Cow Costume in a Night

Last year, for Halloween, I had 3 hand-me-down costumes for my daughter. When I asked her what she wanted to be (not expecting an answer, as she was 2), she simply replied: a cow. I continued to ask over the next few weeks and the response remained the same. Of course the costumes I had were a tiger, elephant and ladybug.

As I sifted through the leftover retail costumes as week before the holiday, my thoughts of finding a cow to buy dwindled. So, this is what I did.

I bought a white fluffy blanket and black jacket with a hood (both on clearance at TJ Maxx) and 4 squares of felt (3 black, 1 pink). I also dug up an old cat costume I used in college.

I laid out the jacket (hood up) and placed the blanket folded in half diagonally over it with the long folded edge lined up with the shoulders.

I made a mark on each side of the neck to align with the jacket and cut a shallow curve out of the blanket between the marks to make a cape of sorts

I cut spots out of the felt and hand sewed them (very crudely) onto the blanket randomly. Next, I pinned the cat tail to the back and added a flower embellishment.

Lucky for me, the jacket I bought already had cute ears on it, so I cut triangles out of the pink felt and sewed them into the middle of the existing ears.

I dressed her in black pants, socks and shoes. Because she’d have the jacket and cape on, the t-shirt didn’t really matter, but I added a Halloween one for the day.

The only thing left to do was to put it all together. I put on the jacket and cape and, voila! A cow.

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Halloween, is pretty chilly around here, so she was nice and toasty, but you could easily tone it down with the materials you use. Maybe a black long sleeved shirt or just a white jacket. Ears could be placed on a headband instead of a hood. Either way – it was a piece of cake to make!

Living large in the middle,

Heather

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No Sew Tinkerbell Costume

When asked last year what my daughter wanted to be for Halloween, she replied: A Cow. (more on that in my Cow Costume in a Night post). This year she replied with one word. Tinkerbell.

It’s true, you can buy a Tink costume online or in any of those Halloween costume shops, but what fun is that!

I found a great tutorial on a new sew Tinkerbell doll dress from Kim over at The Kim Six Fix. http://www.thekimsixfix.com/2014/03/easy-no-sew-tinker-bell-tutu-dress.html

As Kim suggested, I adjusted it for my daughter, cutting 48in. strips (I bought 2 yards). I also used a Velcro strip at the top because I wanted to be sure it could be tightened to stay up. I considered using elastic, but happened to find Velcro in the exact color as my tulle – sticking with the new sew concept.

So call me conservative, but I didn’t want my daughter to wear a strapless dress quite yet, so I added ribbon to create a cap-sleeve effect.

Also, considering we live in Colorado and we are pretty much guaranteed snow on Halloween, I’ve bought a long-sleeved pink leotard to wear underneath. We already have some pink tights and/or pink leggings which will work nicely.

Living Large in the Middle,

Heather