Halloween prep! Is everyone excited or what? Anyone who knows me, knows this is my most fave holiday ever. I am a big fan of dressing up, and love being scared. I love creating my own costumes and decorating the house and just being a big kid! I usually sew all the costumes for my family, but that is very time consuming. So I thought, why not show everyone how to do a no sew version of some of the popular ideas out there?

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

I have seen many versions of the Queen of Hearts outfit all over social media sites, so I'm not quite sure who to give original credit to for the premise of the idea, but I added my own spin to the costume. Your friend to creating this is Fabri-tac. It is a super super sticky glue that adheres material so well.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

Begin by cutting all your pieces out. I used my Big Shot Pro for this because I chose to use the Ellison SureCut Die - Heart #1A - Large. It is much thicker than other dies, therefore I only needed one Sizzix Big Shot Pro Accessory - Cutting Pads, Standard, 1 Pair.  I cut layers of red felt, and of the gold material so that I could layer them.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

I also cut out lot's of black hearts using this die Sizzix Bigz Die - Hearts, 4-Up. If you don't have a Big Shot Pro, you can use the Prestige Pro machine for the SureCut dies, and can cut the Bigz dies on the Prestige Pro with an adapter pad.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

Start by layering the hearts. Take a red heart and glue a gold one on top.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

When that is dry, add a black heart to the middle. Create 3 hearts. This will become the decoration down the front of your skirt. Let them dry.

Now start creating your skirt. It's hard to show clear pictures using the tulle, so I will depict them with a strand of twill. Once you get the idea, then do it with multiple layers of tulle till you have a full skirt. I measured my daughter's length that I wanted the skirt to be, then doubled it. I cut many many different strands of white, red, black and pale yellow. I ended up using 5yds of black and red and 3 yes of white and yellow. Then divided those into  about 6inch wide strips lengthwise.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

Step #1. the black ribbon represents the band that will go around the stomach. Make it a little longer than needed. Fold the twill beige ribbon directly in half and slide UNDER the black ribbon- it should look like a loop.

Step #2. pull the side that has the two ends THROUGH the folded loop.

Step #3. pull the ribbon tight.

Step #4. reveals what this looks like with tulle.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

When I was finished looping all the tulle, I added 2 strips of ric rac to make a focal point in the center of the skirt.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

Glue the 3 hearts down the front of the skirt.  Your skirt is now done!

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

Finish the top of the queen's "dress" by gluing gold Ric Rac onto a black leotard with Fabri-Tac, and attaching a 3-layered heart medallion to the center of the top. You can also attach white tulle around the collar area to create a stiff white collar of sorts if you'd like! The placement of this collar was a bit too close to the neck, which made it a bit scratchy, so I'd recommend attaching it a bit further away from the face and neck.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

Create the crown by covering a crown template with gold fabric, and then affix a black felt heart. Finally, attach the crown to a black headband, which helps to hold the crown on the queen's head.

No-Sew DIY Queen of Hearts Costume

As you can see, this Queen of Hearts (my daughter) has two bodyguards (my sons).  I also created card costumes! Stay tuned for the tutorial on the cards, which will be posted here on the Ellison Education blog soon.

I hope you've enjoyed this tutorial!
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