Category Archives: costumes

Bird Costume

Yesterday I shared Bubba’s costume, a ninja, which was pretty easy.  Sweet Pea usually comes up with some difficult ideas.  Like earlier this year when she wanted a guinea pig birthday party!

DIY bird costume This year Sweet Pea requested to be a bird.  I walked up and down the aisles of Jo Ann’s and found this great, bright, chevron fabric.  If Sweet Pea was going to be a bird, I knew she needed to be bright…it fits her personality!  So this fabric was my starting off point.

DIY bird costume I don’t own a leggings pattern, so I just used Miranda‘s directions to draft your own leggings, and it is perfect.  I drafted this pair up in under an hour and they are wonderful!

DIY bird costume The top I’m sure you recognize, it is the Bimaa pattern again.  This time I did the cowl neck version.  Remember, I wanted these costumes to be wearable after Halloween.

DIY bird costume The feathers are sewn onto a curved strip of felt that is just safety pinned to the back of Sweet Pea’s shirt.  And the feathers, they are just fleece feathers that were cut out, stitched together, and sort of quilted with some detailed lines to give them a little more texture!

DIY bird costume The highlight of this costume, though, has got to be the mask.  We found a youtube video that showed how to make a basic paper mache mask.  Then we used a cut up cereal box to make the beak.  I L O V E how this mask turned out.  In fact, Bubba has already asked to be a black bird (crow?) next year for Halloween so he can have a mask just like his big sister’s!

DIY bird costume Late night sewing is done, for now, and we are ready for Halloween!

Ninja Costume

If you follow me on instagram, you probably have seen that I have been frantically putting together the last minute details of my kids costumes, staying up way too late working into the wee hours with Josh!  Can I just say that I am so blessed to have a husband who will help me on all of my crazy crafty adventures!

We had a costume party last Friday that kicked my butt into gear and got my costume making factory going.  I had one main goal for this year’s costumes…okay two.  1.  Finish on time and 2.  I wanted the costumes to be wearable, as more than just a costume.

DIY ninja costume Bubba requested to be a ninja this year.  This would be crazy easy to make the outfit wearable!  For the pants, I used Dana’s shorts pattern, and just extended the legs to make them pants.  I used the exact same alterations to the waist as I did here for Sweet Pea’s shorts, making these out of black knit fabric.

DIY ninja costume The top, I was oh so fortunate to win Sarah’s Bimaa pattern from Suz, who hosted a giveaway!  I knew this would make a perfect ninja top.  I sewed the hooded version in a size six.  That was the first round.  When I handed it off to Bubba, he said, “ninjas should only have their eyes showing.  I want my hood to come down lower and my nose and mouth covered.”

DIY ninja costume Back to the machine I headed.  Just a few tweaks were needed.  I took the hood in 3/4 of an inch on either side of the center hood piece, tightening it up, which brought it down to where Bubba wanted it on his forehead.  I then just took a scrap of the black knit fabric and sewed it onto the front of the hood.

DIY ninja costume This costume was easy….done in a few hours!  It definitely passed both requirements, finished on time and wearable.  Bubba wore these pants this weekend out and about and I love them.  I might have to figure out how to make some black knit pants for me this winter!

Countdown to Halloween :: Lion King

This week is crazy busy…and this day is even busier.  I am in between dentist appointments and swim meets, so I have a total of 10 minutes to get this post written and published.

rafiki and lion king So I wanted to share my ALL TIME FAVORITE costume my kids have worn for Halloween.  When Sweet Pea was 3, she requested to be Rafiki for Halloween.  I scratched my head and had no idea where to go with this one.  But, once inspiration hit, I ran with it.  I followed a basic Simplicity pattern for the general shape.

I then grabbed a gray wig, cut it up a bit and sewed some hair onto the head and a bit onto the chest.  I also made the costume end at the elbows and knees and added black pantyhose for the arms and the legs.  I LOVED this costume!  My girl was surrounded by princesses and definitely stood out tin the crowd!

4 minutes left…My husband also had the bright idea of giving Sweet Pea Rafiki’s staff to walk around with.  We must have coached her 1,000 times that the staff was made for walking, not hitting.  And she was perfect.

DIY rafiki

2 minutes left….Bubba didn’t have an opinion at this point (this was his first Halloween), so Simba it was.  He made the cutest, chubbiest little lion!

Handmade halloween portrait Okay….off to our next appointment for the day.  I’ll be back next week with another costume to share.  Oh, and by the way, I have not done a thing this week to work on costumes for this coming Halloween…I need to get busy!  Tell me I’m not the only one who isn’t done yet!

Countdown to Halloween :: Dinosaurs and Cowgirls

When I was a kid, one great memory I have was coming up with a Halloween costume idea.  Every year, it was a handmade something, weather we bought a pattern and my mom sewed it up, or my dad helped me scrounge around the house to find the perfect pieces to put together to make a costume.  I particularly remember my dad helping me paint butterfly wings. Buying a ready made, store bought costume just wasn’t something we did!

Handmade halloween portrait We have carried that tradition on with our kiddos.  So, since this is my first year blogging about Halloween, I’ll do a countdown every Wednesday, from today until the night before Halloween showcasing some of my kiddos costumes from the past!  Cowgirl and dinosaur Dinosaur and cowgirl Three years ago, my kiddos requested to be a cowgirl and a dinosaur.  This was the first year that I couldn’t convince them to coordinate their costumes, and I was absolutely bummed.  Who raised these kids to have an opinion of their own?  Cowgirl and Dionsaur walking Dinosaur cheese Dinosaur In the end, though, I love what they chose because it showcased their individual personalities.  For Bubba’s costume, I followed a Simplicity pattern, kind of.  The material was just two XXXL green t shirts from Wal Mart, because I knew if this costume was not comfortable, it would not get worn.  dinosaur hugs cowgirl cowgirl hugs dinosaur Sweet Pea’s costume was super easy.  I started with a handkerchief skirt and a yoga waistband.  And the vest is a thrifted suede jacket cut up and then reassembled as this cute little cowgirl vest.  trick or treating trick or treat I love looking back at these pics and seeing the joy on my kiddos faces!  Are you sewing something up for Halloween this year?  Amazingly, the kids have already nailed down their costumes and, here’s the shocker, I have already purchased all the supplies and I have started the costumes!  This year, I won’t be up feverishly sewing the night before all the festivities begin!