying the whole day.  And as luck would have it, we had a huge rain storm in central Texas that flooded a lot of areas including ours.  School was cancelled which was good because we couldn’t have gotten there anyway.   There is only one road out to the area where a lot of us live just outside of town.  And if there is ever a huge rainstorm like there was then we can get stuck because you have to drive through a couple low water crossings.   Texas has been in drought conditions for years now so even when we have had a lot of rain it gets soaked up pretty fast, but this was a crazy amount rain in a very short time and so there just wasn’t anywhere for the rain to go.  Today was the first day that there wasn’t water on the road.   And we’re actually supposed to get more rain this week, so we’ll see if we get stuck again.

We were determined to get out for Halloween though.  I worked too hard on their costumes to not have them get worn.  I had to drive through scary water to get there, but I was determined.  Our church does a fall festival every year as an outreach to the community and so that is where we go.  Here’s a look at what they looked like that evening.  I am going to write on each of their costumes this week with a lot more pictures and explanations as to how I made them in case you need some inspiration for next year.  Josiah’s costume almost didn’t get finished because of the flood but I’ll tell more about that when I share his costume details.  And in case you’re wondering what they are, we have Tinkerbell, Peter Pan, and Megatron.

Tinker Bell, Peter Pan, and Megatron DIY Costumes from The Nesting Spot