DIY Mummy Costume For Kids

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I got away with making just one Halloween costume this year, this DIY Mummy Costume for Wyatt. Lola will be wearing the zebra costume that both Wyatt and Weston wore for a couple of years each as toddlers, and Weston will be wearing a superhero costume that Wyatt wore a few years ago. I found this blog post about the same costumes from the year that Wyatt and Weston wore them, and this photo:halloweenWhen I first looked at the photo I thought that Lola was Weston for a second. I have never been able to figure out who she looks like so it was fun to see a resemblance. And I’ll be wearing my go-to cavewoman costume for year number 4. Let me tell you, that costume has been well worth the hour it took to make! And I’m sure this year won’t be my last wearing it :).

So, on to this year… Wyatt went back and forth between a few ideas for his costume, but together we eventually decided on making him a DIY mummy costume. He can’t wear the costume without playing the part, I tell ya.IMG_4640edit

DIY Mummy Costume

I lucked out and found the white twill in the $1/yard section at Walmart. I was planning on heading to Jo-Ann to buy white muslin after our Walmart stop that day, so I was a happy camper. It worked great for all of the strips, and I ended up using all but a tiny bit of the three yards.

For the top I used a white long sleeve knit t-shirt, a couple of sizes too large for Wyatt since there wouldn’t be any room for stretch once the strips were sewn on. Before sewing the strips on, I cut up each side and sleeve seam so I could sew the strips with the shirt opened up and flat. I also cut a slit in the back neck to allow the shirt to fit over Wyatt’s head. When I added the strips, I left a couple extra long so they could tie the opening shut.IMG_4659editIMG_4658edit

For the bottoms, my first try was a major fail. For the base, I used a pair of thermal underwear that we already had, and ended up cutting them off of not one but both of my boys at different times. Funny now, not so funny at the time… I needed a lot more room in the pants, so for the second attempt I used this free pajama pants pattern (it’s a great one and I have plans to use it for real pajamas soon!), and sewed all the strips on before piecing the pants together. I used an off-white flannel that I’ve had in my stash for years, which felt great to use!IMG_4644edit

The pants fit perfectly that go-around, and have just enough room for movement while not being too baggy for a mummy.IMG_4635edit

I made the hat by basically starting with a base strip that fit around Wyatt’s head and then adding one or two more pieces at a time until it looked right. I’m still not sure that it looks 100% right, but it’s done :).IMG_4639edit

His shoes were made by hot gluing the fabric strips to a pair of $6 slip on Walmart shoes.IMG_4647edit

It only took about 2.5 seconds of Wyatt being outside in his costume yesterday before the neighbor girls had a mummy chasing them down the street, lol.IMG_4662edit

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve sewn anything for Wyatt, so I really enjoyed this DIY mummy costume project (after the first fail, that is). He’s so rough on his clothes now that I feel like it’s often not worth it to spend the time sewing him clothes that could be wrecked after a few uses. But I sure do love this 6 year old and love seeing how pleased he is with himself in his costume!IMG_4632edit

Easy Ruched Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

With Christmas right around the corner, does your Christmas tree skirt need an update?
With soft gathers…

And contrast bias tape trim…

This easy ruched tree skirt can be made in about an hour!

Ready to get started?

Materials:

1 3/4 yd 54″-60″ wide medium weight fabric – since the tree skirt will not be lined, make sure that the fabric is heavy enough to lie flat and keep it’s shape under the tree, but lightweight enough that it will still gather with elastic thread – I used a medium weight chambray cotton
3 packages double fold extra wide bias tape
elastic thread (I also give an option for without elastic thread)

Directions:

Fold your fabric in half and then half again to form a square.

Measure from the corner to the selvage. My fabric was 27″, but if you have more width, use it! Since we’ll be gathering the fabric in, the finished tree skirt will be smaller. Use that measurement to make marks in a curve shape all the way to the opposite corner.

 
Cut along marks.

Use a bowl to trace and cut a quarter-circle in the corner of your folded fabric.

Fold the fabric in half, and half again, forming a narrow triangle.

Press along folded edge to mark tree skirt into eight equal sections.

Using pins or a fabric marker (I used both because my disappearing ink pen started to fade on me), mark along pressed lines. You can ignore the factory fold marks from the fabric being on the bolt, and just mark the 8 equally spaced pressed lines.

Cut along one line from the outer edge of the circle to the middle.
Wind a bobbin by hand with elastic thread (wind it loosely), and stitch along 7 remaining marked lines. You’ll be using regular thread in the top still. If you don’t have elastic thread, you can also use a basting stitch and then hand-gather the fabric, but you may want to stitch over the gathers with a regular stitch to secure them in place afterwards.
Make 6 ties from bias tape (I made the ties out of fabric because I was short on bias tape), and sew onto wrong side of tree skirt opening, spaced equally apart on each side. Make sure to stay about 1″ away from the top and bottom to allow room for the bias tape trim.
Beginning at inner circle, sandwich bias tape around raw edge of fabric, with wider side of bias tape on the bottom. Stitch around all raw edges of tree skirt…
Tucking raw edges under and overlapping ends of bias tape when you reach the end of one.

At corners, backstitch, lift presser foot, and cut the thread so you can neatly miter the corner of the bias tape. Press ties away from tree skirt and topstitch in place.

  

Adjust gathers if needed and press each line of elastic thread stitching with steam to help the elastic shrink in and give your tree skirt even more ruching!

Tie your new tree skirt under your tree…
And have a Merry Christmas!

Caveman Costume Tutorial

DIY Caveman CostumeAren’t family Halloween costumes the best? I love to have a coordinating theme with my husband and kids, and today I’m sharing this DIY Caveman Costume tutorial so you can make them too! Caveman costumes are perfect for any age or gender, and is a fast and fun costume to make! [Read more…]

Faux Chenille Bunny Free Pattern

Faux Chenille Bunny Free Pattern
With a free printable pattern, this faux chenille bunny is the perfect gift for any little girl, whether it’s Easter or not! With both Easter and a baby girl coming arriving in our home next month, today’s project is one that will get double the use – my favorite kind of project!

Ready to get hopping?

Materials:

8 12″x12″ pre-washed flannel pieces – can be assorted colors and prints
polyfill stuffing
pins, scissors, and needle suitable for heavy fabric (size 14 works great)

Click HERE to download and print the bunny template.

Directions:
1. Print the bunny template using the link above. Ensure your printer is not set to scale before printing. Join template pieces along dotted line and cut along solid line.

2. Layer two sets of four 12″x12″ flannel pieces on top of each other, matching all four sides. If you are using assorted colors or prints of flannel, alternate the colors and prints evenly as pictured.

3. Pin flannel layers together every few inches throughout each stack.

4. Using one stack of flannel, stitch from one corner to the opposite corner in a diagonal line. If you have a walking foot, use it! It will help to keep all four layers in place as they are fed through the machine. If you don’t have a walking foot, you may want to reduce the presser foot tension slightly to help prevent slipping and stretching of the top flannel layers.

5. Stitch parallel to diagonal line, 1/2″ apart from first diagonal line, and keep repeating until the entire 12″x12″ flannel stack is stitched with diagonal lines.

6. Repeat steps 4-5 with second flannel stack.
7. With one flannel stack, cut in middle between each set of stitch lines, leaving the bottom layer uncut. If you have a slash rotary cutter, it will save a bit of time, but scissors work just as well.

Your finished stack will look like this…

8. Repeat step 7 with remaining flannel stack.

9. Trace bunny template onto uncut side of one flannel piece. Cut along traced line.

10. Flip bunny template over and trace onto uncut side of remaining flannel piece (both bunnies should be facing opposite directions). Cut along traced line.

11. Pin bunnies together with uncut sides facing outward, matching all edges. Stitch around raw edges using a 3/8″ seam allowance, leaving 4″ opening at bottom of bunnies.

12. Stitch again around raw edges using a 3/8″ seam allowance for stability, leaving same opening. Trim seam allowance to 1/8″, clipping close to any tight curves and corners.

13. Turn bunny right side out, ensuring all curves and ears are thoroughly turned. Using polyfill stuffing, fill bunny firmly through opening.

14. Turn raw edges of opening to inside of bunny and handstitch opening closed using a ladder stitch or other invisible stitch.

15. Now for the fun part – throw the bunny in the wash (with a load of towels ideally), and then into the dryer. The raw edges will fray and create the faux chenille look!

Your bunny will become softer and fluffier with each additional wash!
Add your bunny to your little princess’ Easter basket, and let her enjoy her new cuddly friend all year long!

Ruffled Christmas Tree Tutorial

In case you missed me over at The Southern Institute last week, here’s a new holiday tutorial for you!
I saw this idea for ruffled Christmas trees at Home Goods a month or so ago, and knew they’d be super easy and fun to make on my own. Ready to make your own ruffled, fabric Christmas tree? Let’s get started…
Materials:
styrofoam cone – (in this tutorial I used the largest size that JoAnn, Micheal’s, etc carries)
wooden star
gold metallic acrylic paint and sponge brush
glue gun and glue sticks
1/3 yd fabric (45″ wide) – I used cotton but knit would work well too if you don’t want the frayed look :)
Instructions:
1. Cut strips of fabric 2″ wide. Using a large styrofoam cone, I used 5 strips that were 2″ x 45″ (the width of my fabric).

2. Right sides together, stitch all strips together end to end, into one long strip using 1/4″ seam allowances. Press seam allowances open.

3. Using a basting or gathering stitch (longest stitch length on your machine), stitch 1/4″ from the edge along the entire length of your fabric strip. To make gathering easier, you can adjust your machine’s tension to a 9 (or highest tension setting), and it will form soft gathers as it stitches.
4. Pulling on top threads only, gather length of strip, or adjust gathers as needed if you let your machine do the work :).
5. Loosely wrap the gathered strip around your cone to ensure you have enough length to cover the entire cone. If your strip is a bit short, you can release some of the gathers and make them less full to add more length.
6. Using your glue gun, place a few inches of glue near the gathering stitch on the wrong side of the fabric strip. Attach the glued area to the bottom of the cone, with the bottom edge of the fabric strip aligned with the bottom of the cone.
7. Continue glueing a few inches of the gathered strip at a time to the cone. With each new round, place the gathered strip so it just covers the top of the strip below. I liked the look of the gathering stitch showing, but you can adjust and place your rows closer together if you prefer.
8. When you reach the top of the cone, glue your gathered strip so it covers the top of the cone. It can stick up a bit in the center, which will give the star a better place to rest :). Trim any loose threads.
9. Using your gold metallic paint and sponge brush, paint your wooden star on both sides and allow to dry.
10. Using a couple of dabs of glue, attach the star to the top of your tree along the bottom edge of the star.
That’s it, great work!
Enjoy your new little Christmas tree!
I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas! Thanks for reading!