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Build time
1 day
Budget
<$100
Skill level
Beginner
Description

Make a DIY Rey costume based on The Rise of Skywalker. All the materials can be found online or at your local thrift store. We’ll build Rey’s shirt, sashes, hood & collar, arm bands, and finish the costume off with her iconic boots!

Tools required

• Scissors

• Safety Pins

• Utility Knife (example here, optional)

• Hot Glue Gun

• Sandpaper

• X-Acto Knife (example here)

• Leather Punch (example here)

skills required

• Ability to handle sharp tools

• Safely use a glue gun and X-Acto knife

• Find a parent if you’re under 13

images for inspiration
No images available
Supply list

Below is a list of all parts used to make this costume. In case you don’t already have them, we’ve included purchase links. Note the estimated cost reflects the cost of a full package (e.g. you may only need 5 screws, but the cost is for a large pack them). 

Part Description
Costume section
est. Cost
Part description
Women’s V-neck tee
costume section
Shirt
Est. Cost
$7.00
Part description
White queen-sized sheet
costume section
Sashes
Est. Cost
$30.00
Part description
White hoodie
costume section
Hood & collar
Est. Cost
$19.00
Part description
Scrap cardboard (at least 2”x13”)
costume section
Hood & collar
Est. Cost
Part description
White sweatpants
costume section
Pants
Est. Cost
$20.00
Part description
Leather belts
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$10-$20
Part description
Flat brown spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$4.30
Part description
Satin espresso spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$7.00
Part description
Masking tape
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
Part description
Heavy-duty tape (optional)
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
Part description
2 sheets of “thin” craft foam 2mm
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$1.00
Part description
Wiggly eyes
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$1.00
Part description
Metallic gold spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$10.40
Part description
Metallic bronze spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$7.00
Part description
Athletic tape (gauze)
costume section
Arm bands
Est. Cost
$5.00
Part description
Suede boots
costume section
Boots
Est. Cost
$11.00
Part description
Leather cord
costume section
Boots
Est. Cost
$9.00
Part description
Alternative boots: official Star Wars Rey boots (POZU)
costume section
Boots
Est. Cost
$206.00
Guide

Shirt:

  • Cut the sleeves off of V-Neck Tee halfway off (from halfway across the top straight down to the armpit) with scissors.
  • Cut the neckline in a slightly deeper V-shape.

Sashes:

  • Start with a white Queen-sized sheet (102”x90”)
  • Cut the sheet into 6 strips (the 102” side is the width) each 17” long and the following widths:
    Shoulder piece: 48”
    Hanging piece: 36”
    Hanging piece: 36”
    Hanging Loop piece: 54”
    Waist piece: 38” (or whatever wraps around your waist the best)
    Be sure to label them so you’ll know which is which later!

Hood & Collar:

  • Cut the hood off of a white hoodie with scissors.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard 2”x13” using scissors or a utility knife.
    make sure the perforation runs vertically along the short length.
  • Curve the cardboard slightly with the perforation.
  • Fold some of the excess white fabric from the hoodie around the cardboard using hot glue. 
    I use the bottom edge that already had a nice hem just for added thickness.
    Be sure to leave a little bit of extra hanging off of the bottom edge to attach the hood to.
  • Glue the hood along the bottom edge with hot glue.
    Since the overall width of the hood may vary, be sure to meet both ends of the collar, adding slight perorations along the way if needed.

Pants:

  • Take a pair of white sweatpants and cut them straight across just below your knee.
  • Fold the bottom edge just slightly inside and glue with hot glue to create a hem.
  • Use the extra fabric for the kneepads: first cut the elastic off.
  • Use the provided template to draw the shape onto the fabric.
  • Fold all of the side tabs under and glue with hot glue to create hems.
  • Follow the template to draw dashes for the “stitches” with a thin permanent marker.
  • Attach the kneepads along the bottom edge of the pants with hot glue.
  • Cut a 2” slit on the outer sides of bottom of the pants.

Belts & Holster:

  • Start with 3 belts.
    1.5”
    1”
    1/2”
  • If they are different colors like mine, mask the buckles with masking tape and spray paint them with brown spray paint.
  • The 1.5” belt goes around your waist like normal. The 1” belt drapes down to the side. Mark the positioning of the 1” belt into the 1.5” belt with a pen.
  • Sand the area to be glued slightly with sandpaper (a file would also work) then attach with hot glue.
  • Put a piece of heavy-duty tape across the back of the seam for added strength (optional)
  • Follow the template to draw the shape of the holster onto thin craft foam.
  • Cut the full shape out of the thin craft foam.
  • Paint both sides with the flat brown spray paint.
  • Cut 2 slits with and X-Acto knife for the 1/2” belt to slide through.
  • Fold the 2 side flaps over and attach with hot glue.
  • Fold the bottom flap up and attach with hot glue.
  • Paint 2 12mm Wiggly Eyes with gold spray paint.
  • Attach to the bottom flap with hot glue.
  • Fold the top bold back, over the 1.5” belt and attach just the bottom with hot glue (be sure not to glue the belt, so that it can still slide).
  • Strap everything on and then cut the 1/2” belt shorter with scissors
  • Add new holes to the belt with a leather punch or X-Acto knife
  • Touch it up with more flat brown spray paint
  • Cut a rectangle out of thing thin craft foam, 3” wide and tall enough to wrap around the 1” belt. 
  • Paint with metallic bronze spray paint.
  • Attach with hot glue.

Arm Bands:

  • Follow the templates to draw the shape of the arm bands onto thin craft foam.
  • Cut the full shapes out of the thin craft foam including the small slits.
  • Paint one side with the flat brown spray paint and the other side with a darker brown spray paint.
  • Follow the video to see how they tuck and fold into themselves.
  • Use athletic tape for the to wrap around the forearms.

Boots:

  • Start with suede boots that fit you.
  • Cut 8 little strips of thin craft foam (either buy a brown sheet or paint some of the leftover white foam) each 3/4” wide and the following lengths:
    make 8: 2” long
    make 2: 3.5” long
  • Use hot glue to attach them to the boots, folding them over with space for the laces.
  • Insert the leather cord for laces (I found it helped to rough them up a bit first to make them more flexible) and cut at the right length after tying. 

Assembly:

  • Put on the T-shirt and sweatpants.
  • Drape the 2 48” sashes over your shoulders and cross them in the front.
  • Wrap the 38” sash piece around your upper waist and fasten in the back with safety pins. 
  • Fasten the ends of the shoulder pieces underneath that waist piece with safety pins.
  • Hang the two 36” pieces from the front and back and fasten under the waist with safety pins. 
  • Drape the 54” looping piece off to the left side and fasten under the waist with safety pins. 
  • Attach the hood/collar with safety pins
  • Attach the belt/holster directly over the waist piece (and leg).
  • Wrap the athletic tape around your forearms and cut to the right length.
  • May The Force be with you.
Guide

Shirt:

  • Cut the sleeves off of V-Neck Tee halfway off (from halfway across the top straight down to the armpit) with scissors.
  • Cut the neckline in a slightly deeper V-shape.

Sashes:

  • Start with a white Queen-sized sheet (102”x90”)
  • Cut the sheet into 6 strips (the 102” side is the width) each 17” long and the following widths:
    Shoulder piece: 48”
    Hanging piece: 36”
    Hanging piece: 36”
    Hanging Loop piece: 54”
    Waist piece: 38” (or whatever wraps around your waist the best)
    Be sure to label them so you’ll know which is which later!

Hood & Collar:

  • Cut the hood off of a white hoodie with scissors.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard 2”x13” using scissors or a utility knife.
    make sure the perforation runs vertically along the short length.
  • Curve the cardboard slightly with the perforation.
  • Fold some of the excess white fabric from the hoodie around the cardboard using hot glue. 
    I use the bottom edge that already had a nice hem just for added thickness.
    Be sure to leave a little bit of extra hanging off of the bottom edge to attach the hood to.
  • Glue the hood along the bottom edge with hot glue.
    Since the overall width of the hood may vary, be sure to meet both ends of the collar, adding slight perorations along the way if needed.

Pants:

  • Take a pair of white sweatpants and cut them straight across just below your knee.
  • Fold the bottom edge just slightly inside and glue with hot glue to create a hem.
  • Use the extra fabric for the kneepads: first cut the elastic off.
  • Use the provided template to draw the shape onto the fabric.
  • Fold all of the side tabs under and glue with hot glue to create hems.
  • Follow the template to draw dashes for the “stitches” with a thin permanent marker.
  • Attach the kneepads along the bottom edge of the pants with hot glue.
  • Cut a 2” slit on the outer sides of bottom of the pants.

Belts & Holster:

  • Start with 3 belts.
    1.5”
    1”
    1/2”
  • If they are different colors like mine, mask the buckles with masking tape and spray paint them with brown spray paint.
  • The 1.5” belt goes around your waist like normal. The 1” belt drapes down to the side. Mark the positioning of the 1” belt into the 1.5” belt with a pen.
  • Sand the area to be glued slightly with sandpaper (a file would also work) then attach with hot glue.
  • Put a piece of heavy-duty tape across the back of the seam for added strength (optional)
  • Follow the template to draw the shape of the holster onto thin craft foam.
  • Cut the full shape out of the thin craft foam.
  • Paint both sides with the flat brown spray paint.
  • Cut 2 slits with and X-Acto knife for the 1/2” belt to slide through.
  • Fold the 2 side flaps over and attach with hot glue.
  • Fold the bottom flap up and attach with hot glue.
  • Paint 2 12mm Wiggly Eyes with gold spray paint.
  • Attach to the bottom flap with hot glue.
  • Fold the top bold back, over the 1.5” belt and attach just the bottom with hot glue (be sure not to glue the belt, so that it can still slide).
  • Strap everything on and then cut the 1/2” belt shorter with scissors
  • Add new holes to the belt with a leather punch or X-Acto knife
  • Touch it up with more flat brown spray paint
  • Cut a rectangle out of thing thin craft foam, 3” wide and tall enough to wrap around the 1” belt. 
  • Paint with metallic bronze spray paint.
  • Attach with hot glue.

Arm Bands:

  • Follow the templates to draw the shape of the arm bands onto thin craft foam.
  • Cut the full shapes out of the thin craft foam including the small slits.
  • Paint one side with the flat brown spray paint and the other side with a darker brown spray paint.
  • Follow the video to see how they tuck and fold into themselves.
  • Use athletic tape for the to wrap around the forearms.

Boots:

  • Start with suede boots that fit you.
  • Cut 8 little strips of thin craft foam (either buy a brown sheet or paint some of the leftover white foam) each 3/4” wide and the following lengths:
    make 8: 2” long
    make 2: 3.5” long
  • Use hot glue to attach them to the boots, folding them over with space for the laces.
  • Insert the leather cord for laces (I found it helped to rough them up a bit first to make them more flexible) and cut at the right length after tying. 

Assembly:

  • Put on the T-shirt and sweatpants.
  • Drape the 2 48” sashes over your shoulders and cross them in the front.
  • Wrap the 38” sash piece around your upper waist and fasten in the back with safety pins. 
  • Fasten the ends of the shoulder pieces underneath that waist piece with safety pins.
  • Hang the two 36” pieces from the front and back and fasten under the waist with safety pins. 
  • Drape the 54” looping piece off to the left side and fasten under the waist with safety pins. 
  • Attach the hood/collar with safety pins
  • Attach the belt/holster directly over the waist piece (and leg).
  • Wrap the athletic tape around your forearms and cut to the right length.
  • May The Force be with you.
Description

Make a DIY Rey costume based on The Rise of Skywalker. All the materials can be found online or at your local thrift store. We’ll build Rey’s shirt, sashes, hood & collar, arm bands, and finish the costume off with her iconic boots!

Tools required

• Scissors

• Safety Pins

• Utility Knife (example here, optional)

• Hot Glue Gun

• Sandpaper

• X-Acto Knife (example here)

• Leather Punch (example here)

skills required

• Ability to handle sharp tools

• Safely use a glue gun and X-Acto knife

• Find a parent if you’re under 13

images for inspiration
No images available
Supply list

Below is a list of all parts used to make this costume. In case you don’t already have them, we’ve included purchase links. Note the estimated cost reflects the cost of a full package (e.g. you may only need 5 screws, but the cost is for a large pack them). 

Part Description
Costume section
est. Cost
Part description
Women’s V-neck tee
costume section
Shirt
Est. Cost
$7.00
Part description
White queen-sized sheet
costume section
Sashes
Est. Cost
$30.00
Part description
White hoodie
costume section
Hood & collar
Est. Cost
$19.00
Part description
Scrap cardboard (at least 2”x13”)
costume section
Hood & collar
Est. Cost
Part description
White sweatpants
costume section
Pants
Est. Cost
$20.00
Part description
Leather belts
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$10-$20
Part description
Flat brown spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$4.30
Part description
Satin espresso spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$7.00
Part description
Masking tape
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
Part description
Heavy-duty tape (optional)
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
Part description
2 sheets of “thin” craft foam 2mm
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$1.00
Part description
Wiggly eyes
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$1.00
Part description
Metallic gold spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$10.40
Part description
Metallic bronze spray paint
costume section
Belts & holster
Est. Cost
$7.00
Part description
Athletic tape (gauze)
costume section
Arm bands
Est. Cost
$5.00
Part description
Suede boots
costume section
Boots
Est. Cost
$11.00
Part description
Leather cord
costume section
Boots
Est. Cost
$9.00
Part description
Alternative boots: official Star Wars Rey boots (POZU)
costume section
Boots
Est. Cost
$206.00
Guide

Shirt:

  • Cut the sleeves off of V-Neck Tee halfway off (from halfway across the top straight down to the armpit) with scissors.
  • Cut the neckline in a slightly deeper V-shape.

Sashes:

  • Start with a white Queen-sized sheet (102”x90”)
  • Cut the sheet into 6 strips (the 102” side is the width) each 17” long and the following widths:
    Shoulder piece: 48”
    Hanging piece: 36”
    Hanging piece: 36”
    Hanging Loop piece: 54”
    Waist piece: 38” (or whatever wraps around your waist the best)
    Be sure to label them so you’ll know which is which later!

Hood & Collar:

  • Cut the hood off of a white hoodie with scissors.
  • Cut a piece of cardboard 2”x13” using scissors or a utility knife.
    make sure the perforation runs vertically along the short length.
  • Curve the cardboard slightly with the perforation.
  • Fold some of the excess white fabric from the hoodie around the cardboard using hot glue. 
    I use the bottom edge that already had a nice hem just for added thickness.
    Be sure to leave a little bit of extra hanging off of the bottom edge to attach the hood to.
  • Glue the hood along the bottom edge with hot glue.
    Since the overall width of the hood may vary, be sure to meet both ends of the collar, adding slight perorations along the way if needed.

Pants:

  • Take a pair of white sweatpants and cut them straight across just below your knee.
  • Fold the bottom edge just slightly inside and glue with hot glue to create a hem.
  • Use the extra fabric for the kneepads: first cut the elastic off.
  • Use the provided template to draw the shape onto the fabric.
  • Fold all of the side tabs under and glue with hot glue to create hems.
  • Follow the template to draw dashes for the “stitches” with a thin permanent marker.
  • Attach the kneepads along the bottom edge of the pants with hot glue.
  • Cut a 2” slit on the outer sides of bottom of the pants.

Belts & Holster:

  • Start with 3 belts.
    1.5”
    1”
    1/2”
  • If they are different colors like mine, mask the buckles with masking tape and spray paint them with brown spray paint.
  • The 1.5” belt goes around your waist like normal. The 1” belt drapes down to the side. Mark the positioning of the 1” belt into the 1.5” belt with a pen.
  • Sand the area to be glued slightly with sandpaper (a file would also work) then attach with hot glue.
  • Put a piece of heavy-duty tape across the back of the seam for added strength (optional)
  • Follow the template to draw the shape of the holster onto thin craft foam.
  • Cut the full shape out of the thin craft foam.
  • Paint both sides with the flat brown spray paint.
  • Cut 2 slits with and X-Acto knife for the 1/2” belt to slide through.
  • Fold the 2 side flaps over and attach with hot glue.
  • Fold the bottom flap up and attach with hot glue.
  • Paint 2 12mm Wiggly Eyes with gold spray paint.
  • Attach to the bottom flap with hot glue.
  • Fold the top bold back, over the 1.5” belt and attach just the bottom with hot glue (be sure not to glue the belt, so that it can still slide).
  • Strap everything on and then cut the 1/2” belt shorter with scissors
  • Add new holes to the belt with a leather punch or X-Acto knife
  • Touch it up with more flat brown spray paint
  • Cut a rectangle out of thing thin craft foam, 3” wide and tall enough to wrap around the 1” belt. 
  • Paint with metallic bronze spray paint.
  • Attach with hot glue.

Arm Bands:

  • Follow the templates to draw the shape of the arm bands onto thin craft foam.
  • Cut the full shapes out of the thin craft foam including the small slits.
  • Paint one side with the flat brown spray paint and the other side with a darker brown spray paint.
  • Follow the video to see how they tuck and fold into themselves.
  • Use athletic tape for the to wrap around the forearms.

Boots:

  • Start with suede boots that fit you.
  • Cut 8 little strips of thin craft foam (either buy a brown sheet or paint some of the leftover white foam) each 3/4” wide and the following lengths:
    make 8: 2” long
    make 2: 3.5” long
  • Use hot glue to attach them to the boots, folding them over with space for the laces.
  • Insert the leather cord for laces (I found it helped to rough them up a bit first to make them more flexible) and cut at the right length after tying. 

Assembly:

  • Put on the T-shirt and sweatpants.
  • Drape the 2 48” sashes over your shoulders and cross them in the front.
  • Wrap the 38” sash piece around your upper waist and fasten in the back with safety pins. 
  • Fasten the ends of the shoulder pieces underneath that waist piece with safety pins.
  • Hang the two 36” pieces from the front and back and fasten under the waist with safety pins. 
  • Drape the 54” looping piece off to the left side and fasten under the waist with safety pins. 
  • Attach the hood/collar with safety pins
  • Attach the belt/holster directly over the waist piece (and leg).
  • Wrap the athletic tape around your forearms and cut to the right length.
  • May The Force be with you.
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