Handmade Halloween Costume: Praying mantis

Last but not least we have my little guys praying mantis costume.

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As always this costume just came together as I went along. I even got to one point where I almost gave in and threw it away, but I worked through it and came up with a costume that I think resembles a praying mantis…or at the very least a grasshopper.

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For the main parts of the costume I used a green taffeta fabric that I ordered from Fabric.com. Then I made the underlying shirt and pants from a green knit that I also purchased from Fabric.com.

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For the green knit shirt and pants I used the All You Need Jammie Pattern from Heidi & Finn. These two pieces came together super quick and the fit was spot on. I did make them in a size smaller just because I wanted the fit tighter with his costume.

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For the hooded vest part of the costume I used The Knight Hoodie pattern from Charming Doodle as a starting point. The pattern pieces work great as a vest. Of course you need to leave off the arms and a few other pieces as well. I also changed the shape of the hood a bit as you can see.

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The vest ended up being much shorter then I planned on but that happened due to the crazy sewing I had to do because I was sewing taffeta and knit fabric together. As you know those two fabrics should never be shown together! But that is what happens when you only have 2 days before Halloween to make it and very little fabric to work with.

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For the eyes I made some balls out of fabric and then covered them with some tulle. Then I set them into the head piece. I gave the face shape by making little pleats. The head was the most time consuming part of the whole costume. To make all of the details on the face I did a bunch of top stitching.  The antenna are simply wooden dowels covered with knit fabric and then hot glued into one of the seams on the back of the head.  Luckily the pleat on the back of the head was the perfect spot for the antenna and they even stuck up like they were supposed to.

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For the hands or claws…or whatever they are on praying mantis I made little cover-ups. They simply slide on and stay in place with elastic. I did interface them just to give them a little more stability.

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On the back of the costume I made some wings and an abdomen. And again I added more top stitching for detail.

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My kids are already brainstorming about what they are going to be next year for Halloween.

Handmade Halloween Costume: Blue Princess

Today I want to share my little girl’s blue princess Halloween costume that I made. To say that she loves this dress is a complete understatement! She has worn it almost every since Halloween.

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For the dress I used The Caroline Party Dress pattern from Mouse House Creations for the bodice of the dress and then followed this tutorial from Girl Inspired for the tutu. I made the skirt part a bit fuller then the pattern called for and then bustled the skirt similar to this one here. The navy blue sequin fabric came from Jo Ann Fabrics. I purchased it for another project but those little sparkles were calling my little girls name. I did make the dress a size or so too big. I was anticipating a cold Halloween night and needing to layer. Plus this way they can play dress-up for years to come.
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I intended on using the chiffon navy fabric as a lining so that the tulle would not be against my little girls skin but for some reason she had to have it this way. She wanted the blue chiffon in the middle so that she could see more of it. I don’t know! All I know is that when she started shedding tears over it, I gave in and made it the way she wanted. Crazy little girl of mine!IMG_8385 copy

I made the crown from some lace that I purchased at Jo Ann’s. Idea for the crown found here. I guess you could say that I was trying to recreate Stef’s look completely. She just does and amazing job with everything she touches. Plus how cute is her little princess party?!
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I used over 18 yards of tulle to make both of my girls dresses. Kinda crazy! IMG_8398 copy

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I made her wand by using some canning jar lids and a wooden dowel as the base then just added fabric and lace scraps to it.IMG_8409 copy

The leggings were from Walmart. Not what I was envisioning to go with the dress but that’s ok…neither were the Bogs boots that both girls wore with their costumes. IMG_8412 copy

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These two had a blast playing princess and princess fairy’s together. They are the best of friends and I pray daily that it never changes. IMG_8541 copy2

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Post about the Pink Princess Fairy Costume is here.

handmade halloween costume: princess fairy

If you have been following me for awhile you know that making my kids Halloween costumes is my favorite thing to make all year. What I love most is that my kids always choose to be something out of the ordinary. A few months ago my son declared he was going to be a praying mantis for Halloween. Quickly thereafter the girls decided that it was a great idea and they wanted to be praying mantises too. My kids have never changed their minds about their costumes in the past but I will admit, I was hoping for a costume change this year! Then my littlest decided she was going to be a piranha and not a praying mantis…so I waited some more. I knew a piranha would be ever harder to do! Then finally a few weeks before Halloween the girls decided to go as a pink princess fairy and a blue princess. Luckily they stuck with those costumes but came with lots of ideas and visions for me. These kids sure know what they want when it comes to Halloween costumes! Oh and if you wondering, my son still wanted to be a praying mantis.

So here is our little fairy princess costume…

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 She of course wanted wings, a wand, a crown of flowers, and a dress with pink flowers all over it. Oh and of course the bottom of the dress had to be really puffy.

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The rosette fabric and lining satin came from my stash. I used The Caroline Party Dress pattern from Mouse House Creations for the bodice of the dress and then followed this tutorial from Girl Inspired for the tutu. Instead of adding a full skirt I made little petals from the rosette fabric. IMG_8492 copy IMG_8494 copy

The wings came from Amazon here and then I added a flower and a few ribbons to them.
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I made the crown from some floral flowers that I bought from Michael’s Craft Stores. Then I added lots of glitter to it. IMG_8515 copy

I made her wand by using a few canning jar lids and a wooden dowel. Then just covered them with fabric scraps, a flower, some ribbon and of course more glitter. IMG_8519 copy

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Handmade Costumes Series by The Train to Crazy {The Lorax Mustache Tutorial}

Today I have the honor of being one of the stops for The 3rd Annual Handmade Costumes Series created by Andrea from The Train to Crazy and Go To Patterns.

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I started making my kids Halloween costumes two years ago when they requested to be one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eaters. Then last year they dressed up as characters from their favorite movie, The Lorax. These costumes are by far the most favorite thing I have ever made and I cannot wait to start making this years costumes.
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Materials Needed:

*Yellow feather duster (I purchased mine at Walmart)

*Wooden cake dowel or any other small dowel will work

*String or twin

*Hot glue gun

*Sissors

*Small piece of craft foam or felt

*Small scrap piece of orange fur fabric or any other scrap piece of orange fabric. Start by holding your feather duster in one hand and twirl it in the opposite direction of how the metal is twined. You want to unwind the meal piece. Of course you could also cut the metal. I just couldn’t find our metal clippers at the time. It is a little difficult to do, so just take your time.You want to pull out little sections at a time. Then line up a few of the sections in a row. Place a piece of string underneath the middle part of the duster pieces and then tie them in a knot.This is what your pieces should look like now. Make another section about the same size as your last one. Set aside and gather a piece of crafting foam or felt. Cut a little piece about 1″ by 4″. Now take the two little duster pieces and glue them on top of your foam close to the edges.Gather your dowel and hot glue your orange scrap piece of fabric around it to hide the dowel inside.Fold in any raw edges if need be.Now take and glue your covered dowel onto the middle part of the piece of craft foam. Add a few more sections of the duster to the craft foam.Now take a few little duster pieces and tie like so. Use these pieces to over up the middle section as needed.Trim if needed, especially where the nose is going to be. And there you have it, The Lorax mustache. spring 2012-fall 2012 1544 copyspring 2012-fall 2012 1537 copy

The Once-ler, The Lorax and a Brown Bar-ba-loot {Handmade Halloween Costumes}

Yes, I know that Halloween was like over 2 months ago (and yes I am totally backdating this post) but I just had to share these pictures with all of you. You have already seen The Lorax and Brown Bar-ba-loot costumes and my little guy’s Once-ler costume but you never did get to see them all together.The little brown bar-ba-loot is my favorite costume in the bunch! I know orange is my favorite color and all, but those big ears are just the cutest things ever!They were so fun to watch all dressed up and reacting scenes from the movie. Even though they took me weeks to make it was worth every minute! I’m just hoping that next year for Halloween they do not want to be anything that requires fur fabric.

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Halloween snuck up on us this year.

We didn’t carve any pumpkins and the decorations were thrown together at the last minute.

But it was one of the funnest Halloweens yet. We walked to the neighbors houses before it was too dark.

Then hopped into the car for the rest of our treating.Their favorite treat of the night were oranges from Grammy’s house.
But getting candy was not the best or the most memorable part of the night.
Piling into the car and sitting on the floor in between stops was by far the highlight of the night. But our stop at Grampa’s was a close second.
My littlest is still searching for that lost pop.
And they are already planning out their costumes for next year. I’m just hoping its nothing as hairy as this years.

Monster Munch.

How many of you have tried Moose Munch from Harry and David? Well if you haven’t, it is delish! We were just introduced to it a few weeks ago and I have been dreaming of it ever since. So for Halloween I decided to make Monster Munch, my homemade twist on that oh so yummy Moose Munch. Instead of making those chocolate clusters I used this recipe found here for making Halloween bark. I followed her recipe but just mixed up the treats that I put into mine.

It was super easy to make and is definitely a step up from the regular trail mixes that I usually make. Just imagine, all those flavors in just one bite… YUM!
Then I made some kettle corn and added a little candy corn in with Halloween bark and the Monster Munch was complete.
Yes it’s a bit different from the Moose Munch, but still oh so yummy…and plus it was homemade!

Now it is just waiting for all those little monsters to arrive tonight!

He was a…

Just a little sneak peek at what this momma has been making while rocking out to this.

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Today’s embrace the camera is all about Halloween, but today we are not thinking about Halloween one bit. We are all about celebrating a special little girls birthday.


Today this little chick-E of mine turns 2!

Every year when we pick the pumpkins from our patch I dream of beautifully carved pumpkins all lit up surrounding our porch and every year I realize that the kids have more fun playing with the pumpkins then carving them. So our pumpkins are usually carved with a hole saw and adorned with nails and screws. AHH, so not cute and definitely not what I envisioned, but the kids loved it and that is all that matters.



Doesn’t everyone carve their pumpkins with hole saws, hammers and a sharpie marker?


My son decided on the costumes this year. He wanted to be a skunk and his sisters be chickens. Cute right? Well actually, he wanted to be a skunk so he could spray his sisters. He came up with the idea from the skunk that was visiting our chickens on a nightly basis. Really, he does love his sisters. And NO, I did not make these. I was lucky enough to borrow them from my sister in law. I may be crafty, but I’m cheap!

She loved her costume, but she loved her little loot bag even more.

We made it to 6 houses this year!
I loved how her little hands were not going to let go of her loot bag.

But, the best part of Halloween night is when the cousins stop by. We always wait (im)patiently wondering what they are going to be. My sister in law made the cookies and milk, how cute right?

This pretty much explains the rest of our night.

Our treats.

This year we will be handing out homemade candy corn trail mix.



And some of the cutest paper doll printouts I have ever seen!

I found these over at babalisme. She has a ton of free printables on her blog and some great party ideas too. You should see the printables she has for Christmas. I know I will be printing some of those off too!


I printed out a girl and boy halloweenie for each of my nieces, sewed up a cute little bag, and put in a pair of scissors. And of course I had to add a little tag on the bags. I found the cute little ghost tags over at the crafting chicks blog.


Happy Halloween to all of you!