So I finished Allie’s Halloween costume. As originally reported, I had attempted to make a hat with antennae coming out of the top. It would have worked brilliantly — had the hat fit. Note to self: Flannel doesn’t stretch enough for a hat, no matter how accurate your tracing skills for a pattern.
I was able to salvage the antennae. I deleted the photos — I was mad — but essentially you:
- Cut two strips 4x as wide as you need out of black flannel.
- Place 1 piece of stitch witchery on one end, length-wise.
- Place 1 piece of stitch witchery on the other end, again, length-wise.
- Fold the ends (with stitch witchery) toward the center. You should end up folding 2x on each side until they come together.
- Sew the edges together with black thread, and use a thimble to push the needle through.
This makes for a stiff antennae. (snark-snark)
Next, make the ends: Cut out 4 circles from the leftover red fleece. Take 2 pieces and sew them together, leaving 1/4 unsewn. Slip the end of 1 antennae into each circle and sew closed. Now you have 2 completed antennae.
In the end, I got lazy. Or smart.
I found a pre-made headband with a bow at Target — a 4-pack for $2.99. I used the black one, and wrapped the antennae around the black headband piece and sewed it shut. This way, I can slide the antennae around on the headband as needed. It also means that after Halloween, I can cut off the antennae — if I want — and reuse the headband.
Now for the finished product!
And the entire outfit!
We ended up buying Sean’s costume. He picked out a dinosaur. And wore it for exactly 3o seconds before demanding that we take it off. The neighbors gave him candy anyway.
(Like my “rawr!” hands in the background?)
Happy Halloween everyone!