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Friday, June 24, 2011

Quick and Easy Bible Costumes

Today I needed to provide costumes for a quick team photo for Open the Book.  Between us I think we did rather well don't you?

The golden cloak used to be a curtain but has been used in various drama productions over a number of years.  The turban and other head scarves are all pashminas.  The blue and white costumes are all made in the way below, the white one is just a little wider, whereas the stripy one, is made by pinning two pieces of fabric together in 4 places along the top and popping the head through the middle.

The following instructions come from the Open the Book resources.

Making basic costumes

The following instructions are very simple and require only basic sewing skills. 

Tabards (open-sided tunics)

These are the most versatile items of clothing. This team has striped ones (worn by the shepherds), a white one (usually for Jesus), a blue one for women, a brown one and muted pattern one for "ordinary" roles of men or women and one of a richer fabric for a higher status person.


  • 2 1/2 metres of fabric x 115cm wide (45") will make TWO tabards economically.
  • Bias binding (or use strips of bias from extra width of fabric)
  • Cord for belt.


  • Fold the fabric in half and cut out hole for head.
  • Bind edges of neck with bias binding or use strips of surplus fabric cut on the bias.
  • Sew narrow hems all round.

 As we go along we'll pull more resources together but I think that for now we're doing very well.

One last photo, just to show how excited we are to be part of this:


  1. I have a set of basic clothes that we use for church related dress up all of the time. They are SO handy to have.

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Great idea! I've been meaning to put together some costumes for the grand kids for the reading of the Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. This will be a great pattern to start with. Thanks!

  3. Amazing what we find to dress up in. When I was teaching Sunday School I used to take half a dozen sheets and a bunch of towels... they did wonders. Thanks for the post.

  4. What a great resource!!! Great for kids as well as adults! I'm sure I'll refer back to this for one of the many church pageants! Thanks so much for sharing at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  5. Hi, friend! Happy 4th of July :) Btw, I'm admiring all your creative posts here. Can you please share them at the Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party :)


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