October 14, 2010

Trick or Treat!

I was so excited to plan Rex and Baden's Halloween costumes this year.  I thought of a lot of different ideas and dreamed about what I could sew them.  This was Rex's costume when he was 1.  We sprayed his hair black and drew in sideburns with eyeliner. 


Last year I was excited to coordinate their costumes.  Baden was a hotdog and Rex was the french fries.  I didn't make them, but I got to pick them out.


However, EVERYTHING I dreamed of this year was crushed.  The blow?  Rex is old enough to have an opinion and he happens to have a very strong one.  So I finally decided to let him win.  He picked a store bought version of Wolverine.  It came with claws.  Apparently nothing I sew can compare with claws.  Here he is in all his violent glory.  (Sidenote: I don't even let Rex watch any of the shows that have Wolverine in them.  Somehow he still loves him.  Boys will be boys.)


Baden, however, is still in my power.  I couldn't resist this costume at Target.  This isn't Baden, but it looks a lot like him.  Isn't it hilarious?  He's a garden gnome.


Okay, that was a long intro.  Whew!  Since I didn't get to make them their costumes I had to at least sew them candy bags.  These aren't anything complicated.  In fact, they are perfect for the beginning sewer.  The red one will match Baden's costume and the black one is for the tough guy.  I figure it'll match his costume ever year, since he's bound to be some sort of a super hero forever.


It'll cost you about 75 cents.  I bought 3 pieces of felt.


I took two pieces and sewed around three sides as shown.


I boxed the corners.  (Pinch the corner as shown, make sure the seams are aligned, and sew across the pinched area about two inches up.)


I cut off the edge and did the same to the other corner.


I inverted the bag, folded over the edge, and sewed it just to make it a little firmer.  Now it's time to make the strap.


I cut two 2" strips (once again just to make it firmer) and sewed them together.  I used a zigzag stitch just because I thought it was cute.


Then I stitched it on.


It gives you a nice basic bag and you can decorate it how you like.  I freezer paper stenciled Rex's.  (Warning: Felt sucks in the paint like nothing I've ever seen.  I finally gave up and applied the slick 3-D fabric paint straight from the bottle, using the already painted letters as my guide.)  You could embellish it with more felt...like a cobweb or a spider.  Go crazy with it.  AND, it's purposely small because we only make it to a few houses.  They're still little, you know.


That's it for today.  See you tomorrow for Feature Friday.  Thanks for stopping by!

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