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Tortoise Costume

My daughter had the role of the Tortoise in her first grade play of the Tortoise and the Hare. I decided to make her costume. I cut out two oval shapes out of cardboard. I covered one with green fabric using spray fabric glue. I then pieced pillow stuffing over the other oval piece of cardboard and then covered it with more of the same green fabric which I spray glued into place.

Shell markings were drawn on with a black permanent marker. I hot glued ribbons to both pieces for the shoulder straps and then one on each side that would be tied to make it easy to get on and off and so that it would shift when moving around. Green face paints, a green t-shirt and green spray paint finished off the costume.

My daughter was an amazing tortoise and everyone loved her costume. It was very easy (no sewing involved) and very inexpensive to make.

Total Spent: $10

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15 thoughts on “Tortoise Costume”

  1. My four year old daughter announced yesterday she wanted to be a turtle for Halloween, and because I don’t sew I was concerned how I was going to make the costume. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. We just finished making this for our son, who is going to wear it on Halloween. I particularly liked the pattern on the back. Your design saved me a great deal of time in thinking through what to do.

  3. Thank you for posting this. I made this costume for my daughter for Halloween. It was so easy and still so adorable! I loved it and my 2-year-old daughter love, love, loved it!

  4. Hi, I sing in a children’s music group and my costume is a lady bug. My percussionist is a turtle and we have been looking to upgrade his costume.

    Would you consider making him a costume. We will pay for it and your time.

    Please contact me if you get this message.

    Our band name is little groove and our web site is littlegroove

    You should be able to find us. We have lots of shows coming up and need him to look great.

    Thanks for considering it!

  5. I will try as much of this as I can. We are entering my daughter in a boat parade on the 4th of July and have just decided to dress her like Tuck from the Wonder Pets, since our boat is red. We arrive at our destination on Saturday and hope to make it then. Wish me luck;-)

    Oh, we are both from Reisterstown! What a coincidence.

  6. This is just what I needed for my daughter who announced she wanted to be Yertle for the school Seuss day. (Yertle is actually blue and white, but we’re sticking with green) . I made the shell from a lampshade – one of the tissue and wire ‘globe’ type…and so far it is working a treat!
    Your example was perfect, thanks VERY much!

  7. Thank you so much for sharing how to make this costume. It sure made it so much easier to have this as an example. My daughters costume looks very similar! Thanks again!


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