Gypsy Fortune Teller Costume

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by Amy Hartman, A.C. Moore, Manahawkin, NJ

Gypsy Fortune Teller Costume

Create the Gypsy Fortune Teller Costume - on its own or as part of a circus theme with family using the Circus Strongman, Lion, Ringmaster or Clown costumes available on A.C. Moore's website!

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Turn the White t-shirt sized to fit the recipient inside out.
  • 2
    To create the “puffy” sleeves, cut the extra large White shirt across the front, just under the armpit, and then down one side, so you have one long sheet of fabric. Run elastic through the shirt hem (since it is cut, it will be like an open tube) Gather the elastic together and glue along the edge of the shirt sleeve (remember the shirt is inside out!). Repeat for other arm. Turn shirt right side out.
  • 3
    Glue on Fuchsia Glitter trim over the t-shirt sleeve hem.
  • 4
    To create vest, cut Black t-shirt, cutting off sleeves, making the sleeve holes a little larger. Cut a deep scoop neck from t-shirt, so there is a 2 inch strip left between the neck and the arm holes. Cut the front of the shirt down the middle.
  • 5
    Cut 12 strips of 5 inch long Black glitter trim. Criss cross from one side of vest to the other, starting at the bottom of the vest, creating 5 “X”s, gluing a button on each trim end. For the skirt, use the biggest size Purple and Sapphire t-shirts possible so the skirt is fuller for the costume.
  • 6
    Cut Purple shirt across, underneath the armpits, so you end up with a tube. Make a small cut in the back portion of the hem of the shirt. Run elastic through the hem. Pull together and knot elastic ends together; option: add a dab of hot glue over knot. Tip: place skirt on child before closing so that it is sized correctly. For the Sapphire portion of the skirt, repeat this paragraph of steps except tie the elastic for the Sapphire tube to the width of the bottom of the Purple skirt.
  • 7
    Lay Purple skirt on work surface. Turn Sapphire tube inside out and slip it over the Purple skirt so that the elastic is against the bottom of the Purple skirt. Glue the elastic from the Sapphire tube to the bottom of the Purple skirt. When dry, turn the Sapphire portion back down, creating a gathered look. Glue Fuchsia glitter trim over the seam where the sections were glued together.
  • 8
    Tie scarf around waist.
  • 9
    To create sequin ribbon trim around the waist, knot each sequin on the thin Red ribbon; make long enough to it will go around the waist and tails are long in the front.
  • 10
    To create a Wig, begin by cutting two strips from the foam board. One strip should be 4 inch x 8 inch, the second strip should be 20 inch x 8 inch.
  • 11
    Wrap yarn around the 4 inch strip 20 times. Tie one side with a piece of yarn, and then cut the other side. Repeat this wrapping step three more times, ending with four sections of 4 inch for the bangs. With the remainder of the two skeins, you will repeat the wrapping step but use the 20 inch piece of foam board instead.
  • 12
    Cut the brim of the painters cap off.
  • 13
    Glue the 4 inch bangs across where the brim was cut off (approximately 2 inches from the edge of the cap). Continue to glue along the bottom of the cap with the 20 inch strands. You will now have the bangs and edges of the cap with the hair; you now need to fill in the “scalp” section.
  • 14
    To fill in remaining portion of cap, glue 20 inch strands directly behind the bangs. Tip: use a 7 inch Styrofoam ball to keep the painters cap steady while gluing yarn to cap! Lay scarf over head with a knot to the side.
  • 15
    Lay scarf over head with a knot to the side.
  • 16
    For the Crystal Ball, spray adhesive inside each half of bubble ball. Remove spider from web and stretch pieces of webbing. Place webbing in to ball.
  • 17
    When dry, pull excess webbing out so there is just a film of webbing stuck to the inside of ball. Glue halves shut.

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Nicole™ Crafts Painter’s Cap Cotton White 104216518
  • Red Heart® Super Saver® Yarn Black 104212432 (2)
  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt White (Sized to Fit Person Wearing Costume)
  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt White Adult Extra Large 104439338 (2)
  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt Black Youth Medium 104214224
  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt Sapphire Adult 3X 104214328
  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt Purple Adult 3X 104214326
  • Stretchrite® Braided Elastic White 1/4 inch x 3 yard 104236104
  • Blumenthal Lansing Favorite Findings™ Big Bag of Buttons Charcoal 104605335
  • Darice® Sparkler Trim 2 yard 8 Assorted 104763079 (Black and Fuschia)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Sequins 120 pc. 10 mm Multi-Color 104253226
  • Nicole™ Crafts Clear Bubble Ball 100 mm 104183055
  • Nicole™ Crafts Spangles 3.5 oz. Multi-Color Spangles 104256985
  • Offray® Spool O' Ribbon Red 104188398
  • Nicole™ Crafts Infinity Scarf Rayon Solid 104771239 (Sapphire or Other Coordinating Color)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Spider Web with Spider 104283513
  • Elmer’s® Foam Board 20 inch x 30 inch x 1/2 inch White 104132730
  • Elmer's® CraftBond® Multi-Purpose Spray Adhesive 11 oz. 104148280
  • FloraCraft® Styrofoam® Brand Foam Ball 7 inch 104183649 (Optional - to Hold Painter's Cap Steady While Gluing Yarn to Cap)