I don't have a sewing machine, and the costume probably won't last much longer than it's needed, but I think it does the job!
|Shepherd's Nativity costume from a pillowcase|
Here's what I bought:
Pillowcase - 98p (£1.96 for two at Asda)
Ribbon - 50p (3 metre remnant)
Velcro 21p for 3 inches
Cord - 80p for 2 metres
Total cost = £2.49 - well under budget!
We already had a suitable checked tea towel, sandals, long sleeved t-shirt, stuffed sheep (free once when we bought a bed) and a curtain pole.
The pillowcase forms the base of the outfit. I cut a hole for his head in the top, and then a small slit down the back. I sewed velcro along the slit to fasten it. Then I cut a hole for each arm, from about an inch below the top of the pillowcase. I also removed some of the flap from the bottom of the pillowcase to make it less bulky. It is quite long on Harry but I decided not to shorten it as I thought I'd only make it look messy. I think that he looks sweet in an oversized costume anyway!
I decided to make the costume a bit more individual by sewing two lengths of ribbon down the front. It did take a while, and my stitches are a bit wonky, but I think it looks okay. I'm sure that a Shepherd would have sewn his own clothes, and he wouldn't have had a sewing machine. Then I cut my 2m length piece of cord into two, one half to tie around the tea towel on the head and one half to tie around his middle. Harry is wearing a long sleeved t-shirt underneath, I found one that had plain sleeves that matched the fabric.
The crook is made from an old curtain pole, the slim type used to hang net curtains. I fashioned the hooked end from cardboard, then sellotaped it all together firmly. I covered it with strips of plain paper and gave it a couple of coats of brown paint. I'm fully expecting the teachers to take it off him for health and safety reasons, as he does have a tendency to brandish it wildly!
What do you think, will it do?