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How to Make a Majestic Peacock Costume

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!

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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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PB Teen inspired Pom-Pom Duvet and Pom-pom Tutorial

 When we were decorating Kyla’s room in the Paris theme, I wanted to give the room a more grown-up look, but I still wanted to include fun elements that reflected her and her age. Pottery Barn Teen never fails to disappoint in this area. They offer fun, funky and unique products that always catch the eye.
Often, in a project such as this, the reason for attempting a knock off is due to cost. Although the cost was a little higher than I normally like to spend, more importantly, the PB Teen version only came in a quilt, where as, I wanted a similar look in a duvet. Out came the sewing machine!

For this project I used:

  • 2 twin size white flat sheets
  • Rit Dye in Aquamarine and Kelly Green
  • 2 skeins of Lions Brand Baby’s First Yarn
  • 1 Down alternative insert

What I did:
Dying the fabric:
1. I decided to dye my own fabric because I could not find a sheet in the color I wanted. I used the Colorit color formula guide (my target color was a lighter version of green 1 #586) on the Rit Dye website to determine the colors I needed and the ratios of dye. I then dyed both sheets in a large wash tub, literally dipping the fabric, stirring to ensure I had complete and even coverage and removing it within just a few minutes. I then rinsed and washed. I wanted only a hint of color – this process gave me what I wanted.

Making the pom-poms:
1. Out of the two skeins of yarn, I was able to make 28 pom-poms following this method:

       a. Cut a piece of yarn approximately 6″ long – this piece will be used to both secure the pom-pom
           and also to attach the pom-pom to the duvet. Lay this piece out parallel to the fork.
       b. Begin wrapping the yarn around the piece in step 1 and the fork, looping over – I had 45 loops.
       c. Pull the ends from step one together and tie tightly in a double knot to secure.
       d. Remove the loops from the fork carefully, being sure to separate the tie strings from the loops.
       e. Carefully cut loops
       f. Trim pom-pom to even out and give a uniform shape
       g. Voila!

Attaching the pom-poms and sewing the duvet:
1. The length of the sheets should be longer by the length of the wide hem normally found at the top of the sheet. Measure to be sure – and either remove this hem, or remove the excess minus 2″ for seam allowance. Put the removed pieces aside.

2. Using a measuring tape, determine and pin the placement of the pom-poms on to one of the two sheets, being sure not to pin too close to the edges. In my case, my duvet was to be used on a day bed, and therefore, I did not put pom-poms on the back overhang.

4. Begin attaching the pom-poms using a large eye needle and a yarn threader, and threading each end of the pom-pom through the fabric and tying off at each designated pin.

        

5. With sheets right sides together(the pom pom strings will be on the wrong side), align the two sheets, corners together. Pin sides and top together. The top will be the rough cut edge, the bottom, the hemmed edge of the sheet. On bottom, pin out 12″ from the corner, leaving a gap for the comforter to be inserted. Using the original seam of the sheet as your guide (this hides the original seam inside the duvet), stitch the top, long sides and 12″ in on either side of the bottom, creating a pocket with an open end.

6. Create and attach ties – There are many methods of closure for a duvet – I like using ties rather than buttons. For the ties, cut 16 10″ lengths out of the remaining fabric from step 1. Create ties by stitching two lengths together, leaving one end open, turning through this end. You will create 8 ties in total – 4 for each side.

7. Turn duvet right side and lay flat on the floor. Position ties, one on each side evenly spaced along bottom opening. Stitch to the duvet, attaching securely.

8. Insert the comforter of your choice, and enjoy!

If you are interested in seeing how the throw pillows were made, please go here!

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