Category: dress-ups

Costume Hoods

Pigg #1’s school class put on a simplified play of the book Charlotte’s Web this past week.  His class is bigger than in previous years so his teacher needed to add some characters to the play, and needed some costumes for those characters.  I volunteered to help by making these hoods.  I used the Oliver + S pattern for the Cozy Winter Hood as my base and tweaked the patter to make them look more like the animals they needed to be.  I used materials I already had around the house and cut up a couple old costumes, shirts, and skirts to get what I needed.  The kids loved them and they should hold up for years and years to come!  The play was great and I loved seeing my son get to perform that way and seem to enjoy it too.  Dog-although my kids kept calling it a bunny…  Cow-this is my favorite!  I should make more for going to the Chick-Fil-A Cow Appreciation day!  Cat-I know that the print isn’t a traditional cat, but it’s what I had on...

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Jingle Bell Shakers

I meant to post this over a month ago, but guess what?  I had too many photos.  And then Christmas stuff started happening and I didn’t do anything about it.  I might have it fixed.  We’ll see.  Eventually I need to just print off my family blog and then delete posts. Anyways.  Back to the project.  I made some jingle bell shakers for children to hold and shake and have fun with. It’s been a month or so since I made them so now I can’t remember the dimensions of the rectangles I cut out.  But You’ll get the general idea. Long rectangle, hem both short ends. Fold in half, right sides together, and sew down the length of the rectangle.  I think I used a safety pin and pinned it to one side of the tube and pushed it through the tube to turn it…then find yourself a cheap shower curtain ring.  You can buy a pack of 12 at Wal-mart for about 2 buck.  Probably a bit less. Thread the tube onto the shower curtain ring and keep threading until you get to the end. When you reach the end, hook the shower curtain ring so it is secure.  Then hand stitch the two ends together so you can’t see the ring. Then hand sew some jingle bells onto the fabric.  My jingle bells are pretty small....

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Halloween 2012

We had a hard time deciding what to be for Halloween this year.  I still wanted them all to match, and I wanted to make it work around the Tiger costume the first two piggs wore then they were 1 year old.  Because I wanted Pigg # 3 to wear it.   So I thought Jasmine, Aladdin, and Raja-the tiger.  It would be perfect!  And Adorable!  I got Pigg # 2 on board, but Pigg#1 just wouldn’t go for it.  And then my attempts to make Jasmin pants out of an old shirt didn’t work because there just wasn’t enough fabric to work with.  (But now she has another pair of pants/leggings to keep her legs warm!) So Pigg#1 and I talked again, and he said he wanted to be a Knight.  The picture he liked looked an awful lot like Prince Phillip…so he eventually agreed to be Prince Phillip and match Pigg#2 as long as he got a sword, a shield, and the tunic.  Deal. And Pigg#2, well she became Briar Rose because I had an old shirt with the sweet lacing already done.  And it was perfect for Aurora’s peasant dress.  And I happened to have the fabric for a skirt to match.  The only thing I had to buy for their costumes was the black elastic for Pigg#2’s skirt. So here is our Halloween story:  (I...

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Boy Dress-ups: King’s Crown

Pigg#1 really likes the ‘knight in shining armor’ kind of play.  But the real reason I decided to make him a crown was so he could play ‘king and queen’ or ‘prince and princess’ with Pigg#2.   I started out by cutting out the crown with a length equal to the circumference of his head plus an inch.  That was 21 inches.  Then I cut the top triangles out.  This first pictures is of the princess one where I cut the middle point bigger than the other ones.  Then I cut a rectangle that would cover all of the crown and sewed the crown to it.  I put diamonds in the points to be jewels.  Cut along the edge of the crown to have a double thickness crown.  Don’t sew the ends of the crown so you can slip elastic in between the two layers and sew it in.  So when you put it on your head, the elastic lets the crown stretch, but snug on your child’s head.  See how the elastic stretches?  King and Queen ready to hold...

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Boy Dress ups: ‘Coonskin Hat

Pigg#1 really likes to ‘dress up’ these days.  So For Christmas I decided to make some “Boy Dress-ups”  One of them was a Davy Crockett Hat!  I measured around his head (20 in) and found a pan that would make a circle about the right size to trace.  ( I should have made it a bit bigger for seam allowance) Then I cut a circle out of the fuzzy ‘raccoon’ fabric and one out of fleece and a rectangle the length of his head plus an inch (so I did 21 inches but i should have done 22 inches with a bigger circle) and about 5 inches wide out of the two fabrics.  And then a rectangle out of the raccoon fabric for the tail.  I pinned the rectangles for the side of the hat around the circle and sewed it up.  For both the raccoon fabric and the fleece.  Then I sewed the ends of the rectangle together (because I wasn’t being mathematically exact and didn’t want to do this before sewing the rectangle onto the circle.)  The tail rectangle I folded in half, rounded one end and sewed along two sides.  I left the short, straight edge next to the fold open for turning.  Turned the tail right side out and sewed it to the right side of the raccoon fabric hat.  It’s at the place where...

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