Monday, December 13, 2010

* Homemade Christmas: Felt Bad Guys Set!

Who is that masked bandit wearing Moose Pajamas?

Role play is a huge part of our day around here.
Especially on the weekends. 
Props like Masks, Wands, and Silk Scarf Capes
play a big role in that.

I apologize for the fact that you pretty much only see my kids
wearing Pajamas in all of my posts!
My kids live in their PJs at home
(we really do get dressed when we go out in public....
most of the time -- 
maybe it's because their mom lives in Jeans and Slippers) 

I've had this little project 
bouncing around in my head
for the past year and I finally made it last weekend.
And no...I couldn't save it for Christmas but it
WOULD make a fantastic Homemade Christmas Gift!

For the "Sack" I cut down an old
pillow case and made it not quite as deep
(It was a King Sized Pillow case and
little arms would have had a hard time with it)

Now, I have to admit I thought I was being clever
by re-purposing materials we already had
(using the pillow case) BUT....
sewing the Felt "Dollar Sign" to the pillowcase
was a giant pain in the butt
because I was trying to manipulate the whole pillowcase
through my sewing machine (ugh!)

Using a flat piece of fabric to sew the felt to first
would have been MUCH easier.

I also should have stitched down the two straight lines
of the "Dollar Sign" first then the "S" shape.
I did it in a different order and it doesn't look great up close.
(However, my kids don't seem to care.)

Pinning the "Dollar Sign" in place.

I made up my own pattern by tracing
an existing play mask from our Dress-Up Box
onto two pieces of Green Felt.
Then, I stitched it all up with a piece of elastic
sandwiched in-between as the strap.

Then, I carefully cut out the eye holes with my
sharp sewing scissors.

The finished Mask. 
We might need some more in other colors!

Of course we needed some Gems and Jewels
for our Theif(s) so we raided our gold rocks
(gravel I spray painted Gold) 
stash from "C"s Pirates and Mermaids Party
and some of our Dollar Tree Glass Stones 
and Michael's Plastic Jewels. 

Hey! Get that bad guy!

Happy Homemade Gift-Making!

pink and green mama


lady said...

You are so awesome! I never would have thought of a "bad guys" costume.

Reading your "jeans and slippers" comment, I am reminded of one of the reasons I would want to be a SAHM. I hate picking out clothes in the morning.

Kimberly said...

This made my day!!! I am SO going to do this for my 3 year old son!!! Have a great week!!!

Montessori For Learning said...

These costumes are great! They look so happy. You are so creative!


Love and Lollipops said...

What a super cute "Bad Guy"!!

grace@home said...

This is really great, and will be a perfect addition to my sons' costume box I'm putting together for Christmas. I already am in the middle of making a fireman jacket for S1 (4 years old in January) and a dalmation outfit for S2 (1 year old in January.) Also I snagged some cute cowboy hats and a stick pony at the Dollar Tree. But since S1 is always talking about bad guys, this will be great! Because I can make a police jacket as well and they can be cops and robbers = )

kellyi said...

This is a great idea.

My son likes drawing dollar signs (we live in the UK...but apparently pound signs are boring.)

Think you should do a good guy one next!

Liz said...

That is such an awesome idea, I have 3 boys and a mischievous little girl. I know for sure they would have hours of fun with this. Now, the time to make it before Christmas....

Jackie H. said...

lol! Love it. So creative!

Sharon said...

Can you please adopt me?

Jennie_hi said...

THis is very cute. My friend made her son a Super WHy cape & mask for Christmas. Love all the creative moms. :)

Anonymous said...

Hello !

I'm French and I'ma looking for handmade gift for my girl's for christmas !

I love this idea ! Thanks a lot !

I note this in my book on my to-do-list ! It's excellent !

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