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Halloween Costume - baby Princess Leia

Everyone thinks of their baby girl as a princess, but she can only be Princess Leia on Halloween . . . or, really any time she throws a fit because she wants to be Princess Leia (babies are pretty good at getting what they want).

I'm bringing Craptacular Crafts back for a special Halloween treat - feast your eyes on this adorable baby!!! Oh, and the costume's awfully cute, too. You can make yourself with very few, inexpensive supplies; believe it or not, the wig is just a pair of tights!

Princess Leia Halloween costume tutorial by Robyn Welling @RobynHTV

Here's what you need:
  • one pair of brown, opaque (thick) adult-sized tights
  • one white child-sized T-shirt
  • scissors
  • brown thread, needle

Here's what you do:
  1. Cut the toes off of the tights; one piece will be discarded, and the other will be the cap for the wig. Make sure you make the cap piece long enough (about 5-6") that it'll come down to your baby's ears when it's on her head. If it's a little too snug, you can cut a small slit in the edge (shown in the photo above) to make it a bit bigger.

    Helpful tip: You can tell the cap is too tight by observing your baby carefully. If her eyes begin to bulge slightly or if she angrily phones her attorney, you probably need to make the cap bigger. Alternately, you might want to try trading her in for a smaller baby.

  2. Cut the legs off the tights. These will be the "buns" on the sides of the wig. Twist one leg into a loose rope lengthwise, then roll it into the bun shape (starting at the center of the bun). You'll need to put a few stitches in along the way as you're rolling, to help it hold its shape. When you get to the end of the material, turn it under a bit and stitch the end in place. Repeat with the other leg of the tights, creating the other bun.  Here's a close-up of what they look like completed.

  3. What remains of the tights is the "control top" portion. Cut a few inches of the waistband off to use as the belt (shown at the bottom of the photo, above). The rest of the tights can be discarded, or you can wear them yourself as part of a "sexy hobo" costume. No judgement here!
  4. Loosely stitch the buns onto the sides of the cap, allowing the bottom of the buns to extend off the bottom edge of the cap a bit. As you sew, stretch the cap in the spot where you're sewing the buns on; otherwise, the stitching will prevent the cap from stretching enough to fit on her head when you're finished.

    Actual Helpful Tip: You might need to put the cap on Baby for reference first, and lightly mark where the buns will go.

  5. Cut the white T-shirt down the front, from the center of the neckline to the bottom hem. This is Baby's Jedi robe.
  6. You're finished! Assemble the costume - the wig on her head (duh) (bonus: the buns keep her ears warm in chilly weather!) and the T-shirt goes on like a robe, with the waistband of the tights holding it closed like a belt. I dressed my Little Leia in a white onesie and brown pants underneath the costume.
We got so many compliments on her first Halloween costume, and judging by her expression I think she knew how cute she looked! Of course her dad let her eat so many Skittles we had to use the Force to get her to go to bed that night, but that's another story.

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Christian at PCPPP said...

So I should just scale up the measurements if I want to make one for an adult male? Asking for a friend.

Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 said...

I love the hell out of this. It's got everything I love- Star Wars, Halloween, bulging baby eyes, and of course, you.

caffchronicles said...

That is so stinkin' adorable!

Jen @ Cuddles and Chaos said...

This is seriously adorable. And if my sister has the Halloween party she keeps threatening, I'm totally making one for me!

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I suppose that would work, as long as you can find tights big enough...

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Yay, thanks! But now you made me want to work bulging baby eyes into everything I write.

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

Thanks! :D

Robyn of HollowTreeVentures said...

I love dressing up, but I'm sooo lazy - this would be a great costume because you wouldn't have to keep explaining who you were, plus it'd be comfy! Not to mention, your head would be nice and warm. :)

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