World Book Day – No Sew Necessary

World Book Day is a registered charity that is supported by National Book Tokens and brings together UK and Ireland’s publishing industries. It is designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading and is observed in more than 100 countries.   WORLD Book Day is a global campaign to give every child around the world a book of their own. And it also give kids the excuse to dress up as their favourite book characters.

Both primary schools and secondary schools up and down the country take part as a way of encouraging children to see reading as a hobby. 

In the UK and Ireland World Book Day 2019 is Thursday March 7th.

In other countries it is marked as April 23rd, William Shakespeares Birthday

World Book Day used to be words that filled me with dread, My kids would change their minds 50 times or want something that I would have to go out and buy that was either sold out or mega expensive.

BUT >>>> It doesn’t have to be an expense or an ordeal…. and you don’t need any special skills to create a DIY costume fit for a Prince or Princess

We have quizzed our kids and come up with some fabulous No sew Ideas for you to recreate at home from things you already have :


Alice in Wonderland

  • Blue Dress
  • White Apron
  • Hair Bow


The Boy In The Dress

( David Walliams)

  • Dress
  • Football


Harry &

The Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Small seaside bucket filled with small dinosaurs


George from

George’s Marvellous Medicine

Saucepan or Medicine style bottle (Empty) with a large spoon

Hetty Feather 

  • Brown Outfit
  • White apron
  • White Hat ( shower cap would work )


Paddington Bear 

  • Blue Coat or Cardi
  • Red Hat
  • Old suitcase ( Or Lunch box covered in brown paper)
  • Wellies
  • Sandwich or Jar of marmalade ( make from cardboard or an empty Jar with coloured paper in )
  • Tag ‘ Plz look after this bear’  cardboard or thick paper

Gangsta Granny Or Burglar Bill


  • Black eye mask ( Or face paint)
  • Glasses
  • ‘Granny’ Blouse or Cardi
  • Black Skirt
  • Old Slippers
  • Big tights to wear wrinkled
  • Swag Bag ( filled with screwed up paper so its not too heavy)

101 Dalmations

  • White T-shirt
  • Black Trousers
  • Marker or Paint to create spots
  • Face paint (Optional)
  • Red paper to cut out a Tongue



  • Red Hair ( wig or real )
  • Red dress or Cardi
  • Freckles ( Face paint or eye/lip pencil)


Charlie & The Chocolate Factory 

  • Scruffy Clothing ( Torn, Worn, Too small)
  • Homemade Golden Ticket  ( Becs behind the scenes did a fab one for us last year )


Hortense & The Shadow

  • Cream Or White Jumper
  • Neck Scarf
  • Shadow ( Torch)

Harry Potter ( Or Hermione)


  • Glasses, Black Halloween Cape
  • School Uniform
  • Homemade wand ( Pencil or brown paper )
  • Face Paint / Make up for scar


  • Black Cape
  • School Uniform
  • Wand
  • Messy Hair



  • Red Hair Ribbon
  • Small pile of books
  • Blue Dress

Mr Bump / Little Miss Whoops


  • Blue Top & Trousers
  • Bandages ( Toilet roll or strips of an old sheet )



We could probably find a dozen more so we may edit and add them later lol


Hope these help inspire you and save you some time and money

We would love to see your World Book Creations Past and Present

Post them here :


Lots of Love

Nikki & Emma x x x



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