Easy Dress-ups: 5 No-sew Kids Costumes

Having your own dress-up box loaded with kids’ costumes is a great way to keep your kids busy (and boost their imaginations), plus it’s also a great back up for dress-up parties, Halloween or school dress-up days.

Make your own no-sew dress-ups

Now, if you want to get crafty and create some beautiful homemade dress-ups, watch these videos for inspiration. They’ve all been road-tested, are relatively simple and do not involve any sewing.

Make a no-sew cape

This is a great basic cape idea. You can make a red one for super heroes or a black one for witches and vampires. We made a personalised magician’s cape.

How to make a no-sew cape

Make a no-sew witch hat

Again this one can be adapted for all sorts of other characters. For instance, to make a wizard’s hat, just make the cone shape and stick stars and moons on it.

How to make a witch’s hat

Make a no-sew tutu

Turn your little chid into a fairy princess with this easy tutu that can be worn over normal clothes. Watch this video to get the step-by-step instructions.

How to make a no-sew tutu

Make a no-sew fairy wand

This is not just any wand, it’s a flower fairy wand! This one requires a hot glue gun but is well worth the effort. Magical play is a wonderful way to show children that anything is possible.

How to make a no-sew fairy wand

Make a no-sew pirate costume

This video shows you the basics of how to dress like a pirate. No need to buy an elaborate costume, you’ve probably got the key pieces of a pirate costume lurking in your own wardrobe somewhere.

How to make a no-sew pirate costume

This article was written by Penny Flanagan for Kidspot. Sources include communicate, OneStepAhead and education.com


  1. Alezandra 03/11/2018 at 9:20 pm

    Oh I would love to have that no-sew tutu…lol for myself 😛 I am always daunted into making my own costumes as I’m not a sewer or crafty. But these videos are telling me to be hopeful and there’s no limit to being creative.

  2. SarahBlair 31/10/2018 at 7:29 pm

    These looks so easy but so effective! The best thing is that they are not specifically Halloween costumes and can be used for general dress ups or costume parties!

  3. Shelz69 31/10/2018 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you as I am not a sewer at all. Would love to make a Dinosaur costume but imagine you would need to do some sewing for that. Might just settle for the pirate for now.

  4. dawnblyth 31/10/2018 at 11:57 am

    What a fantastic lot of ideas for no sew costumes. Often I would like to give our boys costumes to play in for dress up but I wouldn’t know how to sew them. To know there are ways around this is great!

  5. MuddledUpMolly 23/10/2018 at 9:46 pm

    These ideas are fabulous, I really like the look of the pirate one! For those of us who do not sew particularly well, it is great to have some options that still look fantastic. I love it when my hot glue gun comes in handy too 🙂

  6. felicity beets 23/10/2018 at 4:22 pm

    love the pirate costume. Would be great to see a dinosaur one. I think a cowboy costume would be easy as well.

  7. Mands1980 23/10/2018 at 12:00 pm

    I love these ideas the less complex the better as we are all so busy it’s hard to find lots of time to make dress up clothes. Usually I sew things but this is even better that I would not need to use the machine. All kids love to dress up and these are great.

  8. Bevik1971 19/10/2018 at 10:30 am

    Very cool ideas, I would use these if I celebrated Halloween 🙂 We don’t in our household and that’s a choice we made as a family. Although some of these costumes would be cool to make just because!! 🙂

  9. kymmage 17/10/2018 at 8:41 pm

    I have made a tutu before and found it relatively easy. I hadn’t thought about a pirate costume before, but that does look very easy and it looks great too! I love the idea of no sew. I have a sewing machine but I’m a bit hopeless with it. I barely know what to do with it. Lol

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