Carnival Costumes

The workshop

I offer costume making workshops in whatever style/design your imagination dictates in a number of materials and methods including scrap/recycled materials, altered garments, foams, plastics, tie dye, batik, painting, paper mache etc. In a typical costume making workshop I bring samples to show to the group and then demonstrate, sometimes using templates, how to make the item. Depending on the age and group size I take the making one step at a time giving participants time to catch up, help each other and move forward together. There is normally a way in which participants can personalise and be creative with their piece dependent on the brief. I normally bring all the materials and equipment needed to complete the workshop.

Some fun suggestions are animal hats and tails, pirate jackets and hats, Rio style backpacks and collars, rockstars and hoop skirts, large headdresses.

Is suitable for

Age- 3+ – teenagers – adults – the elderley

Group Size- I can work with full classes of 30 children but would ask for at least 1 teacher or TA to help support the workshop. Where groups larger than this are requested I would need considerably more adult help which either the hirer or I can provide.

Group type- Primary, Secondary and Infant Schools, Brownies, Girl Guides, Scouts, Cubs, Beavers, Youth Groups, PRU groups, Young Offenders, Inclusion Groups , Young mum’s, Old People’s Homes and Day Services, Children’s Parties, drop in community event, etc

Workshop duration

Drop in    /   1.5 – 2 hours     /     1-3 days

Curriculum and Learning Elements

Costume making can fit in with a curriculum subject or area of study or time period.

Participants will develop hand eye co-ordination, dexterity, and the ability to follow instructions.

Before the workshop

An initial enquiry will establish the needs of the hirer, size of group, budget, theme and checking of dates and availability. The workshop can be tailored to your needs, tied in with a particular curriculum element, area of interest and made to fit your time and budget.


My fee is from £100-£175 per day + Materials expenses

The fee will depend on group size, how much preparation I will need to do and the length of the workshop and I am also willing to take into consideration your budget.


Please contact me on 07817 486059 /