If you have a little WordGirl fan on your hands, today’s craft project is perfect for you! We’re making a no-sew WordGirl costume. Just wear some red tights or leggings to complete the look, along with the elements you will make here today, and you are all set!

Materials:

  • red long-sleeved shirt
  • red hooded shirt
  • red leggings or tights
  • 1/2 yard of gold felt
  • red felt square
  • gold felt square
  • brown felt square
  • Velcro
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • red gloves

Instructions

    1. wordgirl-longStart with the 1/2 yard of gold felt. Cut a curve at the bottom. Then cut a strip off the top of the fabric, about 2 inches wide, and then reduce the length of the strip to about 24 inches.

    2. Cut slits in the top of the fabric, about 1 inch from the edge and 2 inches long, all the way across the top. Add Velcro to the ends of the strip you cut off, then thread it through the slits.

    3. Scrunch the top of the cape as you pull the strip with Velcro through, and you have just made a cape! The strip will connect around your child's neck.

    4. Next, cut out a shield from the gold felt and a star shape from the red felt. Glue the red star to the shield. Glue or tape (with double-sided tape--optional) the shield to your long-sleeved red shirt.

    5. Cut a long strip of gold fabric for the belt, and two brown strips a little narrower than the gold. Cut out a large brown circle, a smaller gold circle and then an even smaller brown circle (three circles total). Glue the brown strips on top of the gold strip. Glue the circles in the center, one on top of the other in this order: large brown, medium gold, small brown. Glue Velcro to the ends and connect around the back over the shirt.

    6. To get your child dressed in the costume, first put on red tights or leggings. Pull on the hooded red shirt, then put the long-sleeved red shirt on top. Put on the hood, then connect the Velcro on the strip for the cape around the shoulder and neck area. Add red gloves, and she is ready to go find her favorite word!

    Word Up!

Caroline Gravino Urdaneta, a PBS Parents resident crafter, is a designer of creative family projects, tinkering painter and mother of four children. She writes about project ideas for the whole family and how to encourage creativity in kids on the popular blog, Salsa Pie and shares videos on the PBS Parents YouTube Channel. Subscribe HERE.

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  • Kara

    I went to fabric store and ordered a 1/2 yard of the gold felt fabric, but I realized when I got home that based on the photos I really need a 36” by 36” piece, not a long thin piece which is what I got. Based on internet research you need to specially order a square 1/2 yard.