Make a Mother Teresa Costume

Any of you looking for last minute costume ideas for All Saints' Day? I know I am! How about making a Mother Teresa costume from a pillow case, a single bed sheet, and a roll of blue painter's tape? Read on my friends, read on!

Little Violet is going to be Mother Teresa for our All Saints' Day party tomorrow. She's too small for a sheet, so I cut down some white fabric. The best part??? This costume doesn't involve any sewing!!! (Now that's my kind of costume!)

All you need is some white fabric and some blue painter's tape, scissors, a safety pin, and either some bobby pins or a headband. You'll also need one adorable child for inserting into the costume.

I have found that a veil falls more evenly around your head if it's the shape of a half circle rather than a rectangle. Mother Teresa's order (Missionaries of Charity) have one wide blue stripe and then 2 more narrow blue stripes on the edge of their white garments. So I ran one strip of blue painter's tape and then cut another one length wise for the 2 more narrow strips. I hot glued the veil onto a headband for baby Violet to keep it on her head because she has no hair for pinning it into.

This piece I made for wrapping around her body. I put her in a white long sleeved shirt and white tights, then wrapped this around her (over her left shoulder and under her right arm) and then safety pinned it to the top of her shoulder. 


She's ready to go!

For an older child, you could use the painter's tape on a white pillow case for the veil and a white single sheet for wrapping around the body. Use a safety pin and don't cut the sheet, and pin the pillow case into her hair with some bobby pins. At the end of the day remove the tape and return your sheets to your linen closet! :-)

As always, supervise your children at all times and always take necessary precautions. In other words, don't let your children choke on painter's tape and then try to sue me. I promise you'll find I don't have much to sue me for anyway ;-)

Hope this last minute costume idea helps you guys out! I still have 2 more to come up with before tomorrow. Suggestions???
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  1. You could be any kind of girl saint, from St. Maria Goretti to St. Elizabeth of Hungary, by wearing a white dress and draping the appropriately colored fabric over it like a toga. (Red for martyrs, purple for royalty, etc.) Tie around the waist with a piece of string. Then add props, like a lily or crown, and you're good to go! Hope this helped! :)

  2. And I thought iron-on stitching was a great way to get a no-sew costume! That’s how we made simple albs for dressing apostles in a passion play.

  3. Love it! Analee was Mother Theresa last year and everyone got a kick out of it. There's just something about a baby dressed up as a nun that is the cutest thing in the world!

  4. no sew - simple! love it.
    Mother Teresa, ora pro nobis.
    pax Christi - lena

  5. This is brilliance, Laci. Shear brilliance! Thank you SO much for sharing.

  6. Ingenious, Lacy!!! And you can get that painter's tape at the Dollar Tree too;-) I do not sew so I shout a "woot, woot" for simple instructions! Gracias, gracias!

  7. amazing Lacy. the painter's tape was ingenious!

  8. For your son you can make vestments easily by hot gluing ribbion onto cloth napkins and sewing them together, just leave a hole for the head in the middle. Maybe you could even staple them together if you want to avoid the sewing machine! I put the instructions on the link up, so maybe you already saw this, if not the instructions are here:

    I love the Mother Theresa costume! Lisa

  9. Lacy, I love this! Passing the link around to my friends!

  10. Thanks for this great idea! I am going to try it today. I like your idea so much that I posted your blog on my blog. Feel free to check it out at

    Happy All Saints Day!

  11. Too Too cute !!!
    Love your blog Lacy.
    God Bless
    Hugs Robyn xx

  12. Great idea!

    That painter's tape is a hoot! :)

  13. Hi there Lacy,
    Lovely costume - very Catholic and cute!
    FYI, Mother Theresa of founded the Missionaries of Charity.

    Sisters of Charity was founded by Mother Seton (a branch of it anyway)

  14. I just wanted to say "thank you" for sharing your genius idea of the white sheets & painter's tape. We dressed my 4-year-old in her homemade sari and she won first prize at our parish Festival of Saints tonight! I'll post pictures on my website soon. It turned out so great!! :)

  15. Happy All Saints Day!
    I did a very simple version of your Mother Teresa veil and posted it here:

    Thanks for sharing the wonderful and easy idea!

    Tracy at "A Slice of Smith Life"

  16. To make a male child into St. Francis (or any other friar for that matter) all you need is a large black turtleneck, an oversized rosary (or normal size for a very little one) and some masking tape. The turtleneck can come down long like a cassock, be belted with the rosary, and the tape can be used as a clerical collar. Stuffed animals make the perfect St. Francis edition.

  17. Fantastic! I would love to see the picture of your cute baby's smiling face, so full of joy as a poster to promote religious vocations with a caption like..."Its never TOO early to start thinking about giving your life to God"

    Seriously! Or for a bumper sticker... With one of Blessed Theresa's sayings about the poverty of a country who allows abortion. I would definitely purchase one!
    Lovely blog. I just found it today!

  18. How would you wrap the blanket on an older child? Do the same thing like the baby?

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