Hope you had a fantastic Halloween. I couldn’t find my modified prom dress that goes with my Tooth Fairy costume so I whipped up a cute plush tooth instead (complete with Mollie-eqsue face) . . . but I know it’s here somewhere.
I had a great day at school, considering it was Halloween. Sadly, with it being on a Wednesday we’ve still got 2 days left to see how crazy it’s really going to get.
My classroom runs on it’s own little time table because I teach a small special education class so I don’t see much of the school, we have our own kitchen, bathroom and we use the fenced in Kindergarten yard for recess but today I happened to catch a glimpse of the gym teacher and I’m so glad I did. Best. Costume. Ever!
We were so busy at home this evening I didn’t even snap a pic of the kids! Wow, mom fail.
Taking photos of my kids is challenging. They *never* stop moving. Well one might, but good luck getting them both still! Here’s some shots of Wesley’s costume, complete with sequin covered ‘hose’ and Nate’s Old Navy knock off costume.
I made Nate’s entire costume out of things on hand. A fact that is both impressive and kinda hoarder-like. It was ridiculously simple. I just cut a big rectangle, took a hole out of it, cut 2 hoodie pieces, assembled them and then stitched them to the hole. It was like a big poncho type things. Then I decorated the belly and added the elastic to gather up the bottom. I’m pretty impressed with myself (you’d figure I’d be over that shocking “Wow I’m pretty craft!” phase by now)
Hope you had a great Halloween!
Hope you’re all having a great evening! Here’s some pics of our Jack-o-lanterns we made last night. I’ll be sure to post the costume pics tomorrow.
I gave Wesley a marker and had him draw on his pumpkin and then I cut it out. It was pretty neat to see what he did with it. So cool that he’s old enough to participate more. Nate just told us what we wanted on his pumpkin, perhaps next year he’ll be more into it too. I got a little silly with my pumpkin and decided to have it eating poor little pumpkins.
We sure did, it’s so much fun having little ones to take around and teach them the wonder of this fun little holiday. Nate was still pretty confused through it all, knocking on strangers’ doors, getting things to eat, in the dark, in funny clothes . . . I could almost hear the little wheels in his brain spinning and trying to digest what was going on. He wasn’t impressed with having to wear a costume either, mad at putting it on, madder when we took away his train he carries everywhere and his suckie, and furious when I tried to get him to wear the hat. And I’m sure I’ll get in trouble for the whole ‘sibling matchy type outfits’ when he’s bigger. Oh well, they looked cute so it’s all worth it!
While browsing Halloween costumes, in an attempt to talk Wesley out of being a garbage man again, he saw a Darth Vader mask and cape and decided that was going to be his Trick or Treating get up. I approved. We didn’t buy the whole outfit type costume because have you seen the price of those things?!! Not to mention the terribly quality of them!! I figured I can’t make the mask so that’s ok to buy, and having the cape is just bonus but I can totally make him some pants and a shirt to go with it.
I googled images of Darth Vaders chest plate part to get an idea of what I had to rig up and came up with these sketches.
Then I went to Michael’s to take advantage of the 2 for $7 T-shirts they’ve had on sale lately. I grabbed the smallest youth size, they’ll still be a bit big, especially for Nate but great if they end up wearing jackets underneath. I cut up felt and stitched it to the front of the shirts and came up with these.
I made some of R2’s pieces gray when they should really be white but I thought this way it shows up better. I also still have to finish his hat, which is really his gray winter hat with felt pieces attached. Wesley already wanted to wear his T-shirt. Can’t wait to see them all dressed up and standing together. My mom made me some awesome costumes when I was little, fittingly one was Princess Leia. So, am I going to get in trouble later for making them costumes that go together?
Of course, like most projects, I’ve been meaning to get to this one for a while. I finally managed to squeeze it in this weekend.
I wanted to make the kids some bags to collect all their candy in that they could use for a few years. I find most things out there are cheaply made or too big for their 4 and almost 2 year old hands. Soooo off to the cutting board I went.
Here’s my high tech diagram. I really need to learn some sort of graphics program . . .
Measurements are in inches. That’s the handle placement I used, seems to be fine.
I used washable marker to sketch out some pumpkin shapes. I just free handed it but you could search for images or choose another design all together. Cut them out and fuse them to a new sew adhesive, like Heat and Bond. I wanted the black lines to show through on my pumpkin so I cut it up into a little puzzle and pieced it together on the front of the bag. Then ironed it on. I used some scraps of black and fused them to the Heat and Bond and then cut out some features. Guess I was on a roll because I don’t have pictures of that step!
Layer your handle pieces together, I added some interfacing for some more stability. Sew down both sides and turn them right side out. That part is tricky, I found a chop stick helped. Iron them flat to get nice crisp edges and then top stitch all the way around turning the rough edges under. Hem the top edge of the tote, seam size isn’t really all that important just use the same mesaurement for the front and back. Finally attach the handles with a fun box stitch.
Lastly lay your front and back pieces right sides together and sew around the sides and bottom. I debated boxing the corners on my totes but decided not to, go ahead if you want. Turn the whole thing right side out and ta da, fun Trick or Treating tote!
We’re pretty new at this Trick-or-Treating here but I know how it goes. One thing I wasn’t prepared for was the constant mind changing about what costume he wanted to wear!!! First he wanted to be Spiderman, so off I went to get a costume, which turned out to be waaay to big when we got home. So I headed back to exchange it and Wesley decided he wanted to be a firefighter. We had the hat at home, borrowed the coat, and I set to work to make a hose, complete with spraying water!!
I made the hose from craft foam and sparkily pipe cleaners.
Hat and orange fleece pinney with ducktape.
Thursday night’s party he dressed in his firefighter outfit. He didn’t seem to like it and ended up taking the costume off before the end of the party. I suggested he could be Bob the Builder, he seemed excited, I set all the things out for his playdate in the morning and figured that was his new costume. Then Friday before we headed out the door, with his hard hat on, orange pinny and hammer in his carpenter pants, the garbage truck pulled up next door. He was mesmerized by (he usuallay is) but as it crushed the couch our neighbour left out, off came the hat and away went the hammer and Wesley became a garbage man!! Thus his Halloween costume was born!