Magical DIY: Toddler’s Quick and Adorable Harry Potter House Elf Costume

Magical DIY: Toddler’s Quick and Adorable Harry Potter House Elf Costume

Calling all Harry Potter fans with little wizards and witches! Halloween is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than by dressing up your toddler as a cute and mischievous house elf from the wizarding world? In this blog post, we’ll show you how to whip up a quick and enchanting Harry Potter house elf costume for your toddler using a simple bedsheet. With a few household items and a touch of magic, your little one will be ready for their own Hogwarts adventure!

I found an excellent tutorial online at this link, I’ve made a few adjustments from there.

Materials You’ll Need

For this delightful DIY Harry Potter house elf costume, you’ll need the following materials

  1. A white or light-colored bedsheet: Choose a sheet that will comfortably wrap around your toddler’s body, ensuring it doesn’t drag on the ground.
  2. Safety pins or sewing supplies: You can either sew or use safety pins to secure the costume.
  3. Sewing machine
  4. Scissors: To trim and shape the bedsheet.
  5. Bedsheet and Fleece: This will be used for the house elf’s distinctive ears.
  6. Baby slippers: To complete the elfin look.

Step-by-Step Guide

Let’s get started on creating your toddler’s adorable Harry Potter house elf costume:

Prepare the bedsheet:

Lay the bedsheet out flat, and fold it in half lengthwise. This will be the base of your costume.

Shape the costume:

Measure your toddler’s height and cut the folded bedsheet to the appropriate length. The sheet should cover your toddler from shoulder to ankle comfortably. We used this pattern but we took a dress that fit our little girl perfectly and made edits to the ideas of this pattern…since the kid in the tutorial seems much older than our 18 month old. 

Create the headpiece:

Fold the top of the bedsheet down about 5-6 inches to create the hood. Secure it in place with safety pins or by sewing.

Add the ears:

Cut out two ear shapes from the thick sock or fabric scrap. Attach them to the hood, near the forehead area, using safety pins or sewing. Using this pattern exactly was PERFECT for the ears. I loved how they were folded down and the perfect size and shape. 

Finish with socks or shoes:

Slip a sock or baby shoes onto your toddler’s feet to complete the house elf look.


With just a few household items and a bit of imagination, you can transform a simple bedsheet into a magical Harry Potter house elf costume for your toddler. This DIY project is perfect for last-minute costume needs or for dressing up for a Harry Potter-themed event. Your little one will look absolutely enchanting and ready to join the ranks of Dobby and other house elves in the wizarding world. Enjoy the magic of creating and watching your toddler bring this charming costume to life!

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