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*

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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

How to Make Peter Pan’s Hat

peter pan hatPeter 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. 

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I did some research and this one looks the closest to my design! (and it’s under $10!)

How To Make A Peter Pan Hat Step By Step Instructions:

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!

How To Make 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 about 10 minutes to complete

<<Having some trouble? This costume on Amazon looks pretty similar!>> 🙂

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 creates 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!

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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 after all. 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

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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!

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Disneyland Passports – A History

My brothers and I as Minnie, Mickey, and Donald for Halloween 1993

My brothers and I as Minnie, Mickey, and Donald for Halloween 1993

**Greetings all! I have added this brief section in recently, due to the popularity of the picture above for Halloween. To make these costumes, my mother purchased the Minnie, Mickey, and Donald Duck character hats from the Disneyland store back in ’93. She dressed us in the proper colored leggings, bought white gloves, black long sleeve shirts, (a blue for donald) and then sewed together the rest by stitching felt dots on top of the basic solid colored bottoms. The shoes are simply yellow vinyl which my mother caught from an old yellow vinyl poncho, and then tied around our feet with a shoe lace. So easy, and so gosh darn adorable. Happy Halloween – please share your own photos, and I’d love to hear your comments below!**

and now the original post: 

For anyone who has ever known me as long as 24 hours has also most likely become aware of how I grew up at Disneyland. This was an honor and a privilege and a duty I performed, in living less than 30 minutes from the park. You know this because I reference Disneyland in common conversation, not in the quoting The Lion King kind of way, more like “wow this Pier 39 in San Francisco reminds me of the boardwalk in California Adventure” or “This Willamette River in Oregon sure does look like the river that runs behind Tom Sawyer’s Island” or even, “it’s crazy how much this cruise through the tropical rain forest in Costa Rica looks like the Jungle Cruise! (if the hippos were crocodiles).”

The Tropical Rainforest in Costa Rica versus the Jungle Cruise.  Jungle Cruise photo retrieved from

The Tropical Rainforest in Costa Rica versus the Jungle Cruise. (Jungle Cruise photo retrieved from

My worlds have been flipped. Whenever I travel anywhere cool, I’m brought back to memories of Disneyland.  This phenomenon is actually rather impressive and concludes that Disneyland does an excellent job making their landscape geographically correct.

Most people experience Disneyland only a few times in their life, if any, but I have visited the park more times than I can count. It was only until I attended a college 1,000 miles away that I stopped buying the annual “passport” and going multiple times per year.  Now that I am back in Southern California I would love another passport, but the cost of one has increased exponentially, and is higher than anything inflation could even dream of.  Disneyland sets their own inflation rates, I think it has something to do with the elasticity of their happy meter, being The Happiest Place on Earth and all.

There is far too much to take in on one post. So I suppose this time I will simply show my credentials, and prime you for more to come.

From left to right: Grant, Chad, Lisa, Mom, Grandma. Annual Disneyland Passports from 1994-2000.

A timeline of Disneyland Passports. My brothers and I were 4 years old through 10 years old while we had these. We used to go after school on Wednesdays because that was short day when we got out of class at noon. Can you imagine?  Disneyland every Wednesday for a full year?  We rarely went in the summer of course, too many tourists, too many black-out dates.


Starting from the top left and continuing clockwise, the years on these are 1994-1995, 1997-1998, 1999-2000, 1998-1999, and the India Jones style is for both 1995-1996 and 1996-1997.

This is what the backs of our passports once looked like.  Aren’t they beautiful? Perhaps it has changed in the past 5 years, but most passports now just have a blue background with Tinker Bell waving her wand all over it.  You’d think Disneyland would put a little more effort into making their current ones as unique as these 15-ish year old passports. A current piece of Disneyland plastic goes for about $500…


Grant, Chad, and Lisa 1994

These are our mug shots at four years old, aka, our first Disneyland Passport, a “Picture Passport” if you will, complete with Polaroid photo and laminate cover.  You could say I look blue, but I’d argue brownish-gold.

BTW I’m totally guilty, I quote The Lion King all the time – if you didn’t catch that.

There is more to be seen, than can ever be seen, and I will be posting more Disney posts as soon as I can.  Look forward to ways of saving money at the Park, secrets to seeing the whole resort in one day, and ways of entertaining yourself in line!

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