Saturday, 5 November 2016

The Nativity Costume Tutorial - Here's One I Made Earlier

It appears that a post I wrote back in 2010 is suddenly proving very popular [it is getting lots of hits and appearing on Pinterest] , so I thought I would mention it again, because it is around now that people who have school nativity plays or church carol services to organise will start wondering about costumes. 
If you follow the link through, you will find templates for 3 sizes of Nativity Costumes- child, pre-teen, and adult. These can be robes or coats  [i.e. drop over the head, or wrap around the body] And they are incredibly simple to make, you only need 3 rectangles of fabric. You do not need to be a brilliant dressmaker either!
The pictures below are from when we did 'Get In The Picture' in Kirby Muxloe so I don't have any shots of children in costume - but they work just as well!
Spare strips make sashes or turbans, and rectangles make head-dresses.
If you look closely, you can see the Rector's sleeves are a different fabric from the rest of his coat. Old curtains, cheap sheets and inexpensive shiny lining fabrics end up making impressive looking garments
Yes the sleeves are long, but you can just roll them up to fit, and hitch up hems by putting a sash round the waist. One size fits all most. They are versatile, unisex, and easy to slip on over normal clothing.

Do let me know if you make any thing from this idea, won't you? 


  1. Thank you so much! I have been asked to make a twinkly white and gold star costume for our three year old granddaughters nativity🙂 Off to cut into an old white duvet cover....


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