How You Child Can Make Their Own Saint Kateri Costume for All Saints’ Day

Last year, Lydia (age 6) made her own St. Kateri costume for All Saints’ Day! She had a blast, and enjoyed wearing it so much! (If you’re in a hurry, we have also made this paper bag version quickly before.) You can find all of my All Saints’ Day resources for kids here.

saint kateri costume for kids

Also, you should totally check out my All Saints’ Day food labels! This is the perfect All Saints’ Day party printable as it turns everyday kid snacks into symbols of the Saints, making celebrating a breeze for mom!

Supplies Needed:

  • Brown t-shirt (We got ours at Hobby Lobby. If you have an old one but it has printing on it, just turn it inside-out.)
  • Brown fringe (about 1 yard)
  • Hot Glue gun (Unless you’re in the mood to sew. You know if this is you.)
  • Scissors (some that are sharp enough to cut fabric)
  • Native American looking fabric (Small amount. I’d say 1/4 yard) OR
  • White fabric and colored sharpie markers
  • Pony Beads (optional)

saint kateri costume how to

We started by gluing fringe on the shirt like so. (By the way, this is only on the front of the shirt because I was too cheap to buy very much actual fringe.)

hwo to make a saint kateri costume

Next, Lydia decorated strips of white fabric with patterns herself with sharpie markers. As you can see in the picture above, I had bought some fabric to use, but she didn’t want to use it, and that’s ok. 🙂

decorate your own fabric

We hot glued on strips of the decorated fabric.

diy indian costume for all saints day

At the bottom of the shirt, I marked lines with a black sharpie for her to cut some of her own fringe. She really enjoyed doing this herself!

indian costume for kids

I thought we would string beads onto the fringe at the bottom and tie knots, but again, Lydia didn’t want to. Again, that’s ok. This is her costume, not mine.

She also decorated her own head band, and I hot glued it just the right size to go around her head. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a good picture with it on. You can see the headband we made with paper bags here– I love the string of beads hanging down!

celebrate saint kateri

We, of course, braided her hair into pig tales for All Saints’ Day. She is clearly very excited about her costume!

saint kateri costume diy

If you are looking for ideas for All Saints’ Day costume ideas for kids, be sure to check out my Saint Costume Directory!

Check out my All Saints’ Day Resource Page here.


  1. I love this! My child is doing a report on St. Kateri and is supposed to dress up later this month.

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