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Easy diy witch costume for kids

Hello after a long time!

I hadn’t realised that reading books would leave me with very little time for doing other things like craft activity with my kids. Not that I have had the patience to sit with them cutting and sticking bits of paper, but never mind.

Since we were taking my elder daughter to a different city for national art competition, the younger one (Anjana) had to stay with my mother. The timing wasn’t great because it was from Saturday afternoon to Sunday night. That’s the time when she has no classes to attend and we will be generally try to bond over the button snipping game using Kindle fire. But, oh well, it’s my mother’s problem to keep her occupied until we came back.

The week before, Anjana came home running to announce that she was going to the Halloween carnival at the after school activity centre as a witch and gave me a ‘muahahaha’ kind of laughter. Two hours of playing, running around, jumping up and down will be fun for her and give some respite to my mom. More importantly, I would feel less guilty for leaving her behind for a day and a half.

Also, my creative muscles were itching for some activity and how cumbersome can a witch costume be. When the rest of the family had gone to sleep, I was staring at the glow in the dark wall clock in the bedroom, I tried to rake my brain for an easy way to make a witch costume. I had already taken a day off during the week, so I will only have a few hours in the morning of Saturday to quickly put something together.

Anjana didn’t have a black frock, neither did my elder one which could be resized for Anjana. I was not buying a frock just for Halloween party – sets bad precedent, you know, as a parent, it is a strict no-no, especially when there is more than one kid in the family. I mentally scoured through her wardrobe for something that could refashioned. Nope, there wasn’t any except for a black and grey-striped tshirt. Which means, I only need a black pinafore and here’s the good news – pinafore is easy! No, I can’t sew one, but I can buy a camisole which would cost about INR 100. That’s less than USD 1.50, given the current exchange rate.

If pinafore is taken care of, that leaves me only with a witch hat and a broom. Though Anjana will be more than happy to take the broom that is used to sweep my house, I needed to make some lightweight broom, so that people don’t roll their eyes at her, “Is that from the broom closet of their house?” Nah, I don’t have a broom closet. My husband had recently ordered a tripod to hold the camera/phone for video-recording. The box in which it came was kept outside the house for trash pick-up (no, my husband didn’t know that I needed cardboard box for the broom). The box made its way to my not-so-secret stash in my kitchen, waiting for its turn to become the broom.

Next, though I had a vague idea about witch hat, I looked up to Google for some validation. I, for one, don’t believe in “validation comes from within”. Whose idea was it, anyway! Wikihow gave me the comfort that my idea was in the right direction.

Alright, enough of blabbing, let’s move to how it was actually done. Let’s start with the broom because that’s the easiest.

Diy broom using cardboard and twig

Things you need:

  • Cardboard (any delivery box from Amazon will do the job)
  • Box cutter
  • Twig ( just a little shorter than your little witch) strong enough to survive rough-housing for a few hours by a dozen kids
  • A metre or two of polyester yarn or twine
  • Glue
  • Packing tape
  • Scissors

Using the box cutter, make thin strips out of the cardboard. Please make sure that you use a base / board while you cut the cardboard strips. Who wants scratches / cut marks on their table or kitchen countertop? I used my oversized clipboard which silently takes on the scratches.

About 20-25 strips will do. The strips were around 10 inches in length.

The reason for using a twig is that it looks more authentic (pardon me because my knowledge of this kind of broom comes from the series The Worst Witch which Santoshi binge-watches) and it would be stronger than cardboard which might bend. The last thing I wanted was my daughter crying at my mom’s house that the broom was broken. Since Santoshi wasn’t going to the Carnival, I didn’t want her to feel left out. So, on Saturday morning, I sent her on a quest for the right twig. She sent downstairs to the garden to pick up a twig. I told her that her twig should start from her shoulder and end at the tip of her fingers. She proudly brought 3 twigs, two of them were quite thin but the third was perfect and was the chosen one.

Now, apply glue to one end of the twig – about 3-4 inches and start stitching the strips to the twig.

After sticking the strips, wind the twine/yarn tightly around the strips. Then use packing tape to secure them. If someone tells you that you are using too much packing tape, stay away from them. You don’t need that negativity in your life.

Now, let’s move on to the hat.

It is pretty much similar to Wikihow. There is a circular base on which a conical shape is mounted.

Things you need:

  • Black chart paper. I didn’t have craft foam as used in Wikihow. When you don’t have something, don’t run to the store; just improvise!
  • Cardboard
  • Measuring tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Circular object for marking the outline. I used the lid of my laundry basket and a plate
  • Pencil/crayon
  • Needle to poke a hole
  • Elastic band
  • Decorative items – I used the yarn to make a tassle

Mark the outline a quarter of a circle on the black chart and cut it out.

Fold it to make a conical shape.

Glue the edges so that the chart stays in shape. wikiHow had used a wire to keep the cone upright. My chart paper was sturdy enough to stand upright on its own.

Measure your child’s head circumference so that you can trace out a circle for the base which is an inch or so wider than this measure. I used a plate to mark the circle for the base – cardboard and black chart. Paste the chart on the cardboard.

Now, the glue on the cone should have dried. Make 2-inch incisions at the base of the cone.

Open them out and add glue.

Mount the cone to the base and let dry.

Once dry, poke two holes diametrically opposite each other and loop the elastic band through the holes, tying a knot at each top end. This makes sure that the hat stays in place.

Add decorations of your choice. I added a tassle using bright pink yarn.

Wind the yarn repeatedly around your fingers (20 times) and snip one end.

Using a short length of the same yarn, tie the top end together. Now, using glue, add it to the top of the hat.

For the pinafore, I bought a camisole which was plain black all over. Added a dash of colour to it using bright orange satin ribbon – trims at bottom and at the neckline and a bow at the waist.

She was mostly happy with the costume but didn’t like the bow in the pinafore and was upset that the broom didn’t fly. Duh!

My mom reported to me later that evening that the broom didn’t survive the carnival. That’s ok. We knew it would have a short lifespan.

End of day, I loved doing my little project and Anjana was happy. That’s all that matters.

Thanks for reading the post. If you like it or not, please leave a comment and share the post. Bye!

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Christmas Tree Prop using cardboard

Hi!

I know there is already a post of DIY Christmas tree prop which was more of pin-up to the t-shirt kind of prop. That was made to fit Anjana’s t-shirt and this was for Santoshi. Read here on how I had to make one more costume this time.

Things used:

  1. Cardboard
  2. Colour paper (green and brown)
  3. Christmas decorations
  4. Scissors
  5. Glue
  6. Box cutter
  7. Marker

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Step 1: Draw a Christmas tree outline on the cardboard (mine is a very rough drawing; guess that’s my signature style apart from poor finishing)

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Step 2: Cut to shape.

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Step 3: Using glue, paste the green paper and start decorating. Sorry, not many pics because I was running out of time.

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Here is Santoshi with the prop:

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Here is the rare pic of a Christmas tree sitting down and hugging a Pongal pot:

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Thanks for stopping by! Do leave your feedback in the comments section.

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Pongal Pot Costume

Hello there!

This is yet another DIY costume post – this time it was Pongal pot.

The after school activity centre was conducting a fancy dress (costume) competition and initially I thought, “arrgh, ditch it! I have no ideas and no time, more importantly, no motivation”.  I had to Santoshi to the dentist for her half-yearly check-up and conveniently blamed the appointment for my laziness.

But, the dental clinic called that morning and cancelled the appointment. I did not know how to react. A part of me wanted to make costumes or props and the rest of me was like, “you already made your mind up; so, no costumes”.

Somehow, I persuaded myself to go to the nearest stationery shop for ideas. A bulb went ding, glowed with all brightness – a Pongal pot for Anjana. There was not even the faintest spark for the second idea or prop. It would be absurd to send both kids as Pongal pots.

The stationery was located at a corner and when I turned, I noticed the shop which sells decorations for birthday parties, etc. That’s the shop from where I had bought Christmas decorations for Anjana’s classroom. So, Santoshi had to be the Christmas tree for the show. I bought cardboards for both, Christmas decorations for the tree and cotton for the Pongal pot (to be the pongal which boils over from the pot).

This post is only on the Pongal pot. The Christmas tree post is here.

Things used:

  1. A sheet of cardboard
  2. Golden colour paper
  3. Stickers, satin ribbon and colour paper for decorating the pot
  4. Cotton roll (sorry it looks like toilet roll in the pic below)
  5. Glue
  6. Brown tape (my trusted companion in making props)
  7. Scissors and box cutter
  8. Marker
  9. A circular lid and a small plate
  10. Hat (fitting your child’s head) and binder clips

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Step 1: Using the lid, draw the pot and the pongal on top

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Step 2: Cut to shape

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Step 3: Cut a circular hole (using the small plate) close to the top for the face.

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Step 4: Apply glue

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Step 5: Paste the colour paper and press to remove air bubbles

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Step 6: Start decorating. I added a strips of paper / satin ribbon and stickers. Then, I made wavy lines and dots using glue and sprinkled white flour over it and let it dry.

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Step 7: While it dried, I pasted cotton at the top as pongal. Take a small piece of cotton, fluff it and paste it on to the cardboard, making sure that the cardboard is not seen. Let try

 

Step 8: (sorry no pic): Using binder clips, hold the front side of the hat to the top of the circle from behind. The hat will hold the prop in place.

The finished pot:

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Here is Anjana as a Pongal pot. After she put it on, I realised that her face was much smalelr than the plate. Never mind, there is always next time.

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DIY Rainbow Prop

Hello there!

After celebrating colour days for yellow, green, red and blue (in that order), Anjana’s playgroup decided to have a rainbow day. I wanted to make a rainbow prop for her. As rainbow involves curves, fabric was out of question. Hence, paper it was! The prop would be a rainbow (semicircle starting with violet on the top) to be hung over Anjana’s shoulders.

What I used:

  • Cardboard
  • Colour paper [violet, dark blue (in place of indigo), turquoise (for blue), green, gold (yellow), orange (foam sheet with glitter) and red]
  • white paper for clouds (optional)
  • two strips of ribbon
  • a pair of scissors
  • box cutter
  • glue
  • brown tape
  • t-shirt for measurement

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Step 1: Using Anjana’s t-shirt, I measured the approximate size of the rainbow – top starting from below the t-shirt’s neckline.wp-1487909829807.jpg

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I did not have a single piece of cardboard for the entire rainbow, so I glued two pieces together and secured with brown tape.

Step 2: Red being my smallest part of the rainbow, I cut the red paper to shape (more or less a semicircle).

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Step 3: Trace the outline on the orange glitter foam sheet for a semicircle with a radius of about 1.5 inches more than that of the red semicircle. Cut it to shape.

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Step 4: Repeat step 3 for each colour with the same increment in radius. Please note that I have cut the paper in the shape of semicircle and not arches.

Step 5: Paste the outermost colour (violet in my case) on to the cardboard.

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Step 6: Paste the other colours in the order aligning them at the bottom line. Once all the seven colours are glued on, cut the cardboard to shape.  Mine looked like this (not perfect, but this will do).

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Step 7: Add a strip of ribbon on either side and attach it to another piece of cardboard so that the prop can be hung over the child’s shoulders. I used glue and brown tape to keep the ribbons in place.

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Step 8 (optional – for clouds): Cut the white paper in the shape of clouds and attach them to the bottom on the inside.

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All done now!!

Here is Anjana wearing it over her Minnie Mouse frock.

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When I went to pick her up, she was given a cupcake with rainbow frosting. Wow, a tasty way to remember rainbow day!

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Of course, Anjana decided to eat it right away!

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DIY Butterfly Wings Costume

Hi!

This is another diy costume activity and I loved it! This was my younger daughter Anjana who almost 2.5 years old and goes to a play group. Remember when they had the red day? Anjana went in as a red crayon! Now it was blue day and though there was no information from the play group for any costume, I decided to make one anyway.

I initially wanted to dress her up as a blue bird but the bird wings costume was way beyond my ability. So, I settled for butterfly wings. This time, I did not want to work with fabric or with wire; hence, I had to improvise much after taking inputs from a variety of websites/blogs by searching in google and in pinterest.  I filtered two pins – one to figure out how they got the shape right and the other for putting it around Anjana’s shoulders.

What I used:

  • Cardboard (from an Amazon delivery carton)
  • Blue colour paper (one dark blue shade and the other was more of a turquoise)
  • Black cardstock for the body
  • Elastic band (1 inch wide; about 60 cm long)
  • Scissors, glue, double-sided sticky tape, brown tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Beads for decoration
  • Pipe cleaners for antennae

This is how it took shape:

Step 1: Draw the butterfly wings (top and bottom wings) on one side of the cardboard.

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Step 2: Cut the wings on one side and use it to trace the other set of wings.

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Step 3: Trace the other set of wings and cut.

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Note: I did not cut the bottom to shape because I was too lazy and also because it will not be seen from the front.

Step 4: Sew the elastic band with two loops (to rest on the shoulders). I used the buttonhole stitch in my machine hoping it would hold the band together more firmly than the other stitches.

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Step 5:  Cut a hole on either side of the wings (roughly about 2 inches from the centre and 3 inches from the top) and slip the loops through these holes.

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Step 6: Using double sided sticky tape and brown packing tape, glue the centre of the elastic band to the centre of the wings.  This would be side which will be seen from behind.

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Step 7: Cover both sides of the wings with the blue paper and decorate (the outer side) to your liking. Do remember to slit holes on the blue paper covering the side of the wings (which will face your child’s back) for the loops. With the black cardstock, add the butterfly’s body and stick it to the centre. Paste one end of the pipecleaners to the back of the butterfly’s head using double sided sticky tape and brown tape.

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Slip you child’s arms through the loops and you would have turned your cutie pie into a sweet butterfly. See my blue butterfly here:

Thanks for stopping by! Do give your feedback in the comments section!

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DIY Christmas tree costume for toddlers

Hello!

The second day of enjoying life as a stay at home mom of two kids was marked with another diy project. How exciting!

Thanks to cyclone Vardah, schools are closed until next Monday but the day care is functioning as usual. Since my two-year-old is so bored at home in spite of having her sister along with her all the time and her own iPad, she was eager to go to day care. Good for me!

When I went to drop her at day care on 15 December, the notice board read ‘please send the children dressed up for Christmas on 16 December 2016’. I didn’t fully understand what was meant by ‘dressed up for Christmas’. So, I asked the person in-charge and she said, “oh, anything Christmas-related”.

We don’t celebrate Christmas and we did not have any Christmas-y tshirt or a frock for Anjana. Santoshi, my elder daughter, had an idea – punch a few holes in a carton for Anjana’s legs, wrap it up with paper and ribbons and Anjana’s could be a Christmas gift. Good idea, but won’t work for a 2 year old and definitely not for Anjana.

I thought of buying a Santa Claus mask and team it with a red tshirt and a pair of red leggings, but it was easy too common. Reindeer or sleigh? No way, too complex and too little time. And, more importantly, no internet! Internet connectivity has been affected since Monday 12 December 2016 and we do not know when it would be restored [finally restored on 23 December].

But, a Christmas tree? Yes, it could work. Cardboard, green paper, decorations, etc. – all these were already in my stationery and craft boxes. I was a bit sceptical about using cardboard because even Santoshi couldn’t bring it back in one piece [the fin in the mermaid costume never came back and the Veena in her Saraswati costume came back home only after two days, that too in a bad shape]. Actually, my problem wasn’t whether it would come back. It was more about the costume staying in place at least till the end of the photo session at the day care.

The crayon costume that I had made for Anjana in November 2016 was a hit because it was easy to make and no hassles in putting it on. So, I decided to make the Christmas tree in a similar fashion – using fabric as the base.

What I used:

  • Green fabric
  • A small piece of brown fabric
  • Pipe cleaners – 2
  • Headband
  • Decorations [flower, leaf shaped]
  • Colour paper [for decorations and gift wrapping]
  • Glitter foam sheet in red colour for the star
  • Cardboard strips [as gifts]
  • Glue
  • A pair of scissors

Step 1: Lay the green fabric flat and fold it over so that there are two overlapping layers, with the wrong side [or the inside] on top.

Step 2: Measure the height of the tree from to to bottom and mark the top and bottom ends on the fabric. Since my daughter was already at the day care, I used the crayon costume for vertical measurement.

Step 3: Mark the width on the fabric – I used one of Anjana’s tshirts.

Step 4: Fold the fabric over once again – now you should have four overlapping layers.

Step 5: Keeping in mind seam allowance, draw the outline of the tree. Since the fabric is already folded, draw only a half of the tree. The costume is intended to cover the toddler from bottom of the neck to ankle [give or take an inch or two]. So, the maximum width could be the bottommost branches of the tree [close to the calf muscle] and the tree bark below that.

Step 6: Draw another outline of the tree considering the desired seam allowance. I have used about half an inch of seam allowance.

Step 7: Cut [all four players of fabric] along the outer lines.

Step 8: Open the fold – you will have a full tree.

Step 9: Right sides of the fabrics facing earth each other, sew on the outer lines. Do not sew the part marked with x in the pic and do not sew on the bark portion either.

Step 10: Repeat step 9 for the inner lines.

Step 11: Snip small triangles out as shown in the pic. This is needed so that when the fabric is turned right side out, the seams will lie flat inside.

Step 12: Turn the tree inside out [remember the portion where we did not sew – that’s the space using which we are going to turn the tree out]. Ensure that the corners are pulled gently out so that you get the intended shape. Mine didn’t come out so well, but it’s OK.

Step 13: Sew a piece of brown fabric as the bark of the tree,
Step 14: Decorate the tree in any manner as you wish. I glued some craft items.

Step 15: Cut a star out of the glitter foam sheet and paste it to the headband with a cardboard backing. Step 8 onwards in crayon costume will show you how to do this [paste the star in place of the triangle in crayon costume].

Step 16: Using a few cardboard strips, make small boxes, wrap them with paper, add a ribbon or a glitter tape in place of ribbons, glue them to the bark to resemble Christmas gifts under the tree. The dark green one is the cap of a baby shampoo bottle, he he.

Step 17: Pin the tree to the toddler’s clothes using safety pins. I have pinned it to the t-shirt at the top and the end of the branches, leaving the last branch and the bark unpinned so that the costume would not hinder movement.

If you are using felt, it could be a no-sew project. Ignore all about seeing on the instructions above. Cut the felt to shape of a tree, glue the bark portion, glue all decorations and attach it to the toddler’s clothes.

Here is my little Anjana with the christmas tree pinned on to her t-shirt.

The Christmas tree could also be a cute wall decor if you wish to repurpose it!

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DIY Crayon Costume

Hello!

This is another DIY costume. It is again for my younger daughter Anjana.

As she is in the playgroup, they have ‘colour day’ celebrations once in two months.  The first colour day was yellow day and she went in a yellow t-shirt. As I dropped her at the playgroup that day, I realised that she was supposed to go as a slice of cheese and I had totally forgotten about it. When the yellow day photos came out, she was nowhere to be seen. I felt extremely guilty because I have never forgotten anything for Santoshi and this was the first time I had to do something for Anjana and I forgot.

It was colour red this time and I proactively asked them if I could send her as a red crayon (clearly, hibiscus or any other red flower or Angry Bird or Elmo is a lot of work and apple was just common). The teacher happily agreed to red crayon.

Next step was, obviously, googling for ‘diy crayon costume’. I got the idea mainly from here. I have not (as I always do) followed the instructions fully and have made changes to suit my child and the materials that I have.

In a recent clean up activity at home, I consolidated all of my scrap fabric pieces in one place (they were in 2 bags and a cardbooard box before). I realised that there were different shades of red fabrics which were waiting for their destiny to be fulfilled. So, I took a piece of red fabric which was solid and lightweight and also easy to sew on. I also took out a long, thin piece of black fabric for the design.

Design: The costume has two parts – crayon body and the crayon top.

Crayon body: The design was more like an apron (strap around the neck) but also tie backs behind the chest and the bottom ends will be open to allow free movement.

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Trying it on my daughter before pasting the print out:

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Things I used:

  • Red fabric (about 25 inches by 20 inches) – 20 inches by 18 inches (excluding seam allowance) for the body and 14 inches by 2 inches (excluding seam allowance) for the strap around the neck
  • Black fabric (about 3 inches by 60 inches) – cut 3 inches by 20 inches (for the bottom) and 2 inches by 40 inches (for the top including tiebacks)
  • Velcro pieces (for the neck strap)
  • Print out on a sheet of paper (size A3) of the text ‘Crayon’ cut along the oval outline
  • Fabric glue
  • Fevikwik
  • Hairband
  • Pieces of cardboard (8 inches by 1 inch and 3 inches by 1 inch)
  • A pair of scissors
  • Sewing machine

For the first time in all my project, I also used the measuring tape and wrote down the length and breadth of the costume.  The finished piece had to measure 20 inches (chest) in circumference and 18 inches in height (chest to ankle). I added a strap for the neck because the costume would definitely fall down despite the tiebacks behind the chest – as it happened in my elder daughter Santoshi’s Wonder Woman costume. I also decided to add veclro to the neck strap because without an opening, it seemed a little difficult to put the costume on and remove it. Why go through the discomfort, when two pieces of veclro could resolve the issue?

Crayon Body

Step 1: Cut the fabric as per the measurements.

Step 2: Sew the (shorter) black border on the bottom.

Step 3: Sew the other black border on the top, aligning the centre of the black fabric to the centre of the red fabric so that the tiebacks are of equal length.

Step 4: Sew the neck strap piece as a tube and turn it inside out using a safety pin.

Step 5: Sew one end of the neck strap to the red fabric.

Step 6: Attach a piece of velcro to the other end of the neck strap and the other piece of the velcro to the wrong side of the red fabric.

Step 7: Add the ‘crayon’ print out to the centre of the red fabric using fabric glue and let it dry.

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Good job, the first part is done! While it dries, go on to the crayon top portion.

Templates for the text ‘Crayon’ and the top and bottom borders:

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Crayon Top:

Step 8: Align the centre of the 8 inch long piece of cardboard to the centre of the hairband. We are using cardboard strips to give the crayon top a firm backing. Otherwise, the crayon top may (read will) start to droop like the minnie mouse ears in the earlier costume.

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Step 9: Add glue (I used fevikwik) at the centre of the cardboard strip and the ends. Fold it up and hold it tight for a minute for it to dry. Trim the top end of the carboard as in the pic below:

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Step 10: Paste the shorter strip of cardboard horizontally on the bottom of the folder piece of cardboard. Trim the edges.

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Step 11: Add glue and paste the red triangle on the cardboard structure and let it dry.

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The finished piece of the crayon top:

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Congratulations! You have successfully completed the DIY crayon costume!! All you need now is a toddler to put the costume on.

Here is mine with a red frock beneath the crayon costume and a pair of red shoes!

Hope you found this helpful! There are other posts here on making diy costumes – do read those posts too. Thanks!