Farmer & Tractor Costume

This month’s theme for T at his school is “At the farm”. I thought of making him a simple farm animal costume. Not the full costume but just a headband with felt ears attached to it. But two days back, T reminded me that I had promised him to make a farmer & tractor costume. I totally forgot about it. 😦

After few minutes of browsing, I decided to make a simple tractor using cardboard. I had a cardboard box of recently bought food processor. It was of perfect size.

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I coloured the cardboard with green acrylic paint. Painted a thick yellow line on the sides.

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Used two large sized paper plates for the back wheels and smaller ones for the front wheels. Coloured them with yellow and black acrylics.

Coloured a toilet paper roll black and used it as exhaust pipe.

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Made the headlights using styrofoam cube (Sliced the cube into half)

Used an elastic band to wear it. Punctured two holes in the cardboard and tied the elastic.

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Simple Tractor Costume

Making the costume took around 2 hours. Gathering the materials took much of the time. Luckily, I had all the materials at home. And here is T as a farmer driving a tractor.

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Farmer driving a tractor

 

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Baker Costume

I made this simple baker costume for my LO’s Pre-K Theme party. The theme was “Piece of Cake”.

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Baker Costume – Apron & Hat

I made the apron using felt. I used an old apron to trace the shape on white felt and cut it. I also made a simple birthday cake using felt and glued it to the apron. The alphabets are pre-cut felt alphabets.

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Old apron used as reference

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Baker’s Apron

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Baker’s Hat

I made the baker’s hat using parchment paper after seeing some tutorials on Youtube. It was easy and I was able to make both the apron and hat in few hours. 🙂

 

BB-8 Costume

We had celebrated Halloween 2016 with our friends in Yokohama. Little T was dressed as BB-8. I had only a week’s time to make the costume. For BB-8’s body, I used the same technique that I used to make angry bird costume.

Materials Required for Headpiece:

  1. Felt fabric
    • White
    • Orange
    • Grey
    • Black
  2. Baseball cap
  3. Glue gun / Fabric glue
  4. Acrylic colour
  5. Thin straw
  6. Toothpick
  7. Capsule cap from the capsule toy / Styrofoam ball (for the black optical lens)
  8. Silver glitter pen

Materials Required for Body:

  1. Felt fabric
    • White
    • Orange
    • Grey
    • Black
  2. Filler material
  3. Glue gun / Fabric glue
  4. T-shirt for outline
  5. Pencil & Chart paper
  6. Sewing needle and thread (White)
  7. Scissors
  8. Black marker

Procedure for making the headpiece:

Cut the white felt in the shapes of the front, side and back panel of the cap.

My cap’s brim is grey in colour so I didn’t use felt there. If the brim was of some other colour, I would have used grey/white felt to cover it up.

Use fabric glue/glue gun to stick the felt to the cap.

For the black optical lens of BB-8, I used the transparent cap of capsule toy and painted it black. You can also cut the styrofoam ball into half, paint it black and stick it on the cap. I have used silver glitter pen to draw a thick outline on the base of the optical lens.

Use white acrylic to paint the straw and toothpick. Both ends of the straw must be painted black.

Glue the straw and toothpick on the top of the cap. Glue gun works better here.

Cut the orange and grey felt patterns for the headpiece. Glue them on the cap.

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BB-8 Headpiece – Front

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BB-8 Headpiece – Back

 

Procedure for making the body:

Please refer to the below link:

Angry Bird Costume

The procedure is the same as the one for making the body of the angry bird costume.

Instead of the angry bird pattern, cut the pattern for BB-8 using orange and grey felt. I’ve used a black marker pen to draw the outlines.

Note: Its easier to glue the BB-8 pattern on the front side before filling the filler material.

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Finished body of BB-8

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Side view of BB-8 body

Unlike the angry bird costume, for BB-8, I’ve used elastic on both sides to keep them together.

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Full BB-8 Costume

Angry Bird Costume DIY

It’s Halloween time and this is our LO’s first Halloween party. He is too little to understand Halloween. We decided on Angry Bird costume. I wanted to make the costume simple and comfortable for him to wear.

Materials Required:

  1. Felt Fabric
    • Red
    • Black
    • White
    • Yellow
    • Cream
  2. Glue gun / Fabric glue
  3. T-shirt for outline
  4. Pencil & Chart paper
  5. Sewing needle and thread (Red and black)
  6. Scissors

I made this in a hurry but managed to click few pics.

I first drew an outline of his T-shirt on a chart paper.

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Made a rough outline.

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Drew a circle below the collar opening. It’s too big for a compass. So had to use a thread and pencil to draw the circle.

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I cut the chart leaving the sleeves. I cut it along the circle at the bottom.

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Now I cut 4 pieces of felt using the above template. 2 Red and 2 Black felt.

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Joined the 2 black felt pieces at the shoulder. Did the same for the 2 red felt pieces.

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I hand stitched the red and black felt together leaving some place for the filling.

I used the red felt as the upper layer. I used black, white, yellow and cream felt to make the angry bird pattern. Here I used a glue gun to glue the patches onto the red felt.

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As I used a glue gun, the pattern got glued instantly.

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For the tail feathers, I cut three patterns of black felt. Made it double layered to make it stiff. Sewed it superficially (I don’t have the pictures)

Now I stuffed with the filler material and sewed it completely.

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Front View

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Side View

The feathers on angry bird’s head can be sewed on to a red cap. As my LO doesn’t like wearing caps, I didn’t do it.

Ladybug Costume DIY

I had planned to dress up my baby in a ladybug costume when he was still creeping. I wanted to keep it simple without much measuring, cutting & sewing as I didn’t have enough time to do all that. As I did this almost a year back , I don’t have the step-by-step pictures.

Materials Required:

Ladybug shell

  1. Black onesie / Black long sleeve shirt and leggings
  2. Red and black felt fabric
  3. Filling material for the shell
  4. Hook and loop fastener (Velcro)

Antenna

  1. Black hairband
  2. Pompom ball red/black
  3. Black Cable ties

Steps to make the shell:

I followed this blog to make the shell of the ladybug. But ignored the head part of the bug.

http://blackreddots.over-blog.com/article-handmade-ladybug-pillow-56388618.html

  • Cut two pieces of oval shaped red fabric and black dots.
  • Sew the oval shapes together.
  • Stuff the filler before sewing it completely.
  • After the shell is ready, sew a velcro on its back. I sewed it in two places to fix it firmly to the shirt.
  • Mark the corresponding points on the back of the shirt and sew the other half of velcro.

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Steps to make the antenna:

I got the idea of hairband antenna and the velcro from the following link:

http://www.make-baby-stuff.com/make-a-ladybug-costume.html

Use the cable ties on the hairband to look like antennae and glue a pompom ball to its end.

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Note: Adjust the position of the shell on the shirt (velcro positioning) so that baby’s head can move comfortably. After the photo shoot is complete / Before and after the Halloween party, you can remove the shell and use it as a normal shirt.

Finally, here is the picture of my little ladybug 🙂

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