Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Happy Halloween!

Hope you all had a fun Halloween! I know the timing isn't great but I still want to share my costume this year. The kids want nothing to do with family costume anymore but I still enjoy making my own (see my past costume here). This year I decided to be a red pepper! Took me 2 weekends but I love how it turned out. I won the costume contest at work =) I won 2 years ago being a burrito. I was in serious rush so I didn't take step-by-step photos but if you want to make it next year, below are rough instructions:

  • Draw the shape of the pepper on construction paper
  • Cut the lining, the batting and the leather to the same shape
  • Lay on it to determine where the arm/leg holes should go
  • Cut out the arm/leg holes. Arm holes are on the front and leg holes are on the back
  • Sew 8 layers together (as pictured below). I had to hand stitch everything since the layers are too thick to go through the sewing machine. This is the most time-consuming part of the project
  • For the green leaves, cut 2 pieces of green felt as pictured, sew them together and stuff with batting
  • For the stem, I wrapped the pool noodle with green felt, put it through the pony tail hole, then sewed them together
  • For the very top part of the stem, I filled it with batting, bent the top part and sewed it to the stem to keep it in place. I then wrapped the beanie with green felt
  • Honestly, I was just figuring things out as I go. Since I hand stitched everything, it was easy to fix errors.

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