When you think Purim, you probably think costumes, noisemakers, general merriment, and YUM – hamentaschen!
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For me, costumes are the first Purim thing to ponder, because I am not one of those talented people who can whip together a costume in a few hours.
If you sew brilliantly, please ignore the rest of this. You will just laugh at those of us who haul out our sewing machines so occasionally that we barely remember how to thread the needle.
First Costume – Yellow Tutu
When our daughter was two, I was determined to make her first real costume. I purchased a bit of cheerful yellow tulle to look nice with her light blue leotard and tights, some silvery trim to sew onto the waist-band and some snaps. And then I began asking the nice lady at the counter how to pull it together.
After patiently answering several of my questions, she sighed audibly and suggested that I consider purchasing a costume. And yet, despite my lack of skill, the costume ended up being super cute.
Non-Seamstresses – Here’s My Big Learning
Each year that followed, I either pulled some pieces from a thrift shop or chose a pillowcase-style approach to making a costume. (Large rectangle, open at the bottom, with cut-outs for arms and for the head.)
There was the year of the cow: white felt “pillowcase shape” with brown felt patches stitched on and long pieces of brown yarn for the tail.
There was the year of the leopard: spotted fabric “pillowcase shape” with a long skinny tail stuffed with fiberfill. Whiskers were easy to make with eyebrow pencil.
For the Queen Esther years, we were lucky to have some garments with beautiful Yemenite embroidery. Add a construction paper hat and some make-up and we were good to go. (That year, we also made construction paper crowns for the girls’ dolls!)
We had a cheerleader year, with a white vest and red skirt from a thrift shop. I cut out varsity-type letters of red felt, sewed them into the vest, then bought red and white pom-poms.
Oh – and we shouldn’t forget the cape year. I bought a remnant of silky blue fabric, cut that into a cape shape, then sewed my daughter’s initials on it.
Need More Inspiration? More Resources Here
Check out our Purim Pinterest page.
And click on these blog posts from our archives:
Purim Fun for Little Kids – Love the idea here for making a nature crown.
Not Too Late to Make an Easy Purim Costume – Scroll down to the 5-minute ideas, like using am oversize collared shirt. That with a belt and some make-up . . . and you’ve got a costume.
No time for making anything? Give yourself a break and get ye to Party City or similar.
Stay tuned for more Purim ideas in coming blogs.
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