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!

35 comments:

~april said...

wow! these bags are super simple and cool! i love bags that stand up on their own. this will beperfect for our 2 year old son this Halloween. and that garden gnome is hil-a-r-ious!

Jamie said...

I LOVE those bags, and Hobby Lobby has all their felt 30% off this week. I never let my son watch the super hero shows either but he loves them all.

Jessica Percifull said...

I made my sons costume this year!! I was so proud of my self! I didn't even have a pattern, just an idea in my head! You can check it out here http://simplyjessarmywife-jessicapercifull.blogspot.com/2010/09/baby-sea-cow-manatee-costume.html

rhr-ozgrkdn said...

I love the bag...thanks ..

Heather said...

Love Elvis! Too cute!

Sorry about him having an opinion. Mine has had an opinion for a few years now, and I've learned to just go with it. In fact, he choose everyone's costume this year. He sits next to me, watching me work, while I sew these costumes up. :)

Tiffany said...

I love the lawn gnome costume. We saw it last year. It was the inspiration for my husband & my costume. If you wanna check them out, here is the link...

http://tiffany-simplycomplicated.blogspot.com/2009/11/our-halloween-costumes.html

Kim @ seven thirty three said...

My son is going as Batman.. store bought. HOWEVER, the cape that came with it was pretty chincy so he is wearing the Batman cape I made him. Has Rex ever watched Superhero Squad. I let my son watch that show because it has all of their fav Superheros but no real violence. Totally made for the younger audience!

Anonymous said...

Love that french fry costume!! Too cute!

KasiaJ said...

That Elvis costume is freaking awesome. I'm betting this is the last year I get to decide for my little one, which is why she'll be an ewok. It'll be one last bit of awesomeness before she wants to be a princess for like the next ten years.

Sabra said...

puffy paint works well on felt. just paint it on, if you don't want the "puff". I guess becuase it's too thick to be absorbed?

cute bags and WAY cute kids!

Life with the Lebedas said...

Hope you'll link up to Craftify it Thursday on Life with the Lebedas blog! :D

http://lebedafamily.blogspot.com/2010/10/craftify-it-thursday_14.html

Maria Gridley said...

oh my goodness the costumes from previous years are just classic! Love them! What a fun mama you are!! :)

And I just love how simple and cute those bags you made are. I love that they are cheap too! :) I dont know how to use a sewing machine... but im sure I could easily sew those by hand as well. :) Thanks for the tut!!

Mandi said...

Umkay, girlfriend, you made their costumes last year?? So adorable.

I love the saying on the trick or treat bag. That is soo awesome. And so you. :)

benjaminsmama said...

I'm going to try to dress my 16 month old as a gnome too. I saw the costume at Target but I just couldn't help but think that I could recreate it for alot less $$. Wish me luck, I am not nearly at talented at you are Cheri!!

benjaminsmama said...

I'm going to try to dress my 16 month old as a gnome too. I saw the costume at Target but I just couldn't help but think that I could recreate it for alot less $$. Wish me luck, I am not nearly at talented at you are Cheri!!

M.O.T.B said...

Adorable costumes! It is hard because my son wants to be a police officer and last year a football player. But I still make him the cutest there is:)

Laura said...

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I'm a beginner when it comes to sewing and this project was perfect for me! I wanted to do SOMETHING homemade for my baby's first Halloween and this was perfect. Your pictures and tutorial were super easy to follow. Thank you for being so willing to share your expertise with the blogging world!

PS your boys are just so darling! I love the hot dog and french fries. Awesome.

berg4 said...

You are so creative - I wish you would make my costume (I'm not picky). Rex was too cute as Elvis. Love last year's too. The bags are great!

Justine said...

The gnone is SUPER adorable. It's also funny.

Btw, is the beard itchy?


Just Better Together

Ashley said...

I LOVE that garden gnome costume!!! I begged my 3 year old to wear it! (he still wants to be a policeman.)
Then I tried to convince my hubby that WE should go as garden gnomes in love. It was a no-go. :(

Those bags are very cute! and oh so perfect for us crafty mommies with opinionated little boys! :)

Jeremy, Holly, and Haven said...

my daughter is going to be the girl version of the gnome. wish we lived close and they could be a pair.

Kalleen at Second Street said...

Oh my gosh those are some of the greatest costumes I've ever seen. I really wanted my son to be elvis this year. He wants to be a robber instead? I don't get it but it will be easier. I also remember the first year he decided to be something I couldn't make and we had to buy his costume. I think he was Rex's age. I was also very sad.

Heather said...

I love the gnome costume! My twin daugters are going as the girl versions that I got from Target! Your ideas are so awesome, I love your blog!

Liz @ LivingMySweetLife said...

yay! I am so making some of these!!! thanks you! you never disappoint =)

Eva Scott said...

This is great! I am a full-on believer of doing things now to my son before he has a say-so! Ha! I am a new sewer so really want to make his costume this year. I wanted to do Handy Manny and make the tools but my husband thought I should wait till he actually wants to be that so I gave in. And my husband picked a Garden Gnome! HA! I think I'll use this to make his little candy basket. Thanks!

When I was pregnant two Halloweens ago, I dressed as a leprechaun and my husband was the Abominable Snowman. It was fun. I actually did make his costume. Here's a pic for laughs! Happy Halloween!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/evamscott/5082636760/

Jenny said...

Great idea! I love it! I featured you on my blog! I'll be grabbing your button to! Love you blog!!!
http://aworldofcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/10/trick-or-treat-felt-bag.html

{ erin } said...

my daughter (she's 6) is going to be a gnome, too!! I saw a pattern (from Simplicity) for a girl gnome and it is ADORABLE!! I'm going to (try to) sew it... eek! wish me luck!! :)

Anonymous said...

This post made me SMILE so big!
I had the same ideas and hit the fabric shop yesterday. I was entertaining my 3 cuties while trying to peek through the costume patterns.
I had ideas of matching them but quickly threw them out of the window and tried to match costumes with personalities.
I had baby girl sorted and was onto big bro when he looked over as I flicked and went "COOL MAMA!!! are you making me batman for our spooky party!!"...."ummmm yup sure thing babe".... I picked out something for little bro and headed home....later that night I overheard big bro telling his daddy "Me and Axel are gunna be batman for our spooky party dad it's gunna be AWESOME. Isnt that right AXEL!"...."YuP...Batman!DAD.....BATMAN"! Ok.... guess that vampire will wait till next year :) Boys huh!

Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants said...

I am going to apologize in the beginning for this rambling post. I have 3 sons and a daughter, (she was last) who range in age from 29-16. When my boys were young all my girlfriends would say you need a daughter... to make all that cool stuff for... years later and wahlaaaa I have a daughter! When she was young she had the cutest repurposed clothes with shoes and hairbows to match and then she grew up and had an opinion!!! Darn her, everything store bought was the way to go even tho mine could be more original and in my eyes cuter!:) Broke my little heart, not really but oh how I wanted to be a part of her fashion! Now... there are moments when she wants my help or maybe even sometimes for me to actually make her something. It feels pretty good! So I mention this for 2 reasons, now you might understand why I always say what I say, I wish you had been around when my boys were young I could have made some awesome things for them and 2 you need to have a girl!!! :P (Actually you might want to think about that one, a teenage girl is the work of 3 boys on a good day!) :)

Ashleigh said...

Oh my goodness. My son is the same way. He now has an opinion and only wants to be something that has a sword or cape. I was so sad that the days of him being something sweet or cuddly, like a puppy, are already gone. He's only 3 1/2! I need to face the facts that I can't compete with the Target costumes that look so intriguing!

Emma Rae said...

ah i totally picked that costume out at target to! i could not get over the eyebrows! so cute

EHC said...

The hot dog costume is great! Is it one you made yourself? If you made it, would you mind sharing some details? What a funny idea! sorainima@gmail.com

Delia said...

Cute bags! So easy and cheap. Love it. I don't let my kids watch violent shows either and they love Spiderman, Batman, etc. Boys. :)

Yellowbird said...

I JUST wrote about my son in that exact same gnome costume the other day. It is the best looking one ever! I'll be so sad when he has an opinion of his own someday.

http://lifewiththelittlebird.blogspot.com/2010/10/h-double-l-o-double-u-double-e-n.html

Carrie said...

Thank you for the bag tutorial. I was searching your blog for this exact thing for my boys 3 and 1. I'm a beginner, but I think I am gonna tackle these! Thanks!

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