I hand stitched every last stitch on each of these costumes. It took me a very long time but was well worth the effort.
Banana: The banana Halloween costume was an ongoing project that was changed several times when I discovered one way wouldn't work, or the foam would fall if it were held up a certain way. It is hard to describe step by step since many steps were changed along the way. I basically cut felt material into oblong shapes that measured to the length my daughter would need.
The strips were hand stitched together with an opening for her face and for her legs and along the back edge so she could get in and out easily. For the opening I stitched on small strips of fabric that could be tied closed. I added brown material to become the top and bottom and painted brown paint along the edges of the banana to look a bit more natural. After the outer shell was complete I cut foam strips (found in any craft department) to fit inside the shell. This also provided insulation to help keep Ellen warm. I printed a "chiquita" label off the internet and used fabric glue to attach it.
Flower: Leaves were cut from green felt and stitched on to a green outfit purchased at my local store. I stitched brown strips on to the leaves to create the "veins" and help look more realistic. For the flower petals, purple fabric was sewed together and foam was fitted inside but I also put small wire around the outside edge to help the petals stand up. These petals were then stitched onto a wide piece of felt material that was used like a headband and tied around Madi's head.
My 3 ½ year old grandson thought of this costume. Last year he decided that this year he wanted to be a pickle. No matter how much we tried we could not convince him to be any thing else. So I, Grandma, got out my sewing machine.
Since he lives 300 miles away I had to have Mom and Dad do some measuring. I decided to make it a long tube of olive green polar fleece in four sections. Each section was tapered in at top and bottom to make an elongated oval so that when sewn together it formed a round tube. I cut simple tube out of a stretch fabric for a lining and attached a hood.
I measured down about 9 inched and cut a face opening in the front seam of the fleece and stitched it to the lining hood. I also left the seam open on the side for the arms and stitched the arm holes to the lining.
I sewed the bottom to the lining which pulled up the fleece and gave it a puckered up look like a pickle. I then added lots and lots of batting, stitching it by hand to the seams as needed. I closed the back with Velcro from the neck down.
About this time, my grandson decided that he wanted to be a cucumber instead of a pickle. Thank goodness he really did not care what you called it. Since King Pickle is such a big brand in the area they live, they decided to add a Burger King crown, spray painted gold, and have arms and legs look like the King Pickle. He looks like he just came off the label.
Coolest Homemade Burnett's Bottles Group Costume 2
(LI, New York)
Homemade Burnett's Bottles Group Costume
We all wanted to come up with a great idea for Halloween but couldn't figure out what to do, most importantly we wanted to be original. After several options, we looked around our apartments and we thought to do a Burnett's Bottles Group Costume, being broke college students, its all we drink on the weekends. Each of us would be a different flavor and we would make dresses to look like bottles.
We went to the fabric store and each got a yard or so of white felt for the bottle and got our color felt for the lettering. We printed out the closest font we could find of the Burnetts lettering and traced Burnetts. We also cut out our fruit letters and made our fruit with felt as well. we bought cardboard circular boxes and covered those with felt and stapled a headband to it for our caps. Making the dress was the hardest part however. Being that we all have different shaped bodies and felt is not exactly the most fitting material, we needed to fit it to each other.We bought zippers which we sewed to the side.
The costumes came out great and never received more compliments! It took a some time, but we would do it again in a heartbeat!
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