Halloween Costume Tutorials and Block Party

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and there’s still plenty of time to make an amazing Halloween Costume.  Check out these ideas for your next costume.

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10+ Awesome DIY Pirate Crafts and Block Party

Arg!!! Shiver me timbers I’ve got a ton of awesome Pirate crates, party ideas, and other DIY projects for you guys today!

DIY Pirate crafts, party ideas, recipes, kid costumes and more

Treasure Map | Jake and the Neverland Pirates Party | Girl Pirate Costume

Pirate Party Ideas | Pirate Dolls | Skull and Crossbones Gumdrops

Pirate Paper Plate Crafts | Pirate Gingerbread Cookies | Pirate Ship Kid Activity

How to Make a Pirate Ship | Pirate Love Card |Pirate Cupcakes

Pirate Coloring Pages | Pirate Skull Cookies | Pirate Face Paint

Whether you’re headed on a Disney cruise and need a great pirate costume tutorial, are planning your own awesome pirate party, or have other pirate fun in store there’s a little bit of everything here!

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Marissa from Rae Gun Ramblings here as your Block Party Guest this week! Here are a few of my recent project I’ve made with my new Cricut Maker.

Awesome Hallowen tutorials and crafts to make with the cricut maker

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Free DIY Bunny Softie Pattern and Cricut Maker Giveaway

This sweet little DIY bunny softie is just too cute. Even better it’s incredibly easy to make and a free pattern.
adorable DIY bunny with free sewing pattern for the Cricut Maker-2

I used my brand new Cricut Maker to whip this up and it took me less than 3 hours and I even made an extra little dress! And make sure to read to the bottom because I’m giving one of these amazing machines away!!!!

DIY Halloween Pumpkin Bunny Sewing Pattern-2

This is one of the free projects that can be accessed for free with the Cricut Maker. I was able to cut all the fabric pieces on the machine and marked all the embroidery with the fabric pen in the machine.

It was pretty amazing to have all the annoying parts about sewing – figuring out the pattern, cutting the fabric, and marking the fabric, done for me!

how to sew a stuffed bunny with free pattern

What You Need

cricut maker and fabric marker

How to Sew the Bunny Softie

  1. Iron the ear contrast fabric and nose fabric to heat-n-bond.
  2. Cut and mark your pattern pieces using the Cricut Maker.
  3. Embroider the face and sew on the nose (I totally forgot to sew on the nose so I’ll be cutting one out of iron-on vinyl and iron-ing it on OOPS! hahah)
  4. With right sides together sew the limbs together, clip the curves and turn right side out.
  5. With right sides together sew the head pieces to the body pieces at the neck.
  6. With right sides together sew the one back ear piece to a front ear piece. Clip curves and turn right side out.
  7. Stuff the limbs and set aside.
  8. Fold a pleat into the ears and pin to the top of the head piece. Roll the length of the ears.
  9. Pin the arms and legs in place and pin to the center of the body so you will have room to sew around the edge. Position the back body piece over sandwiching the ears and limbs.
  10. Start at the bottom and attach one leg and sew around leaving a gap between the legs to turn and stuff.
  11. Click any curs and points. Turn right side out and stuff.
  12. Hand stitch the hole closed.

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How to Sew the Dress and Pumpkin Costume

  1. If using a pocket position right sides together and sew around the edges leaving a small gap in the straight edge for turning.
  2. Clip around the edges and turn right side out.
  3. Iron and topstitch along the top edge to close the hole.
  4. Position on dress and topstitch to the dress piece by sewing along the curved edges.
  5. If making the costume cut the Jack-o-lantern face out of black iron-on vinyl and iron to the dress.
  6. Fold straps in half and sew down the long side. Turn right side out.
  7. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  8. Fold under the armhole edge and sew under.
  9. Do the same for the neckline and hem.
  10. Attach the straps to the side of the dress (not the top like pictured below  oops) and you’re good to go!

DIY pumpkin dress for a doll tutorial

how cute is this free bunny with Halloween pumpkin costume.

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Love this adorable DIY bunny stuffed animal free sewing tutorial for the costume option too. Cricut Maker projects

DIY Golden Snitch Costume Tutorial

I am a sucker for Harry Potter costumes and one of my favorites was this DIY Golden Snitch Costume that I made. I’m finally sharing the tutorial today.

Harry Potter Golden Snitch and Quidditch Player costumes at Rae Gun Ramblings

When I was pregnant with Teddy Daniel and I dressed up like a Snitch and Gryffindor Quidditch player.  This year I wanted to make Teddy dress up as a Snitch for his annual Harry Potter pictures.

Oh my gosh! So many fun cute baby Harry Potter inspired pictures. Rae Gun Ramblings

Wasn’t he so so cute!?

I’ll be sewing these live on Facebook but it’s so easy it’s basically a pillowcase dress. Just a couple of straight lines.

DIY golden snitch costume sewing tutorial-for adults or kids

What You Need

  • Gold fabric (2Xs the width of the person and the length you want the costume plus 2 inches)
  • Gold Ribbon for tying the neck and bottom of the costume.
  • Sheer fabric for the wings

What to do

  1. Cut the gold fabric in half width-ize.
  2. With right sides together sew down the bottom 2/3 of each side.
  3. Fold under the top edge you’re making the armhole and sew under.
  4. Fold under 1 inch at the top and bottom edges to make a casing and sew.
  5. Thread in ribbon and tie.
  6. Cut wings. I just eyeballed it and made longish triangles. Sew to the top edge of the costume.
  7. If desired sew elastic to the bottom edge to serve as finger loops.

So easy right?

Love this! Adorable Harry Potter couple costume (works for pregnant costume too). Golden Snitch and quidditch player costume tutorial

I’m so excited to see Teddy in his! And don’t forget to check out my Chaser costume tutorial which is equally as easy!

 

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DIY Elsa and Anna Sister Shirts with Cricut

I’m pretty obsessed with these DIY Frozen Elsa and Anna sister shirts. No surprise since it’s the perfect wearable costume.

DIY Frozen Sister Elsa and Anna shirt tutorial

My sister gave the girls a trip to Disneyland for Christmas and the one thing she wanted for their trip were Elsa and Anna shirts. Sure I could have just grabbed some blank shirts and vinyl-ized them but I can’t resist a good costume-y project so I tried to make versions of shirts that had elements of the characters’ outfits.

Frozen Elsa and Anna Shirt Tutorials

I was so giddy about how these turned out plus I love how they can wear these to school. Their trip was back in February  but I’ve got both of the girls wearing these multiple times since and you know there isn’t a better compliment you can give someone who makes you clothes than wearing them alot :).

What You Need

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What to do

  1. Sew the shirts according to the pattern directions. I opted for hemming the Anna sleeve and bottom hems with the my favorite method instead of the bands but that’s a personal preference and doesn’t really change the look.
  2. For Elsa when adding the sleeve band instead of folding the band piece in half and sewing, fold it in half, cut it and then fold in half to find the center (for the finger loop) cut it at an angle. Cut a small piece of elastic and pin it between the two layers of the cuff. Then resew the angled side. Sew the short edges together and now you can add the cuff like normal.
  3. Use the free design and cut out vinyl with the Cricut. And iron onto the shirts.If you don’t already know how to use iron-on vinyl see this post.
  4. For Anna, use gold thread and sew a decorative stitch across the sleeve seams.
  5. For Elsa hand sew the sequins along the top.

I'm her anna shirt tutorial

You don’t have to do the detailing if you don’t have fun stitches on your sewing machine but I absolutely adore how it turned out with the gold metallic thread.

Frozen Elsa Shirt Tutorial

This was one of my first times sewing sequins and it was pretty easy I just kind of took stitches and tied knots every 3-4 pieces since if one stitch pops I don’t want ALL the pieces falling off.

DIY Elsa and Anna Frozen shirts

I just love how these are regular shirts but how the hood totally is a nod to Anna’s cape and the sequins is like all of Elsa’s sparkles!

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DIY Disney Ears Crafting Tutorial

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Know anyone heading to Disney any time soon? Well get them ready in style with these darling DIY Disney Ears.
SO easy and cute for Disneyland vacations. DIY Disney Ears Tutorial R2D2 Star Wards Princesses.

If you’re not the crafty type I have linked a bunch of places where you can go ahead and get the ears already made but guys this is really an super duper easy crafting project that even the uncrafty can do!

 

I made a bunch of them live on Facebook. I’ll be editing it down to put here but for now you can catch the replay here.

What You Need

  • Printable Mouse Ears Template
  • Headband
  • Cardboard
  • Batting (or fluffed up cotton balls)
  • Fabric for Ears
  • Fabric or Ribbon for bows
  • Glue Gun
  • Embellishments depending on your character (ex. feathers, jewels, fork, scrapbook paper)

What to Do

  1. Print out free Disney Ears Template. Cut out 2 insert circles out of cardboard.
  2. Lay next to your headband and cut out any of the circle that goes BELOW the headband. Mark left and right.
  3. Cut 4 fabric circles (from template) out of the fabric. These should be two sets of mirror images.
  4. With right sides together sew or glue two pieces of ear fabric together leaving an opening big enough to insert the cardboard.
  5. Insert cardboard.
  6. Stuff with batting or fluffed up cotton balls.
  7. Glue or sew the bottom edge closed folding under to tuck in any raw edges. Repeat for the other ear.
  8. Add any ear embellishments
  9. Sew or tie bow.
  10. Glue ears and bow to the headband.

How to make DIY Disney ears. Star Wars Mouse Ears, Princesses, Villains and more.

But for now here is some inspiration.

Adorable R2D2 Mickey Mouse Ears. Star Wars

Love Star Wars? So do my nieces. I’ll be making T some cute R2D2 Mouse Ears!

chewbacca ears so so cute fun star wars mickey mouse ears

Oh and these Chewbacca ears I might have to make them for my sister since we found out grown ups can’t wear costumes to Disneyland so she can’t wear the Ariel Dress I made her.

maleficient ears great for disneyland trips

Speaking of my sister she requested some Maleficent ears. I think I’ll do something like these fun ones above but maybe add in feathers! Help me decide during the live video.

Ariel Little Mermaid Mouse Ears Headband

I wanna be where the people are (Disneyland)…. But really how stinking cute are these Little Mermaid Ariel Mouse Ears?

cinderella ears adorable mouse hear headband for Disney vacations

My other niece requested Cinderella ears for her Mouse ears headband. I have a feeling that Teddy is going to be super jealous!

Monster's Inc. Sulley Ears love these for Disneyland and Disneyworld

And even though I won’t be going to Disneyland with my sister and nieces this year I’m really tempted to make myself a pair of these awesome Sulley from Monster’s Inc. Mouse Ears. Crazy cute right!?

DIY Disney Ears super cute and easy for Disneyland trips

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Comic Con Cosplay Etiquette 101

Comic Cons are some of the best people watching there is but there are some things that you should know before Photographing and Taking Video of Cosplayers.

cosplay etiquette how to take pictures at comic con

If you are a costume enthusiast like me you might find yourself giddy to be surrounded by all the amazing cosplay creativity that comes with con life. I’m not going to lie my absolute favorite parts of conventions is the cosplay. Whether it’s the variety of Salt Lake Comic Con or the video game focus of PAX I just adore seeing all the amazing DIY costumes. While most cosplayers are flattered by the attention that their costumes bring, there are few things to keep in mind so that, in the midst of your excitement over seeing your favorite character from that obscure-but-awesome fandom come to life, you don’t accidentally cross any lines.

Amazing Doctor Who weeping angel cosplay and comic con photo etiquette

  1. Always ask before taking pictures or videos. Most cosplayers are more than willing to pose for a picture, but make sure you ask permission before clicking that shutter.
  2. Respect the person in the costume. While it might be normal to throw an arm around your friends in photos, don’t assume that’s okay when posing for pictures with cosplayers. Sometimes the contact might damage their costume and, more than that, they are strangers – you’ve got to ask before touching strangers. If you want to put your arm around their shoulders or waist, ask first. Under no circumstance is it appropriate to try to touch a cosplayer inappropriately. Make sure to stay away from private areas. If their costume has patches of exposed skin, be extra considerate. And finally, if they don’t say yes, that means no.
  3. Don’t touch the costumes or props. Sometimes in the excitement over the awesomeness of a costume it might be easy to forget that there is someone in that thing. If the costume is oh-so-amazing and you’re oh-so-curious about how something feels, do not try to sneak a touch. Oftentimes, costumes are more delicate than they look and some people just do not want to be touched even if it’s through layers of gear. Politely ask if it’s okay and respect their answer.
  4. Consider your timing. Cons are long and everyone – including cosplayers – needs to take breaks to eat and run to the bathroom. If they are sitting down for a bite, heading for the restroom, or talking on the phone, be patient and, if possible, wait for them to finish and ask them politely if they have time for a picture.
  5. Watch the flow of traffic. There will be a lot of people so when you do take a photo (after asking permission), step to the side so you’re not smack in the middle of everyone else’s way or blocking an emergency exit.
  6. Don’t jump into someone else’s picture. No one wants to show their friends pictures of themselves, that awesome cosplayer and that jerk of a stranger that forced himself into the shot. It takes time to get a good picture and there will often be a line of people wanting to get a picture with popular cosplayers. Don’t just butt in. Wait your turn.
  7. Be nice. If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all. If you don’t like the character that the cosplayer is dressed up as, you don’t need to announce it. Skip any hateful talk, even if you think it’s a playful joke. Hearing hateful comments (even if it’s addressed to the character) can get old fast. Please don’t criticize their costume, how it looks on them, how accurate it is or how it’s made. Everyone comes with different abilities and experience and, in the end, this is about having fun.
  8. Don’t go all crazy. Control your excitement.You are a stranger and even though you might interpret your own behavior as appreciation or excitement, screaming and running up to someone you don’t know might just make the person terrified.
  9. Be extra mindful of kids. When kids are involved, keep all of the above tips in mind – times 10. Whether it’s kids in cosplay or just nearby, be careful not to come on too aggressively in a way that might scare them. Of course, do not touch them. Kids in costume can be super cute, but always ask permission from their parents or the adult that is with them before taking their picture.
  10. Report inappropriate behavior. Finally, if you see a cosplayer being harassed or endangered, please report it.

basic cosplay etiquette how and when to take pictures properly at comic cons

I originally posted this on the Salt Lake Comic Con blog.

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DIY Elf Dolls Tutorial

Remember those giant dolls? Well they aren’t pirates any more, I made them the cutest (and easiest) Elves Costumes!

Adorable Elf Dolls tutorial with free patterns

I apologize for the super long video. I’ve been sick and now the little one is sick so I didn’t have a chance to edit it down and I thought eep Christmas is SOOON I just need to share this. But I hope to come back and replace this FB LIVE replay with a bare bones tutorial version!

Speaking of FB live if you don’t already know I go live twice a week usually sharing some kind of sewing or crafting project and every once in a while cooking :) You can catch me on the Rae Gun Ramblings page Mondays at 4 PM EST and Tuesday at 1 PM EST.

Supplies

The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to my newsletter subscribers. You can download the pattern here along with many other free patterns and templates.

  • The password is in every newsletter so if you’re already a subscriber check your last newsletter near the bottom the go to this page to access the patterns.
  • Or if you’re not already a subscriber sign up right here and when you confirm your email it should give you a welcome page with the password for my downloads page.

What to Do

  • Sew the Dolls according to the directions on the fabric panel. You can watch me sew the girl one in the video above or the boy in this video.
  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn’t have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I’m not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

Boy Elf Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of ribbon for the sash. And attach a Holly Shoe Jingle Bell.

How to make holly shoe bells. Cute DIY Christmas craft tutorial

Girl Elf Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the green ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Wrap a Holly Shoe Bell around one of her pony tails and you’re good to go.

Sew the cutest elf dolls and shoe jingle bells

14 DIY Halloween Costumes and Block Party

Get ready for for Halloween with 14 adorable DIY Halloween Costumes.
Adorable DIY Halloween costumes tutorials

Little House on the Prairie CostumeRacoon Mask and Costume | Minecraft Trunk-or-TreatWhere’s Waldo Family Costume | Last Minute Ninja Costumes |  Easy DIY Star Wars Family Costumes | Bird CostumeDIY My Little Pony Fluttershy Equestria Costume | Easy Hawkeye Costume | Bob Ross Tree and Squirrel Costume  |  Baby Kristoff Costume (Frozen)Sharknado Costume | Lego Man Costume | DIY Olaf Costume

Halloween is right around the corner, so we’ve got some fun Halloween costume inspiration for you.  If your kids are anything like mine, Halloween costume plans is just about all they can talk or think about…and changing those plans.

DIY Pirate Dolls Tutorial with Free Pattern

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I made the cutest giant dolls this weekend for Teddy and I couldn’t resist but make pirate costumes for them. Today I’m sharing my free pattern!

23 inch DIY giant dolls for boys and girls with free pirate costumes sewing patterns

Have you guys seen the Doll Fabric that See Kate Sew has out with Riley Blake Designs? It’s freakishly adorable. It’s a panel fabric which means that all the pieces are printed onto the fabric with cutting lines and instructions. I’m super in love with the fabric. Watch the replay of my Facebook LIVE of me sewing up the boy doll below.

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Today I’m hanging out over at the Riley Blake Designs blog sharing the tutorial for how to make both the girl and boy pirate costumes as well as a little coordinating eye patch for your own little pirate (pirate costume available here).

Pirate Costume Pattern

The pattern is available as a FREE DOWNLOAD to my newsletter subscribers. You can download the pattern here along with many other free patterns and templates.

  • The password is in every newsletter so if you’re already a subscriber check your last newsletter near the bottom the go to this page to access the patterns.
  • Or if you’re not already a subscriber sign up right here and when you confirm your email it should give you a welcome page with the password for my downloads page.

Adorable pirate costumes for dolls and eye patch tutorial. Free costume sewing pattern

UPDATED with full tutorial below

Darling DIY pirate dolls for boys and girls

Supplies

How to make pirate costumes. Sewing tutorial and doll pattern

What to Do

  • Cut the pattern pieces out. I used woven for the stripes but in retrospect I could have easily used the knit version and wouldn’t have to worry about fraying. But I think the fraying adds to the pirate feel.
  • Note I’m not doing any finishing work since they are doll costume but if you want to finish your seams, edge stitches the pointy edges, press and all that feel free too!
  • I used 1/4 inch seam allowances

How to make a boy pirate doll with free pirate costume sewing pattern

Boy Pirate Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the straight sides of the short pieces together (this will make the center seams).
  2. Open up and sew along the curve of the inseam.
  3. Iron the top edge under 1/2 inch and sew down to form a casing making sure to leave an opening for the elastic.
  4. Insert elastic. Sew ends of elastic together and close up the hole in the casing. The shorts are now done
  5. Make the vest by sewing the front vest pieces to the back vest piece at the top edge.
  6. Then sew the side seams from the markings making sure to leave holes for the arms.
  7. Top stitch the ric rac onto the right side of the vest along the front edge and neck. Now your vest should be done.
  8. Cut a length of red ribbon for the sash.
  9. Take the eye patch band and form a circle overlapping the edges by 1/2 inch.
  10. Pin the eye patch over the overlapping edges  and sew in place forming a small box (so that you catch the all edges of the band that touch the eye patch. Now your eye patch is done.

DIY girl pirate. Free sewing pattern for pirate costume

Girl Pirate Doll Costume

  1. With right sides together sew the side seams of the dress.
  2. Fold the arm holes under 1/4 inch and sew down.
  3. Fold the top edges under 1/2 inch and sew down.
  4. Thread the black ribbon through the neck casings you have just made. I like to use a loop turner for this. You will tie a bow to close the dress on the doll. Now your dress is done.
  5. Tie a double knot of ric rac to make your dolls necklace (alternatively you can sew it into a circle).
  6. Make an eye patch using steps 9-10 of the Boy Costume instructions above.

Child Sized Eye Patch

  1. Use the same size eye patch as for the dolls.
  2. Measure your child’s head and subtract 2 inches for the band piece. Use the same width as for the dolls.
  3. Assemble the eye patch just like the doll eye patches (steps 9-10).

SO cute giant dolls for boys and girls and free sewing pattern for pirate costumes.

Teddy, my 2 year old, and I are totally smitten with these dolls. Like I’m already planning on getting more of this fabric and making other fun outfits for them smitten! They are just too cute.

DIY giant pirate dolls. Great sewing project would make a fun gift.

This tutorial originally appeared on the Riley Blake Designs blog.