How to Make an Egyptian Costume Out of a Pillow Case for a Small Child
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Whether you're preparing for a themed day at preschool or just adding to your toddler's selection of costumes for imaginative play, you don't have to break the bank to come up with something extraordinary this time. Show off what a recycling savvy woman you are with an entire Egyptian costume made from a single pillowcase and a little bit of artwork. No art skills? That's okay -- this project is infallible.


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    Lay the pillowcase flat and draw a wide neckline across the closed end of the pillowcase. Make the neckline at least 6 inches wide for your youngster's head. You can always widen it later if it’s too narrow for his head.
  2. 2
    Make a slit with scissors near the top left and right sides of the pillowcase to make armholes.
  3. 3
    Try the pillowcase on your kiddo and make a few marks around the pillowcase where it reaches the top of his calves. If you had any trouble getting the pillowcase over his head, widen the neckline a bit and try the costume on again.
  4. 4
    Cut along the marks on the bottom of the pillowcase. Now he won't trip over his costume during his Egyptian adventures. Fold over the edge that's now ragged from cutting and sew a straight stitch around to give it a new and tidy hemline. If you'd prefer to leave the sewing machine buried in the basement, skip the finished hemline and go for a raw and natural look instead.
  5. 5
    Lay the stencil along the bottom hem of the pillowcase. You can make your own stencil from some paper and a border picture from the Internet. Print out the border and cut out the picture.
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    Tape the stencil in place to keep it from wiggling and then use the red or blue fabric paint to color within the stencil. Continue all the way around the hemline and then do the same to add the painted decals around the neckline and arm openings.
  7. 7
    Cut a long strip from the extra pillowcase material you cut from the costume. You can fold and sew the edges for a finished look or just tie the sash around the costume to cinch the waist.
  8. 8
    Cut an 8-inch strip from the leftover pillowcase fabric. Lay it on a flat surface and paint both sides with the fabric paint. Let it dry and then add the stencil markings over the top of one side with different color paint. Let it dry and then use it as a wristband for the costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillowcase
  • Scissors
  • Stencil (i.e., lotus flower border)
  • Fabric paint

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Categories: Education and Communications

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