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Kitty Cat Costume

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Kitty Cat Costume

Supplies:

  • 6 3/4 yards of tulle (if purchasing tulle by the spool you'll want about 75 yards depending on size of child)
  • Printable pattern for ears
  • 2 pieces of 1” elastic (measure waist and add 2”)
  • 2 Large safety pins
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
  • 6 pieces of 24-gauge wire (for tail)
  • Hair clips
  • Gray felt
  • Glue gun and glue
  • Washi Tape
  • 3 yards of boa trim sold by the yard

 

Directions: Read thru before beginning

Skirt

  1. Measure child and pin elastic to fit waist
  2. Cut tulle into about 100 strips 6”x22” (adjust length as desired)
  3. Fold each strip in half, bring loop up thru elastic ring, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around elastic. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly around elastic.
  4. With second half of strips go back around and attach another strip between each piece but don't pull as tight.
  5. Try on again and adjust elastic as needed and pull tulle apart to stitch elastic and then cover stitching by pushing tulle back in place.

Tail

  1. Wrap the bundle of 6 pieces of wire with washi tape and bend into shape
  2. Using glue gun attach boa trim to wire being careful to not burn fingers, spiral the trim up the wire and glue every 3 inches or so
  3. Determine waist measurement, pin and glue tail between elastic and child's body, take a small piece of felt and glue over trimmed wire to provide more padding for child and to secure tail to elastic (this will be worn around the hips and skirt worn at waist will help tail to stay in position)

Ears

  1. Print pattern and cut 2 out of felt
  2. Glue boa trim around all edges of ear
  3. Take a tuck in the bottom of each ear and glue to secure
  4. Glue each ear to a hair clip

Wrists

Take remaining boa trim and wrap about 10” around each wrist and tuck ends around trim to secure and allow for easy removal

 

 


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      Wonder Baby Costume

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      Wonder Baby Costume

      Supplies:

      • 4 1/3 yards of tulle (if purchasing tulle by the spool you'll want about 50 yards depending on size of child)
      • Printable Pattern
      • 1” elastic (measure waist and add 2”)
      • Large safety pin
      • Rotary cutter and cutting mat or scissors
      • 1/8 yard of felt for headpiece and wrist bands
      • Felt square for embellishment
      • Adhesive Velcro™
      • Fabri-Tac™

      Directions:

      Read before beginning

      Tutu

      1. Measure child and pin elastic to fit waist
      2. Cut tulle into about 75 strips 6”x18” (adjust length as desired)
      3. Fold each strip in half, bring loop up thru elastic ring, put ends thru loop, and pull ends down tight securing tulle around elastic. Repeat with half the strips and spread out evenly around elastic.
      4. With second half of strips go back around and attach another strip between each piece but don't pull as tight.
      5. Try on again and adjust elastic as needed and pull tulle apart to stitch elastic and then cover stitching by pushing tulle back in place.

      Headpiece

      1. Copy pattern, cut out, tape pieces together matching letters, check pattern size to child's head and adjust.
      2. Pin to felt and cut 2 pieces
      3. Glue together with Fabri-Tac™
      4. Cut out felt embellishment and glue with Fabri-Tac™
      5. Attach adhesive Velcro™ to ends and press to secure

      Wristbands

      1. Copy pattern and cut out, check pattern size to child's wrist and adjust
      2. Pin pattern to felt and cut out 2 at a time (total of 4)
      3. Glue 2 pieces together with Fabri-Tac™ and repeat
      4. Optional: matching embellishments, cut out and attach with glue
      5. Attach adhesive Velcro™ to ends and press to secure

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      Pineapple Costume & Pumpkin

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      Pineapple Costume & Pumpkin

      Pineapple Costume

      • Yellow t-shirt
      • 2 yards of yellow ribbon for belt
      • Plastic headband
      • Green ribbon to wrap headband
      • 6 sheets of 12×12 card stock
      • Glue gun and glue
      • Printable pattern and scissors
      • Sunglasses

      Pineapple Pumpkin

      • Yellow craft paint
      • Foam brush
      • Sunglasses
      • 6 sheets of 12×12 green card stock
      • Glue gun and glue
      • Printable pattern and scissors
      • Glue Dots®

      Directions for Headband:

      1. Wrap headband in green ribbon; glue as you go.
      2. Print pattern and cut out each pattern piece.
      3. From green card stock cut the following pieces (A-4) (B thru E-6) (F-8) and (G-10).
      4. Begin by taking a 6×12” piece of card stock and roll into a tube that will fit the width of the headband and glue along the 6” side of the strip to hold its tube shape.
      5. Starting with the (A) pieces glue them around the top edge of the tube being sure to space them evenly and about 3/4” inch from the top of the tube.
      6. (B) pieces should be glued about 3/4” below the (A) pieces.
      7. Continue moving down the tube about 3/4” below the prior row (the more pieces in the row will mean they should be closer together and even overlap a bit.
      8. Last row should be at the bottom edge of the tube.
      9. Cut a 1/2×5” piece of green card stock and starting at the back glue the strip to cover the raw edges and give a finished look.
      10. Now use a large amount of glue and attach to headband being sure to hold in place till dry and secure.

      Pumpkin:

      1. On a covered work surface paint pumpkin 2-3 coats until evenly covered and set aside to dry.
      2. Make stem by cutting a 3×12” strip of card stock and roll into a tube that will fit around the existing stem of the pumpkin and stand up straight, when the size is determined glue the 3” side of the strip to the tube to hold its shape.
      3. From green card stock cut the following pieces (C-6) (D-8) (F-8) and (G-12) NOTE: you may want to adjust number and size of leaves according to the size and shape of your pumpkin.
      4. Starting with (C) pieces glue them around the top edge of the tube being sure to space them evenly and about ½-3/4” from the top of the tube.
      5. Continue with remaining pieces as you did for the headband.
      6. Cut a piece of ribbon or card stock to finish the bottom edge of the tube, glue tube in place over the pumpkin stem.
      7. Sunglasses will stay in place with a Glue Dot® at the bottom of each frame.


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      Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath

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      Halloween Deco Mesh Wreath

      Supplies:

      • Black deco mesh – 2 rolls
      • Black chenille stems
      • Wire wreath form
      • Purple wire edged ribbon 1.5” wide (about 4 yds.)
      • Unfinished wood letters
      • Super Tacky Glue
      • Glue gun and glue
      • Silver glitter

      Directions:

      1. Cut mesh into strips that are 6x10”
      2. Cut chenille stems in half with wire cutters or old scissors. Be sure to leave one not cut for bow.
      3. Pull corners of deco mesh that are diagonally opposite each other to give mesh a little twist. Pinch together at the center (hold with clothespin optional) Repeat with 2 more pieces of deco mesh. Take these 3 pieces and crisscross each at the pinched center, take a chenille stem (cut in half) and twist around the deco mesh. Attach to wired wreath form.
      4. Repeat around the wreath form until desired fullness.
      5. Take unfinished wood letters and cover with Super Tacky Glue. Sprinkle with silver glitter. Be sure to work over a piece of scrap paper. Shake excess glitter onto scrap paper and return to container. Repeat with each letter. After dried attach to wreath with using glue gun.
      6. To make bow cut ribbon into 9 - 12” pieces; be sure to cut each end on the diagonal. Stack the ribbon pieces and use a chenille stem to twist them together at the center. Curl ribbon ends toward the center to form loose, fluffy bow. Attach bow to wreath form with chenille stem.
      7. Use extra ribbon to form hanger.

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      Spider Pops

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      Spider Pops

      Supplies:

      • Tootsie PopsTM
      • Black chenille stems (4)
      • Large pompom
      • Wiggle eyes (2)
      • Glue gun and glue or Super Tacky glue

      To Make:

      1. Fold chenille stem in half to find the center. Open stem and lay Tootsie PopTM on the center spot. Twist right half of stem over the stick to the left side and twist left piece of stem over stick to the right. Repeat with 3 more pieces of chenille stem to create legs. 
      2. *Optional: Chenille stems may be cut shorter to start with for shorter legs. Size will be determined by the size of pompom used for the head.
      3. Bend each of the 8 legs at the half way point to create joints.
      4. Glue pompom on top of legs to form head. Glue wiggle eyes in place.

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