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HALLOWEEN DIY: PEPPA & GEORGE (AS A DINOSAUR)

DIY Halloween Costume: Peppa Pig and George Pig / Dinosaur

When I began creating the kids’ Halloween costumes this year, I had no intention of sharing the DIY on the blog (hence the lack of in-progress images). But they turned out better than I imagined so I thought I’d share.

Let me preface this by saying I do not sew. A button or two, sure. But a dinosaur costume? Yea, right. When I did Isla’s sushi costume a couple of years ago I was too nervous to even sew a pillow, so I used stitch witchery to make a no-sew piece of salmon. If you can’t sew either, welcome. If you can, you probably don’t need to read this DIY.

The Peppa and George costume was inspired by Theo, who adores the show. He also regularly chases us around while shouting, “Dinosaur, RAWR!” If you’ve seen the show, you get the connection. But I didn’t want to just throw on a blue onesie with pink arms and legs and call it a day. So Theo is George from the episode where he dresses as a dinosaur for Halloween. If only I can get Theo to wear the George mask. Complicated, I know, but Theo is in love with his new dino suit so mom for the win.

George Pig / Dinosaur

What You’ll Need:

George Pig mask
green hoodie + 2 pairs matching pants
green felt (approx. 6 sheets) for spikes
thread to match the hoodie/pants
thread to match the felt
elastic
polyfill stuffing

Instructions:

Dino Hoodie:

  • To make the felt spikes, cut out a bunch of diamonds in two or three sizes. Mine measured 5″, 6″ and 8″ (tip-to-tip). Lay your hoodie flat, find the center and draw a line or “spine” with chalk as a guide. Then pin your diamonds sideways to the spine. (refer to pictures below).
  • Sew the center of the diamond to the hoodie, which will give you two triangles on either side of the stitch. Fold the triangles together, insert a little polyfill, pin the edges together to hold it in place and sew along the edges to close the spike. (If you can’t sew, like me, it’s okay because no one will see your messy stitches, especially if your thread matches the felt perfectly. Also, tiny stitches help conceal the sloppiness.)
  • Repeat this step for all of the triangles, using the smaller triangles as you travel up the hood. (I first used 4″ spikes everywhere but it looked more like a mohawk than a dino so I swapped the hood spikes for smaller ones.)

Dino Tail:

  • Cut one of the pant legs off your extra pair of pants. (I know this is painful, but just do it). Cut the foot opening on an angle so it’s a bit more narrow/pointed. I used chalk to draw a line as a guide.
  • Turn your leg inside out and sew the foot opening and the open side (where the crotch was) closed. Leave the other end (what was the waist) open.
  • Turn your leg right-side out and stuff it with polyfill.
  • Repeat the steps from the spike instructions above to complete your spikes. I sewed mine right along the seam of the pants to keep them straight. If you don’t have a seem, find the center and draw a line with chalk, then pin your diamonds to the chalk line.
  • Again, make the spikes smaller toward the tip of the tail.
  • You can either pin your tail to the hoodie or add an elastic waistband, which is what I did. First, cut your elastic to the appropriate length to snuggly fit your little one’s waist, then sew the two ends to the inside of your hole/opening. You’ll have to play around a bit with this to make it lay on the waist and not twist around as your child moves. I sewed both ends right next to each other at the top. Then sew your opening shut. Mine is not very pretty looking, but it gets the job done and you can’t see it under the hoodie anyway. If you want a more professional-looking tutorial, try this one.

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Peppa Pig

There are obviously no instructions for this one, but here’s what I bought for the outfit:

Peppa Pig mask
pink pants and shirt
red dress
“golden” rain boots
DIY pig tail (I used this tutorial)
Peppa’s teddy (it came with this tea set we have)

Kids

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Bat Boy and Cat Girl Halloween Costumes 2016Super Girl Kitty and Bat Boy had a super fun weekend celebrating Halloween in the city. They walked the catwalk with their Super Dad (who wears his costume year round) for the annual Spooky Saturday Halloween fashion show and contest, went trick-or-treating at all the shops in our neighborhood, danced in the street to live music and ate way too much candy. Well Isla did anyway. And maybe me, too.

All of Isla’s fantasies came true with her costume this year. She regularly hisses at her brother (and strangers!) and she’s constantly carrying around her legion of cats, so it was only fitting that she asked to be “Super Girl Kitty” for Halloween. The original plan was for Theo to be a mouse. Seemed kind of fitting, no? But his costume was lame and I felt bad for him so I panicked and at the last minute made him some wings out of foam board and used the bat mask we already had. I’d call that a success.

We’re looking forward to walking the neighborhood with these two tonight and passing out candy while watching “Room on the Broom” for the 100th time. I have to say, I used to loathe Halloween, but kids make every holiday truly delightful.

Happy Halloween!

(The kids’ masks are from Opposite of Far, our favorite place for make believe!)
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Life

“BUMBLE ME”

Halloween 2015: Baby BumblebeeI really wanted to make Isla’s costume again this year, but since I wasn’t sure if we’d be home or at the hospital for all the festivities I figured this would be the year to forgo the DIY. I also considered making Isla’s brother her beekeeper, but I’m glad I skipped that step because at this rate he’s never coming! My mom found this bee costume for $3 last year but since I already had the sushi idea I didn’t use it. And even though it’s size 6 months (!!) it fits perfectly! Isla loved it as soon as she saw herself in the mirror. She kept saying “BUMBLE ME, BUMBLE ME!” It was too much. I love her. We ventured out for our neighborhood’s annual Spooky Saturday Halloween costume contest and some trick or treating on Saturday and we all had a blast. Isla danced with some neighborhood kids, walked the catwalk with her daddy and got a few pieces of candy in her pumpkin. We may have even let her eat a little chocolate, though the rest is all mine!

Happy almost Halloween!

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Giveaway, Kids

CALLING BAT GIRL! (+ A DISCOUNT CODE)

Halloween fun: Bat girl!Forget the bat-signal, all calls for Bat Girl come through the remote control! She’s very important, you know. And busy. Very, very busy. I think she needs a more super hero-y way to answer the call than “Hewwo” though. Since Isla’s baby brother is scheduled to arrive just before Halloween this year, I’m not sure we’ll get to do much celebrating. So being the super fun mom I am, I let Bat Girl wear her super hero uniform and jump on our bed. Not pictured: She would only let me take her picture if I was wearing her fox mask. I’m a good sport.

Anyway. Bat Girl wants you to enjoy Halloween as much as she does, so use code “nightnight” for a discount at both Opposite of Far, our absolute favorite handmade mask shop, and Bubblegum Forest, the creator of these adorable t-shirts, leggings and other fun stuff for all ages (yes, you can have a bat t-shirt in your size, too, mom and dad! Cough, there’s also a Hocus Pocus shirt, cough).

Happy almost Halloween!

p.s. Thank you Opposite of Far and Bubblegum Forest for sending us Isla’s bat disguise!

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