Harry Potter

In honor of the birthday of Dr. Seuss, our elementary school does a dress up day for the kids.   They get to dress up as their favorite character from a book.  This year, Jack was bit by the Harry Potter bug, so Jack and Emmie dressed up like Harry and Hermione.

Jack already had a robe, but Emmie didn’t.  So off to the fabric store I went to purchase some black fleece and maroon and yellow felt.

{Please forgive my lack of photo’s.  I wasn’t in the documenting mood when I was sewing. So you may have to do some imagining!}

I started by folding the fleece material in half, with the fold line at the very top.  I then laid Jack’s robe on top of the material and cut around it, leaving about one inch extra for a seam allowance.

I then cut the opening up the front of the robe.

Only one continuous stitch was needed on each side, under the arms and down the sides.  And because I used fleece, no hemming was required!  For the hood, I traced the hood from the real HP robe.

I then pinned down each side to the hood to neck area of the robe.

Emmie was focused on having a patch on her robe.  The only one that even slightly resembled the Gryffindor emblem was a simple beige color.  Thanks to some permanent markers, I was able to get the patch a bit closer to the look of Gryffindor.

With the robe completed, it was time to move on to making the ties. I used inexpensive felt to create the stripes.

I cut strips and pinned them at an angle.  The felt was stitched together and then cut into the shape of a tie.  I used felt remnants to make the tie the proper length.

Dress up day was a bit hit!  And while both kids liked to point out that I neglected to line Emmie’s robe in a maroon fabric, they seemed to get over it and still have fun!

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  1. What an adorable tradition! I have yet to get into making my own costumes (probably because i can’t sew). These are amazing and the kids look great.

  2. I love all things Harry Potter, so I love this! Your kids look so adorable and spot on! Great job!

    We’re just starting a new link up party and if you’re interested we’d love to have you join in: http://www.waywardgirlscrafts.com/2012/02/wayward-weekend-week-5.html

  3. My oldest son loves Harry Potter. He reads all the books at least once a year. He is almost 21. He says he and his friends get together to discuss it all the time. And now there is a Harry Potter attraction and Universal Studios practically in our backyard.
    I’m being nosy, so please forgive me. But is that a scar on your sons forehead or part of the dress up??

    • You are so fortunate to have Universal Studios so close!!

      The scar is actually fake. He drew it on with red crayola marker.

      Thanks for reading.

  4. Your kids look adorable, what a great job you did!!

    Totally random question, but I noticed you have the brown flowered rug from Target. I have the same one under our kitchen table. Do you find I hard to keep clean? I am constantly vacuuming it and it looks destroyed already! It could be just from my very messy toddler girl but curious to how you keep yours looking clean and fresh.

    Have a great weekend!

  5. Harry Potter is my absolute favorite! You are so clever and your kids are darling!!

  6. I am planning a Harry Potter birthday party for my daughter. These outfits are adorable!

  7. We are big Harry Potter Fans in our house! These are fantastic!
    So glad I stopped by!

  8. Very cute outfits and very cute children wearing them 🙂 I have also enjoyed scrolling down through a few of your older posts. Lovely place you have here!

    Kindly, Lorraine

  9. Cute kids, darling costumes. What a good mother you are.

  10. These costumes are stunning- they will have a great day on Dr. Seuss’s birthday!

  11. Your kiddos are so cute. I love the costumes but can you teach my kids to pose so nicely for a picture! Adorable!

  12. I so love this! My kiddos are big Harry Potter fans. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  13. You did a great job! My 2nd grader just started reading them–we already love the movies of course (well, the ones we let the kids watch 🙂

  14. Your costumes turned out so beautifully! Definitely the nicest Harry Potter/Hogwarts costume tutorial I’ve seen. I’m pinning your post as well as sharing it with my readers on my Facebook page.

    So glad I saw your link-up on Today’s Creative Blog!


  15. Fun idea, thank you. We loved having you join us at “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” We hope you’ll be back next week! -The Sisters

  16. Just ADORABLE Jen!! I’m featuring you tomorrow on my site. Thanks for linking up this week!

  17. Awww, your kiddos look adorable and you did a fantastic job of sewing those costumes. So impressive. Thanks so much for sharing at our LInk It Up Thursday party.

  18. So cute! Your kids are precious! Such a fun thing to do! Thanks for sharing at the Rock ‘N Share!

  19. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says:

    Nicely done! Emmie and Jack look adorable! What a great way to keep kids excited about reading1

  20. Love us some Harry Potter!! Turned out great! thank you for sharing at Uncommon! Bonnie 😉

  21. I love harry potter too. What a great mom you are to go to all that work! The costumes turned out great.
    Thanks for sharing at Terrific Tuesdays.


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