You don’t essentially must know learn how to sew to make Halloween costumes in your children. In truth, my stitching abilities are fairly restricted. Besides, I used to be in a position to make these straightforward, virtually no-sew Factor 1 and Factor 2 costumes, impressed by Dr. Seuss’s basic The Cat within the Hat, for my child and my toddler in a matter of hours.
All you want are a few pairs of purple footed pajamas, some felt, and slightly ingenuity to tug these off. I’ll present you ways I put them collectively and (as at all times) will wax slightly poetic about why dressing up for Halloween is the most effective and why handmade Halloween costumes make it even higher!
Provides for a no-sew costume
These no-sew Factor 1 and Factor 2 costumes are really easy to make as a result of all I needed to do was embellish a pair of purple footed pajamas. I ordered ours from Major, which is a superb supply for different no-sew or low-sew Halloween costumes. I bought the cherry purple ones.
I ought to have checked the sizing chart earlier than ordering as a result of the scale 2 footed pajamas I purchased my two-year-old had been approach too lengthy (he’s on the smaller aspect of issues). However a fast return and reorder noticed a brand new set of PJs right here in loads of time.
- Purple footed pajamas
- Sheets of white felt and black felt
- Scorching glue gun
- Velcro (The sort you purchase determines whether or not it is a low-sew or no-sew mission. For those who don’t get the self-adhesive type, you’ll additionally want a needle and thread.)
Non-obligatory however useful provides:
- A pot lid for tracing circles
- Stencil for making letters
- Cloth pencil or chalk
- Pins (if not utilizing self-adhesive velcro)
Making your Factor 1 and Factor 2 Halloween costumes
Assembling your no-sew Factor 1 and Factor 2 costumes is straightforward when you’ve gathered all the provides. It’s additionally straightforward to place collectively in levels. I picked mine up and put it down in 5 and 10 minute blocks with out dropping a lot floor. This may be tremendous useful if, like me, you're continuously interrupted by your, ahem, Factor 1 and Factor 2.
Step 1: Make the emblems
To make the Factor 1 and Factor 2 emblems, merely hint a circle on the white felt utilizing a pot lid or a bowl or the rest you will discover. I made mine about 6 inches in diameter. Reduce them out, and begin making your letters.
I used the ruler to get my letters to be uniform peak, however then I simply free-form drew block letters with my material pencil on the black felt. The “Gs” had been the one difficult ones, and I needed to attempt a few occasions earlier than getting ones I used to be pleased with (however I are usually a little bit of a perfectionist about these kinds of issues). My letters are about 1.5 inches excessive. I made the numbers slightly larger, at 2.75 inches excessive.
Now, I completely love stitching felt. I don’t know why, however it's so satisfying. So you may completely sew the letters on when you like. However I'm guessing that if you're making Halloween costumes for a child and toddler, your time might be at a premium. Mine is. Enter each crafter’s secret weapon: the new glue gun!
As soon as your letters and numbers are all lower out and your kiddos are in mattress or in any other case occupied, plug in that scorching glue gun and begin gluing! Lining the letters up is straightforward when you begin with the I on the prime, then glue H and N on both aspect, then lastly T, and G on both aspect and the quantity within the center. Ta dah! You now have your emblem able to affix to your footed pajamas.
Step 2: Connect your emblem
Whilst you’ve bought the new glue out, flip your circle over and glue two strips of velcro (I recommend utilizing the scratchy aspect) to the again. Make certain you line the velcro up parallel with the I on the other aspect of your circle. I used 3.5-inch strips positioned about 2.5 inches aside.
Subsequent, line up the opposite aspect of the velcro on both aspect of the zipper in your footed pajamas, the identical distance aside (about 2.5 inches). The velcro will help you connect the Factor 1 and Factor 2 emblems over the zipper as soon as your trick-or-treater is inside.
I opted to stitch mine on utilizing fast, free basting stitches in order that they may very well be eliminated later and the pajamas added to our rotation, however you possibly can actually scorching glue these as effectively if stitching isn’t your factor. Or, you may additionally get self-adhesive velcro, however I already had the common, sew-on type, so that's what I used.
Step 3: Admire your work
Now costume up these little Issues 1 and a pair of and plop them on the porch with a pumpkin for some cute snapshots! (Dads in Cat-in-the-Hat hats non-obligatory).
The magic of a hand-crafted Halloween costume
My mother made all of our Halloween costumes. I nonetheless bear in mind the magic of waking up on Halloween morning to seek out what I, at age 4, thought was essentially the most lovely purple fairy costume. Full with cardboard cutout sparkly star wands, my sister and I, she in her matching pink outfit, felt bedazzled and reworked. It was magical.
I’m fairly certain my mother stayed up all night time stitching these and numerous different Halloween costumes for the 4 of us children through the years. And I’m fairly certain my dad helped her by making our props (comparable to sparkle star wands and such). In as we speak’s tradition of low cost, throwaway costumes, individuals would most likely assume their efforts had been loopy, futile even.
But it surely mattered lots to me then and it issues lots to me now. Regardless that my stitching abilities are restricted, I need my children to have the identical magical expertise that I had on Halloween as a child. I need them to know what it feels wish to be reworked, to be distinctive, to see themselves from a brand new perspective. Halloween costumes could really feel disposable, however once we put slightly effort into them, they'll educate our children some extremely priceless classes about thrift, creativity, and creativeness, all whereas bringing them slightly Halloween thrill!