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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

R2D2 Costume Tutorial

Since we're in the middle of unpacking our air freight boxes, I thought I'd re-run the R2D2 Pillowcase Costume tutorial.  Just in case you missed it over at Train to Crazy.  Hope you're having a great week and making headway on your own Halloween costumes!

We're in the middle of a recent move and Halloween has gone from creeping up to practically right on the doorstep. Since my sewing machine is packed away in a box, on a very large ship, our Halloween costumes have fallen into the no sew category this year. I'm here today to share my tutorial for a very simple R2D2 pillowcase costume.

No Sew R2D2 Costume

 Now that I've made one, I see about a zillion possibilities for using a pillowcase for a costume base. What an easy way to beef up your child's dress-up closet.

 What You'll Need: 

1 white pillowcase 
Blue and black fabric markers 

1 plastic bowel
Glue gun, nail or drill
1 jar top
Blue and black permanent markers

 Step 1: Body of Costume

After cutting, have your child try on the pillowcase.

Using pencil and ruler, draw a series of rectangles in the basic positions of R2D2's body.  Utilize Google images for proper placement.  If your child is anything like mine, authenticity is extremely important.  Can you see where I had to erase the pencil and try again?

Once you're happy with the general placement, outline with the black fabric marker.

using your Google image as a reference, fill in boxes with the blue fabric marker.  Can you tell that nap time was looming?

 Step 2: The Hat

Use your black permanent marker to color the entire jar top black.  Set aside to dry.

Again, using Google images for reference, draw a series of trapezoids and rectangles and color them in with your blue permanent marker.

 Once dry, use a glue gun to attach the black jar top.

Use a nail or drill to punch holes on both sides of the helmet.  Thread your ribbon through each hole and knot.
No Sew R2D2 Costume

 There you have it.  Thank you for letting me share.  May the force be with you!


  1. what a cutie!!! i love this:) you are so awesome!!!

  2. Just wanted to stop by and let you know I featured you tonight on Motivated Monday

  3. Hi Stacey! I just saw your feature on Be Colorful. What a cute idea! Very Creative! So many creative ideas on your blog. I am now your newest follower, via Be Colorful. I hope you will follow me, too! Many blessings to you!

  4. I featured this post today on my blog! :D

  5. Love this. I actually have R2D2 and C3PO as one of my "twin" Halloween Costume ideas listed on a recent post. I'd love it if you would share this (and any other Halloween related posts) at my "Season's Best - Halloween" link up. Thanks so much!

    Happy to be a new follower!

  6. Cool - this is such a neat idea for a unique R2D2 costume!

    I thought I'd mention that there is a creative costume contest over at and the grand prize is $250. If figured that you and your readers may be interested.

    Thanks again for sharing your Star Wars costume tutorial - love it!



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