Today is the first day of Kids Clothes Week – but I cheated and started cutting patterns out Saturday. And yesterday I got all the Halloween costumes done – no waiting until the last minute like I did last year!
This post originally appeared at Make It Handmade for her Handmade Halloween series. But I wanted to share again in case you missed it…And also because I like to see this tour through family history on my own blog. These kids – growing up so fast! The Hubs and I had a good time looking through these old photos and awwing over how wittle and cute the boys used to be. And it’s nice to review previous costumes before adding this year’s. Which I’ve already shown on Instagram and which will appear here tomorrow.
So today I’m going to take you through a review of Halloween past (imagine me, the silent ghost from A Christmas Carol. Or is that too much mixing of holiday metaphors?) with some tutorials for inspiration, and let you in on my plans for this Halloween.
For Tater’s first Handmade Halloween, at 19 months old, I made him a Yoda costume. Unfortunately this was before I started blogging, so I don’t have a tutorial on how I did this. I can tell you that hat is a bonnet made of knit fabric that tied under his chin and I wired the ears so they would stand up. The original plan was for the hubs to be Hans Solo while I rocked some Princess Leia, but I was in the first trimester with Bean at that point and too sick to sew much besides my little Yoda.
The next year I did pull off family costume, but the hubs says showing this picture of him on the internet in costume is verboten. But don’t the rest of us look cute?
My costume was actually thrifted from a garage sale, and very poorly sewn, but hey, I didn’t have to sew it. I had enough fun figuring out how to draft Bean’s Tin Man sleeper. And the hat is a plastic oil funnel spray painted silver. Over a beanie since he had no hair. Tater’s costume came from a Big 4 pattern – can’t remember which. And yes, again before I started blogging, so no tutorial on the Tin Man.
Once Bean was walking, I was blogging. And so for his second Halloween we did Curious George! I have a Man in the Yellow Hat tutorial here for the hat. The shirt is what eventually became the Bookworm Button Up, and the pants were self drafted. Bean’s monkey suit is basically leggings and a t-shirt with a tight hood made out of stretch velvet. With felt ears sewn in.
Recognize this costume? It’s an upcycle of Tater’s Lion costume when he was 2. For Bean I showed how I turned it from Lion to Pooh here. Why wear it just once, right?
Tater got a jumpsuit and another hood to be Tigger. Find out how Tigger got his stripes here.
And since my niece Baby Girl was old enough for Handmade Halloween by last year, she got to be Piglet. I have a tutorial for the ruffled onesie and a free pattern for the hat here. Which, incidentally, could be used to make a Yoda hat. Or a Curious George hood. Or Tigger or Pooh.
And what am I planning this year? Well, due to Tater checking out Star Wars books from the library, I think we’ve come full circle.
So tomorrow, we’re channeling the force with a New Hope.