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How to Make a Pilgrim Costume

Whether for a boy or a girl, a Pilgrim costume is one of the easiest costumes to make.


  • Step 1: Begin with black Begin with a basic black outfit: An ankle-length, long-sleeve, collarless dress or a plain skirt and top for a girl, and a long-sleeve shirt and pants for a boy. Both should wear black shoes, preferably loafers.
  • TIP: The boy's pants should be thin enough to be tucked into thick white knee socks.
  • Step 2: Add a collar Create collars out of white fabric or felt: Measure the wearer from shoulder to shoulder across their chest, then map out a rectangle on the fabric using this measurement as the height, and double it as the width.
  • Step 3: Cut it out Cut out the rectangle and fold it in half towards you, horizontally. Mark a half circle along the fold approximately half the size of the biggest part of the wearer's head. Cut out this half circle; you should now have a rectangle with a round hole in the center.
  • Step 4: Cut a triangle in front Cut out a narrow triangle at the front of the collar. Sew or hot glue this collar onto the top of the boy's shirt or the girl's dress or top.
  • Step 5: Accessorize Cut three-inch wide white cuffs out of the fabric and sew or hot glue them onto the shirt sleeves. Add a white half-apron to a girl's costume, and tuck the boys' pants into white, knee-high socks.
  • Step 6: Buy some buckles For a boy's outfit, get four large, picture-frame style gold buckles. If you can't find gold ones, spray paint them. Put one on a plain black belt, glue one on the front of each shoe, and glue one on the front of a top hat.
  • Step 7: Make a bonnet Cut a 16- by 16-inch piece of fabric and lay it on a flat surface. Stretch the shoelace across the center horizontally. Affix it to the fabric with a few stitches or the glue gun. Fold the fabric in half twice so you have a square. Sew the side opposite the shoelace together; this will be the back of the bonnet.
  • TIP: You can also use a white or black handkerchief.
  • Step 8: Don the bonnet Shape the bonnet and use the shoelace to tie it under the chin. That's it! Now go find some turkey and cranberries!
  • FACT: There was no dessert at the first Thanksgiving because the Pilgrims had run out of sugar.

You Will Need

  • A basic black outfit
  • Black shoes
  • Thick white knee socks
  • Several yards of white fabric or felt
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • or a glue gun
  • A white half-apron
  • Four large gold buckles
  • A top hat
  • A plain black belt
  • A 36-inch white shoelace
  • Gold spray paint (optional)
  • A white or black handkerchief (optional)

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