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10.10.2014

Toy Story Costumes and a Giveaway!

Since I'm forgetful awesome, I'm apart of two blog series today. I signed up for both pretty far apart without realizing I signed up for the day. It actually works out perfectly because it's all part of the kids' Halloween costumes! This year we are being characters from Toy Story, and this is the only picture I got of both of them facing the camera.
I tried taking pictures of them on the car similar to when the toys ride on the back of cars. It's not quite the same, but they are still really cute "toys!" 
We were right there to catch Claire if she got away, but we did tell Henry to hold onto her so he tried really hard to make her sit still.
Henry is Buzz Lightyear, Claire is Jessie, I made a Bullseye using Fun of the Fair by Melanie McNeice (eBook), my husband will be Woody, and I think I'm going to be Slinky. (I still have to make both of our costumes.
Let me tell you a little more about Bullseye and the book Fun of the Fair. It's a book filled with adorable soft toy sewing patterns. They are SO cute! I have almost zero experience when it comes to sewing toys or softies so I didn't know what to expect when I started. It was explained really well, so the only trouble I had was with the hand-sewing. But that is my inexperience and had nothing to do with the book! I'm really excited to make some other stuffed animals for Christmas gifts this year. I think any beginner could make these toys, so don't miss the other great sewing books!
I did the stuffed pony and I chose to do it in colors just like Bullseye, a light brown body with dark brown hooves. I didn't have the right thread for the hair so I used some brown yard I had it my stash. I didn't cut the ends but left them in loops to keep the yarn intact. I omitted the buttons on the legs and eyes because I don't want them to come off and choke Claire. I also added a brown faux leather saddle just like Bullseye. So far she loves it and loves hugging it!
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Now let's talk about the costumes and the pattern hacks. We found the Buzz Lightyear wings for $1 this summer at a yardsale. Sorry, I don't have a hack for making that! I used the Billy Bright Eyes Tee pattern for the top and added the sleeve details. I drafted a hood and attached it to the neckline. For the pants I used the free Retro Sweatpants pattern and took out width in the legs and then added the leg details. I did the cuffs in the colors that closely matched Buzz's colors.
I didn't use a pattern for Jessie's onesie because I just used a long sleeve onesie, painted part of it yellow, and added some red stitching. For the pants I used the free Go-To leggings pattern and sized up bigger than 12 mos. I used a stretchy denim and a non-stretchy white fur to which I added black felt spots. I drafted my own red cowboy hat which I made a lot of mistakes on so here's a child cowboy hat pattern that will work better than mine. For the boots I used the leather boots I made earlier this summer which are still HUGE on her.
Happy Halloween!
Check out everyone else's interpretations of the Fair animals: 
Straight Grain | Feeling Stitchy | Messy Jesse | Sewing Is for Girls | Boolah Baguette | 
Fabric & Flowers | Sewcial Warrior | Sew Scrumptious | Feather’s Flights | Sew Many Ways


Or check out all the other Halloween hacks to see some cool costumes from regular patterns or go "trick-or-treating" to win prizes!
Wednesday, October 1st: Rebekah Sews & Dog Under My Desk
Thursday, October 2nd: Friends Stitched Together & Sew Pandi
Monday, October 6th: Shawnta Sews & Handmade Boy
Tuesday, October 7th: Muse of the Morning & Swoodson Says
Wednesday, October 8th: Call Ajaire & Sew McCool
Thursday, October 9thOnce Upon A Sewing Machine  & imagine gnats
Friday, October 10thThe Sewing Geek & Feather's Flights
Monday, October 13thGet Your Crap Together & Needle and Ted
Tuesday, October 14thThe Shaffer Sisters & The Inspired Wren
Wednesday, October 15thPattern Revolution & Just Joshin
Heather

10 comments:

  1. LOL!! The looks on your kiddos faces are priceless! You're going to have a blast with them on the big eve!
    I really like your version of the horse from the book, it's fantastic and will be well loved.

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  2. My kids keep changing their minds about what they want to be for Halloween. I don't think it is going to be a mama made Halloween this year if they don't decide soon. Unless wrapping them in a roll of toilet paper on Halloween counts.

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  3. Soooo adorable! Love your Bullseye too! :)

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    1. I think I'd sew the monkey first....maybe! ;) But love the seal too! As for outfits....still working out a few, but we have a Darth Vader and Obi Wan, a Princess Peach and a baby Garden Gnome so far. Fun times!

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  4. I totally thought that you bought Bullseye. My mom did costumes for my little sister and brother right after the movie came out. My sister and her boyfriend took them trick or treating, so we drew a bulls eye around his eye, and he got to be Bullseye.
    I am so jealous of the Buzz wings. My son loves Buzz. Thanks for sharing how you made the costume. I just might be copying you!

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    1. I am doing a Mavis from Hotel Translyvania and a Elsa from Frozen. I am hoping to borrow a Woody costume for my son. (I love that my mom already has a Jessie and Woody from my siblings!)

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  5. I want to sew them all!! They are all so cute, how can you pick just one?? I love the monkey, but the seal pulls at my heartstrings, too. Don't have any little ones to make costumes for, yet, anyway!! Your kids looks so cute!!

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  6. Your kids are so adorable! And I love that horse....and oh the monkey is my very fav! Thanks! Diane

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  7. Really precious costumes - you did a great job.
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