How to make an awesome DIY Star Wars Rey costume on a budget.
As I explained in an earlier post (HERE), Emily went to her first convention and dressed as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In the next two posts, I’ll show you how to make a DIY Star Wars Rey costume & staff in my simple step-by-step tutorials and vlogs.
How to make a DIY Star Wars Rey costume.
In this first instalment, I show you how to make a DIY Star Wars Rey costume, with detailed instructions on recreating her clothing and her unique hairstyle.
In part 2, I’ll explain how to make a DIY Star Wars Rey Staff from little more than plumbing supplies, cardboard and other odds and ends.
I’ve designed these step-by-step DIY tutorials to be simple and easy to follow. Plus, this popular cosplay costume is cheap to make, too, using inexpensive materials and things you may already have at home.
DIY Star Wars Rey Costume on a budget: Your shopping list.
- Primark vest top (grey). We used a ladies size 6 and modified the straps for 9-year old Emily.
- Pair of old pyjama bottoms (grey). We had an old pair of pyjamas we could use. If you don’t have something at home, I’m sure you’ll find something similar in Primark, charity shops or some of the larger supermarkets.
- Pair of cheap Ugg-style boots. Emily used her Debenham’s Uggs (we call them her ‘Duggs’)…She’s gone up in the world as she used to have a pair of Primark Uggs (‘Puggs’). See, we are a thrifty family!
- A couple of rolls of crepe bandages. I bought a triple pack from Poundland containing 4cm, 6cm and 8cm crepe bandages.
- At least 60cm of elastic (we used 1cm wide elastic) – this was used to help gather the bottom of the pyjama legs.
- A brown leather (or leather style) belt. We used an old, thin, brown one. It had some lace on one side of it, but she wore it inside out and it did the job.
- A cotton twill dust sheet. We got a ‘No Nonsense’ Cotton Twill dust sheet (6′ x 3′) from Screwfix for the bargain price of £3.19! (Click here).
Step-by-step tutorial: DIY Star Wars Rey costume.
1. Lay out the 3ft by 6 ft cotton twill dust sheet on a flat surface or the floor. Measure at 12 inch (1ft) and 24 inch (2ft) along each of the shorter sides of the sheet with a pencil or dressmaker’s chalk from one side to the other to make 3 sections of equal width.
2. Cut along the lines you have marked so that you have three 6ft pieces long of cotton twill that are all 12 inch (1ft) wide.
3. Hem down each of the sides to prevent fraying (For the hem I turned over the edge by about 0.5cm and pressed it with an iron and then turned it over again by 1cm and pressed it before machine stitching.)
4. Stitch the three 12 inch wide panels of cotton twill together along the shortest edges to create one 18ft long piece of fabric.
5. Shorten the 18ft length of the panel of cotton twill, as necessary, depending on the child’s height. Emily is 1.4m tall, so I cut 4ft off the length of the finished panel, to create a 14ft length of fabric.
6. Shorten the shoulder straps on the grey vest and shorten the length of the pyjama bottoms, if necessary. For example, I needed to shorten the shoulder straps to fit Emily’s frame. (I didn’t hem the pyjama bottoms after shortening them as the edges would be hidden once the legs have been rolled up using the elastic to hold them in place).
7. After putting on the pyjama bottoms, cut the elastic into two 30cm lengths and loosely tie the elastic over the top of the pyjamas at the bottom of the calves. Roll the pyjamas legs up a few times (so the elastic holds them in place) until they are gathered just below the knee.
8. Wrap crepe bandages around your child’s arms from just below the armpit to the mid forearm before securing in place.
9. Slip on some ‘Uggs’ or other similar style of footwear (We used Debenhams ‘Uggs’, ‘Duggs’)
10. Wrap the swathes of fabric as shown in the Rey photograph. I’ve added a video to show you how.
11. Secure the cotton twill robe in place with the belt.
12. Create a Rey hairstyle (see video).
The final reveal: Emily as Rey from Star Wars, The Force Awakens.
DIY Star Wars Rey costume tutorial.
Rey’s hairstyle tutorial.
Over to you.
So there you go! An easy, thrifty DIY Star Wars Rey Costume. What are your fancy dress triumphs and disasters? Have you taken your children to a convention? What did you think? As always, I love to hear from you.
In Part 2 : DIY Star Wars Rey Staff tutorial.
Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of my costume-making tutorial where I show you how to make a DIY Star Wars Rey staff on a budget using plumbing supplies, cardboard, a telephone cable and spray paint! CLICK HERE.
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What a fantastic post! I’ll be making this for myself (and I’m 36!) 😀
Ah, thanks for stopping by, Lee and for your lovely comment 🙂
Wow what great easy to follow videos! It almost makes me want to try making the outfit, but I know my limits! However, I will be trying the hair do! That is the first hair tutorial I have seen that hasn’t scared me and I think that even I can achieve that 🙂
Thanks very much, Emma. I’m glad it all made sense.
Great video. A simple yet effective outfit. Loved the fact that it was cheap to put together as most fancy dress costumes are so expensive. It could be adapted for a boys Roman soldier outfit too, not the hairstyle though!!!
what a lovely idea and so easy and cheap bet Emily loves it and doesn’t she look the part . Pauline
Aw, thanks Pauline! She really loves it and we can’t wait to go to the convention in London in a few weeks.
This is PERFECT and easy for Halloween, my baby will certainly love it! The pieces match up perfectly with Rey’s costume and i think that I might just be more excited to start working on her costume than she might be wearing it! But I am definitely gonna try this Start Wars idea! THANK YOU!
Thanks Jessica. I’m delighted it is a helpful post. The Rey staff post will be up in the next few weeks.
Thank you for this tutorial (and the hair one) – I followed it for my 11 year old to wear to a ‘fancy dress’ session at her Karate class (for Christmas) and she got a prize for the costume 🙂 She is very happy with it and also wore it to Episode 8 later the same day (tho’ I did have to re-do the hair) She got to challenge a Storm Trooper as we left the screening, and he surrendered which made her very happy. We did get a few odd looks in the supermarket afterwards tho’!
Hi Alison! Thanks so much for your feedback! It’s great to know you made up the costume and hair and your daughter was really happy with it! My youngest is the same age as yours and that simple costume has made plenty of outings since!
Jane that looks great, thank you! Am taking my two girls on 27th and so am going to try it. Have looked online for the vest but can’t find it. Do you have a link or was it only instore? Adam
Hi Adam! I can’t see it on website either. I bought it in store. Any vest type top will do. Perhaps one of the supermarkets? We’ve booked to see it at IMAX on New Years eve! Can’t wait! If I were you, I’d assume Rey wore thick coats and bobble hats with her outfit in cold weather 😉
This is exactly what I’m looking for! My eldest has just told me she wants to dress up as Ray when we go to disneyland 😱
Ah, great! Good luck with it!
This is great! It looks better than the cheaply made costumes. I already bought harem pants for my daughter, but I picked up a lot of great ideas from your tutorial. Thank you!