DIY Running Costume – Part 1

I really enjoy making costumes for parties, Halloween and races! 🙂  Today, I am going to share with you how I made my Mercury/Hermes Running Costume.  I am going to divide it into a couple posts just so I don’t trip myself up! Lol

Mercury is the Roman God of travelers, communication, eloquence as well as trickery. ;-P  Hermes is the Greek God of athletics/sports, travelers, wit and literature.  img_7424Both Hermes’ and Mercury’s winged sandals are used as symbols for running.  I’m sure you all have seen them a lot in your time as runners.  I decided to make this costume, partially due to the fact that I already ‘have’ part of the costume done! ;-P  I got the wing tattoos about a year and half ago as a birthday gift to myself.  🙂  I LOVE THEM!! So, back to what we came here for!  I will show you how to make the winged headband.


Here are the supplies you will need:

  • 1 sheet stiff glitter white felt (ecofi)
  • 2 sheets stiff baby blue felt (ecofi)
  • 1.75″ thick gold elastic trim
  • coordinating thread
  • sewing machine
  1. Take the gold trim, measure your head and cut to length.  I recommend cutting it about 1.5″ longer so you can overlap when you sew it together.
  2. Cut a strip of the stiff white felt to provide a “base” for the headband.  Because the sheets of felt are 9″x 12″, the strip won’t be long enough for the entire length of the trim, but that isn’t a problem.  It works better that way.
  3. Pin the two together and sew with a zig-zag stitch.


  4. Take the stiff baby blue felt and cut out two wings.  I recommend drawing it out on paper first until you get the shape you want.  Make sure when you make the wing you add an outstretched section to the part of the wing that you will attach to the headband.  You can look at the wings in my picture.
  5. Take the stiff glitter white felt and cut out two more wings, but make these slightly smaller so that they ‘fit’ inside the bigger blue wings.
  6. Pin wings together and sew using a straight stitch.  I also chose to sew lines of the feathers on the white wings.  img_7444
  7. Now pin the wings on the headband, placing the outstretched part of the wing against the headband.img_7429
  8. I forgot to take a picture of this next part, so please forgive me!  I will try to explain as best I can.  First, sew the wings at the straight edge of the outstretched part.  After you have sewn the wing there, then fold it over against the headband like in the picture above and sew again.  If you don’t sew the wings down… will look like Dumbo the elephant when you put the headband on!!  Trust me! It looked ridiculous!
  9. Now to finish, sew the ends of the trim together, making sure to overlap and use a zig-zag stitch.  A zig-zag stitch is a bit stronger than a straight stitch and can hold up to the tugging of putting the headband on and off.  And you are DONE!!!  I did end up adding some glitter paint to the wings because…….everything is better with glitter!!!  🙂




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