How to Create an Amelia Bedelia Costume

by |October 1, 2012
Categories: Costume Tutorials, DIY

If someone tells you that they’ve ‘accidentally spilled the beans,’ do you rush to the kitchen to find a broom and a pail? If so, then you’re a literal person at heart and dressing up as the one and only Amelia Bedelia would be an excellent costume choice. Get a little creative and read to a classroom full of first graders in an Amelia Bedelia costume or dress up your little girl as her favorite storybook character before a night of trick or treating. Here are some clever ideas on how to transform into Amelia Bedelia…well, not literally! 


Amelia Bedelia quick shopping guide Girls pilgrim costume


All of these costumes can be purchased from our site and can be easily contrived to achieve Amelia Bedelia’s classic look! Amelia’s style is simple and modest. Amelia Bedelia wears a bonnet, white apron and black Mary Janes. Put a sexy spin on an Amelia Bedelia costume by substituting a French maid costume. Of course, all of these costumes need a unique and personal touch to provide the one-of-a-kind Amelia Bedelia look. Overall, she is a jack-of-all-trades character that could assemble her own costume in a flash!


Amelia Bedelia



Basic Arts and Craft Materials needed

Your Amelia Bedelia costume is going to need an artsy touch. Go to your nearest craft store and pick up a hot glue gun, fake daises (any color you want) and a large white bow (or white fabric that you can fasten into a bow). These cheap art supplies will really pull your costume together. Glue your fake daises onto the brim of your bonnet. Miss Bedelia has about four fake flowers on her bonnet, but you can put as many as you want! Glue your white bow to the back of your apron or tie a piece of white satin material around your waist. These extra little creative touches will take your costume from generic maid/pilgrim to unmistakably Amelia Bedelia!


Craft supplies

(Glue gun / Fake daisies / White bow)


Accessories and Props are an Amelia Must Have

Everyone knows that Miss Amelia can do it all! She could be fixing a neighbor’s light bulb, but the next minute she is running over to the hospital to tend to a sick friend. The black Mary Jane shoes are also a must have! Our feather duster and doctor’s stethoscope accessories are great props to pair with your costume because Amelia Bedelia is always doing something! If you want to really embody the lovable storybook character, get an old household sponge and decorate it like a cake. When your guests come over, tell them you are serving ‘sponge cake’ for dessert. They will chuckle at your ability to take the always-literal Amelia Bedelia character to a completely new level!


Amelia Bedelia accessories

(Picnic basket / Stethoscope / Girl's Mary Janes / Sponge / Feather duster / Women's Mary Janes)


Assemble your own Amelia Bedelia Costume

Don’t feel like purchasing a whole costume in order to look like the wacky Amelia Bedelia? Then don’t! This French Maid Accessory kit comes with everything you need. Scrounge around in your closet for a modest black or navy blue dress and add these accessories from the kit. A formal high-collared shirt and a plain ankle length skirt would definitely do the trick! Whether you’re dressing in character to read to your students, to trick or treat, or to just entertain some friends, these silly Amelia Bedelia costume tricks will make everyone crack up… well, not really, but you know what I mean!


French maid kit

(French maid accessory kit)

Cady D'Ambrosio
Cady D'Ambrosio

Cady D’Ambrosio is a Copywriter at, where she writes about a variety of millennial topics and pop culture trends.

Cady has dedicated her entire life to Halloween, dubbing herself the (unofficial) Queen of Halloween. Also, she’s mastered the art of Legilimency and interactive quiz-making, now she’s hunting for the creepiest doll to serve as a conduit for her soul. Tag her on Instagram in creepy doll pics @cady_b._shady.