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Simple Elf costume tutorial

Recently we had a fairy and elf party for my son to go to. Luckily, he already had a pirate costume and I had some green felt left over from a Christmas project from about three years ago, I didn’t need much more then that!


What I needed:

Pirate costume top. (You could supplement for a brown t-shirt.)

Green felt.


Brown or green thread.


1 red lipstick (or facepaint if you can find yours, I couldn’t!)

1 brown eyeliner (or facepaint, see above!)


This was all I needed to make the top.


Cut 4 different sized leaf shapes from the felt. (Keep the off cuts.)


Cut out your leaf shapes and position on the top.

I needed one large one to cover the skull and crossbones emblem and I cut three more smaller ones. They were very roughly cut and looked like all sorts of different leaves! I then laid them out on the top until I was happy with the look.

Using a simple running stitch, I sewed down the centre of the leaves, just a single line as I was in a bit of a hurry and I thought it would make it easier if he wanted to return it to a pirate costume after.


Such a fitting pin cushion don’t you think?!

I then stitched the little bits of the felt off cuts the edges of the sleeves, totally randomly and using just a couple of stitches that I went over and over a few times.


Here you can see the sleeves and leaves stitched on. One leaf was on the back.

I then added some large red circles to my son’s cheeks with the red lipstick and drew on some eyeliner freckles.

Ta da! I was so happy with the finished result and he looked adorable!

Ta da! I was so happy with the finished result and he looked adorable!


Obviously because I’d gone to all that effort, he took it off soon after got to the party and refused to wear it again but at least he arrived looking the part! 😀



  1. March 26, 2016 / 7:05 pm

    Aww this is lovely! You did great job here 🙂

    • March 28, 2016 / 9:58 pm

      Thank you!! It was so easy really. Helped to have such a good ‘start’ item. Thanks for reading!!

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