DIY Sleeping Beauty Running Costume Tutorial

by This is Carrie on February 16, 2012

Whether it’s the Disneyland 1/2 marathon or the Disney Princess 1/2 Marathon, dressing up for any Run Disney race is an absolute MUST.  For me, having a Disney running costume that is comfortable while I’m on the course is also a MUST.  Here’s how I put together a Sleeping Beauty running costume for my friend for the Disney Princess half Marathon with very little sewing involved!  You can use the same technique to make a Princess Running Tank for your Belle running costume or Cinderella running costume.

Supplies: 1 Sparkle Athletic running skirtin pink (super lightweight and so comfortable), 1 pair of hot pink velvet Sparkle Sleeves, 1 pink running tank (got mine at Target), 1/8 yard of white, swimsuit lycra (or other lightweight knit fabric), needle and thread or sewing machine.

If you are planning on dressing up as Belle, start with a Golden Yellow Team Sparkle Skirt, gold Sparkle Sleeves and a yellow running tank. Is Cinderella your princess of choice? You will want to start with a pale blue Team Sparkle Skirt, silver Sparkle Sleeves and a pale blue running tank.

1. Measure the distance of your upper chest making sure to go around (not under) your arms. Use this measurement to cut your piece of knit fabric (your measurement x 8″)

2.Using a sewing machine (or by hand), stitch two rows of wide stitches down the center of your cut piece.  Make sure to leave thread ends loose.

3. Pull the thread ends to gather your strip of fabric down the middle.

4. Stitch the gathered piece to the center front of your running tank.  Put a few stitches connecting the band to the armhole (see picture) to tack it in place. This is a good point to try on your tank to make sure you like the placement of your princess band.  Also, have someone help pin the band together in the back, testing out how tight or loose you want it around your arms and also how high or low to sew it to the tank back. Once that is decided, stitch the ends of the bands together to make a complete loop.

5. Stitch the band to the back of your tank and you’re ready to Run Like a Princess!

Don’t forget your gold tiara!  I had a hard time finding a tiara in gold, but with a little spray paint, the problem was easily solved.

Make sure you do at least one practice run in full running costume to tweak as needed to stay comfortable during the race and be sure you’re ready to run happily ever after!

This tutorial & the project created is for personal use only & not for commercial use.


{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Heidi February 17, 2012 at 7:58 am

Cute idea! Someday I’ll make stuff for me and not just the kids.


Launi February 18, 2012 at 12:06 am

Simply adorable! You are so clever. I have a friend that is a Disney NUT and she will just LOVE your outfit.


Sandi February 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Your costumes make me want to start running.


Marie from whysheruns
Twitter: whysheruns
February 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm

Very very cool! That race is in my bucket list so will definitely come remember your blog for when I need some inspiration, ideas! Oh is that costume Kelly’s from According to Kelly?


Amy February 24, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Very neat running outfit. I love it!



Heather May 17, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Love it. Was Tinkerbell (thank you Team Sparkle) for the 2012 Goofy Challenge. Doing the Goofy Challenge again in 2013, might just be Sleeping Beauty for one day and Tinkerbell the next! Thanks for the DIY info!


Melissa May 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm

LOVE it!! I am running the Disneyland 1/2 marathon in September and have been trying to decide if I want to dress up…and how;) I love your costume!


sarah October 25, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Awesome! Thanks so much for the helpful tips!


Twitter: lokinibble
January 6, 2013 at 12:57 pm

Quick technical question…did you finish the edge of the strip? When it’s laying on your arms, is it still 8 inches wide, or 4 inches because you turned it after sewing? Thanks!

The WDW 20th marathon will be my first marathon!


This is Carrie
Twitter: thisiscarrie

Since I used a lycra knit fabric, I didn’t need to finish the edges. When it is worn, the edges sometime fold under making it sit on the arms at a smaller width than the 8″


Christal May 27, 2013 at 3:52 pm

Im running the Tinkerbell Half in Jan 2014. This will be my 2nd Half, my first was the Tinkerbell this past Jan. I was a bit bummed I didn’t run in costume last year, but I was a newbie to rundisney hehe. This year Im running as Sleeping Beauty and your tutorial just made my day! I will have a awesome costume this year!!! Thanks :)


Brenda December 30, 2013 at 2:28 pm

Thanks for posting! I think I will probably try making this for Tinkerbell Half in 2014…see the rest of you there!!


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