Friday, 2 November 2012

My Home Made Costumes and a Layout :)

Hi So since the Blog Hop I participated in I had a mad a rush to get a couple of Costumes put together. Every year our local Christian Centre puts on a Party in the evening, on the same day of Halloween  to try and keep kids entertained so as they won't go Trick or Treating. I personally feel this is great as the kids are able to be dropped off for a couple of hours and play some party games, have a dance at the disco, have tea , still have the chance to get dressed up and generally have a fun time. As really that's all kids want. My boys are certainly more than happy going to the party instead and have tons of fun too. Well apart from my 9 yr old who isn't really into any of it, a handful of sweets and he's happy lol.

So this years theme was The Ugly Bug Ball, So I spent Three days in a row putting together Middle Son Oscar's Costume - The Hungry Caterpillar and my Youngest Connor's Lady Bird Costume.

I absolutely love how these turned out. I found picture on Pinterest which linked to a tutorial on how to make a Caterpillar Costume for a 2 year old. But I adapted it to fit a 6 + year old (it fits my 9 yr old to, So will do for future book weeks :) ) Instead of felt and just one colour I picked up two shades of green in this type of silky furry fabric, though it was nice as it gives a look of different texture as the fabric moved. I used different coloured ribbon down the spine, but had an issue with Fraying so clear nail varnish came in handy to seal the ends. If I were to do the costume again I would probably go for pieces of felt. I made drawstring neck and bottom. and the middle parts I put in elastic. Because I made the costume a tad to long I hoisted the costume up a little and wrapped a belt round Oscar and then let the costume flow over it.

The Hat, was a lucky find. I found a site called Fleece Fun where there are lots of different templates and best of all they are free, I picked up some Red Fleece from the local fabric shop and some Royal Blue and Yellow Squares of Felt for the eyes and Antennas and then followed the instructions to make the Bug hat I had found but I sewed in place the eyes before putting the whole hat together.

Connor's Costume was more quick and Simple. I had in mind to sew some panels of black felt on to the front of a red t-shirt, but whilst searching for the Wings and Deely Boppers I had placed some where in the house after buying them from the Pound Shop a while back, I found some black and Red with Black Spots Fur Fabric which I forgot I had. So my whole plan changed to making  a simple Ta-bard, Plain black at the front and the spotty at the back and then wings and boppers on job done.

Today has been the first day I have scrapped anything in a while Ukscrappers has just had a Cybercrop, I think its just coming to the end saying that. And I have been lurking about and checking out the classes. I have to say your spoilt for choice as to which to start first. There are seriously some very talented people out there, the classes are all stunning. So if you find your stuck for something to do or need to kick start your mojo go and take a peek, you wont be disappointed.

Here is my layout take from The Patchwork Papers Class by Suzysnail :
I tried my hand at Machine Stitching again, not fantastic, but it will do. I inked the Blue Card Stock with black ink before sticking it to the main Brown Card Stock and I decided once everything was stuck in place it needed some thing else to make the papers stand out a little so I added false stitching using my Black Glaze Sukura Pen.
I then used this little Butterfly Pin in fabric flower embellishment by websters that I got in a sale as it seemed fitting. Though I feel it needs some more sparkle, so may add some another day when I have some lol.
Then my Title, simple "I love you Mum" as the photo is of my Mum. Its very rare to manage to get a photo of her so felt I had to scrap it. I used letter Stickers from Echo Park and then Thickers to spell out Mum and as they didn't stand out I used my Black Sukura Pen to out line the letters.
Thanks for stopping by :)

1 comment:

Steph said...

Hi Tracey, wow, the boys bug costumes are fantastic! I love the fabrics you've used and the ladybird wings are so cool. I hope the boys had a great time at their party too :) Steph xx