March sewing brings April blog post

Apparently I’m posting monthly at the moment. Has to be said it is actually due to lack of stuff to post. There’s only so much complaining I can do and crafting is going at a snail’s pace, so monthly posts it is, apparently.

For some unidentifiable and inexplicable reason, I haven’t felt like knitting much lately. I’m still working on various and assorted knitting projects, but nothing worth commenting on.

However, I have been sewing a wee bit. I made a few projects for my latest trip back home with the boys and I’m fairly proud of them so thought I would elaborate here!

First up is my mom’s birthday present. I got a great deal on one of those stainless steel bento box lunch box type things that I’ve been wanting for myself, so I got one for mom too. I also like the bags but thought they were a bit expensive for what they were. So, of course, I thought, Hey, I’ll just make one! Here’s what I came up with:

I totally winged making this and it’s a bit snug. I will make one for myself (sometime) and hopefully remember to make it a little looser.

I had the brainwave of “upcycling” some jean pockets to hold silverware, napkins, etc. I realized after cutting the bottom off the first pocket that that was a huge pain in the arse not only to cut but to sew through so many layers and I should have just left it longer, but by then it was too late. So note to self: Make the bag the length of the pocket next time! Anywho, then my friend whom I was sewing with told me it looked like a tiny butt.

Umm.

I panicked. I cannot give my mother a “tiny butt” for her birthday! I realized then that the bag was unintentionally reversible so if she had a problem with the tiny butt aspect it could just be turned inside out. WHEW. Turns out she loved it anyway so no harm done.

So that little sewing project went well! Finished the (lined) bag in one night.

I had two projects in mind to make the boys for our trip as well. One was some “I Spy” bags. I got the idea from Etsy (there are several makers on there if you do a search) but wanted to make it myself, of course. The hardest part was a) procuring the sewable vinyl which I’ve never used before (huge thanks to Megan for helping with that!!) and b) collecting the tiny toys.

As a rule, in a house with small children, you don’t *have* tiny toys and I hadn’t a clue where to look for some. I did eventually round up about 20+ for each kiddo, including things like beads, safety pins, small toy cars, playmobile animals,  buttons, etc. Sadly the pictures of the bags don’t show how cool it is to find stuff in them.

Then making the bags themselves was super easy. Pouring in the rice less so. Apparently I need a funnel for my craft room! The fabric is heavyweight, and they feel great. Like beanbags. Which incidently is exactly how the younger one uses his.

As a final touch I had the sense to take pictures of the contents before creating the bags, so I printed the photos and laminated them. I was going to put grommets on the bags to attach the picture, but apparently I don’t know how to use grommet pliers so that didn’t happen. Nevertheless, the pictures are good as the kids know what to look for.

However, my five year old, in all his wisdom, looked at me on the plane and said “How am I supposed to mark off which ones I’ve found?”

Well, crap. So another note to self, bring along a flippin’ dry erase marker next time too.

Anyway, the boys did like these a lot. So that went over well and was, of course, gratifying.

My next project, which I barely finished in time, was a notepad/pencil holder book thingy.

Originally I was going to make them pencil/crayon rolls. I have to admit I hadn’t really understood colored pencil rolls until then. I just throw them in a bag and they seem good to go, you know? The rolls seemed fiddly. But the genius of the idea struck me when contemplating travelling because if each pencil has its own pocket, well, then you know when any are missing, right? Hooray for organized travel!

But then I thought, if they each have a roll then they’ll each need a coloring book and that just sounds so….. loose. And bulky. In a tiny backpack. So I saw some notebooks with pencils on Etsy and thought, hey, now THAT is a good idea. I combined the instructions in the Pink Chalk Studio Notetaker with the instructions from the Pink Chalk Studio colored pencil roll, both patterns I already have, and used the same fabrics from the I Spy Bags.

Of course, as with any sewing project, it seems, I learned a few lessons. I sized up the pattern to begin with because the drawing pads I purchased are bigger than the lined notepads the pattern was intended for. This turned out to be a big mistake because the notebook is, well, too big. I guess I overcompensated. Or I can’t measure, it’s debatable. In any case, I made the youngest’s first because I figured he wouldn’t care, so I made the eldest’s the original size and it was perfect.

(I am soooo tempted to rip out the first one and make it smaller too but an resisting. It’ll be a lot of work and I can just buy a bigger notebook, right?)

The other thing I learned is that I made the pockets too small. Well, not really, the pencils and crayons fit just fine, it’s just that they pull in the pocket too much in my opinion. I’m not sure how I could have done that differently though because I was determined to get a whole rainbow in there.

I screwed up at the same part on both books. For some reason, and I still don’t know how I managed this, the stabilizer isn’t sewn in correctly for the middle part where it folds like a book binding. I don’t know how to describe it, but it somehow got off and sticks out funny when you fold them. Of course no one has noticed this but me. I want to make one more for grocery lists at home and I’m determined to figure out what I did wrong!

Now the funny part of these is that when I gave them to the boys, as Boo knew I had two surprises for them and they got the bags first, Boo said, “Mommy, these aren’t very exciting.” I must have looked a bit crushed because he followed that quickly with, “But I love it very much thank you for making it!” Ha! Poor kid. Sweet though, isn’t he? Well, he can be, anyway 🙂

They worked very well for the trip. We pulled them out at restaurants and hanging out at people’s houses and stuff like that. It may not keep them entertained for long, but it’s something.

So that’s the latest sewing I’ve done! I’ve got some other things brewing that deserve posts of their own too, like curtains and aprons and my grandmother’s embroidery, so maybe I’ll post sometimes else before May. Maybe. We’ll see 😉

If you’ve stuck around this long I just wanted to say thanks. I appreciate it 🙂

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First trip to Madrona!

I got to go to the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat this year! The first time I found out about it it was too close to the time and I’d never heard of it before. The second year I knew about it, there was some pregnancy complication or something and the next year I had too little a baby or somesuch. There just always seemed to be something that meant I couldn’t go!

Then this year I *could* go, except I forgot about signing up until three days later, so the only class I was interested in was full. Of course. Because Madrona is crazy popular that way.  But I put myself on the waiting list and lo and behold, a spot opened up! So I got to go! It was somewhat difficult figuring out the logistics of getting there on just the Sunday with my one car family, but we worked out it and I went very early on, of all days, Valentine’s Day. Isn’t my hubby sweet and forgiving? Yes. Yes he is.

So Madrona was pretty damn cool. The class was great — it was on steeks, one of the few techniques I really want to learn but haven’t worked up the nerves to try — and now I feel like I can steek anything. So that’s good! The teacher, Mary Scott Huff (who incidently has one of the most beautiful books I’ve ever seen and I want it) was great. She made steek samples for us to cut (cutting someone else’s knitting! SO much easier! Ha!) and had these great printouts for us to keep. Steeking was definitely successful.

So pictured above are all my successful steeks — hand sewn, machine sewn, and a crochet steek. I like the look of the crochet the best but the machine was fastest, and also the most versatile.

The home work was a little shocking (a whole cowl — colorwork no less — in a little over two weeks, since I signed up late!) but otherwise, really good. I don’t think I have a picture of the completed knitting but instead only the steeking process. Here it is marked to be cut:

(Note: Some people did horizontal lines instead of the “bird’s eye” pattern. SO MUCH EASIER to cut because the guides are already there for you!)

And then cutting:

(Also, who was the idiot who went to a steeking class without scissors? That would be ME. Doh. Thankfully Mary had a cute pair she let me borrow. Geez.)

And then all cut! I mean steeked!

After that we cast on for the buttonband which I haven’t finished yet, so no more pictures. When I got home I was in a hurry to finish up some hats for our upcoming snow cabin trip so I still haven’t gotten back to this year. I’m intending to gift it for the holidays, so I guess there’s no hurry.

The marketplace was also good. I think I expected more since I’ve heard such spectacular things about it, but still, very good. Things you can’t find elsewhere. I sort of wish I was more of a spinner, as it seemed more aimed at spinners, but all in good time I ‘spose. I can’t imagine why I don’t have a picture of my purchases, but I don’t. OH but I did make this token Madrona hat!

… made from Leticia yarn at the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth. (Pattern is the Unoriginal Hat by the Yarn Harlot.) I also bought some gorgeous pink merino fiber from them, and some fiber elsewhere but the name escapes me now. I also got some pink yarn from a new dyer out of Portland whose name also escapes me (great blog post, right? Geez.) just like the purple in the cowl, thinking I could make a pink version as another gift. I love the purple but in all honesty I think the dark color gets lost and pink will stand out more. Hmm was that it? Yes, I believe it was. Fun times 🙂

The best part though? Hanging out at a table full of friends and knitters and spinners at lunchtime. I think next year — or whenever I can go next — I’d like to only take a half day class — if that — and just hang out with some great people. That would really make me happy 🙂

P.S. The other really great thing about Madrona? I wore my new vest, finally finished, and got so many compliments on it! That was really special for me. Also, I just knew so many of the sweaters I saw were handmade and it was really an honor to be around so many talented people with such great taste! Just a great atmosphere. Can’t wait to go back 🙂

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Christmas Crafts, the February Edition

I just figured out today that I neglected to post any of my christmas holiday crafts. Whoops. Better late than never?

Well, I guess it wasn’t a high priority because I didn’t actually do a lot. For the kiddos we decorated their dollhouse christmas trees. We made these last year but this year I decided they needed some ornaments. Cute, yes?

Then I also made a couple ornaments based on a blog entry I have since misplaced (eek, sorry!) and while I liked them, I wish they were a lot smaller. This entry advised not making them under 4″ and I have no idea why, I would much prefer then around the 2″ mark, I think. Anyway, we did these as part of our monthly child-friendly craft group. I planned six but made two. Hmm. Oh well, here they are:

(The wool bead garland was from last year and I liked it so much it stays up all the time!)

While there are many christmas-related things I have been meaning to make (tree skirt, more santa sacks), the only thing that was somewhat urgent was a stocking for the baby, I mean toddler. Last year we could get away with him not having his own stocking, but at almost two I figured this year he would notice.

I really didn’t want to knit one as  I wasn’t overly pleased with Boo’s, and it would take too long, so I got it in my head that I should use my newly acquired wet felting resist skills (courtesy of Spiderfelt classes!) and make a blue stocking with polar bears on them (inspiration from Chasing Fireflies catalog but the stocking is no longer listed so no linky). This turned into a project of ginormous proportions.

First I had to find the perfect color blue, which I was lucky enough to source from local Etsy shop Indigo Crane Fiber! When I did the math on how big I wanted to stocking to end up, the only water resistent item I had on hand that was large enough was a trash bag. This sucker was HUGE. And it looked like I was felting Cookie Monster.

I also wanted it somewhat sparkly, so Leah suggested sandwiching a sparkly layer between blue layers, which I did. I got this batt from Butterfly Girl Designs on Etsy, but had a helluva time getting out the black. Next time I’ll either make more time to place a custom order somewhere, or find a source for just the angelina myself! This is the middle layer — more blue went on top of this and then I began the wet felting process.

Anyway, it worked, for the most part. On one side you can see some of the black peeking through, but I think the appliques will hide it. Here’s the stocking after its initial wet felting, flipped over where you can see that ginormous trash bag resist.

And the whole thing layered and sopping wet. I didn’t have a piece of bubble wrap that was big enough either!

It took a total of four days to felt this to a level I was happy with. Here’s it’s clearly getting smaller, but still huuuuuuge! I think my toddler could have fit in it at this stage! By this point I had removed the resist and was felting it in stages on my glass washing board.

Believe it or not this was the final size. For some reason the foot was the right size but it was still too tall, so I just hacked off the top. If it were for me I probably would have just folded it over, but since it’s a kiddo and I had an appliqued design in mind, I just cut it.

That is actually the last photo I have because I didn’t get around to the applique — of course. I DID make the white felt for the appliques though, using the same method with sparkly white stuff in between. I usually get the urge to do christmas crafty stuff in the fall so I think I’ll just leave it til then 😉 Bean didn’t mind — christmas is totally overwhelming at his age no matter what. A plain blue stocking was totally fine.

In a way, though, I wish I had just sewn the stocking, either out of fabric or wool felt yardage, because this sucker is THICK. Luscious and lovely in every way, but nearly impossible to hang because it’s rather heavy. So hey, it may end up as an under the tree decoration. Or I may devote wall hooks to our stockings as I could also envision making one for Boo that’s red with snowmen on it. Ah well — I have a year to decide!

So there you have it. Random christmas posting in February!

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Knitting in winter

One of the loveliest things about winter is how nice it is to knit with wool this time of year. Especially lovely, nice, soft wools like the ones I have in my happy little hands!

This first project, the Girasole blanket by Brooklyn Tweed, was started at a class January 3rd at Little Knits, and I’ve slowly been working on it ever since. The yarn is Arauncania Nature Wool which was half price, which is obviously a wonderful thing when you’re talking about 1800 yards of worsted weight wool!

At first it was super fast but now it’s definitely plodding along. I believe I’m halfway through chart D… and there are I think three more charts to go. Ugh. I don’t even know how many stitches are on the needles at the moment, but it’s a lot. There’s no point in saying “one more row” because that could easily be 20 minutes or so, depending on what else I’m doing at the time 🙂

On the bright side, this chart is a no-brainer and it’s a pleasure to sit and knit while watching something juicy like The Tudors.  Slowly but surely this will be done. I like the name “girasole” — I’ve been told that means “sunflower” in Spanish. I actually have this insane idea that this would make a lovely Christmas gift for some family members, but then I remind myself that KNITTING A BLANKET is in fact an insane idea and I really should never do it again. So we’ll see.  I don’t quite know what possessed me to think I could or even should knit a blanket. For one thing, we have plenty, and for another, it will take forever. I guess I just really like the look of them. Everyone needs a giant doily for their couch, right?

Ahem. Moving on!

So while working on a blanket, a sweater for Boo that needs the sleeves cut off and re-knit (he keeps growing!), socks that also need to be lengthened (see growing statement above!), a sweater for me that needs to be seamed, and who knows what else is lurking about in the UFO pile, I decided I needed something quick, pretty, and functional to make myself feel better. Since the babe needs a hat that covers his ears for our upcoming snow trip, I decided to work on that. He’s got a little head, right?

I decided on the Toasty Topper pattern from Knitty. The yarn is leftover Malabrigo — OMG the lushness!

I modified the pattern a bit since my gauge was smaller and I wasn’t sure about the scarf. I increased a couple more times than called for although frankly I wish I had done at least two more beyond that — it’s a smidge tight but hopefully blocking will take care of that? It won’t last more than this winter though for sure 😦 I’m not taking it out though!! Because of the gauge I did two sections of short rows, which worked fine. I only did 20 stitches for the “scarf” and added two buttonholes on the ends. I have buttons sewn on the outside of one section and the inside of the opposite so it stays buttoned.

The buttons are cute, and they work pretty well. The scarf buckles a bit under baby’s chin and I’m not entirely sure why. Too much fabric? Not stretched enough? Not enough space over the face? Oh well, it does work. The hat fits fabulously over the back of the head at any rate. I do really like the pattern, I just figured my kids would untie a scarf in a heartbeat.

In fact it’s cute enough that eldest now wants one of his own! Except he wants more of a balaclava style. I think I’ll just rejoin after the short rows for him and knit the ribbing down in a circle, maybe even with some decreases, although I spose it still has to fit over his noggin. I guess I’ll try it on him as we go!

Anyway.. the hat made me really happy. Finished quickly and now I feel like an accomplished knitter again!

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Gnomes!

How to make very simple little felt gnomes!

Gnomes

Recently I was at a friend’s house with just the younger lad, and we were playing with some cute little gnomes. They were enchanting in their simplicity and the kids adored playing with them. After a quick perusal of their construction I decided they would be easy peasy to make and how cool would that be for our monthly kids handcrafting group? My friend said she had purchased them at a local Waldorf-inspired bookstore, so when I got home I looked up Waldorf gnomes.

I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for. There were a few tutorials for what I guess is a more traditional gnome with a wooden bead for a head, and I found some people more like what I was aiming for on Etsy, but nothing saying how to make them. I thought, well, how hard can it be?

Turns out not hard at all! Literally, my five year old made one almost on his own. Then several people saw the pictures and asked how to make one, so I thought I’d do a tutorial. I’ve never done a tutorial before so hopefully this will look okay!

Now, on to the gnomes!

What you’ll need is very straightforward:

  • Piece of felt (I used stashed craft felt but pretty much anything that doesn’t need hemming, and is slightly stiff, would be fine)
  • Coordinating embroidery floss
  • Strip of wool for stuffing
  • Needles and scissors
  • Template

Materials

I made my own template after some experimentation. I ended up with a circle of a 4″ radius cut into quarters. I cut a reminder for a hole for the face but you can move this depending on how tall you want your gnome to be. It’s easy to make shorter gnomes, just make the length down the sides shorter. I tend to cut out from the template first and then shorten.

I tied a knot at the bottom of my thread and started at the top of what will be the hat in order to hide the knot. For the younger set it also works well if you tie both sides of the thread together at the bottom, creating a double thickness of thread, so the kids don’t pull the needle off the thread repeatedly causing you to go partially blind trying to re-thread that needle umpteen times!

The stitching is done using a simple whip stitch while holding the edges together.

Again, for the younger set, it worked well to use safety pins to hold the edges together.

Keep whip stitching down the sides until you get to the top of the face. Then go through only one edge so that the needle is on the inside of the hat.

I tied a knot through one of the interior stitches and cut it with a bit of tail. I figured the tail would get hidden by the wool, but you can also tie more knots to your comfort level and thread the tail back through the previous stitches.

Hat is done!

Next start below the face the same way — knot on the inside, whip stitch down the front.

Incidently the first gnome I made was a) very, very small (2″ radius), and b) I didn’t cut a hole for the face. I figured if it wasn’t stitched up it would be open and therefore make a face. Which was true, it did — just not a very big face! Opening up the face with some crescents cut into the fabric helped a lot.

Keep whip stitching down the front. Another tip: To make the whip stitches horizontal, bring the needle across horizontal and angle down for the next stitch. I know that’s probably obvious but if I wasn’t paying attention I would start going across at an angle and bringing the needle out at the horizontal which resulted in a slanted whip stitch. Not that there’s anything wrong with slanted whip stitches, I just liked the horizontal look better!

When you get to the bottom, tie off the same way as you did at the hat, i.e. bring the needle through just one side of the felt, and tie a knot through the back of a previous stitch.

Tada! Sewn up gnome clothes.

Next, roll your wool into a little bundle. I use my fingers but chopsticks or pens/pencils work just as well, if not better!

For my five year old I had him wrap it around his pointing finger so he would be ready to insert the wool when he was done.

Next push the wool up into the gnome.

You might want to play around with positioning so that the face has a pleasantly smooth surface and the wool is tucked up into the body.

Next you define the neck with some simple running stitches around the gnome under the face.

Leave a tail of a couple inches to tie the bow.

When you get back to the start, cut the thread off with another 2 inch (or so) tail.

Tie loosely and pull hard on the tails to pull in the neck.

Then just tie a bow as best as you can and clip of the tails however long you like them.

And you’re done! Really simple gnomes! Make a whole family! My kids love them 😀

One final note: Sometimes the wool wants to come out the bottom of the overly-stuffed gnomes. I was thinking about sewing a circle of felt to the bottom to prevent this, but haven’t bothered yet 🙂

So there you go! I hope this was helpful in making your own little gnomes! This was a great project for our crafting group. Everyone enjoyed digging through felt scraps and embroidery floss to pick out their colors, and even children as young as three were able to sew these mostly on their own, needing help with knots and re-threading needles. Such a great, simple project with a lovely and sweet result! They’re great fun to play with as well 🙂 Next I hope to make some sort of playmat or even a little tree playhouse sort of thing.

Good luck!

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A little birdie and a baby sweater

We have this little friend for whom I love to make stuff. I’m not sure why I always get inspired by her birthday, but I totally do. One year it was the Pointy Kitty, the next year it was a felt cupcake. It’s always something I’ve been wanting to make and then suddenly the time is right!

This year, I was told our little friend loved animals and I suddenly had this incredible urge to make a birdcage similar to one I saw once upon a time in a kid’s catalog somewhere.  (Apologies for the terrible photos. Combination of taking photos at night plus just wierdly shaped birdcage!) This is what I came up with:

The bird itself is the pattern out of Last Minute Patchwork and Quilted Gifts. For reasons that made sense at the time I decided to use wool felt for the brown part, which I never remember until I’m trying to sew it, does not really sew all that well as the seams are so thick. But oh well, it worked out okay. I love the pink rick rack for the hanger, should our little friend wish to use the bird as an ornament. Or hang it in a tree? Or carry it on her wrist? Who knows?!

The cage itself was trickier. I ended up using two stems of floral wire twisted around and then sewn into a fabric tube. I connected the stems by winding them around each other, going in between every intersection with random yarn, and then sewing over all of THAT with some more felt. That was sort of hard and complicated and messy.  And way more hand sewing than I generally do.

The final touch was a very fancy ornament hook that I happened to find at the bottom of our ornament box. Initially I was going to glue it on then I thought, eh, it’s okay if it moves around! If you pull up on it the bird is secured (if, for example, you are carrying the cage around or it’s hanging somewhere) but you can also pull it down to take out the bird. So it’s not too bad.

All in all I really liked this project. It’s pretty big, although I didn’t measure it, but I’d say around 5″ across. It would be fun to do some smaller versions for ornaments. It would also be fun to do a much bigger cage and more birds, maybe even with wire claws so they could hang onto various birdcage accoutrements. Of course I’ll probably never get around to that, but is fun to consider!

And then I finished another gift recently. This is a baby sweater for our neighbor who has a baby girl (plus two older boys around my boys’ ages). The picture is AWFUL (I don’t know why my pictures have been so horrible lately?) but the sweater is cute. You’ll have to trust me on that.

The pattern is the February Baby Sweater by Elizabeth Zimmermann and the yarn is totally random stashed sock yarn. It took just over one skein. I’ve decided to start making more sock yarn projects because apparently it takes me a year to make a pair of socks and at that rate I have more than enough yarn for the next decade!!

ANYWAY. I screwed up a couple times. For one thing I put the buttonholes outside the button band. I know. Wha…?!? Rectified that by sewing the buttons into the buttonholes and crocheting tiny loops to go over then that were attached to the other side. I also completely and utterly inexplicably did the button band down the lace section as moss stitch. Why on earth did I do that? I have no idea. I hate moss stitch so evidently I subconsciously wanted to torture myself. As if knitting a garment out of sock yarn isn’t torture enough. And then I had to rip back the body once when I was quite close to being done because I realized I hadn’t added additional stitches under the armholes and that was why it was looking so small. Whoops.

So as it is, a project that should have taken at most a couple weeks has instead taken a month! I hope it fits, that’s all I can say.

There are a few other knitting projects coming down the pike.. my vest just needs buttons (although I’m fairly disappointed with it in general) and my tulips cardigan just needs to be sewn up. I’m on the yoke of Boo’s sweater and currently plotting hat and mitten projects for the boys. And a bigger baby sweater.. you know, in case that one doesn’t fit. Insert eyeroll here!

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Halloween 2009

Well, this post is majorly late, but we did some cute, very preschooler-type crafts for Halloween this year and I wanted to document that. Better late than never!

First, Boo wanted to make some spiders, so we headed to the craft store for supplies, wherein I learned my boy is just as bad in a craft store as I am! That was a fun trip! So, the spiders:

These are, obviously, very, very simple to make. I twisted two chenille pipecleaners together for each of the legs and we glued on a big ole pompom with googly eyes for the head. Super fun, and these guys were ALL OVER the house! We even put glitter on some of them. Any excuse for glitter!

These were Boo’s versions made all by himself. One or two pipecleaners holding one pompom.  I was surprised how much even just THAT looked enough like spider!

Then we made these bats which were a project Boo did at preschool. He made one at school, came home and declared we had to make more. I wasn’t up for painting, so we covered our toilet paper rolls in felt. Worked just fine! Aren’t they great? Boo had his hanging upside with the wings wrapped around, which was cute. (But apparently I forgot to get a picture of. Oops!)

I got to have my first stab at making a Halloween costume this year too! Several months ago Boo requested a “caterpillar costume” as he’s a bit obsessed with caterpillars. Figuring that 1) we weren’t likely going to be able to find one of those and that 2) how hard could it be?, we set about making a costume. The same craft shop trip that procured the pompoms and pipcleaners produced the fabrics for this getup – he picked them out all by himself. He’s got an eye for the glam, no? This wasn’t initially Halloween related, but turned out to be finished just in time for said holiday!

It’s not obvious from the shot but I think the design is somewhat interesting. It’s basically a tube with a hood and a pocket for wings on the bag. The hood can be flipped up for “cocoon” mode as it covers Boo’s face. Then when he’s ready to be a butterfly he can reach back and grab the wings and pull them out. If I made any mistake on these it’s that the pocket on the back is too low. I think the wings would look better starting higher up. Well and then there are basic sewing errors like, oh, forgetting seam allowances for heming armholes and stuff like that. Whoops. No harm done though. Thankfully Boo loves his caterpillar costume!

(Incidently, the Bean’s costume was purchased because we didn’t already have one in that size, it was cheap, cute, and I couldn’t be arsed to come up with anything!)

Finally, the requisite pumpkins!

Best part of the pumpkins was Boo’s participation. I had him draw on his pumpkin with a dry erase marker (saw that tip on the internet — you can wipe it off!) and I thought he did an AWESOME job. We only had a tiny argument about why he couldn’t do the actual carving himself. His pumpkin is on the right, in case that’s not obvious 🙂

The funny thing about the kiddo being in school this year is that he’s suddenly WAY more into holiday stuff than ever before. I guess that’s a good thing as I usually need a swift kick in the ass to do much for the holidays. I’m generally a grinch. Halloween was really fun, though, and I’m already looking forward to next year!

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