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Painting Pumpkins

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Hey! I’m here to show off one of our most favorite Halloween traditions. Back in 2010 during October, we were debating how to make our pumpkins. The kids were too young to be allowed to carve and well, carving pumpkins wasn’t all that fun. Aevarie didn’t like pulling out seeds (it was far too gross) and there isn’t much else she could do. So my mother had the brilliant idea to paint our pumpkins instead. Perfect! And a tradition was born!

2010 painting pumpkins

This tradition also started a “paint yourself along with your pumpkin” tradition.

2011 pumpkin painting

We just use regular acrylic paint and random paintbrushes.  Both you can get at any Walmart, Target, etc for super cheap. And remember to make sure your kids wear clothes you don’t care about. The paint will not come out! It is also good to get paper plates and cups of water for the kids to put paint on and wash their brushes out with. You may also want to not actually let the kids have power over the paint…..I’ve let my kids and oh my the mess!

2012 pumpkin painting

 Gavin has started “carving” his pumpkins, but the girls are still too little.

 This year was even better because we were able to use our “wishful thinking” pumpkins that just popped up and grew in our garden. 😀

2013 pumpkin painting

And you may be asking, is that Paisley in a pair of Matilda Jane leggings??? Why on earth would I allow her to paint in those. Well, sadly those are the ones Paisley decided to cut a huge chunk out of and I couldn’t find any other pants for her to wear quickly enough. So, I’m not totally crazy and you may breath again.

 This is one of my kids most favorite traditions we have.

Thanks for letting us share with you!

– Karly

Note: The kids were supervised and no paint was eaten or ingested. Safety second folks! You know, because “fun” is first. And they all received showers right after this to get them all sparkling clean again. 😉

Vegan Dumpling Dessert

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Hey all! This is Jenn here and today I want to share with you my easy go to fall dessert! and it is vegan so – win! (especially if you are an allergy family or if you ran out of milk and eggs but need something sweet in a hurry). If you don’t want to eat it vegan go ahead and use regular milk and margarine.

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I am going to put the recipe at the start, since I hate scrolling to the end for the recipe and then back up to get hints for steps.  Hopefully this order is ok for all you readers. So without further dawdling here is the recipe for Vegan Caramel Pear Dumplings!

Vegan Caramel Pear Dumplings

Pre heat oven to 350 degress F

Cooking time 20-30 minutes

Pan size: 8×8

serves 5-6

Sauce:

1cup brown sugar

1 1/2 cups water

2T vegan margerine (I use becel vegan, but there is also earth balance and likely a few others out there)

Caramelize the above by bringing to a boil and letting it boil for a few minutes.

Batter:

1/2cup white sugar

2 T vegan margarine

1/2cup almond milk

1cup sifted flour

1tsp baking powder

pinch of salt

1 peeled and chopped pear

Cream the margarine and sugar together with a fork or in your mixer, then add in the milk. Sift the dry ingredients together and add to the wet and mix ever so slightly and then add in the pear and mix until well combined.

Pour the batter into the glass baking dish and then drop the batter by spoonfuls into the sauce and bake.

Now for the picture hints 🙂

The boil, I do 3-5minutes. If you do less the sauce will stay runny when baking

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ready to drop batter into sauce – the batter is pretty goopy.

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Here is what it looks like with the batter in the sauce before baking, as you can see there is no “right” way to do this – don’t stress about even spoonfulls or a perfect looking batter drop.

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Once it bakes up it looks like this, perfectly golden, sauce bubbled and soaked into the dumplings a bit. YUM!

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There you have it! If you have 15 minutes and need a dessert this is the recipe for you!

Small FRY-day Spotlight: Ali Cat & Co.

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It’s Crystal here and that means that it’s time for our third Small FRY-day Halloween post!  This time we bring you the mind behind the goddess body of Brianne from Ali Cat & Co.   Seriously, it takes a great bod to rock the Spock out of an invisible boat.
Just so you know, we love this gal.  She’s cooky and crazy and totally CRAFTY!  Check out her blog after you read this post; there’s tons of great stuff on there.  Anyway, without further ado from me to you…….
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Heeeeyy Party Girls! I am Brianne from Ali Cat & Co.  I’ve “known”
the TWSC ladies for….well, only about 6 months…BUT I’d totally bail
them out of jail if needed.  They are rock stars.  Seriously.  I didn’t
wait to be asked to guest blog post, I begged and bribed for a slot.
They are that cool.  I NEEDED to be involved with the TWSC awesomeness.

So here I am.

About 6 weeks ago, I began asking my 3 year old what she wanted to be
for Halloween.

Response: “A ballerina with a big tutu riding a pink
horse”  PHEW!  Something easy.  I feared she’d say something crazy like
“a globe” or “a giant chicken nugget” or “you’re cooking bananas”.
Where do children get this random nonsense? Well, I know EXACTLY where
they pull it from, but am I allowed so say it????

Over the past weeks, I have periodically checked back in with her to
confirm she still wanted to be a ballerina riding a horse.  Lucky duck
me, she has continued to agree.  Last thing I wanted was for her to
change her mind at the last minute.  That’s the best way to drive a mama crazy.

I had two goals with this costume.  First:  Make something that she will LOVE.  Second:  make it wearable outside of Halloween.

Step 1:  Find a pink horse.  SCORE!  Found a pink stick horse.  She then
demanded to make it a unicorn.  Hum…I did my best. haha.  Ok,
probably not my best, but the damn thing now has a horn.

Step 2: Giant Tutu.  I immediately thought of Little Lizard King’s Retro Glam Skirt.  I took my little munchkin to the fabric store with me and she picked
out these two pink glittery satins.  She did a good job! The pattern calls for 10 panels each of triangles and
scallops.  I did 18 each and gathered the skirt into the waist band.  I
also added two layers of tulle for a small amount of poof.  I’m sure she
would want more fullness. But to agree with goal #2, the skirt must be wearable
daily without it appearing that she’s parading around in a ridic tutu.

Step 3: Top.  I’ve been eyeing the Heidi and Finn Ballet Sweater for
some time. I knew it would be perfect for the outfit as well as a great
top to wear when it gets cool.  I measured the wee-one and decided to
lengthen the sweater to turn in into a full shirt.  This was my first
Heidi and Finn pattern.  If every pattern of her’s is this awesome, I’m
buying them ALL.  I highly recommend this pattern. Fast (2 hours) and
easy and so very adorable. I totally want this sweater in my size.

Step 4: Leggings.  Once again, the Go To Pattern Leggings have been
sitting in the queue for sometime.  I love all the options this pattern
comes with, especially the peekaboo hole and bow.  The cuteness kills
me!  I was also able to whip these up in 2 hours and that includes a
whole lotta time spent on Facebook. Again, super simple and super
cute.  Did I mention all the options with this pattern?  Yea, there are a
lot of options. Me likey some options.

Final product all together. She LOVES the costume/outfit!  She did NOT
want to take it off.  However, I’m one of those mean moms who put it
away in the closet to not be worn until Halloween.  After that, she can
wear it until it falls apart.

 Cheesin’ out!

So what do you think?

Also, do you like me as a guest blogger?  If you do, please let TWSC know.  If I
get enough thumbs up, then they will have to “invite” me back.

Knit 2, Purl 2

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I’m a self taught knitter.  In college (fall 2005) I picked up a kit to make a capelet from Target thinking it would be fun to learn.  My college BFF was a knitter (taught by her mother or grandmother, I can’t remember) and I spent many evenings running down to her room (Okay, I’ll admit it I took the elevator, she was on the 2nd floor I was on the 7th floor) or IMing her on AIM (remember that?!) with an issue or a question.  Fast forward 4 years from then to the birth of my niece L and that would probably be when I picked up the knitting needles again post graduation from college.  I made her a blanket and baby booties and my in laws a baby blanket for their house when she was born.  I again picked up my needles for the birth of S to make him a baby blanket AND because I discovered the world of wool and cloth diapers. This is where my knitting frenzy took off.

S has many knitted soakers, shorties, longies, and sweaters all which V is now using.  But those are all in boyish or gender neutral colors.  After the birth of my girl, all the boy yarn I had left was sent off to a friend who was having a boy and I started acquiring girlie yarn.  And now I do a little show and tell as to what is fresh off my knitting needles and what projects I still have going on.

As you know V turned one this past weekend.  Well we have her pictures coming up this upcoming weekend.  So she needed something new and handmade from mommy.  Enter these adorable short-alls.  Yarn: Mosaic Moon’s Apple Picking w/Pink  Pattern: My Keiki Overalls

And for old time sake here’s a picture of S in his overalls.  Yarn:  Retro Baby’s Quinn

S's Keiki Overalls-- That's What She Crafted

Almost finished: Shorties  Yarn: Mosaic Moon’s Deep Space with Burple Trim  Pattern: EviePants All in One

Never ending:  I started the coat of many colors for MYSELF July 2012.  That’s right it’s been over a year and it’s not finished.  It will get finished eventually though but to get it done I really need to pick it up more often rather than always finding some other crafty thing to do.
Yarn: Malabrigo Azul Profundo

Next on my list:  Caelum with Mosaic Moon’s Maren for a friend’s little boy who will be turning two next month!  This yarn is just gorgeous!  I hope my friend and her little boy love it!

Mosaic Moon Maren-- That's What She Crafted

You probably picked up on a theme with the yarns.  I love Mosaic Moon’s colorways.  So vivid and bright!  There are so many more I wish I had but I’ve decided no more yarn until I’ve gone through what I have.  So far I’ve been pretty good but that’s probably because I’ve been avoiding going to my ravelry groups and looking at all the gorgeous creations!

Viever

Wanted: Small Fries and a Cherry Coke!

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Ok, maybe not a cherry coke, but if you have one…

This is Crystal and I’m putting this call out there to all of you culinary HEs & SHEs!  We need some of you to spotlight in our Small FRY-day posts for November and our theme is “Thanksgiving Nomming” (Well, THEY’RE calling it “Family Favorite Recipes”, but I like Nomming).  If you have a favorite fall recipe that you think would be the bomb diggity on the Thanksgiving table, we want to feature you!  Fill out the form here and let us know what recipe you’d like to share with us.  If we pick you, we’ll let you know all the deets (that’s details in the language of “awesome”) as far as due date and content.  We want to spotlight you and your kitchen couture…kitchen calamity…whatever!  Thanks for letting us show you off.

Nom Nom Nom,

Crystal

P.S. You do not HAVE to have a blog to contribute.  We want to hear from all of the lovely & creative folks out there!

Small FRY-day Spotlight: Diedelbug Handmade

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It’s our second Small Fry-day Spotlight of the month (and of “ever”) and this one is going to knock your socks off, too! I’m telling you, there is some rockin’ talent out there. This week we have Erin from Diedelbug Handmade showing off her “super” costumes that are guaranteed to turn you into a mega villain named Jealous Man.  She was even nice enough to share some how-to secrets with you.  Grab some candy corn and read on!  Also if you missed last week’s Small Fry-day Spotlight, you can check that out here.  Thank you, Erin for joining us this week!

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Well first off let me introduce myself. I’m Erin, the craftermind (inset evil laugh, well maybe it’s more of a cackle hehe) behind Diedelbug Handmade. I’ve just started to sell handbags but I mostly sew for my little monsters, umm I mean angels, 2 and 4 year old boys. Need I say more?  They’ve reached the constant picking and bickering stage. More recently I’ve started to dabble into sewing actual wearable clothes for me. I can only use so many bags you know? Ok, enough about me and back to the “angels.” The boys FINALLY decided what they each wanted to be for Halloween. I have to start asking in August because they change their minds daily. Who am I kidding? More like hourly. At one point I was going to have to come up with Optimus Prime. Really? I had no idea how I was going to make that happen for a 2 year old. Whew!

Last year Zander, my oldest, went as the Incredible Hulk, complete with crazy Hulk hair.

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Cutest thing ever! So this year we’re in total super hero mode.  The boys decided they wanted to be Iron Man and Captain America.   Now I’m a pinterest addict, so of course I scoured for hours looking for inspiration for prefect costumes to recreate.  I had come across this tutorial for a muscle shirt from Sew a Straight Line. Thanks Sabra!!!! I followed the tutorial exactly last year, and used a glue stick to stick the muscles on before covering with the second layer of fabric and waited the hour for it to dry.  But this year I’ve found the wonders of spray baste! Spray baste=magic

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 Who’s got time to wait? Just spray, stick and go! But make sure it’s temporary and washable. For both costumes I started out with the Scientific Seamstress All the Rage Raglan shirt pattern which includes the hood option. Gotta have the hood because both the Captain and Iron man have their heads covered.  Ronan’s Captain America costume I used the muscles from the tutorial. I modified the shirt by cutting just under the arm pits to create the bottom part of the Captain’s suit. Then I cut stripes of red and sewed the onto the bottom white part before attached to the top half.

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I used this same principal for the sleeves. Now you need two pieces of the front part of the shirt because you sandwich the “muscles” in between the two layers.  I pinned the two layers together around the edges, to keep them from shifting too much while I sewed.

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For the Captain’s muscles I wanted them to blend in with the suit so unlike the tutorial I didn’t just sew around them. I sewed around with the same color thread so it just looked like real muscles under the shirt. Of course at this point I realized I forgot the star! Doh! So I just sewed the star on top. Worked out just fine J.  I then tried the shirt on him to check the length to add the “belt.”

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Someone, *cough* Zander *cough* was a little bent out of shape that his costume was not done yet. Well if you’d take a nap and go to sleep when I put you to bed I’d get more done kid! LOL, back to the Cap.  I cut a little off the length and added a rib knit band around the bottom of the shirt for the belt.  Same thing for the pants, except I chopped under the knee and added a band around to simulate the boots. He’ll wear red shoes and red gloves. The Captain is complete!

Captain  That's What She Crafted Spotlight You should have seen his face light up, melted my heart.  Say it with me, “AHHH.”

Now Iron Man was a little bit more of a challenge. His “costume” is more machine than man so I had to draft my own armor. I traced the top part of the shirt bodice and sleeves. I rounded out the pieces and subtracted half an inch from the edges to make room for seam allowance.

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Although once I started sewing I should have cut a little more off because it didn’t leave much room after the muscles are between the layers.

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A little “muscle” on my part to catch all layers and squish the muscles through the machine as I sewed and we have armor! Now on to the bottom half of the armor, I was running low on red knit and didn’t want to have to run to Joann’s for the millionth time that week. So instead of cutting two layers for the pants I just cut the “armor” pattern out of the fabric and sewed it on top. Knit doesn’t fray so I didn’t need to worry about finishing the edges.  And we’re done!

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Now I have two of the cutest happiest super heroes on the planet. They ask to wear their costumes daily and wear themselves out saving the world from the bad guys.

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How can I say no? Score one for mom J Hope you’ve enjoyed my ramblings.

A Pixie Birthday Party

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My little girl V is turning one on the 13th of this month.  It’s so hard to believe that she’s been with us a year while at the same time it feels like she’s aways been with us.  At the end of last month we used part of Mr. Viever’s paternity leave to travel to see friends and family and at that time through her birthday party celebrating her first year among our family members in Arizona at my in law’s home.  We did the same for S when he turned one and it was so nice spending time with family and being with those who loved us most to celebrate the life of our child so we had to do it again for V.

V is a bit on the small side and I call her a little pixie, so a party theme was born! Now some random background, I’m not a fan of Tinkerbell.  Just plain don’t care for her, her sass, or the fact that Pixie Hollow took over what used to be Ariel’s Grotto at Disneyland- I know I’m a bit of a freak but Ariel’s my favorite!  So when I was on my search for decorations, I wanted fairies but not of the Disney sort.  I found the perfect little cupcake toppers and matching garland on Amazon and suddenly two days before we were to leave for Boston for a week, (we’re a little on the nutty side and planned travel to Boston for a week, one day at home, then drive to AZ for the weekend of party fun and a relay triathlon) I was struck with a NEED to make V a party dress to match the fairy decor.

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I used Zafarani’s Saffron Twirl dress (It’s still on sale price for $5, go get it now!) as my base for the dress knowing that it would make the perfect party dress and that with a small adjustment to the back button band I could create some awesome removable wings.  So I ran off to JoAnn’s during  naptime and bought fabric and all I needed to make wings– that’s right make the wings, never mind the fact that I ordered wings as party favors already…. crazy lady right here.

During her second nap, I used these tutorials (no sew wings and these gorgeous textured wings which when I have the time I want to fully do justice) as  guides to make my own wings. I didn’t quite follow either exactly as I knew I wanted the center piece to attach to the dress as in the second tutorial but I didn’t have the time to do the layers or the wire shaping of the second tutorial.  I did do some sewing for my wings as I used one set of panty hose and did the bottom portions of the wings separate from the top requiring a seam as I wanted more shaping than the first tutorial did.  Also to attach the pantyhose to the center I also hand stitched the panty hose in place there then used felt with my glue gun to cover up the wire and any panty hose ends that were sticking out.  I also used a glitter glue stick in my glue gun to add some texture to the wings before spraying it down with fabric glitter paint.  Thankfully I remembered to throw the dress fabric into the washing machine at this point otherwise sewing when the kids went to bed would have been postponed, whew!

Now to the dress.  I changed up a few things.  I added an additional skirt layer of a shimmery/glittery tulle material to mimic the look of the fairy dresses in the decoration pieces.  I also made it so that the button band was removable (rather than sewing in the band as instructed I made the whole dress and then did two button holes on the dress and attached two buttons on either side of the band) so I could use a band without snaps for the wings on days we didn’t want the fairy look.  The outfit was done with one day to spare for packing for our whirlwind adventure.

The food.  I knew I was going to need to pick something that would appeal to the toddler crowd and the great-grandparent crowd while also being easy to prepare.  So we went with the theme of brunch finger foods.  We made apple pie dip and cinnamon chips, bacon corn muffins, set out the fixings for fruit parfaits; bought a few different sweet dessert type breads (banana nut, pumpkin strudel, and pound cake), mini cinnamon rolls, BBQ wings, and a veggie tray; catered a few subs and our favorite slushy drinks Eegees (local to Tucson, if you are ever in the area you HAVE to try some my favorite combo is lemon strawberry and favorite flavor of the month cherry cider, and get some fries and ranch too, yum).  My in laws made a mu shu pork dish for lettuce wraps and my husband’s grandmother made sausage/potato/gravy burrito wraps.  All in all the food was GOOD and best of all we didn’t run out of anything.  My in laws actually informed us this last weekend that they were still eating down the leftovers a full week post party.

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Lastly I made fruity cupcakes (used 1 banana and subbed the second for 3 medium strawberries and substituted the honey for maple syrup) topped with a little whipped cream sweetened with a little maple syrup.  Birthday girl was very happy with her first tastes of cake.  Kids and adults alike also got to have mini ice cream cups served with their cake though the birthday girl missed out on them (mean mama I know.)

Party ended post cake when the birthday girl declared (loudy) that it was naptime.  Our littlest guests left donning Peter Pan hats or fairy wings while our grown up guests were invited to TAKE FOOD HOME!  All in all it was a wonderful family gathering and a lovely celebration for  our girl’s first year of life.

Viever

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Meet the SHE: Jenn

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Hey All!

My name is Jenn. I love love love to selfish sew! (and thankfully have a job that encourages this) I also have 2 girlies that I love to sew for, a 3yr old and a 1yr old. I am trying to get myself to stretch some comfort zones and sew a little for the husband this winter and also some soft toys.

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I started sewing when I had my oldest as I wanted her to have cute things but couldn’t fund them all. I was soooooo bad when I started, mainly because I was scared I would hate sewing in the end and didn’t want to “waste” money on patterns! lol. Don’t worry – that ship has LONG sailed!!! I now know the value of a good pattern! You really should see some of that first sewing I did… I wish I had kept some of those pictures!

Not too sure what else to say about myself to be honest… How about a random fact? I told my husband when we were starting to get serious that I really don’t like getting flowers ad he should rather save the flower $ for a pair of shoes instead of wasting it on flowers. My mom thinks I am crazy for that…. You probably do too… Please tell me I’m not the only one who would rather have something that will last and get use rather than flowers.

I’m so excited to be on this blogging adventure with some great friends! I’m looking forward to getting to know you readers and get people involved and to challenge myself!

ps. Feel free to comment on here with a little random fact about yourself or why you started sewing tidbit 🙂

Meet the SHE: Karly

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Hi! I’m Karly and I usually blog over at Zafarani. I have 5 little monkeys that jump on my bed (and everywhere else) and they keep me pretty busy.

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 I got my first sewing machine at the age of 20 when my oldest was 6 months old. I started off with simple blankets and quickly learned to make quilts and made and sold crib sets for a while. Sewing was touch and go at times cause of life, but once I had all 3 of my girls, clothing started being made and now I’m working on making patterns to sell!  I think I have earned the title “Sewing Addict”.

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I love sharing my love of crafts with others. While at the Sewing Summit (so fun!) I heard this quote in a class:

“You are an authentic and unique individual and therefore have no competition.”

That is exactly how I feel about the sewing world! We all have a unique view and so much to share.

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I’ve been so excited to start this blog with my super crafty friends, and hope you’ll enjoy it as much we do!

Small FRY-day Spotlight: Life of a Compulsive Crafter

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Crystal here!  It’s October and that means Halloween!  We have decided to spotlight a “Small Fry” a week because we’re all small fries too and want to see what you can do. We’re spooking things up for the next 4 weeks to fit this haunt-a-licious time of year and we have some great posts coming your way from crafters just like you and me and the other SHEs.  Featured this week in our FIRST EVER “Small Fry-day” spotlight is Mae from Life of a Compulsive Crafter .  She’s going to share her super fun and wild Halloween costume suitable for the at-home crafter.  Enjoy!  I know that I did!
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Hey!
My names Mae and I blog over at The Life of A Compulsive Crafter where I mostly discuss my need to create clothing as well as other random things.  Today I’m here to discuss a super cute but also easy DIY Halloween costume.
Nearly five years ago when it was my daughters second Halloween I hadn’t rekindled my love for sewing yet, but still scoffed at buying the store costumes. They were usually $20 and looked like they were made for $5. Just not my first choice, ya know?
So, following the theme of her nursery/bedroom I chose to create her a MAX costume from Where the Wild Things Are. This year, I’m showing it to you on my son who will be wearing it for his second Halloween as well!
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What I used:
1. A set of white footed pajamas with a small embroidered logo on the chest
2. Grey Felt
3. 2 fuzzy boa’s bought at Michael’s/Joann’s
4. Gold fabric
5. 3 White buttons
6. Stuffing
What I did:
1. I had to get the logo off so I used a seam ripper and carefully picked the stitches.
2. I sewed the buttons next to the zipper to mimic Max’s outfit.
3. I ripped the seams at the feet, then using the grey felt I cut claws and sewed the seam back up with them tucked nicely into it.
4. I cut a tiny hole in the butt of the pj’s where a tail would be, then I pulled the string at the end of the boa through the hole and tied a few knots to secure it. I also hand-stitched this to be extra sure it wouldn’t pull out.
5. (The Crown) I measured his head, added 3inches& cut the gold fabric with points at the top to create a crown. Then I sewed it all together and stuffed it to give it character. I used the second fuzzy boa (not all of it) to wrap around the bottom edge of the crown.
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&that’s it!
Seriously guys, this was one of the quickest halloween costumes I have ever made. It’s lasted us all of these years and is still cuter than ever!
Happy Halloween!