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Latte Costume

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Latte Costume

Supplies:

Ribbed tank top
Latte colored fabric (waist measurement plus 12”)
2 white boas
2 yards of sequin trim (for caramel)
2 yards of ribbon for belt
2 yards of ribbon for waistband
Green Felt
Green Foam sheet (for straw)
White foam letters
1 yard of 1/8” wide white ribbon
Plastic headband, & 1 1/2 yards of green ribbon
Fabric glue
Scissors
Large safety pin

Directions: Read all the way thru BEFORE beginning!

  • Fabric will come folded in half on the bolt in the store. The folded edge will be at waistline. Open fabric and smooth flat, fold under 1/2” to the wrong side along one cut edge and iron.
  • On work space lay fabric wrong side down, fold both cut ends (one will be folded in 1/2") towards the center, lay waxed paper under the area where the two cut edges meet (you want to protect the fabric from glue), lay folded edge down first and flat edge will go on top so that raw edges meet (only pressed edge will be showing when completed)
  • With raw edges lined up and in place gently open the edges, put a light stream of fabric glue on the 1/2” folded section and lay top piece back down and finger press (you don't want so much glue that it seeps thru the fabric, just enough to hold it together) glue about 6 inches at a time all the way across the 45 inches of fabric; you now have a long tube.
  • Fold the fabric along the original fold line so that the waist is at the top and the selvage edges are hanging at the bottom and the right side of the fabric is on the outside “skirt” and on the inside touching the body, that half will now be the “lining”
  • Both “skirt” and “lining” will be turned under and each pressed to the wrong side (when you are done selvages will be touching each other and no raw edges will be visible.) At this point hold skirt up and determine the length, trim if necessary. You will turn under an inch or so on the “skirt” and about 1 1/4” on the “lining” this way you'll be sure the lining doesn't hang below the skirt. 
  • After both “skirt” and “lining” have been pressed go back and open the hem edge of the skirt, add glue and refold, press to secure then do the same to the lining (be careful to just use a light stream of glue)
  • With seam at the back of the skirt, snip a tiny hole on each side of the seam about 1/2” from the top of the skirt, attach safety pin to one end of ribbon and thread thru top edge of skirt and poke thru the second hole, tie together so it doesn't go back, try on and adjust gathers and tie ribbon into bow.

 Belt

  • Cut 8” diameter circle out of felt (use round object like plate to trace)
  • Use fabric glue and glue white ribbon about 1/8” from edge
  • Peel and stick foam letters in place around the circle
  • Find center of belt ribbon and glue to back of green felt “buckle” (be sure to glue above the middle of the circle so that the top half won't fold over the bottom half)

Straw Headband

  • Wrap headband with ribbon and glue as you go
  • Cut a piece of green foam about 6×12”, roll, glue along the long edge to keep tube shape and glue the base in place on headband, hold until secure

Whipped cream and caramel drizzle

  • Wrap boas around the neck
  • Glue ends of sequin trim (caramel drizzle) together to form "necklace" and wrap around several times!

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Flapper Costume

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Flapper Costume

Supplies:

Black t-shirt
3 1/2 yards of fringe
2/3 yard of black stretch lace
Black feathers
Broach pin
Fabric adhesive
2 1/2 yards of strung pearls
Glue gun and glue
Needle, thread and scissors

Directions:

  • Cut off sleeves but do not cut off seam around the arm hole
  • Turn t-shirt inside out and press shoulder seam in half so that cut edge of arm hold goes to the stitching line between collar band and neck of t-shirt. Press just at shoulder seam and NOT all the way around the arm hole
  • Pull back shoulder and put a line of fabric glue along the should seam and fold back down, finger press until glue dries
  • Starting at center back of the neck band put a 2" line of fabric glue down and finger press the fringe band in place being sure to line up evenly around the neck band. Continue 2" at a time until you are all the way around the neck, be sure to stretch out the neck band as you go so that it will stretch over the head, overlap the ends a little bit and trim off excess.
  • Starting at the back of the t-shirt along the bottom edge put about a 4" line of fabric glue down and finger press the fringe band in place being sure to line up evenly around the stitching
  • Place another row of fringe above using the procedure listed above

Pearl necklace: Use floss or thread to attach both ends of the pearl strand together and tie in a knot several times to secure.

Headpiece:

  • Wrap stretch lace around head and overlap 1", secure with needle and thread and trim excess
  • Pin broach in place and use glue gun to secure feathers behind the broach

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Super Heroes

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Super Heroes

Supplies:

  • 3/4 yard Felt (for Cape, Mask and Cuffs)
  • 1 Felt Square (for Emblem)
  • Foam Sheet
  • Ribbon or Duct Tape (for Belt)
  • Elastic
  • Peel and stick Hook and loop fastener
  • Fabri-Tac™
  • Scribbles™ Paint
  • Printable Pattern
  • Pen
  • Scissors
  • Yard Stick
  • T-Shirt


To Make:

Cape (26"wide and 24" long - can be modified for any age child):

  1. Print pattern and cut out.
  2. Fold felt in half so that it is 13" wide.
  3. Pin pattern at the top edge of felt. Use yardstick and line it up from the bottom point (2 points of felt) to the edge of the cape pattern and draw a line.
  4. Cut out cape following edge of pattern and yardstick-extended-lines. Using a plate or other rounded edge, turn the two points of the cape into curved edges by tracing and cutting.
  5. Check the fit around the neck and secure with peel and stick Hook and loop fastener pieces. Set aside.

Cuffs:

  1. Cut out pattern. Check sizing. Cut four cuff pieces.
  2. Use Fabri-Tac™ to glue both two pieces together. Embellish as desired using Scribble™ paint or felt embellishments.
  3. Secure edges with peel and stick Hook and loop fasteners.

Mask:

  1. Cut out pattern and check eye openings with child and adjust as necessary.
  2. Cut out two mask pieces and use Fabri-Tac™ to glue both pieces together. Embellish as desired .
  3. Cut two 12" pieces of elastic and secure to the back of the mask using Fabri-Tac™ (hold in place till dry).

Emblem and Belt Buckle:

  1. Print and cut out patterns.
  2. Cut emblem out of felt and glue to shirt.
  3. Cut out buckle and attach to ribbon or duct tape to form belt.

 

 

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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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      Bird Hero

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      Bird Hero

      Supplies:

      • 3/4 yard Felt (for Cape, Mask and Cuffs)
      • 1 Felt Square (for Emblem)
      • Foam Sheet
      • Ribbon or Duct Tape (for Belt)
      • Elastic
      • Peel and stick Hook and loop fastener
      • Fabri-Tac™
      • Scribbles™ Paint
      • Printable Pattern
      • Pen
      • Scissors
      • Yard Stick
      • T-Shirt


      To Make:

      Cape (26"wide and 24" long - can be modified for any age child):

      1. Print pattern and cut out.
      2. Fold felt in half so that it is 13" wide.
      3. Pin pattern at the top edge of felt. Use yardstick and line it up from the bottom point (2 points of felt) to the edge of the cape pattern and draw a line.
      4. Cut out cape following edge of pattern and yardstick-extended-lines. Using a plate or other rounded edge, turn the two points of the cape into curved edges by tracing and cutting.
      5. Check the fit around the neck and secure with peel and stick Hook and loop fastener pieces. Set aside.

      Cuffs:

      1. Cut out pattern. Check sizing. Cut four cuff pieces.
      2. Use Fabri-Tac™ to glue both two pieces together. Embellish as desired using Scribble™ paint or felt embellishments.
      3. Secure edges with peel and stick Hook and loop fasteners.

      Mask:

      1. Cut out pattern and check eye openings with child and adjust as necessary.
      2. Cut out two mask pieces and use Fabri-Tac™ to glue both pieces together. Embellish as desired .
      3. Cut two 12" pieces of elastic and secure to the back of the mask using Fabri-Tac™ (hold in place till dry).

      Emblem and Belt Buckle:

      1. Print and cut out patterns.
      2. Cut emblem out of felt and glue to shirt.
      3. Cut out buckle and attach to ribbon or duct tape to form belt.

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