Last-Minute Costumes

Staff Writer
Columbus Parent

Whether it is for Halloween or everyday dress-up play, these two costume accessories can be whipped up in jiffy. With a spare hour and some basic supplies, you can create the crowning jewel for a little superhero or a little princess or, better yet, a little superhero princess!


  • 2- to 3-inch-wide ribbon
  • Scrap fabric (lace, tulle or lightweight silks or synthetics work best)
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors
  • Marker


1. Measure a length of ribbon long enough to go around your child's waist and add 12 inches to each side to tie in a bow. Set this aside for now.

2. Measure how long you want the skirt to fall. Double this measurement and add two inches. This will be your fabric strip length.

3. Cut 30 to 40 fabric strips to the length calculated in Step 2. The strips should be 2- to 3-inches wide.

4. Lay out your waist ribbon on a flat surface.

5. Fold one of the fabric strips in half. Pull the folded end under the waist ribbon so that the loop sticks out underneath the ribbon and the two strips are lying flat above the waist ribbon. Pull each strip over the waist ribbon and through the loop, securing the strip to the ribbon.

6. Repeat this with all the fabric strips. Be sure to leave at least 12 inches on either side with which to tie a bow.

7. Try the tutu on the princess. If it is too big, push the fabric strips closer together. If it is too small, cut more strips and add to the tutu until it is the correct size and fullness.

8. When the size is right, tie on the tutu for a perfect fit!


  • Felt
  • Elastic
  • Ribbons, buttons, fabric scraps for embellishments (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Marker
  • Tacky glue
  • Needle and thread


1. Hold a blank piece of white paper to the superhero's face. With a marker, lightly mark where the top and bottom of the mask should fall on each eye. Also mark how wide overall the mask should be.

2. Using your marks as guidelines, draw a figure-8 on the paper. This will be the base of your template. From here, you can customize the mask template or keep the basic shape.

3. Trace the template onto a piece of felt.

4. Hold the felt mask up to the little superhero's face and mark where the eye holes should be cut out. Remove mask from face and cut out.

5. Embellish mask by gluing on fabric scraps, buttons or ribbons.

6. Measure and mark a piece of un-stretched elastic that can reach halfway around the superhero's head. Set down and cut at the mark.

7. Use a needle and thread to securely attach each end of the elastic to the mask.

8. Don the mask and prepare to fight crime!


OLIVERA BRATICH owns Wholly Craft, 3169 N. High St. MATISSE GROOTMYERS is a student at Columbus Alternative High School and an intern at Wholly Craft. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 100 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more! Hours of operation: 1-8 p.m., weekdays except Tuesdays when they're closed, 12 noon-7 p.m. Saturdays, 12 noon-5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to or call 614-447-3445.