As much as I LOVE the idea of making my kids’ Halloween costumes, my ability doesn’t align with my vision. Last year, in a fog of sleep deprivation from having a one week old baby, I made this fairy ballerina monstrosity for Eleanor. She loved it, but it found it’s way to the trash. Don’t get me wrong, the tutorial was spot on… I just got carried away with the tulle. Oliver was happy wearing his superhero costume and Martha was a hand-me-down monkey. Easy peasy.
And this was Louisa’s 2013 costume…
Well THIS year, the two older kids declared they wanted to be dalmatians. We’ve had 101 Dalmatians on repeat for the last couple of months. Seemed simple enough. I ordered some white sweatpants online for Oliver and some white leggings for Eleanor. For the top, I just used those white t-shirts they have for sale at JoAnn for $3.
Here’s the magic ingredient to these pups: fusible web. You iron this sheet onto your fabric, cut out whatever shape you want (in this case, dots) and peel off the packing.
Then you place it fusible web side down and iron it over a damp rag. What I learned the hard way is that when they say damp rag, they’re not messing around. If the rag’s not damp enough, the fusible web won’t work. (For the record, fusible web is my new jam… you iron this stuff onto ANY fabric, and bam… a patch. Imagine the possibilities?!)
I found the ear/ tail set (affiliate link) on Amazon.
Onto Martha. Martha has developed a love for owls. Said more like o-whoa. Her owl costume is adorable if I do say so. I could have used hot glue or fabric glue, but I feel like felt can be tricky with glue… and honestly, sewing on her feathers took an hour or two. I just cut a slew of them out of felt and then, one row at a time, pinned and sewed them onto a semicircle I cut out of an old sheet.
I sewed the ‘wings’ along the shoulder seam of the t-shirt, and found the owl hat
on Amazon (also an affiliate link) and that’s all she wrote.
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