Jester Costume

by the editors of Parenting; photo by Jim Bastardo

Jester Costume

This enchanting costume is entirely no-sew

A perfect idea for your household's resident comedian. She'll be the life of the party! Felt cutouts and glue-on trimmings make it easy.

You'll need:

  • 1 1/2 yards gold felt
  • Felt in various colors
  • Black pom-poms
  • 1-inch-wide grosgrain ribbon, 2 feet each of various colors
  • 12 x 18-inch piece each white and black EZ felt
  • Wooden dowel
  • Jingle bells
  • Wiffle ball
  • Black paint
  • Striped pajamas, boots

Tunic: Measure child from shoulders to mid thigh and across chest. Double the shoulder-to-thigh length and cut a piece of gold felt to this measurement. Fold in half crosswise and cut a slit for the neck along this fold. Glue 3 felt diamonds on the front and felt triangles and black pom-poms along the bottom, as shown.

Collar: Measure child's neck loosely and cut a piece of ribbon to this length. Cut 9 felt diamonds; glue ends together to create loops. Glue black pom-poms to tips. Thread onto ribbon and tie around neck.

Hat: Measure child's head and add an inch. Divide by 2 and cut out 1 piece each of white and black EZ felt to that measurement. Glue felt pieces together along one side. Wrap around child's head to check fit; glue other sides together so hat fits snugly. Cut out triangles along the top and glue pom-poms to the points, as shown.

Wand: Glue lengths of ribbon to a wooden dowel and tie bells on their ends. Paint Wiffle ball black and glue it to top of dowel.

Toolbox: You'll need a hot-glue gun, glue sticks, and scissors. All materials available at crafts shops, unless noted.

Safety note: If your child tends to chew on things, use caution with pom-poms and small decorations.