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No-Sew DIY Princess Leia Costume for Kids

No-Sew DIY Princess Leia Costume for Kids

This past weekend, my husband took the kids to Comic-Con in Dallas. Both kids love Star Wars and Minecraft, and as I was at a blogging conference for the day, he loaded up the kids and joined some friends at Comic-Con (and for the record, he says he does not recommend taking young kids unless they love long lines and crowds, so…). Leia As you are probably aware, the next Star Wars movie comes out in December (guess what I’ll be doing on midnight of December 18th)? So for the last several months, I’ve been lying in bed awake at night thinking of how I could make a super-simple, no-sew DIY Princess Leia costume for Claire. With Comic-Con on the horizon, I finally stepped up to the plate last week and scrapped this little Princess Leia dress together in less than 30 minutes. 

How to Make a DIY Princess Leia Costume (NO sewing necessary!)

This costume cost me about $20 to make, and that was because I bought a new white sheet that cost almost $9. If I had an old white sheet, I would have used that instead – and this costume would have cost me closer to $10.  To make this costume you’ll need (This post may contain affiliate links): DIY Leia Costume Supples

Fold your sheet in half. Have the child (or grown-up!) lie on the sheet with the fold right at her neck. DIY Kids CostumesI used a pencil to trace a dress shape around Claire. I made the sleeves baggy and went several inches below her feet because the top of Leia’s dress is kind of loose and billowy and I needed a little extra length for that. You’ll be folding all of the edges of the dress, so keep that in mind, too. I actually just drew one side, cut the one side, and then folded it lengthwise and traced it on the other side to make sure it matched. DIY Leia CostumeNext time, I’d leave a little more room in the armpits. Cut out a hole for the head. I cut mine a little too big, but I ended up using my white tape to fix that (more on that later). DIY Kid CostumeNow you’re ready to start joining the edges. I believe proper sewing terminology refers to this step as hemming, but there’s no proper sewing go on here.  This is where you’ll need your adhesive fabric tape. This stuff is very simple to use, but it’s *super* sticky and there is a bit of a learning curve. I completely recommend practicing on some scraps of fabric before you start on the actual dress. You won’t regret the five minutes you spend playing with this stuff before you start using it on the dress, I promise! I started with the sleeves. Place the tape around the edges (I did a few inches at a time) and fold it over to adhere it to the inside of the fabric. This gives you your “clean” edge.  Leia Sleeve Finished Leia SleeveI did the sides of the dress next – a little trickier, since you’ll need to fold both edges to the inside and adhere them to each others. Pins would be really helpful, but I managed without any. You’ll do the bottom of the dress like you did the sleeves. You can also use the tape on the neckline. Because I cute the neckline too wide, I used tape to help close off some of the opening and also to give it a little bit more of a turtleneck look. Leia TurtleneckI tried using some hologram tape for a belt, but in the end I chose to go with a ribbon. Place it around the waist and then pull the dress up a bit so it poofs out over the belt. Leia BeltLeia wore white boots and is famous for carrying a blaster when she wore this dress. We didn’t have white boots so we went with gold sandals instead. And of course we had a blaster, so, that part wasn’t a problem. DIY Princess Leia No-Sew DIY Princess Leia Costume Princess Leia Costume Princess Leia Hair for Little Girls

Princess Leia

Claire doing her Jedi mind tricks.

Running Princess LeiaIt’s as simple (and inexpensive, and as cute!) as that. Let me know if you have questions! 🙂

Or? You can just buy a Princess Leia costume. Ain’t no shame in your game if you do (this year, my kids are *asking* for store-bought costume…WHAT!).

Find me on Facebook for easy recipes, free printables, super simple kid-friendly crafts, and things to do in Dallas. I’d love to have you join me over there.

You can find my other no-sew DIY costumes for kids here:

Easy No-Sew Care Bears CostumeEasy No-Sew Care Bear Costume (GRUMPY Bear!)

No-Sew Frozen Costume

Easy No-Sew Elsa Costume

DIY Power Rangers Costume TutorialNo-Sew Power Rangers Costumes

DIY Stormtrooper #shop

No-Sew Stormtrooper

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She is getting SO big! And I love the idea…you are so stinkin’ creative! Love it!

Wow. You make this look really easy. Is it funny that I’m actually thinking about making it for me in December? I’ve always been a fan of Princess Leia, the first original princess in my book. To this day, I love Carrie Fisher because of it. BTW- Your daughter is adorable and looks so happy.

VERY cool! We love Star Wars, might have to have theme Halloween costumes this year.

This is awesome- my daughter is still too young for this but I cannot wait to make her something like this when she is older- we’re big star wars fans!

i LOVE this idea! My DH is also a Star Wars addict and I am so stealing this for a family Halloween costume in the future!

SO cute! I just love this!

Im confused… after you folded all the edges in with tape, did you then tape the front and back sides together or did you sew them?

yes it does I have never used tape so I wasn’t sure if it would hold the sides together very well. I am going to try this tonight! Thanks for sharing!

Very, VERY cute. Good job.

Thank you!! It was fun to make.

Thank you for the idea and the very clear step by step photos. Just made this for my 5yo and it came out really well. We used iron-on fabric web tape and it was easy — took about 40 minutes total because I ironed the sheet first. Also thanks for the tip on making the armpits more generous! That was super helpful (though they are still narrow, I think it’s just because of how straight across the top is).

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So adorable and for someone who doesn’t sew I love it! Passed this on to my sis for my niece. Thanks for sharing!

-absolutely love it. My granddaughter wants to be Princess Leia for Hallowe’en and my grandson wants to be yoda. I’ve crocheted both their hats and wondered how to make the rest – now I know. Thanks a million for your expertise

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I’m going to make this for a school project! I’m being Carrie Fisher and now I can make an inexpensive, cute, and easy costume! And you said t could go through the wash, right? Thank you so, so, so, so, so, so, so, so, SOOO much! This is totes going to be easy to make. Once again, thank you so very much. You don’t even know how helpful this is to me!

Thanks so much! I’m going to keep it forever.

Carrie, May the 3rd, around 3pm, with a work function that night I realize I should do somethign for my daughters May the 4th day at school. Bingo…20 mins at walmart (found some lovely shoes) and 30 mins at home and I made this little costume…Brilliant. Wish I could post a photo. It was so easy. i actually ended up using fabric glue but exactly the same way. Amazign advice on head hole we made it really small and I took to heart yoru comments about the armpits and gaver her lots of give. Amazing. Giddy up!

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Wow.. So cute and adorable. And great idea! IEasy to make and I think children’s are going to love this. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

I love this no-sew costume! My kids have a joke
That I don’t sew, I staple (especially
for Halloween). But maybe it’s time to graduate to adhesive fabric tape!

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