I'm just a bit too wide too fit a lampshade over my hips, so I built the spool out of multiple sheets of cardboard, tape and hot glue. The thread is yarn, and the needle is made from aluminum foil.
This needle and thread costume would be easy to finish in an afternoon. I think it look me 4-5 hours from start to finish, but yours should go even faster since I already made all the mistakes for you! WOOHOO
(big thanks to audreyobscura for taking the final costume photos and editing them! she's the best! xo)
Step 1: What you'll need:
Step 2: Make a circle!
I ended up using an small table. I traced it onto cardboard and then made a drew a smaller circle inside the larger one. I cut that out so it formed a ring and tried it on - way too big! So I used the inside edge of the circle to make a smaller ring. (The width of the ring ended up being 1 1/2 inches, which turned out to be perfect)
Once it fits, draw it on another piece of cardboard and cut it out so you've got two rings of the same size. :)