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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

BOO! A Homemade Ghost Costume

Costume Week continues with this adorable DIY Ghost costume that I had found and saved on Pinterest (FYI you can find Craft, Interrupted on Pinterest here).  It's from Parenting, and made from an oversized sweatshirt, some tulle, and black felt for the mask.  Easy!
I decided to go the extra mile and make a nicer mask with the sewing machine, instead of the two circles glued to a strap of ribbon.  I used this awesome Mask Tutorial to help me out.  You can print a template right from the tutorial.

I had some leftover black fabric from the Vampire cape that I had shortened, so I chose to make the inside of the mask that soft, slippery fabric, and the front part black felt.  That way it wouldn't be scratchy on my Little Ghost.  I layered the felt, the lining, and the cut-out pattern, and pinned together.  Then I sewed just outside the paper, through both layers.
Remove the paper pattern and cut around just OUTside the stitching line, plus trimming the eye openings.  Felt doesn't need to be hemmed, and won't fray, but that silky lining does, so I went back and did a zig-zag stitch along all the edges, too.
I snipped  a teeny hole in each end and threaded some 1/8" elastic through, knotting to attach to the mask.  That's it!  I don't know why I haven't made ten of these by now, they were that easy!  Could easily replace all the crappy fall-apart plastic masks that come with dress-up stuff with these softer, longer lasting ones!

For the body of the costume, I followed along with the tutorial from Parenting.  I cut off the sleeves of the sweatshirt (by the way, my little man is 3 1/2 and I used a women's size L sweatshirt for this).  Didn't bother hemming anything.  One of the sleeves then gets cut about 10 or so inches from the armhole end to become the hat.
The tutorial says to fold the wide end under and glue in place, but I chose to hem it at 1/4" on the machine instead.  Then I did a basting stitch to gather the smaller end up tight.
The tutorial says to twist a little piece of quilt batting around the end with some glue, to make the flippy/pointy ghost head.  I was a bit confused on how to do this.  I ended up just rolling some batting around the end with some hot glue and hot gluing a dab here and there to get it to flip to the side correctly.

You finish off the costume by folding a length of white tulle, cutting a slit for the child's head to go through, and slipping it over top of the sweatshirt.  This looked awesome, but my little man complained a lot about how itchy it was on his neck, so I don't know if the tulle will make it or not.  I put a long-sleeved white t-shirt underneath, with striped pj pants and some hand-me-down chucks.  White gloves, too, but we forgot those for the pics : )
He liked the mask up along the front of the hat.  wWoOOOooo!
And much to our delight, when we went out on the front porch for this little photo session, we discovered that we had been "Ghosted!"  How perfect is that?!  Someone had left us a bag of treats, with a paper ghost to tape in our window, and this note...

He was sooo excited!!  What a fun surprise! 
 One more look...
We made up two new bags and had a great time sneaking them onto two unsuspecting doorsteps after dinner!  We included some Coffee Filter Ghost Lollipops, tootsie rolls, peanut butter eyeballs, and crunchy pumpkin chocolates (thanks again Dollar Tree!).  I also included two foam pumpkin decorating kits, because for $1, why not, right? ; )
We put these goodies in a white paper gift bag and clipped the ghost cut-out to the front.  My boys were falling over each other to decide who got to take the bags to the doors.  They loved it!

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