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How to Make a Majestic Peacock Costume

Posted in DIY, Fall: Seasonal Decor and Crafts
on October 27, 2017

Make this majestic peacock costume with layers and layers (and layers) of stiff tulle, all attached to a modified long skirt with an elastic waist.

peacock costume

 

Halloween is a BIG deal around here! We throw an annual Halloween party and spend the entire month of October preparing for it. Putting together fun tablescapes and making props and costumes is my jam and each year, I look forward to hearing what my kids have dreamt up for their costumes. The year my daughter decided on a dressing as a peacock, I didn’t even bat an eye (well, maybe one), before diving head first (into what, I had no idea) into making her the most majestic peacock I could!

peacock costume - side

PS. Don’t let the number of steps intimidate you – it’s not difficult, I just wanted to make sure the tutorial was very clear!

peacock costume - full back

How to Make a Peacock Costume

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To make the skirt, you will need:

Other accessories for the costume: 

Adding the plumes

  1.  Cut your tulle “plumes.” Double each piece by folding each piece of tulle in half lengthwise.
  2. Turn your skirt inside out.
  3. Starting about 6″ down from the waist, attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips on the INSIDE of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.
  4. Attach a second row of 4 or 5 full-length tulle strips about 6″ below the first row, from the right side hem toward the center. Repeat on the left. Mark these rows with chalk – you will use this row in step 12.peacock costume - attach side pieces
  5. Starting 10″ from the hem, attach a row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal to the right side seam. Repeat on the left.
  6.  Add a second row of short length tulle strips (about 11-12) on a diagonal, starting 12″ from the hem, near the center skirt, down to the right side seam.  Repeat on the left.
  7. Attach a row of (10) strips along the side seam from the bottom up on the right side. Repeat on the left.
  8. Turn the skirt right side out and lay flat, back of the skirt facing up.
  9. Attach the fold-line of 11-12 full-length tulle strips to the waistband line along the center of the BACK of the skirt. Alternate colors and overlap the edges slightly.  Your plumes should reach somewhat below the hem.

Finishing up

  1. Turn your skirt to the front.
  2. Starting at the center, and ending at the side seams (halfway), pull the hem of the front of the skirt up to the waistband and attach (the inside of the skirt will be visible), gathering as necessary.  Turn your skirt over.
  3.  On the right, attach the front to the back, by gluing or sewing the hem of the tulle strip marked in step 4 to the center of the back of your skirt. Repeat on the left, meeting the two sides in the middle.peacock costume - attach to center
  4.  Attach a row of tulle around the entire waist of the skirt.
  5. Cut the foam ball in half and poke the peacock tailfeathers into the top of one half.
  6. Glue the foam ball half, flat-side in, to the back of the skirt, using the flap where the two sides meet as a pocket.

You’re done! 

peacock costume - front

Fluff and arrange the tulle “plumes” before wearing. Add a mask and gloves and strut around like a peacock! I know that’s exactly what my girl did – as did I for making it!

peacock costume - mask

peacock costume - mask on

I hope you’ve found this tutorial useful – please, let me know if you have any questions, or, if you make this costume, I’d love it if you shared your final result with me!

peacock costume-back

 

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How to Make Cute Fabric Bags with See-through Windows

These cute fabric bags are a great way to keep your collections together and make it simple to see what’s inside! They are a quick project, just perfect for toys and nearly anything else! 

fabric bag

January is ALL about organizing. Every year, I pick one or two areas to tackle. This year, it’s all about toys!

I’m OCD about Toys

When it comes to toy organization, I like organized sets and have been known to sort toys by the hour, on a bi-monthly basis, all the while muttering “I’m never going to let it get this disorganized again!” It’s a sickness really, given that it ends up just as disorganized by the end of the day! To me, there is nothing worse than going to play with a farm set and only having a pig, one piece of the fence, and perhaps a farmer’s hat – without the farmer.

As a result, I’m always looking for easy ways to keep collections together. Once together, I want those toys stored in ways that make them easy to identify, without having to dump the entire container out – a favorite pastime of my youngest.

These cute little bags are a score on both counts and are so, so easy to make. Although I’ve used them to store toys, the uses for them are endless. Don’t you believe me? Just watch. You’ll see!

How to Make Fabric Bags with a Peek-a-Boo Window

For this project you will need:
Fabric of your choice
Contrasting fabric for drawstring pocket
twine or twill tape for drawstring
Sewing Machine
Matching Thread
Clear Vinyl

 Cut out the bag

My finished bag size is approximately 14″ x 14″. I began by cutting two pieces of fabric, with right sides together, approximately 16″ x 16″.
fabric bags - measure length
Cut two pieces, in a coordinating fabric, measuring 14.5″ wide x 4″ long to be used as the drawstring pocket. Also, cut two pieces of cord (to be used as the drawstring pulley) at 18″ long each. Put these aside. Ignore my nasty, dry hand.

fabric bags - measure seem allowance

Fold one of the fabric pieces in half width-wise (from top to bottom) and cut a “window” on the fold of your fabric, ensuring there are at least 3″ on all outside edges.

fabric bags - cut window

Using this cut out as your guide, cut one piece of vinyl at least 1.5″ larger on all sides. Put aside.

fabric bags - add vinyl

On each of the four corners of your “window,” cut into the corner diagonally by 1/2″.

fabric bags - add vinyl - cut for finished corner

Press edges and Pin vinyl Window

 Press the top edge down  1″, on both the front and back pieces of the bag. Turn the front piece (the one with the window) over and press the 1/2″ edge of the window sides flat on all four edges.

fabric bags - add vinyl - hem edge of window

On each end of the drawstring pocket, press the side edges in by 1/4″ on each end, and the long edges in by 1/2″ on each side.

fabric bags - make drawstring 1

fabric bags - make drawstring 2

Pin the vinyl to the pressed edge of the window, on the backside of the front piece, ensuring the vinyl overhangs evenly on all four sides. Turn over the front piece.

fabric bags - pin vinyl

 Pin the right side of the drawstring pocket approximately 1/2″ from the top. Repeat for the back.

fabric bags - window-front side

 Assemble Bag

Stitch close to the edge on the top of the bag and the vinyl on the front side of the fabric.

fabric bags - sew edges

For the back, stitch close to the top edge.
On drawstring pocket, stitch close to both top and bottom edges, leaving a minimum 1″ pocket on both the front and back of the bag.
With right sides together, stitch the front of the bag to the back on three sides, leaving the top open. Turn and press.

fabric bags - add drawstring pocket

Thread one of the drawstring cords through each drawstring pocket, and secure each edge with a knot.

fabric bags - tie off drawstring

You have a completed bag!

fabric bags - finished bag

There are a million uses for these. I hope you can find a place for one!

 

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DIY Faux Fur Sleeping Bag Sneak Peak – The Ultimate Pottery Barn Teen Knock-off

Posted in DIY, SEWING
on December 12, 2013

Bless me readers, for I have been absent – it’s been two weeks since my last blog post. I have been very chaotically frantic and unfocused busy. First, I had to un-decorate from Thanksgiving. Then, I had to start decorating for Christmas – which, by the way, I’m still doing – I’m determined to be finished by the end of the week. We’ve been homeschooling – ever crazy since I’ve becoming unorganized. And, I’ve been going to the gym to work off the 10 lbs I ate between Halloween and Thanksgiving. I’ve also been sewing. Alot. So, now you’re all caught up and we can move on to what I’ve been sewing, which is really what I wanted to talk about!

Have you seen these?

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Love them, don’t you? I mean, really, what’s not to love, besides the crazy price? Soft, sweet, and warm and totally stinkin’ cute. They are slumber party luxury, with ears.  Our girls loved them on sight while browsing through the catalog – so much that I almost went ahead and ordered them as a splurgy Christmas gift. Almost. I do have a few wits about me on occasion – even during shopping season.

Instead, I came up with another solution which would allow me the kids to get just a few more gifts this year. While walking through JC Penney one day, I came across an absolute steal on faux fur, animal print blankets. An absolute steal as in a thick faux fur throw, in King size no less, for $24. Sadly, they didn’t have any King size left, but after taking a look, I was able to find 2 Queen size – at $19 each – with which a hair-brained idea was hatched. Well, it was hatched after I was able to quickly look up the dimensions of the actual sleeping bag on PBTeen, and knew I would indeed have enough fabric..  I could make the sleeping bags. I mean, I could.. right?

Let’s explore all the reasons there were to NOT make them. First, I’ve not exactly ever made a sleeping bag. A few duvets – yes. Sleeping bag, with zipper.. no. I didn’t have a pattern – almost nothing exists online either.  Definitely high on the important list..  I’m not a super-great seamstress. Although I am skilled enough to be a great seamstress – or should be, given the number of years I’ve been feeding fabric through a machine, while trying to sew successfully – I’m really a very lazy seamstress, which automatically makes me a poor seamstress, I think. I’m impatient, and I prefer projects that can be completed in at most, one day. If it isn’t completed in a day I either cut corners, or I lose interest. I didn’t want that to be the case here. I don’t have a fancy machine –  I wasn’t even sure that my machine would be up to the task of sewing a sleeping bag – it was close. Lastly, there were the fundamentals that would probably be required on a project such as this, all of which I’m not too fond of doing. I hate edging, I hate trimming seams, I’m not crazy about pressing, I don’t have a serger, and sometimes I don’t even feel like trimming threads or using pins to hold things together. I’m a lazy seamstress, as I said.

The only reason to make them is that I thought I could not only accomplish it, but could probably do it for around $60 as opposed to $179. I mean, how hard could it be? It’s a bag, which is essentially a really long rectangle. With a zipper. Okay, maybe it might be a little harder.. this is the  quite possibly out loud internal conversation I was having with myself in JC Penney as I was handing over my debit card.  At the same time, the cashier was calling security about the crazy woman talking to herself  noticing my extreme trepidation over purchasing anything, and giving me an additional 15% off – yes, that makes two Queen size throws at 90 x 90 for $16 each. This essentially was the end of the conversation of whether or not I was actually going to tackle the job. It was done. I was going to make them. At which point I then took on a new level of trepidation – the pre-sewing project kind. You know, when you feel like you might have bitten off more than you can chew? Which goes without saying.. because I really do feel that if I put my mind to it, I could have built Rome in a day.

So, now I’ve made them, along with matching bags, and vacuumed for three days straight to remove the ridiculous amount of fuzz on my carpet, I’m so happy! They were kind of time consuming – definitely more than I would usually take on, but they are soft, and sweet and luxurious and all kinds of stinkin’ cute. So much so, that I think we are going to have to have a slumber party to show them off! Maybe next weekend! Or.. Hmm.. probably after Christmas. Or, next year some time. Yeah. Definitely next year. Or.. not. We’ll see. Still! So stinkin’ cute!

If you’d like to learn more about the wild and winding road I went down to make them, stay tuned, as I’ll be posting a tutorial soon and will update the link from here!

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