What You Will Need
- White or off-white muslin or other inexpensive fabric. I used 1 1/4 yards for a costume to make a costume in 18-month size.
- Sweatpants in white or gray in a size that fits the child.
- Sweatshirt or long-sleeved T-shirt in one size larger than the child normally wears.
- Beanie-style hat
- Fabric glue
Lay your white fabric out into a large rectangle. Along one of the shorter sides, make small cuts, approximately 2 inches apart, along the entire length.
Pick up the fabric along the short side in which you have just made the cuts and hold it with the first cut between your hands. With a swift motion, start tearing the fabric along the entire length.
Now that you have a bunch of strips of fabric, it is time to start placing them on the costume. I found it easiest to start with the pants, since those were the simplest. Starting along the waist, start wrapping the fabric around the pants, making sure you are not bunch up the pant fabric underneath, and pinning to keep it in place as needed. It is important to keep the wrapping around the elastic of the waist loose, since you still want to be able to pull the pants onto the child. Try stretching the waistband a few times as you are wrapping in that area to make sure it is loose enough. Once the pants are covered, remove the pins one at a time, securing the area where the pins were holding with fabric glue. To make sure you don't accidentally glue the costume to your work surface, it is a good idea to glue one side and let it dry before turning over and doing the other.
Now move on to the shirt and hat. Make sure that you keep the wrappings loose around the neckline and shoulders. Since babies and toddlers have heads that are proportionately large for their bodies, it is essential to maintain the elasticity of that area to make sure the costume can be put on. Make sure you test it by stretching and looking at it only, since trying it on a child is not a good idea at this point because of all the pins. Placing the hat on an older kid, a ball about the size of the child's head, or even yourself while figuring out the placement on the fabric strips on the hat is very helpful. This makes sure that the hat will still be stretchy enough to fit. Having the strips be a bit loose is better than having them placed perfectly with the hat being too tight. Just like with the pants, remove the pins one at a time, securing each spot with fabric glue.
Have fun with the mummy wrappings. When some of my strips of fabric came to an end, I simply knotted the next one to it since I liked how it looked. Other times I tucked the ends under the previous strip or left them dangling.
Tara4 (author) on January 20, 2014:
Thank you so much for the nice comment. I am sure your costume will look great.
workingmom on September 10, 2013:
I love the pics! Your mummy costume turned out so super-cute. I hope that my kid's costume will be just as cute. Thank you for all of the tips.