Making A Baby-8 (BB-8) Costume!


Even before Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released in theaters, BB-8 was a star. His cuteness and big personality were undeniable, even though we had only seen him briefly in the film’s teasers and trailers. When he wheeled across the stage at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, he rolled right into the hearts of Star Wars fans like myself. So for my daughter’s first Halloween, I decided to pay homage to that adorable little ball droid and make her a BB-8 costume!


Making the costume was a bit of a challenge but in the end, I’m happy with the way it turned out! I used fleece white fabric for the bodice and the panels were created using craft felt. For the sake of time, I simply glued the panels onto the fleece bodice. I added detail using a gray fabric marker.

BB-8 Bodice

The trickiest part was making BB-8’s round soccer ball shape. I lined the costume with the same fleece fabric and then stuffed the bodice with poly-fil stuffing. I sewed elastic at the bottom which gave the bodice a more round shape.

BB-8 Elastic

For BB-8’s head, I used a styrofoam base and decorated it with different colored craft felt. His antennae are toothpicks!

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The best part about the costume was that it still fit 3 months later! After all my hard work, I wanted to get the most mileage out of it so little Baby-8 made a cameo appearance in my We Got Enemies video!

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I can’t believe how much Lucia has grown since last October. I’m hoping it will still fit for her first birthday. I would love to see Baby-8 one last time before we transition to a toddler Rey costume! 😉


If you make your own Baby-8 costume, I would love to see your creations! Please tag me on Twitter or Instagram @JenniferLanda. Happy crafting!

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  1. Imee Cuison
    June 17, 2016 / 1:25 am

    This is awesome! Is there a bodice pattern you suggest I use for my baby? I’m not much of a crafty person, but I’d like to try.


    • Jeni
      June 28, 2016 / 10:37 pm

      I found a pattern for a pumpkin Halloween costume at Joann’s Fabrics. I used that as a guideline for the bodice and then modified it to make it more soccer ball shape. I’m not sure if they still have the pattern in stores but they might have it online. Good luck! 🙂

  2. Shelley
    July 30, 2016 / 3:07 am

    What types of modifications did you make to increase the spherical shape?

    • Jeni
      September 17, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      The pattern called for cutting several panels and then stitching them together. To increase the spherical shape, I simply cut each panel a little wider than the pattern called for. I also lined the costume (with the same fleece fabric) and then stuffed it to my desired roundness. I hope this is helpful!

  3. Jacquie
    September 5, 2016 / 7:31 pm

    This is adorable! Thank you for sharing!!!

  4. Brenna
    October 14, 2016 / 5:08 pm

    Thank you for posting this! I can’t believe no one sells a baby BB8 costume. Just adorable!!

  5. Jen
    September 30, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    How did you attach the felt pieces to the styrofoam for the headband?

    • Jeni
      October 14, 2017 / 10:39 pm

      I used hot glue to attach all the pieces onto the styrofoam. It worked great and it’s held up for two years!

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