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After changing his mind several times, my son finally decided he’s going to be Garfield for Halloween. We had already decided to make our costumes this year, but this one we really had no choice on. Sure we could probably find one if we looked hard enough, but why bother? It shouldn’t be that hard to make (although I said that about the airplane cake, and it really wasn’t).
Luckily, so far, it’s been pretty smooth. I went on a hunt earlier this week for a large orange t-shirt or sweatshirt, and did a little happy dance in the middle of Target when I found one on the discount rack for $2.50. HURRAY! The plan with the shirt is to strap a pillow under him and put the shirt over top. I just have to figure out what we are going to do for stripes, but it will either be fabric paint/markers or black fabric.
Next I went looking for mask ideas. What I ended up finding was a wooden zombie mask with a handle, and foam craft sheets in orange and yellow. I used the orange to cut out the face that goes over the wood mask, then the yellow as his mouth. Then I painted his eyes white, nose red (I know it’s pink, but I didn’t have any), and used permanent marker to draw on the details. I’m not the greatest artist, but it worked. It doesn’t look exactly like him, but there’s no mistaking it’s Garfield, and the kid is happy.
Finally, I got orange fabric for the tail. This was so super easy and again, the kid was pleased. I just took a strip, folded it in half, sewed it together and turned it inside out. Then we stuffed it, sewed the end, and used a marker to draw on his stripes. On Halloween we plan to safety-pin it to his rear.
Now all that’s left is deciding what to do with all that extra fabric. I got a yard of the orange and only used one small piece, so I’m thinking of attempting my own quilt block. The boy absolutely LOVES Garfield, so I’m going to try a quilt block Garfield on a pillow or wall hanging. I drafted the block already, and it just might work. Should it come out the way I hope it does (and I’ve got my doubts), I’ll post pictures and maybe even the pattern. Crossing my fingers it does work!
Edited: Yes! This costume came out fantastic! For the stripes, we used basic black hair spray. EASY! Here’s the finished results:
I was at Walmart the other day, walking past the Halloween fabric yet again, thinking how absolutely adorable it was and how badly I wanted a project to use it for. Actually, it wasn’t even really that Halloween specific, but was black with little crescent moons and stars in a yellowish-orange, but it was CUTE.
Then, it hit me. Halloween candy bags.
By the time I actually bought the fabric, it had been marked down to $2/yd. SCORE! So I bought it, and am planning to make the bags.
I hunted for awhile for a good tote bag tutorial, but didn’t see one I really liked. I suppose, if you sew, then making a tote isn’t that big of a deal. All you need is 4 sides and a handle, then sew it all together. The size is going to depend on how much candy your kid rakes in, so really I guess you don’t need one.
Point is, if you had your eye on Halloween fabric and didn’t know what to make, now you do. Just make a tote to hold all that candy!
For some reason I don’t even think about sewing in the summer. When Christmas gets close, I do this mad dash to get quilts and pillows done for gifts. But why don’t I do them all year round? I mean a hobby is a hobby, right?
So I’m curious. For those of you that love to sew but don’t do it so much in the summer time – why? Is it because we have so many other things (some outdoors) to do? Is it because it’s too hot to sit with a blanket on your lap sewing? Do you not like to sit still in the summer?
What IS it exactly?
You may or may not have noticed there isn’t a whole lot of sewing projects posts here this time of year. That’s mostly because I don’t have a whole lot of interest in sewing in the summer for some reason.
I don’t know why, but I usually don’t get the “sewing bug” until winter. Maybe it’s because I prefer to be out in the garden this time of the year, or playing outside in some way. Something about warm weather and sewing just doesn’t appeal to me.
There ARE projects I probably should be doing, including some dress ideas and shorts. Luckily I did make my daughter a pair of shorts for Christmas so she’ll have at least one handmade item to wear this year. But aside from that I really don’t have anything and the motivation is gone. Maybe it’s just me – I tend to lose interest in ideas and projects after a set amount of time.
What about you, do you sew during the summer?
If you are like me, you tend to spend quite a bit of money on fabric for various projects. Although I hardly ever pay more than $5 a yard for fabric. And really there’s no reason to unless you absolutely need something specific.
Instead of paying full price for fabric, I always watch the discounts on stores like Fabric.com. Right now they’ve got an anniversary special running until April 30th. To celebrate their 9 year anniversary, you can take 15% off your entire order (no minimum required) by using the code Anniversary15. Just click on the banner above to see all the items they’ve got in stock right now (I just love that site).
Remember to make it worth your shipping cost! I always make sure to buy at least 5 or 6 yards at a time when ordering online.
Since our house has been sick for the last few weeks, I had an idea today for a new kind of pillow to sew. You may have heard of “dream pillows” that contain special types of herbs and oils for good dreams and sleep. This is similar, with a slightly different twist.
The main problem with the dream pillows is they eventually lose their scent and effectiveness. So instead of sewing a regular pillow, I made one with a pocket on the front with a velcro tab.
Eucalyptus is a staple in our house. It’s wonderful for congestion and stuffy noses. So I took a cotton ball and dabbed eucalyptus oil on it. It goes right into the pocket of the pillow and will be put in the pillow tonight.
You can put anything you want into the pocket of this pillow – oils, herbs, or flowers. Lavender is another oil that is great for relaxing, so would go perfect in the pocket. At any time you need to change the scent or replace it, it’s not a problem.
These would make wonderful gifts for those who suffer from allergies, or get the occasional winter cold (aka everyone!). If you need to stock up on essential oils or other herbs, be sure to see Mountain Rose Herbs.
This box could be used for just about anything, but I used it as somewhat of a bread box. It was actually given to my uncle and his girlfriend with their homemade bread. It was a simple box with a velcro latch. I could have added some extras and made a slightly different design, but I ran out of time. Really you can do whatever you’d like with this.
To start, you’ll need 4 squares (about 7×7 for a large box, but you can adjust this size) all the same size of one fabric, and 4 squares all the same size of another (I used a plain white as the lining). These will make your three sides and the bottom. Now cut another piece of each fabric that’s the same size wide, but more than twice as long (about 7×15). This will be your 4th side, and flap that will cover the the top.
Start by sewing the two different fabrics together (right sides together), making individual sides of your box. One fabric will be your outside of the box, the other will be your inside. Leave one side open so you can turn it inside out. Do not sew just yet! Do this with all 5 pieces.
Next take cardboard and cut to fit inside 4 of the pieces (excluding the bottom). Make sure the cardboard is slightly smaller than your sides so they fit. It’s alright if they are quite a bit smaller, they are only to give the box a shape. All 4 pieces of cardboard should be identical – your flap should not have cardboard inside.
Now it’s time to sew it all together! Start with one side and the bottom sewing them together (right sides together). Sew another side to that side, and so on. Finish by sewing the sides to the bottom. Flip your box right side out.
For the finishing touches, take a piece of velcro and sew to your flap. Sew the other part of the velcro to the opposite side. Adding a handle is optional (this is something I wanted to do with mine, but ran out of time).
To make a handle, cut out a thick strip of each of your fabrics (At least 2 inches thick). Sew together (right sides together). Turn right side out, and sew to each side of your box on the inside.
That’s it! Now you have a decorative place to store your bread, or a nice gift box for homemade bread.
As promised, we’re posting the After Christmas sales as we find them! This first one comes from Fabric.com, one of our favorite places to shop for fabric online. They always have some pretty good deals on nice fabric, and their clearance area isn’t bad either.
If you are a new customer, you can get $2.95 flat rate shipping. But for everyone they are offering 20% off everything until Jan 3rd. All their available coupons can be found at Fabric.com Coupon Corner
If you are needing a few last minute gifts and want to sew them yourself, hopefully this post will give you some ideas.
Scented Dryer Pads
My favorite sewing project this year had to be the scented dryer pads. It was so fast and easy to do these, they can be done at the very last minute. Heck it might even take you longer to wrap it! You can see the details of Scented dryer pads here.
These are so easy to make, it really doesn’t take but an hour or so to get them done. Especially if you do a simple pillow with only two pieces of fabric. Who doesn’t use throw pillows?
Doll Quilts or Blankets
These work nice if you have left over fabrics or batting from big quilts. Because they are much smaller than normal size blankets and quilts, they can be finished a lot faster.
So these may not be any new projects, but they ARE fast ones. Since there’s only a few days left before Christmas, we really have to hurry! There’s no time to start a big project now, so the idea of this post was to give you a few ideas of some really quick projects. Hope it helps you out!
Here’s a quick idea for a cute handmade decoration. You have probably seen lots of sewing crafts for Christmas stockings, but how about scaling it down? Instead of making a full size stocking, make a smaller one to hang on the tree. All you need is felt or fleece in red and white, and possibly a pattern.
Stockings aren’t too hard to draw, but it might be better to practice on a piece of paper first before you draw one on your fabric. Don’t forget to add a loop so you can hang your mini-stocking on the tree!