Oct 31

I have made about eight costumes this year for my freelance writing jobs, but of course, my kids wanted to dress up as something else! So, this week, I got a bunch of felt yardage and made food costumes for each of my three boys. I discovered how wonderful felt is for costume-making!


  • It’s cheap and
  • comes in really wide yardage (about $3.69 per yard, and 72″ wide, which is amazing)
  • cuts and sews up easily
  • comes in many bright colors
  • and it doesn’t unravel so you don’t have to finish the edges

It really is a fabulous fabric for costumes! There are cons, but they are not really a drawback for costumes:


  • Will start looking shabby on clothing with prolonged use
  • Better for decorative projects (instead of projects that will see heavy use)

Neither of these things really matter with a costume that will probably be used for one day and no more. (But even if the costume is used again, it will probably hold up well enough for playtime).

The Costumes

My oldest son wanted to be a piece of pizza for Halloween. What a fun and unique idea! I made it like a very large pizza-shaped bib. Instructions are posted at Dollar Store Crafts:

Make a Pizza Costume

My middle son wanted to wear a candy corn costume. How funny that both boys wanted to dress like triangular food! The candy corn costume is basically a smock or simple A-line shift made out of felt. This costume was simple to make, and took about 30 minutes to sew. Instructions posted at Dollar Store Crafts:

Make a Candy Corn Costume

Because the older two boys wanted to be triangular food, I made a triangular food costume for my youngest son, too. His costume is either a watermelon or a strawberry (but I decided it looks more like a strawberry). This costume is kind of like a short-sleeved poncho. Again, instructions at Dollar Store Crafts:

How to Make a Strawberry Costume

If you want to see the other costumes I made this year, look at these links:

Nov 1

My mom and I made the boys cowboy costumes. We made a duster and a fringed vest. I found the hats at the dollar store, and my friend Katherine, who sells vintage jewelry, provided the cow bandanna-tie, the conchos (look at the cute boot-shaped one on the vest!) and the medicine pouch.

Oct 30

Here’s a pic of my sister and I in our halloween getups from about 1984. Man, my sister always had to have something teal in her outfits. And check out my awesome lavender legwarmers.

My mom made our tutus. Here’s an excerpt from a little zine I wrote called “Costumes 1980-1987”:

Oct 26

Crafts are all around us, including on TV. This week’s episode of “My Name Is Earl” (Episode: “Quit Your Snitchin'”) featured a good t-shirt recon on one of TV’s craftiest personalities, Joy. Her hair accessories alone are worth featuring on this blog every week.

Looks like they used some filet crochet to make the shoulders and inset side piece for this t-shirt reconstruction. This would be a decent t-shirt recon project to attempt if you had an old filet crochet tablecloth or something like it. You could also use some wide lace subbed in for the crochet for a similar look.

I’m pretty sure the filet crochet was custom made for this particular piece, but you could easily upcycle some existing crochet for a fun, feminine t-shirt.

BONUS USE for your t-shirt recon: use it for your Joy costume for that white trash theme Halloween party!

Oct 30

A post on Diane’s excellent Craftypod blog compelled me to check through all my archive photos for the one in which I was dressed as Raggedy Ann as an almost 3 year-old. (Diane posted a pic of herself as Raggedy Ann, too!)

I love the red yarn wig, the ruffly cap & pinafore, and the striped socks and shoes!

I wrote a whole tiny zine on crafty costumes I had as a child, and I liked the zine so much that I converted it into an article for CROQ which I printed in last year’s October Issue. You can also find it in our Croqzine.com shop – Issue 6. I also reprinted the article in this October’s Mini Croq. But enough about CROQ… back to the costumes.

You’ve already seen a photo of Lewis’ current costume – the knight with shining shins (although actually, I guess that other photo didn’t have the shining shins), but here’s another photo just for fun.

In my quick perusal of the archive photos, I also found this one – the classic clown costumes made out of old hippie skirts. I showed this picture to one of my friends and she wasn’t sure what we were dressed as. Looking at the pic now, I would guess that we were hobos, not clowns! The wigs are hilarious… I love the “frosted” one on my sister. Remember frosted hair from the 80s? Maybe we should bring it back, girls…


Oct 22

My mom bought several costume patterns a few months ago when patterns were on sale at our local fabric store. We dug the patterns out last week, and I looked at all the options. I decided that while the cowboy costume was cute (it has a full-length duster!), it wouldn’t really work for a 15 month-old, so I opted for a second choice: the Knight.

We surveyed our available materials, and everything we used in this costume was found in my mom’s stash! Amazing (does ANYTHING feel better than finding a use for gold lame from your stash??)! We went with moss green stretch velvet for the hood, muslin for the tunic, purple “dagging” (that’s our vocab word for the week – it’s the squarish-trim stuff on the sleeves and bottom hem of the tunic), a purple lion applique, and gold lame belt and leg-coverings (faux armor). I was concerned that the purple with gold lame would be too Easter pageant, but it turns out my fears were unfounded, as everything came together and looked awesome! My mom even found the gold braid in her stash and it perfectly went with the purple accents of the outfit.

The costume was simple, but had a lot of little pieces that made it more detailed than I thought it would. Working together was a great idea, though, because one of us pinned and assembled while the other one sewed, so it only took us an afternoon.

Anyway, it looks even cuter in person. Of course. :)