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.
Things You'll Need
- Measuring tape
- 1 yard of green dress fabric
- 1 yard of green lining fabric
- 1/3 yard of tulle
- Sewing machine
- 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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
The right side of a fabric is the surface of the fabric that will show when the garment is worn.
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 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 the Bodice Lining
Repeat Steps 5 and 6 in the lining fabric, but skip sewing a ruffle in the lining.
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.
Turn the petal right-side out and iron the seam flat.
Repeat this step until eight petals are completed.
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.
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.
Finish the Armholes
Turn the whole dress right-side out. Fold in the seam allowance around the armholes and pin in place as shown.
Hand sew the lining to the bodice at the armhole with an invisible stitch following these steps.
- Tie a knot at the end of a long piece of thread and then thread a hand-sewing needle.
- 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.
- Place the needle in the fold of the seam directly across from the first stitch and pull the thread through.
- 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.
- Tie a knot at the end of the thread when the armhole seam is complete.
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 Skirt to the Lining
Sew the underskirt to the bodice lining at the waistline, matching up the pieces at the side seams.
Sew the Wing Support
Fold the wing support piece in half along the long side, and sew 1/2 inch from the edge.
Insert the safety pin into the tube of fabric and pull through to the other side.
Push the fabric to turn the tube right-side out.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wrap the wing fabric around the wire and gather at the base. Adjust the folds to lie flat.
Twist the excess fabric around the stem of the wing and secure with a hot glue gun.
Trim off the excess fabric below the wire stem. Repeat to make a second wing.
Cut a pice of ribbon approximately 2 feet long and tie both wings together at the the base of the stem.
Wrap the ribbon around the stems to cover the fabric. Secure the end of the ribbons with a hot glue gun.
Cut two long ribbons and tie both onto the stem, about 1 inch apart. Secure with a hot glue gun.
Attach the Wings
Thread the ribbons through the loops on the dress.
Pull the ribbons tight and tie a bow.
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.
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.
Sew the two flat ends of the slipper top together, 1/8 inch from the edge as shown.
Pin the slipper top to the sole as shown.
Sew the slipper together 1/8 inch from the edge.
Turn the shoe right-side out. Use a hot glue gun to place a large white pompom on the top of each slipper.
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.
Sarah Hamilton is a professional artist and dressmaker in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology, and has since been working in all forms of the visual arts. She is happiest in her studio, painting, sewing, or crafting anything from nothing.