Learn how to make a DIY Professor Quirrell inspired costume with a DIY wrapped hat and cloak. This is the perfect costume for a bald man.
My husband has always been great at accepting that he was balding, and he now shaves it everyday. We decided to really lean into the bald head for his costumes because it gives it a unique edge.
This year we did a Professor inspired costume, since I could draw Voldemort’s face on the back of his head. The costume was really easy to put together, but I definitely need to practice my face drawing skills!
I used some long-lasting, no-smudge eyeliner in brown and black to draw Voldemort’s face. I found a simplified face to copy, and it turned out pretty good.
I need to practice a couple of times before he wears it out for Halloween and to work. It’s much harder drawing on a rounded head than a flat piece of paper.
In the book Professor Quirrell wears a purple turban, but I made a much simpler hat with a wrapped edge. The hat needed to be easy to take on and off without rubbing the face off, so this one just sits on the crown of his head. The costume is still easily recognizable though.
Why Make DIY Costumes?
I love to make DIY costumes for my kids for lots of different reasons. I love that I can make something unique that they want and that they’ll love. We live in a cold area so I always have to plan costumes to be warm so that they don’t have to wear a jacket or coat over it.
I almost always save money by reusing fabric and clothing from my stash and around our home, and I have found that reusing clothing saves me time.
Homemade DIY costumes use stronger and more durable fabric that will last through months and years of dress up and play time. I love that the costumes will last longer than one night of trick-or-treating.
Do you love to sew? Try one of these ideas:
DIY Professor Quirrell Costume
- Baseball hat that can be cut and glued
- 2 yards of purple cotton fabric
- 2 black curtain panels
- Sewing tools and sewing machine
- White shirt and dark tie
- Green blazer
- Black pants and black shoes.
Cut the brim off of the baseball hat.
Cut the selvedges off of the purple fabric. Hem all the edges with a 1/4 inch double turn hem.
Place the center edge of the long side on the front of the cap. Tack it in the back and on both sides.
It’s much easier to get the placement right when someone is wear the hat because you want the hat to be completely covered without the fabric coming too low.
You can see two of the tacks in this next picture. My hand is up inside the ball cap.
Pull all the fabric to the back in on long piece. Twist it around and around to create a long tube. Do not twist it too tight or else the hat won’t fit anymore.
Wrap the twisted section around the edge of the hat. This is easiest when someone is wearing the hat to get the twisted section in the right place. Wrap it all the way around and then tuck the edge into the twisted and wrapped section so that it looks like an infinity wrap.
Baste the edges in place on the top and bottom of the wrap. This is important so that the wrap won’t come off when the hat is taken off.
Hot glue any sections that need smoothing or more wrapping. Hot glue the edges and points into the wrap to make it as seamless as possible.
To make the simple cloak/robe that Professor Quirrell wears in the movie, lay out two black curtain pieces flat with wrong sides together. Measure from your feet to the top of your shoulder and use this measurement to cut across the two curtains.
Cut the shoulder sides in a slight slope with a neck curve in the middle. The other three sides are hemmed since you are using a curtain panel.
Place the curtains right sides together and sew the shoulder seams with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Finish the edges.
Cut up the center of one of the curtains to create the open front.
Add a bunch of pleats to the shoulder seam or stretch and sew a piece of elastic onto the seam allowance to create the gathered shoulder look. Either one is fine as long as you do something to shorten the shoulder seam.
Cut the front neckline into a smooth curve from the shoulders to the center front cut edges. Hem the front and around the neckline with a 1/4 inch double fold hem.
Match the sides right sides together and sew up the sides halfway. You finished!
If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!