How to make a shepherd’s head dress for the nativity

shepherd's head dress - nativity

Two shepherd’s ready for bed

You open your child’s book bag at the end of day and there it is, the school letter saying your child will be a shepherd in this year’s nativity, he/she will need plain coloured trousers/leggings (tick) a plain coloured t shirt (tick) and a head dress please all by the end of the week meaning you have a matter of days to get a head dress prepared.

What do you do?

You go online and Google the words ‘shepherd’s head dress and hopefully my post will come up and you can take an enormous sigh of relief because trust me, this is the easiest shepherd’s head dress to make. You will feel just like Coco Chanel felt at the first viewing of her new collections as you watch your child act the perfect shepherd on stage and even though not a starring role it’s clear he/she made the performance.

How to make a shepherd’s head dress

You will need:

1 pillowcase
a pair of scissors
a ruler/tape measure/good eye

I went to Primark and bought a pair of beige pillowcases for £1.90. I have twins, their outfits cost me £1.90.

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I cut up one side of the pillowcase and opened the material on the floor, I cut it to 60 cms x 90 cms and tidied up down the edges.

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On one of the 90cms sides cut a parallel strip 25cms long on each side 4 cms in – these strips will form your band to tie the head dress on to your child.

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Place the centre of the material of the longer cut side (90 cms) on the forehead of your child

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Wrap the strips to the back of the head and tie securely in place

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Voila’! Job done mate, pour yourself a glass of wine and embrace your new status of clothes designer

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  1. Beth Mercado from Alabama, USA
    December 6, 2012 / 11:05 PM

    This is so awesomely easy! Thank you so much.

    • Mari
      December 7, 2012 / 12:24 AM

      Beth, it’s a life saver for busy mums – we can all do it! Happy Christmas and happy nativity too ;)

  2. maggy, red ted art
    December 8, 2012 / 9:10 AM

    Oooh you are a clever lady!! :-)

    • Mari
      December 8, 2012 / 9:36 AM

      I’m thinking of putting my services forward to Stella McCartney, she’ll be so impressed at what I can do with a pillowcase don’t you think? ;)

      • maggy, red ted art
        December 10, 2012 / 10:50 AM

        *chuckle* uhm.. go for it !

  3. Toria
    December 8, 2014 / 12:45 PM

    This is fantastic- thank you! I’m I’ll with flu and need to get outfit sorted for tomorrow and this just saved my life- it took me all of five minutes from reading your instructions and wearing it myself – thank you and merry Christmas xx

    • December 8, 2014 / 1:57 PM

      I’m really pleased it helped and hope you feel better soon. Thanks for leaving a note :)

  4. December 16, 2014 / 3:22 PM

    I love this post Mari! What a fantastic result from the simplest of supplies! And everyone here in the UK will more than benefit from this! Love it…love seeing the girls younger as well. We have shared this post with our followers on our Twitter feed! Have a great Christmas!

    Karin (on behalf of Wauwaa)

  5. Amelia
    December 11, 2015 / 2:33 AM

    Thank you! Great solution – easy, quick and perfect for the last minute costume.

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