How to Make a Genie Costume with Pencil Skirts and Apple Bags

How to Make a Genie Costume with Pencil Skirts and Apple Bags

A blog on how to make the genie costume from Aladdin along with the other costumes.

Aladdin is one of my favorite movies of all time, so naturally it is one of my favorite costumes to make. It doesn’t take long to come up with a design for a Genie costume, but there are some really great tips that I picked up last year that I want to share with you guys!

When I first started making my costumes, I was always deterred by the sheer amount of sewing that was involved. But last year, I found a way around it. What you will need: Two pencil skirts (same color) A couple colors of blue tulle Two or three colors of fabric for the gems Apple bag

Let’s get started! The first thing you will want to do is take your apple bag and glue the ends together (to avoid having too much fabric). Next, you will need to measure out where your waistband is going to be. To do this, simply put on your pencil skirt and mark with a pin where you want your waistband to be. Take it off and fold over the top inch or two and pin it down so

Aladdin Genie Costume

How to Make a Genie Costume with Pencil Skirts and Apple Bags

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I recently saw the live action Aladdin film which was really good. I know that lots of people are interested in how to make the genie costume from Aladdin so I thought I would put together a blog on how to do it. The other costumes are also covered below but you can click on the links to go straight to your desired costume.

The genie costume is made up of a couple of different parts and the first thing you need to get is a pair of blue leggings or tights, something like these stretchy leggings available on Amazon. It is important that they have some stretch otherwise it will be difficult to pull them on over a skirt which we will see later. You can wear these over some shorts or a base layer if you prefer, but they are a good starting point for the genie costume from Aladdin. Next you will want to wear an off the shoulder top such as this one from Amazon . This top is perfect because it has puffed sleeves and is the right color for this genie costume from Aladdin.

You will then need a blue pencil skirt, something

How to Make a Genie Costume with Pencil Skirts and Apple Bags

I’m putting together some ideas for costumes you can make out of things you already have in your closet. For example this is what I wore last year when I was a genie:

I bought the purple top at Forever 21 for about $15, the black and gold skirt at Savers for about $2.50, and the black flats from Payless for about $10. The apple bag is from Tar-jay and cost me $1.98!

Another option would be to wear a pencil skirt and a crop top, like I did when I was in my twenties:

The skirt is from Banana Republic (thrifted) and the top is from Express (thrifted), both purchased for about $4 each. The shoes were a gift from my mom (thrifted). The apple bag was thrifted!

To make the genie costume, you will need:

* a pencil skirt

* a gold belt

* two different colored scarves (one for the turban, one for the cape)

* apple bags

* a black tank top and leggings (or pants)

Start by putting on the black pants or leggings and tank top. Next, put on the pencil skirt and belt. It’s best to use this blue pencil skirt from Amazon because it has a slit in the front that shows off the fishnet tights when you walk. Now, put on your fishnets. You can also paint your nails blue at this point. Now, take your light blue scarf and tie it around your head to make a turban. Then, take your dark blue scarf and tie it around your neck like a cape. Take an apple bag and cut the bottom off of it so that it is open at the bottom. Slide it over your hand like a mitten (the open end should be towards your wrist). Put another apple bag on your other hand. And there you have it! You are now Jasmine from Aladdin!

Okay, so you’re going to need a white tank top and a pair of white pants. I got my tank top from Wal-Mart for $5. You can get the pants there too, but I got mine from a thrift store for like $2.

For the vest you’ll need an apple bag or any brown paper bag, pencil skirts or something that is long enough to go over your chest, and some kind of fabric glue.

I used hot glue to stick everything in place but the fabric glue was more secure when I tested them out.**

I started working on my costume for Halloween almost a month ahead of time. I’m not sure why I started so early, but it was a great thing because I didn’t have to rush through the costume and end up with a bad costume. The first thing I did was go to and search for Aladdin genie costumes. I came across a couple of links that showed some other people’s creations and what they did to make the costume.

I started looking around my house to see if there was anything I could use for the costume already in my house. I found a old pencil skirt that belonged to my mom. It had been sitting in her closet for years and she never wore it or even thought about wearing it. So I decided that I would take that pencil skirt and make it into a genie costume.

Start by sewing the open edge of the skirt shut. Use a zig zag or serger stitch to prevent fraying.

Next, cut two wide strips of blue tulle. The length of the strips should be about 20 inches longer than the circumference of your waist. Fold each strip in half and sew it together, making a loop.

Sew blue tulle loops to the bottom of the skirt, one on each side of the seam. Sew them so they will hang down when you put the skirt on. You don’t need to sew them all the way around; just a few stitches at each end will do. This will make it easier to get into and out of your costume later.

Now put on your skirt and start wrapping tulle around it until you have a layer as thick as you want your genie costume to be. Cut off any remaining tulle from your strips, but leave some extra so you can overlap it a bit at the top and sew it together there. I overlapped mine about 6 inches, and I used a lot more tulle than this because I wanted my costume to be poufy!

Sew together the top part where you overlapped your tulle strips, leaving about 8 inches unsewn in between

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