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The Costume Box

Dress-Up for Holiday & Every Day

with Anne Weil
The Costume Box
Anne's projects use simple designs, easy techniques and low-cost materials to create stunning costumes for imaginative play all year long.

Does your little girl wear her tutu to bed? Have all your bath towels been redeployed as superhero capes? Kids love costumes! Anne Weil has dozens of great ideas to share. Whether you're planning a special Halloween costume, or fueling your child's creativity with items for imaginative play, The Costume Box will teach you easy techniques to make dozens of beautiful costumes. This class includes detailed instructions and pattern templates. You'll make capes that transform your child into a princess or superhero; wings for a dragon or fairy; no-sew skirts, crowns and sparkly wands; or a sword and armor. Create more than 50 costume designs with Anne's techniques!

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Lesson 1. Introduction

  • In The Costume Box, Anne Weil will teach you basic techniques that you and your children can use to create hundreds of different costume ideas.


Lesson 2. Tulle Tutu Skirt

  • This no-sew skirt works up in minutes. Colorful tulle can make a skirt for a witch, fairy and Snow Queen, or rip up sheets for a Zombie Ballerina. Anne talks about how color choices make the difference between an ordinary skirt and one that wows.


Lesson 3. Tulle Crown

  • If you can tie a square knot and slipknot, you can make this headpiece with tulle and ribbons. Learn wire-twisting techniques, match the crown colors to your skirt and add embellishments.


Lesson 4. Wands

  • Three different wands will enchant your young magician, including a pearly sphere, a tulle puff and a regal scepter. Anne teaches how to wrap ribbon or embroidery floss for a colorful finish.


Lesson 5. Wings

  • Allow your child to fly with easy-to-make wings, decorated with ribbon, beads, tulle and faux fur for dozens of different looks.


Lesson 6. Wing Straps

  • Anne demonstrates three ways to decorate and attach straps to your costume wings, so they'll stay on securely for hours of play.


Lesson 7. Pearly Crown

  • Delicate wire and jewels decorate the forehead. Use your wire-twisting skills and glue gun to create a custom-fit headpiece for a princess.


Lesson 8. Royal Crown

  • Easy sewing on posterboard creates a regal crown that matches other costume pieces.


Lesson 9. Sword

  • Three layers of corrugated cardboard makes a sword study enough for energetic pretending. Decorate the hilt with satin ribbon and flashy jewels.


Lesson 10. Scabbard

  • More sewn paperboard from your recycle bin makes a scabbard for your trusty sword, or a utility belt for carrying whatever needs to be brought along, from a light saber or pirate's booty to a fairy's stash of pixie dust.


Lesson 11. Chest Plate

  • You don't need a pattern - just a ruler, pencil and piece of string - to create this costume piece from paperboard and fabric. Embellishments let your child pretend to be a robot, muscular superhero, space villain or gorilla.


Lesson 12. Boot Covers

  • With a little measuring and sewing, turn ordinary sneakers into sparkly golden boots. This lesson gives you useful tips to take any outgrown costume piece and make a new pattern with plenty of grow room.


Lesson 13. Hooded Cape 1

  • Basic sewing skills are all you need to make this spectacular lined cape. In Part 1, Anne shows you how to select fabric and trim, then measure, draw and cut out the pieces. No pattern required!


Lesson 14. Hooded Cape 2

  • Finish your cape with easy machine sewing, and your child is outfitted for adventure. An optional hood gives your cape an air of mystery.

"Anne's enthusiasm is totally infectious! I love that these projects foster your child's imagination as well as your own. I love the discussion of color theory and experimentation in the design process. As for approach and technique, I like that the projects don't require patterns and you don't really need a sewing machine, and the emphasis on adaptability (especially being able to alter a piece to suit a boy). Anne's instructions are clear and easy to follow, and I really like the way her personality comes through. ... in this Craftsy class you can almost forget you aren't in the same room with your teacher. Highly recommended!"
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