Party Dress Turned Ninja Costume

It’s time for Project Run and Play! Season 6! Are you sewing along?? I never have, but I love to watch and Vote! I’m always amazed at the pieces the contestants produce!! And this year, I have decided to sew more clothes, for both myself and my son, so I’ve decided to sew along.

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This week’s challenge is The Party Dress Remix! The pattern is a beautiful dress from The Cottage Home! And if I sewed for girls I probably would have made a beautiful dress, but… I sew for my son. And he and his Dad might be kinda weird about me dressing him up in a dress.

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My son is SUPER into Super Heros, especially Spider-man. For Christmas he also got a Ninjago Alarm Clock and he loves it. His older cousin is SUPER into Ninjago characters, so now my son likes them too. So… When I saw the party dress, I also saw the little Ninjago character….

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This really is a remix! Let’s start with what I kept from the pattern. I kept the bodice. And I kept the gathered skirt, kinda. I kept the button back. Ok, that was fast…

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Now for what I remixed…. I added sleeves. I lengthened the bodice. I super shortened the skirt. I narrowed the waist strap and added a tie. I replaced the fabric button closure with painted red elastic. OH, and since it’s a costume, I chose not to line it.

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Once my son got it on and looked in the mirror he was convinced that this isn’t what a Ninjago Ninja looks like. So I had to take him downstairs to the computer and bring up the picture above on the computer. He was coming around and starting to agree with me, but he stuck to his guns. He pointed out that he didn’t have the yellow face and the round black hands weren’t like his costume….. Ummm… I can sometimes go to great lengths to get things just right, but I wasn’t going to chop off his hands and add round, lego hands or paint his face yellow today…. Once we cleared that up, he was on board that this costume looked like a Ninjago!

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My little  Ninjago has his eyes on you…. (I’ve still got to finish the hat/mask thingy… I forget the real name for them…)

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Even Dad was pretty impressed with the remix. He definitely had his hesitations when I told him I was making our son an outfit out of a dress pattern! This has now opened up a whole new way of looking at all the little girl clothes out there. Boys kinda get the shaft sometimes when it comes to the clothes options. But I feel a little free-er after this project. Free-er in knowing that just because it’s for a girl, doesn’t mean I can’t change a few things to make it more BOY!

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And how would you remix the Party Dress?? Are your kids obsessed with Ninjago? Mine isn’t obsessed yet, but it seems to be an extremely hot toy with the boys!

 

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To Do List- John Smith Halloween Costume, done

The first thing crossed off my To-Do-List is the John Smith Halloween Costume!

Ok, have you seen Pocahontas lately? Because it seems like my husband and friends don’t seem to remember the outfit.. They keep saying, well, doesn’t it need this or that… Um. No. This is it.

This costume is for a friend of a friend 300o miles away in Florida. So I’m crossing my fingers that it actually fits. I used a 2T pattern, his size, but some pieces look too small (the arms) and other pieces look to big (the length of the pants).  Who knows! But I have to say I’m nervous! I don’t actually know if the kiddo is a tall and skinny 2T, short with a cute toddler belly 2T or just the run of the mill 2T.

There are a few things I’d do different if I did it again and had more time to spend on it. The boots…  I needed to angle out the boot flap so that it didn’t hug so tightly to the rest of the boot. The pattern I used was a pattern for shorts/pants, which perfectly showing me where the pants stopped and the boots began.

And the sleeves. I tried to make them big, but they look tiny. This is a repeat habit I seem to have… I always seem to make the sleeves too narrow. And the little poof sleeves (I’m sure there’s a more technical term, but…), I’d make those a little smaller.

But on the other hand… I love how the shirt turned out. I used the pattern, Simplicity 2907, for the shirt (and pants) and just turned it around. The front is now the back and the back is now the front. For the front I cut two peices and stitched them together down the front. Turned them inside out and sewed the neck line together for a finished edge at the top. I also added the ength tot he front for the pointed bottom.

I sooooo hope it fits!!

 

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Hot Dog Day Vest Tutorial!

This is a re-post from a post I did back in July for Narelle’s blog Cook, Clean, Craft when she hosted the series Boy’s Own Style! I thought now that people are thinking about Halloween this could be a fun little project to share!

Enjoy!

First off, I have to say Happy National Hot Dog Day! Maybe it’s a US thing, but everyone can play along right??? Thanks for stopping by to join me here on Narelle’s blog! I’m Louise from I’m Feelin’ Crafty!

Who doesn’t love hot dogs?? And who doesn’t love dressing this kids up like a hot dog??? When Narelle asked me join in on her series, of course the first thing I did was say yes. Then I looked at the calendar and knew I had to join in on National Hot Dog Day! My husband and I brainstormed for an idea and he actually came up with the idea for a hot dog bun vest. At first I was like, no way! Then the details started coming to me and I fell in love with the idea!

So here’s how I made my vest!

Step 1- Gather materials: Red and White fleece, khaki colored denim, yellow buttons (for the drops of mustard ya know!), thread and the pattern. My pattern is for somewhere between a 3T and 4T.

Or you can make your own by tracing a vest that already fits (which is basically how I made mine…)

Step 2- Cut out all your pieces. Denim for the outside, Red Fleece for the inside, pockets, buttonhole piece and collar and White fleece for the mayonnaise pockets.

Step 3- Sew in the Pockets. 1, position the pockets about 4.5″ inches from the corner of the armhole at side seam, right sides to right sides. 2, Sew the pockets on the seam side only. 3, If you want to topstitch, do so now! Here I folded over the pocket and did a little topstitching. 4, Iron open the pockets, but be sure to not iron the fleece directly (put a cover over it before ironing)! 5, Stack the front and back pieces, right sides together, and pin. 6, Sew a continuous seam from the armhole to the bottom hem edge going around the pocket. If you did add the topstitching, it adds a little funkiness to the laying out and stitching the front and back together, but you just have to move it around a bit and be careful to not stitch over the topstitching.

Step 4: Add the mayo!  First turn over the top of the mayo and stitch. Sew on the mayo squirts on to the right sides of the front flaps of the inside pieces of red fleece.

Step 5: Sew lining. Sew front sides to back, right sides together. Leave a 4″ hole in one of the side seams to pull it all through later.

Step 6: Collar. Sew the two collar pieces together, right sides together. Only sew the two short sides and curved side of the collar. Trim the corners and turn right side out. Topstitch the three sides.

Step 7: Buttonhole strip. Just like the collar, sew the short sides and the curvy side together, right sides to right sides. Trim the corners, snip the curves (so that they fold over easier) and turn right side out.

Step 8: Add the buttonholes. Honestly, I am not a fan of buttonholes. On my machine, the buttonhole function doesn’t work. I need to get that fixed…. So please excuse my not so perfect buttonholes. Anyway, for this project, I added the buttonholes and I didn’t line them up on purpose. Have you ever seen a compete straight line of mustard drops on your bun? Me neither! So neither are my mustard buttons!

Step 9: Put it all together! First off, sew the shoulders together for the front and back, right sides to right sides. Pin the collar and the buttonhole strip to the front of the vest, right sides to right sides. Next, pin the inside of the vest to the outside, again, right sides to right sides.

Step 10: Sew it all together. Sew all the outside edges (but not the armholes! I got carried away and forgot to NOT sew the armholes and had to pull out the seams at the armholes!!!) Don’t forget to trim the corners!

Step 11: Pull it all through the hole you left in the lining and topstitch all around the edges, including under the collar.

Step 12: Sew on the buttons. I had an extra button, so I added a drop of mustard to the inside of the vest!

Step 13: Close the armholes. Fold over the outside and the inside towards the inside about .5″ and pin. Then pin the two together lining up the shoulder seam and the side seam. Topstitch!

And WAH-LA! You’ve got a little hot dog!

And we’re off to have a hot dog! Thanks again, Narelle, for having me!  While you’re eating yours, be sure to visit me at I’m Feelin’ Crafty!

 

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I’m the Lorax And I Have a Tutorial!

And I speak for the trees!

I’m super excited about the movie coming out TOMORROW! Yea!! If you’ve been reading for a little while, you’ve probably noticed I LOVE DR SEUSS stories! I think my son’s birthday party might have given you a hint!

Did anyone go to the story time at Target last week?? I really wanted to because I know they give away things too… But of course, I forgot. But my best pal back home didn’t forget! She was telling me about all the cool things they got and one of the many fun things they got was a Lorax mask. I asked her to send a picture, but she never did… (hint hint…. in case you’re reading this….) Anyway, ever since she told me about the mask I haven’t been able to get the idea out of my head. But how would I make it? I had no idea what to make it out of….

That is until I found these great little poofs! I was actually looking for feathers for this little hat I’m making. But with the bright and perfect find of feathers I found, there were these little poofs! And there just happened to be 2 orange ones! I thought that they were little hair ties or something, but the receipt called them wine glass charms. Who knew??

I even went back to the store the next day thinking that maybe I had missed some orange ones. I needed more for eyebrows, you know! But nope…. So there’s no eyebrows…

Ok, I have to say, I’m totally in love with my Lorax mask!! Even the Gak (I think we have the only one in town you know) is smiling about it!

If you can get to JoAnn’s and find some orange poofs (or wine glass charms, if you’re feeling too sophisticated to call them poofs…. I actually like saying Poof! Say it with me, poof poof poof! You kinda just start smiling if you say poof too many times! I digress). Ok, I’ll start over… If you get to JoAnn’s, that’s where I found mine,  and find some poofs you can make your own as well! or what else would you use if you don’t have poofs? I’d love to know!

And here’s how I made mine!

Step 1: Materials:

2 orangey yellowish poofs

heavy cardstock. I used orange, but you can’t really see it in the end, so it doesn’t really matter what color it is.

scissors

hot glue gun

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a stick. Could be a popsicle stick, but I just happened to have some fancy fan sticks left over from my wedding (yes, that was almost 6 years ago and I still have them. I don’t get rid of craft supplies very often!).

Step 2: Cut out the back. You can download my template by clicking here.

Step 3: Cut out the little fleecy nose. I did mine the orange. My husband thinks it should be black. The movie, it’s orange. THe book, it’s both. SOme pictures orange, some black…. It’s up to you, of course. Notice the shape I cut my fleece… So it’s round on the bottom, but will fit and wrap around the circle nose.

Step 4: Hot glue the fleece to the back.

Step 5: Hot glue the fleece down on the back of the nose.

Step 6: This is how the nose looks!

Step 7: Hot glue on the poofs.

Step 8: Hot glue on the handle stick.

And wahla….  A 15 minute, no sew, Lorax mask!

And while I was making the poof mask, my son was making his own version of the Lorax mask. Ahhhh… another way to go.. Layers of fleece will work if you can’t find the poofs!

Have fun! I’m about to buy my tickets to the movie now….

And of course, Happy Birthday to You, Dr Seuss!

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More Dragons!

I’m just so impressed with all the dragons that have been made this Halloween from my Dragon Wings Tutorial!! It’s just awesome to see people using my tutorial and blog and making such incredible pieces. I just have to show off a few more before I move on from Halloween and back to the Dr. Seuss Party Tutorials!

I can only say that I am totally wowed by Tamara’s dragon costume! Such amazing details, cool wings and love the baseball hat idea for the dragon head!

Check out this ‘Night Fury’ dragon from ‘How to Train Your Dragon’! I love the awesome tail detail! Ellie had such kind words, ‘Thank you so much for helping make me the coolest mom!’  ahhhh… I’m blushing!

I had mentioned that I had made a pair of wings for a reader and didn’t take a picture. Well, Natalie sent me a picture of her beautiful dragon wearing the pair that I made. Natalie told me that her son loves them, ‘taking them off last night after Trick-of-Treating was like torture for him.’ I actually had a great time pulling out the pattern again and putting another pair together!

Thank you all for your pictures and kind words! It really means a lot to me to see people enjoying my blog and seeing the projects in action! Thank you!

It’s a Dragon Halloween!

I’m so glad that so many people are attempting the dragon wing tutorial that posted last year!

I thought I’d share some reader dragons today!

These dragon wings were made by Make Jane Make and I love love love the sweatshirt she made to go with them!  I might just have to attempt this to go with my son’s wings.

And this little blue number is by Just Plumb Good.

I love how both of these use different colored fabrics.

I also just made another pair for a reader in Virginia. So beware… There’s a black dragon lurking on the east coast!

And a few more people have commented that they have made some wings, including a pair for a puppy. I’d love to see them! Please send pictures, upload them to the I’m Feelin’ Crafty flicker page or send me a link to your photos!

Gotta get on that Halloween costume. So behind schedule somehow!

Sew Ready to Play Continues On

Well….. Yes, the series was supposed to end last Friday… But the fun continues! Come on, let’s keep playing!

Have you ever played Mr. Fox? Well, I had never heard of it until a playdate this summer. Maybe our friends made it up, I don’t know… But either way it’s fun and my son loves it.

Here’s how it goes. Someone is Mr. Fox. Everyone else lines up away from, but facing Mr. Fox. Then someone from the line calls out, ‘What time is it Mr. Fox?’ Mr. Fox replies back with a time, ‘It’s 2 o’clock.’ The line takes 2 steps towards Mr. Fox. This goes on until the answer from Mr. Fox is, ‘It’s LUNCHTIME!!!’ Then Mr. Fox chases everyone and the first one he tags becomes the new Mr. Fox!

When I was figuring out what my project would be it was between making something related to Hullabaloo or Mr. Fox. I went with the Hullabaloo project. But then realized that the twins who taught us this game have a birthday coming up this week. Soooo, I decided to continue with my plan for the Mr. Fox inspired project, a fox mask!

And here’s how I made it. Pretty simple!

Step 1 Materials:

3 colors of felt, brownish red, cream and black. I bought a quarter yard of each, but you don’t even need that much, a fraction of that! I bought the felt on a bolt versus the craft felt.

Thin elastic, about 12″

Scissors

Exacto Knife

Thread, cream and black

Pattern, click here for the pattern

Fabric Glue, optional. I didn’t use it, but I prefer to sew. If you don’t want to sew, use the glue.

Step 2:

Cut the pieces out of each color. Careful around the eyes, I had to cut mine twice!

Step 3:

Poke holes in the brown piece for the elastic to thread through.

Step 4:

Cut the elastic, 12″.

Step 5:

Thread the elastic through the holes.

Step 6:

Sew down the elastic. I did a line of stiching through the elastic and then I went over it with a zigzag stitch for a cleaner finished look on the back

Step 7:

Sew on the cream pieces.

Step 8:

Sew on the black pieces.

Step 9:

Watch out for foxes lurking about the house…. They’re sly ya know!

Pillowcase Link Love

Yep, pretty much all I’ve thought about this week, well besides family and work, were my pillowcase dresses! So in the spirit of that, here’s some other pillowcase ideas to try from around the internet!

1. How adorable is this pumpkin from Martha Stewart??

2. So I used to be skinny. And I plan on being closer to skinny one day soon… So right now I can only dream about fitting into a pillowcase, but one day I’m going to be able to make this really cool pencil skirt featured on DIY Fashion for myself (and fit in it too!)

3. When you think of well loved pillowcases do you think of that very soft feeling they have? I do! Which is why I so want to make these pillowcase pj’s by Elsie Marley, not only for my son, but also for me!

4. And on the subject of costumes, I fell in love with this ghost pillowcase dress by Sugar Bee Crafts! She also has other ideas, like another pumpkin and even a snowman!

5. I love for my son to create… But I don’t love for my son to ruin clothes in the process of creating…. hence the reason he loves his smock! And I love this pillowcase smock featured on Family Fun.

6. And this little t-shirt dress by Make It-Love It doesn’t really have anything to do with pillowcases, except the shape reminded me of a pillowcase dress and I thought it was just too cute to not include. So there!

It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, No It’s Super E!!!

I think I’ve mentioned this before, but this year I’m trying to make all the gifts I give…  Ok, so it hasn’t happened completely, but I’m trying. And I know once the birthday and Christmas come around for my little guy there will be store bought gifts… Oh, we’re also going through potty training and gifts are our ploy. I’m NOT making a gift for each time he goes potty on the potty. Now if I had been thinking ahead I could have even got this done, but…. Ha! As I write this I realized how it could have been done, but I digress from the subject at hand…

Sooooo… The other day was our precious little neighbor’s birthday. I wanted to make her something, but wasn’t sure what. Then it hit me… Felt food! She loves her kitchen and her cash register.. . Then her Momma had three great words about felt food. Dog Hair Collector. Since we have been without animals since the summer before my son was born, I hadn’t thought of that little detail.

Back to the drawing board…  She also loves dress up… Ahhhh…  A cape! I was tempted to make another t-shirt cape like I made Max, inspired by The Southern Institute‘s tutorial, but since this is a present I decided on something a bit more finished.

I started with the t-shirt cape pattern (hint hint… more t-shirt fun to come this week!) from the one I made for Max. Cut out some super hero emblem shapes and the letter E, all of which I baked with Heat ‘n Bond Lite (for sewing). Sewed the pieces together, added some Velcro and wahlah!

But just a cape? No! We needed a crown (What Super Woman goes out without her crown??) and a wristband!

For the crown I included a layer of super stiff interfacing to help it keep its shape for all sorts of crime fighting adventures. I might just need one of these myself to wear around the house….

And of course, no present is complete without a matching gift bag!

But, alas, the super hero ensemble did not trump the sparkly fairy wings…. Maybe it was just that there was no crime solving to be had on birthday day. Just a peaceful fairy day. Crime solving super hero will come again in need to solve the woes of the world… It’s Super E to the rescue!

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Check me out on Madigan Made today!

Very Cool! Remember the monster towel tutorial I did?

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Well, it’s being featured over on Madigan Made today! Check out her blog while you’re there. There’s some other really cool tutorials to check out! Thanks for featuring me, it’s an honor!

Starting next week, we’re going to have some party fun! So be sure to check back (or subscribe!)

 

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