Simple Ways to Create A Running Costume- My runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Jessie Costume

I won’t lie that a lot of the fun of a runDisney race is seeing so many people running in costume.  Most of my costume ideas come from what my daughter wants me to wear.


The best way to create a costume is pull up a picture of the character and work from there.  For the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2013 my daughter and I decided on Jessie from Toy Story.


For the costume I needed a white shirt, so I hit the Target clearance rack and found a tech material golf shirt with a collar for only $5.  I used fabric marker to color the yellow and red on and than I sewed big white buttons on to make it look more doll like.


I was a little worried about the fabric pens bleeding on me when I would sweat during the run, so after I colored the shirt I let it dry for 24 hours and than washed it to get rid of excess ink.  The colors faded slightly so I touched it up with the markers.  They ran a little after I ran in the shirt, but not a ton and not all over me, so it worked great.

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Since Jessie wears a long sleeve shirt with big yellow cuffs I got white sparkle sleeves from Sparkle Athletic (#TeamSparkle) and used the fabric pens to color the cuffs.  I also got the red visor from Sparkle Athletic to be a runner friendly version of Jessie’s red hat.  I love their visors because it is also a sweatband.


This pic above was taken after I wore them for the race.  You can see that the color ran a little, but not to bad.

Next I took a Sharpie marker and drew a cow print on my compression sleeves.


Last but not least I needed jeans.  Luckily INKnBURN makes “performance denim”.  It looks like denim, but made out of tech material.  I have both the capri pants and the skirt.  I was debating on which one to wear.


I decided to go with the run skirt since it was hot in Florida.


Yes, that is also my breakfast of oatmeal in the pic above.  I was eating while crafting 🙂

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Voila, that is how I created my Jessie costume.  Super easy!


Do you have a character you would love to run as?


  1. Jen | 13th Nov 13

    I love the pic with your little one! I’m working on Rapunzel for WDW and then maybe a Cars theme for Tinkerbell. With two months left, I many change my mind several times…

    • Half Crazy Mama | 14th Nov 13

      I change my mind constantly haha. I am running the Dopey Challenge which means I get to pick 4 costumes and I change my mind daily. We shall see that my 3 year old and I can agree on.

  2. Cyanne (RunStretchGo) | 14th Nov 13

    Such a great idea to save money, especially if you’re doing lots of Disney races,and you looked so cute!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 14th Nov 13

      Thank you! 🙂 It was a fun time and it is always nice to wear a costume that is comfortable.

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  4. Norma Ausejo | 17th Nov 13

    You are so creative!! Your costume was darling, As all your other ones were in the pictures! You continue to be an inspiration !!!
    Thanks 🙂

    • Half Crazy Mama | 18th Nov 13

      Thank you Norma!! 🙂

  5. Carlee | 8th Feb 14

    I dressed up like Jessie for a race this past weekend!! I bought a lot of my pieces, rather than making them, but I think it turned out alright 😉

    • Half Crazy Mama | 8th Feb 14

      Super cute!!! Congrats!!!

  6. Rosie | 23rd Apr 14

    You are so talented and creative! I’m doing the Avengers half and I can’t make up my mind on how to design a costume or what should I be!?. Can you give me some ideas and some inspiration? Thanks!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 23rd Apr 14

      First pick who you want to dress as. A Disney Villain? Disney Princess? Marvel super hero? There are solo many choices. I recommend picking someone that would make your run even more fun. DO you have a favorite? Next find a picture of that character and work on finding running clothes that match the costume, then just embellish the running clothes. 🙂 I will “see” you at the Avenger Half Marathon.

  7. MiniJ | 23rd Aug 14

    I hope you don’t mind, but I’m totally stealing the Jessie costume, since I am Jessi! I ran my first Wine and Dine last year as my first half marathon – not knowing what to expect I didn’t dress up and wish I had. Now that this year will be 1/2 #3, I’ve been trying to decide on a costume since I know what to expect this time. Thanks for the ideas!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 24th Aug 14

      I can’t wait to see how it turns out!!! Good luck and have fun!!! I will “see” you there 🙂

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