Posts tagged ‘Halloween’

September 25, 2013

Panda Hoodie Tutorial


Well, if you haven’t noticed already, I’m pretty obsessed with pandas. It occurred to me the other day that of all the clothes that I’d made, I still don’t own a panda hoodie. And once this realization was made, the conclusion to make one immediately followed.

This hoodie is made of fleece and is very simple to sew. It’s also pretty light, depending on what type of fleece you choose, but also warm. I made it with one and a half yards of white fleece and half a yard of black fleece.

So without further ado, here is a tutorial on how to make a panda hoodie! Hope you enjoy. If you make it for Halloween, please send me a picture!

September 23, 2013

9 Halloween Crafts Made with Recycled Materials

Halloween isn’t just about the costumes. More than anything, it’s about the decorations and getting the spooky feel just right. But instead of wasting money on a new set of Halloween decorations this year, why not make your own from recycled products? We gathered some of the cutest crafts from around the Blogosphere, and the best part is they’re all made from recycled or repurposed materials. Check out all the tutorials and projects below.

1. Jack-O-Lanterns Made with Old Lightbulbs

A new spin on the Jack-O-Lantern, these are made from old light bulbs. We all know you’ve got a few hiding somewhere, so whip ’em out, paint on them, and then draw in the details with a sharpie. You can even add embellishments like the one shown in the photo.

LightBulb Jack O Lantern

2. Bat Masks Made with Milk Jugs

Milk jugs are wonderful things to recycle. They are malleable and sturdy and can basically make anything…like these bat masks! Cut out mask shapes, then paint over them and voila!

milk jug bat masks

3. Frankenstein Made with Old CD

The CD once had its heyday, and now there are probably a bunch of them sitting in the corner of a forgotten cupboard in your house. Grab one and embellish all over it with felt and other craftiness to make this adorable Frankenstein.

frankenstein cd

4. Pumpkin Made with Old Grocery Bags

If you’ve got a lot of grocery bags lying around that you know you’re never going to use, cut out a bunch of pumpkin shapes and turn it into this cute piece.

3 dimensional paper bag pumpkin - - cover

5. Halloween Garland with Coffin Made from Old Book Pages

This garland is made from some Christmas lights and clothespins. The coffin shapes are made from recycled book pages. The best part is once Halloween is over you can take down the coffin and pumpkins and you’ll be ready for Christmas!

halloween coffin garland recycled book page stamped

6. Halloween Bowling with Used Milk Bottles

Throwing a party? Make up a fun game with these used milk bottles and a jack-o-lantern or ball, and play Halloween bowling!


7. Old Crayon Boxes into Trick Or Treat Bags

When your old crayons are long gone, save the boxes and turn them into these trick or treat bags.


8. Mummified Boxes

Grab some old strips of fabric or toilet paper and wrap it around a box or any object to “mummify” it.

9. Egg Cartons into Bats

You’ll probably never have a shortage of egg cartons. So cut yours up, paint on them, and make these spooky bats!

Egg Carton Bats


September 20, 2013

5 DIY Halloween Costumes and Video Tutorials

Halloween’s coming up! It’s like the holiday that’s made for crafters and people who sew. Do you know what you’re going to dress up as? Instead of spending too much money on a single costume you might never wear again, why not put together something yourself and show off your creativity? We’ve put together a list of five sewing tutorials on YouTube. Hope they inspire you to make your own!

Pirate Costume

Threadbanger shows you how to make an entire pirate costume.

Hooded Cape Costume

Capes are simple and easy–to make and to wear. You’ll probably be grateful if Halloween night happens to be chilly.

Mad Hatter 

One of my favorite storybook characters, the Mad Hatter has got to be the coolest costume to dress up as. Learn how to do the makeup also with this cool tutorial.

Poison Ivy

A flashback from the old Batman movies, this Uma Thurman Poison Ivy-inspired costume is cute, sexy, and really creative.

Totoro Hoodie

I love Totoro! Enough said.

BONUS: Dog Hoodie

Dogs love to dress up too. 🙂 Check out this tutorial for a dog hoodie, which includes instructions on how to make your own pattern.

September 10, 2013

Minion Hoodie Sewing Tutorial


As promised, I’ve finished the video tutorial on the minion hoodie. Check it out below!

September 9, 2013

Minion Hoodie Sneak Peak

IMG_6014Halloween is coming up! Less than 2 months to go, which means the craft blogosphere is about to explode with a frenzy of costume sewing project showcases and tutorials.

To be honest, I was never that much into Halloween. I didn’t like dressing up, the costumes were itchy, and my parents always ended up taking the candy away. While I thought that last part was the most cruel and unusual punishment back then, I guess it was kind of a good thing. That and when I was a kid, Halloween always happened to fall on a night when I couldn’t go, like I had a class or my parents wanted me to be somewhere else. I don’t know why, but as a result, I was never into the dressing up or anything. What was the point, when you’d have to spend all that money on an outfit you’ll wear only once?

This changed, though, when I learned how to sew my own costumes. So much cheaper, funner, and more gratifying. About two or three years ago, I made my Totoro hoodie, so this year, I was inspired to recreate something like it, except with the super adorable Minions from Despicable Me!

Yes, this image above is deliberately dark so that you don’t get to see what the real hoodie looks like, since I’ll be uploading the tutorial later this week. Stay tuned! I’ll let you know through Facebook and Twitter, so check those pages out if you want. Oh, and subscribe to my YouTube channel so that you’ll see the sewing tutorial video as soon as it’s up.

Anyway, I had a little bit of a strange day when I started making the Minion hoodie. If I was in a play, it would definitely be a farce. I woke up just feeling a need to sew, so I finally dragged out the yellow fleece and old pair of jeans that I’ve had sort of lying in the corner in wait for this special day. I got to the sewing machine, and of course my needle had to break as soon as I sewed my first seam. I dug in my stash for a spare and by some miracle, since our stuff is still in boxes from our latest move, found one. But when I replaced it, my sewing machine just wasn’t happy. I worked at it for one full, frustrating hour, and finally gave up, leaving the hoodie to sort of sit in a puddle of unsewn parts on my table.


I finally sucked it up and looked up a sewing machine repair place on Yelp, and came across Albertson Sewing & Vacuum Center in Lakewood, which wasn’t far from me. So I drove there, and they were the nicest people ever–I have to give them a shout-out on here. The guy who helped me didn’t even charge me anything, said it was just my needle, replaced it and then sent me on my way. It took all of about fifteen minutes (not including the driving and getting lost because I have like absolutely no sense of direction).

[Although, he did sort of guilt trip me for not using a good quality needle. But hey! I didn’t even know where that needle had come from. It had just somehow ended up in my stash. I’m pretty sure it was one of freebies that came with my sewing machine when I’d first purchased it. But at least now I’ll know not to torture my machine by forcing it to run on some unbranded needle from who knows where.]

I was so happy afterwards that I sort of had tunnel vision and went home to SEW SEW SEW my Minion hoodie. BUT THEN, just after like three stitches, THE NEEDLE BROKE. AGAIN. Blaarghghhhhh!

So after that, I gave up, and once again abandoned my Minion. For about a week. But I did run to Joann’s to grab some supplies, needle included, and today I came back to rescue the hoodie. Which means you get a tutorial soon! Stay tuned!