How to Make a Captain Jack Sparrow Costume on a Shoe String Budget!

How to make a Captain Jack Sparrow Costume on a small budget

At work we decided to go with a Pirate theme. Being the only guy in the office I thought why not go as the coolest pirate out there. Captain Jack Sparrow! Only problem was I didn’t have much of a budget to work with so I had to be creative with most parts of the costume.


Got to have a Jack Sparrow Wig (bought one, minus the bandana with a online discount coupon from Spirit Halloween) @$16.00

Beads for wig (found some around the house)

Used women’s button down dress (you will be trimming a lot to make the elongated pirate vest) $6.00 at thrift store

Fake leather fabric (it looks good, is light weight and cheaper than the real thing) for pirate boot slips bought at Jo Anne's Fabrics under $10 per yard.

White bed sheet with red lines (for the sash wrap around waist) $2.00 at thrift store

Large white long sleeved button shirt (used an old one from my collection)

Extra Large brown belt (it must have extra length to wrap and hang down)

Toy pirate gun .99 cent Store

Pirate sword (I lucked out and got an official talking Captain Jack sword) $2.00 at thrift store

Tools used:

Scissors                                tape measure                    sewing kit            glue gun               soldering gun

Drill                        metal files                           acrylic paints



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    5 Discussions


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is a very cool costume. I'd have to add though, that this tutorial would be very hard to follow. There isn't really an explanation of the the process or what's being shown in the photos. I suppose most people would be able to figure it out themselves eventually, but that defeats the purpose of it being an instructible. Having said that, you've done a fine job of the costume itself.

    Thanks! We used your tutorial when making a Jack sparrow costume for pirate night when we went on the Disney cruise. So many kids kept saying "it's Jack!"

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    6 years ago on Introduction

    Great job Tio!!! the other costume (Halo) is amazing... I need to learn a few tips and tricks on making costumes from you...

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    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks Mija, check out my Ultimate WWII Captain America costume I just published. Remember to vote for me if you like it!