How to make a Peter Pan Costume | DIY Video

I did it! I made my own costume! (oh wait, I always make my own costume)… but now you can too! Don’t let my awesome sewing and explaining skills deceive you, this really is an easy pattern for Peter Pan’s cap, tunic, and a few minor accessories. 

If you do not have time to watch my five minute one second video just follow along with the instructions below. Even if you don’t watch it, you should pretend to & maybe even leave a comment. Youtube comments are the best, right?

IF you do not have time to MAKE this costume – go buy it instead!!! Click HERE to shop similar styles on ETSY. Editors Note (9/2016) – I used to sell these myself, but I had to take the link down. I’ve found that I just don’t have time any more… HUGE thanks to all my past customers!!!! I enjoyed making and selling over 300 hats to all the Peter Pans out there! *hugs*

Peter Pan

Let’s begin, but first a story…

I knew this Halloween had to be different. Yes, this Halloween was the Halloween of Lisa’s fresh pixie hair cut, and probably the only said Halloween because Lisa is growing out said hair. Therefore I (she?) need to rock this ‘do while I can! So the questions were asked: “What type of costume has short hair?” I was just Harry Potter last year so we had to cross that off the list, and Emma Watson isn’t technically a costume, besides Hermione has long hair. We thought of Twiggy and Audrey, Tegan and Sara, even Karen O, but I kindof wanted to be something more recognizable to the bar crowd (where we will be going on all Hallows eve). Now allow me to share how I crafted this delightful Disney costume.

Disney Flashback! Check out itsaLisa and her brothers’ old Mickey, Minnie, and Donald costumes here

Peter Pan’s Hat

peter pan hat(You can buy this hat on etsy here >> itsaLisa.Etsy.com

Peter Pan Hat pattern

You will need

  1. 1/2 yard of green felt
  2. red feather
  3. fabric scissors
  4. sewing machine (or by hand with a needle and thread)

The supplies should cost under $5 and this project will take under 20 minutes. 

>>Don’t want to make it?!?! Buy it on Etsy!<<

Lay your fabric out flat and fold 12 inches of it back over itself to create a fold on one edge. Now either print out a to-scale version of the stencil above, or just eyeball it. This is the part where eye-balling skills come in handy, or maybe this is why I told you to buy so much extra fabric! Disclaimer: I’ve made 5 hats today, I only need one but I was getting the measurements right, and perfecting this awesome pattern for you! There’s definitely enough fabric to go around. The length is about 11 inches, and the height is 10. Line up the stencil along the fold and bottom edge, cut it out, and sew along the dotted line, 1/2 inch seam allowance. Do not sew the bottom part shut! That is where your head goes silly.

Once you’ve sewn the two sides together take your fabric scissors or snips and “clip” the corners and curved edges. Clipping is when you cut little V’s into the seam allowance so the hat will lie flatter and look better when you turn it inside out. Now turn it inside out, press your finger along the seam to flatten it, if you have a Tailor’s ham go ahead and iron it flat. To wear your hat you want the seamless edge to be behind you. Fold it over as you put it on (see video). You might need to recut the front to be rounder, if they do not meet at the center cut them until they are even. Once you are happy with your hat shape, cut a small horizontal slit into one side above where your ear would rest and insert the feather accordingly. Nice work!

Peter Pan’s Tunic

Peter Pan Shirt Pattern

You will need

  1. XL Green Shirt (or any length long enough to be a skirt)
  2. Fabric Scissors

The shirt should cost $5 or less, and this will take under 10 minutes to complete

This shirt is so easy to cut there is no skill level required. First I cut out the collar. Then I cut a straight line down the front, once the fabric falls open it creats a V, very similar to Peter Pan’s in the movie, and I tacked the V so it would remain open (see video). Tacking is a technique used on garments to hold pieces in place with invisible stitches, all you have to do is sew a piece of thread through the garment once or twice and finish it with a small knot on the inside of the garment. Cut into the sleeves. The XL size was already draping off my shoulders dramatically so I chose to cut almost all of each sleeve off so they would not be as long. Cut two V’s into the bottom, front and back. You want the pointy flap to fall in the center between your legs for obvious reasons. Some people prefer to cut more V’s out of their costume, but in the movie he really only has a few. And that’s it. You did it!

(Like what you see? View more of itsaLisa’s creative costume DIYs here!)

Accessories

You will need: 

  1. Faith
  2. Trust
  3. A little Pixie Dust

Finally, the final touches! You’ll need some kind of rope belt to tie at the waist, a toy sword if you can find one, green tights or leggings, and brown floppy shoes. The tights can be bought at Macys, and the shoes at a thrift store or probably yours or your friend’s closet. For girls with long hair you can attempt to stuff it into a bun beneath the point in your cap. Wear a fresh face of natural looking makeup, Peter Pan is a young lad afterall. I applied a subtle bronzer, eyeliner, and a pink lip to match my pink feather. But if you’re a guy, wear all the makeup you want, I’m not here to judge.

Peter Pan Hat, felt and feather craft

peter pan shoes

Peter Pan Costume for Halloween With Poor Nana | DIY Tutorial on itsaLisa.com

Click here to see the original image on instagram

I hope your costume goes well! If you need any extra help just follow the second star to the right and straight on till morning! If that doesn’t work though I’m here if you have any questions, need guidance, or most importantly if you want to share your own looks! I appreciate your feedback. Thanks a million and Happy Halloween!

UPDATE: (August 2015)

WOW You Guys! I am getting an amazing amount of views, thank you sooo much! This was all so much fun, that I want to make MORE!!! Click here for My DIY Cat Costume!

cat makeup halloween costume

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32 thoughts on “How to make a Peter Pan Costume | DIY Video

  1. Hey! I was wondering where you got your leggings/tights because I have been looking all over for green leggings/tights for my peter pan costume

    • I got them at Target! That was many many years ago tho….. Probably 5 years ago. I would assume they still sell them though, especially since it’s Halloween Season. 🙂

      • I found mine at a local t-shirt shop. I think it’s called BJsTshirts if you live in California. If not, it’s the kind of T-Shirt shop you go into to buy custom print things… Michaels crafts, or American apparel, or even Old Navy often have plain green shirts tho.

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  8. sorry don’t really do youtube (comments) much at all… but I must say –> your hat & blog & video are all quite fun & good! I’m going to make your hat right now. I enjoyed your fun light commentary & simple instructions. Well done!

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  11. Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your guidance. As a first time novice sewer i kind of wished you went a tiny bit slower and were more descriptive as to what side you were talking about. But thanks all the same. I used your stencil and mine didnt come out quite as pointy as yours 😦

    • Hi Ash!
      First of all, props for making it yourself!!!! Sewing is hard. But it gets easier with time!!!

      If you want to make your hat pointier, you could go back in with your sewing machine, and sew the point at a steeper angle. It’s fine to sew over a seam you already sewed. Remember that every time you sew, you should be on the “inside out” side. Then when you flip it “right side out” all you see are the new seams you’ve made.

      I know, it’s hard to explain… But with practice, you’ll soon get the hang of it.

      Happy crafting!

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  14. Hi! I was wondering how thick the felt was that you used. I already have the tunic done but I need to order some felt for the hat. I wanted to get 2mm felt but I have no idea if it is too thick or too thin.

  15. Hi! I am so glad I ran across your site when I was looking for a pattern for Peter Pan’s hat. Planning a trip to Disney next year for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party! It was simple and easy to make. I was able to use two pieces of felt, just meant a little extra sewing but it work out nice!

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