One of my favorite ways to encourage kids to be creative is by collaborating with them on projects. A simple but rewarding way to do this is by embroidering their artwork onto fabric; making it a usable keepsake. In the past I've stitched my sons' artwork onto journals, t-shirts and even a birthday card pillow for Nana. The possibilities for this technique are endless, including incorporating it into your Halloween celebration!
This year, sweeten a Trick or Treat tote with scary sketches done by your little devils. Kiddos will feel proud displaying their talents, and parents will have a crafty record of darlings' doodles to save for years to come. Oh and if you've never embroidered before, no problem! This project requires only using one, easy stitch: the back stitch. Here's everything you'll need to know to make one of these boo-tiful bags yourself!
Paper & Pencil (for child's drawing)
Plain, Canvas Tote Bag
Assorted Colors, Embroidery Floss
Transfer Paper (found in art supply aisle at craft store)
Note: Be sure to buy light colored transfer paper if you're working with a dark, tote bag and dark paper for lighter versions.
Hey there and welcome to the very first article on the PBS Parents' CRAFT APPARENT blog! I'm Vickie Howell, and I'll be your guide to all things craft-- with and for your kiddos. As the mother of 7 & 9 year old boys and a 4-month-old girl, I'm inspired on a daily basis by my children. They're often my creative muses as well as both recipients and collaborators on projects I make. Like most parents though, I struggle to juggle family with life's other obligations. There's not a lot of time and in this economy especially, not a lot of extra money--if we're going to nourish our creative sides, then it needs to fit into both our schedules and our budgets. CRAFT APPARENT is right there with you; focusing on get-crafty projects for you and your kids that only require a little bit of time and cash!
Today I'm showing how to create unique and adorable costumes for your little goblin; all beginning with a plain, white snap suit (ya know, those one-piece rompers that have a name that's trademarked ;-)). They're easy to assemble (with both sew & no-sew options), can be made in a few hours, and all cost under $20. Hooray for Halloween!
Here's the scoop.
Basic Materials (all costumes)
White, Baby Snap Suit
Fabric Glue, Sewing Machine OR Needle & Thread (your choice)
Strong Man Extra Materials
Pot of Coffee
1/8-1/4" yd Leopard Fabric (depending on size)
Black Embroidery Thread & Needle
Small Amount, Black Yarn & Felt
Strong Man How-To
Fold over rough edges 1/4" & press with iron to create hem. Glue or sew hems.
Machine, hand-sew or glue leopard piece to snap suit at the crotch, sides and shoulder. Make sure to leave a little bit of give room for baby belly!
Munchkin Extra Materials
1/8"-1/4" Solid Color Fabric (depending on size)
Small Piece, Patterned Fabric
Fusible Tape (Optional: Only for a no-sew version)
1 yd., 1" Wide Ribbon
Small Amount, Green Tulle
2 Buttons (optional)
Scraps of RicRac, Lace and/or other Embellishments
White Craft Paint & Sponge Brush
Hot Glue Gun & Glue Stick
Cut 7"x 9" (or whatever the length of other piece is) piece of contrasting fabric.
Hem sides and bottoms of both pieces by pressing 1/2" and sewing, gluing or using fusible tape to secure.
Center contrasting piece on solid fabric; fold top edge of both pieces over 1 1/2" and sew or glue or fuse (using 1 1/4" seam allowance) to secure. This will create a ribbon channel.
Use safety pin to feed ribbon through channel. Gather skirt, tie a bow and trim ribbon.
Wee Witch Extra Materials
Black, Washing Machine Fabric Dye (iDye, RIT, etc.)
1/4" Each, Orange & Black Tulle
2 Pieces, Orange, Stiff Craft Felt
2, 1 yd Pieces of Decorative Ribbon
Black Needle & Thread
Orange Thread (Optional)
RicRac, Ribbon, Sequin or other Embellishments
Wee Witch How-To
Use safety pin to feed 1 piece of ribbon through channel. Gather skirt, tie a bow and trim ribbon.
Hand sew plastic spiders to skirt front.
Cut up skirt bottom to desired length--the more jagged the spookier!
Glue buckle adornment onto hat, above brim.
Cut piece of ribbon in half; hand sew pieces evenly, to underside of brim.
Baby Sasquatch Extra Materials
Brown, Washing Machine Fabric Dye (iDye, RIT, etc.)
1/2 yd, Tan, Faux Fur
1/4" Wide Baby Elastic
1/2" Wide Elastic
Scraps, Tan Fabric
Baby Sasquatch How-to
Hem the top and bottom ends of one rectangle by folding raw edges over 1/2" and machine or hand sewing. Use safety pin to feed elastic through top hem of piece. With right sides facing, fold faux fur in half width-wise. Machine or hand-sew up the back. Turn right side out. Repeat for other leg.
Cut piece of elastic to baby's head measurement (without adding extra 2"). Feed elastic through headband; fold in half and sew ends together to form a circle.
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