Katniss Everdeen Speech Outfit by Sew Chibi

Good Morning Rae Gun readers!  I’m Kat from Sew Chibi, and I am super pumped to be here today for this series!  We are pretty huge Hunger Games fans in our house! There were so many choices of gorgeous outfits to choice from so honing in on one was a bit of a challenge!
I was toying around with the idea of doing something extravagant like the black feather dress or this half sleeve half cape quilted coat from the new unreleased Hunger Games.  But, I figured it would be more practical to make something that could be worn over and over again.
In the end, I chose to do the outfit that Katniss wears in the Catching Fire when she and Peeta go to District 11 and give their poignant speech.
The look was simple enough and I had just the patterns in mind to use.
I used the Mini Penny Pinafore by Kitschy Coo for the tunic and the Hosh pants, newly re-released, by Lou Bee Clothing.
I altered the pinafore pattern by redrafting the front center panel to include an off-centered zipper that is half exposed.  Then, since I couldn’t find blue fur on my fabric run, I chose to improvise with blue stretch velvet, using fusible fleece to plump it up a bit. Also, I measured around the full length of the neckline, adding in seam allowance, and made it have more of a rounded Neru collar.
The arm finishings didn’t necessarily come out as clean as I would have wanted per sa.  I was on the fence whether or not I should tuck the bindings under or leave them exposed.  I chose to leave them exposed so that it mimicked Katniss’ tunic detailing.
The pants were simple black bottom-weight sateen.  I added in a strip of black pleather to the middle of the pant leg bottoms, just like Katniss’ pants.
All in all, I really like the way it came together!  Azriella tried to be serious for the shoot but her sister was pulling funny faces in the window and making her laugh!
Most of the the shoots ended up looking like this instead!
Well, that’s it for me!  I hope you enjoyed my little snippet on this awesome Hunger Games tour!  Thanks again Marissa for having me!  Be sure to stop by Sew Chibi or Sew Geeky to check out what I’m up to!
many many smooches!
Kat

Happy Hunger Games Baby Pictures

Bow with the Bread Hunger Games Baby Pics - Rae GUn Ramblings

You remember that time Debra from Housewife Eclectic and I dressed up Teddy  in Gryffindor gear or that other time me made both babies Kristoff and Anna outfits from Frozen? You knew Katniss and Peeta were coming didn’t you? Well you should have!!! Jump over to see Debra’s post too and enjoy the delicious baby geekilicious awesomeness!

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 You’re welcome, didn’t that make your Wednesday a little better? Oh and before you go don’t forget about the giveaway!

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Block Party: Easy DIY Costumes Features

I know Halloween is coming up faster than I’d like at our house. We’re in some serious need of easy DIY costumes around here, so I thought we’d start our Block Party with a round-up of some great Costume Ideas.

Now it’s time for the Block Party Link-Up hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly  
 

Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  

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I’ve been crazy busy the last few weeks trying to keep up on orders for Harry Potter themed items in my Pieces by Polly Shop.  (There are still a few days to order scarves and wands in time for Halloween delivery).  I did manage to get one of my own new projects posted this week:
 


Mummy Wrapped Halloween Letters

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17 Great Halloween Costume Tutorials

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Do you know what you (or your kiddos) are going to be for Halloween? I’m still trying to decide. I have a few ideas but honestly I’m mostly trying to crank out my costume orders. Plus I’m a bit anxious since it’s Teddy’s very first Halloween and I’m like the costume crazy queen. I thought about making him a merman since I have some of the fabric from T’s Mermaid costume left but he’s a wiggly fellow so I don’t think he’d keep his legs together in proper merman style. I kinda want it to be quirky because I love unusual costumes but there is a more mainstream idea that I’m leaning towards. Oh well I’ve got time right ;)

In the mean time some of my sewing friends and I are sharing some of our favorite Halloween costume tutorials. Hope you enjoy them!

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Quick and Easy Bat Girl Cape Tutorial

 Easy DIY Bat Girl costume in under 1 hour - Rae Gun Ramblings #halloween #batman #batgirl #superhero

We are all about Super Heroes in our family so when I was invited to join in on the Amelie Cape Pattern Tour I knew I wanted to Bat Girl-ify the pattern. The pattern is SO quick and easy even with the extra steps of my tweaks to add the ears and bat wing lining this came together in less than an hour start to finish! So today I’m going to show you how to make a quick and easy Bat Girl Cape using the Amelie pattern.

How to make a Bat Girl cape - Rae Gun Ramblings

The pattern comes with an option of a darling Peter Pan collar or the hood like I did. It has two sizes 1-3 years old and 2-6 but T is already 7 and almost in 8 year old clothes and it still works wonderfully for her. The pattern is just 6$ so that’s way easier than trying to finagle your own cape.

DIY Bat Girl costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Cape Fabric (I used corduroy)
  • Wing Lining Fabric (I used fleece)
  • Bottom Lining Fabric (I used broadcloth
  • Button
  • Ribbon or fabric to make button loop
  • Some scraps of the cape fabric for ears (you’ll have plenty after cutting out the cape)

How to make a bat wing cape - Rae Gun Ramblings

Bat Wing Cape Lining

  1. Follow the directions to cut out the cape pieces. When you have the lining cut out. cut some small curves out of the bottom edge to make bat wing shapes.
  2. Next lay your cape on top of your bottom lining fabric and cut a piece out to complete what you just cut out. Basically you’re putting the lining back together so that it is the same shape as the outer piece.
  3. Pin the wing piece on top of the bottom lining and sew down. Since it’s fleece you don’t need to finish the edges. Now the lining piece should be the same size as the outer cape piece.

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Bat or Cat Ears Tutorial

  1. Next sew the outer fabric hood pieces together as directed.
  2. Cut 4 triangle pieces out to form ears. With right sides together sew two triangles to each other. Repeat with the other pieces. Turn right side out and iron.
  3. Try your hood on and mark where you think the ears should go.
  4. lay the hood piece on your cutting table with wrong sides together. Position the ears and make a slit using a rotary cutter just a tin bit bigger than the edge of the ear. You want the slit to go through both sides so they are positioned evenly.
  5. Slide an ear piece into each hole and pin. Fold over and sew closed catching the two hood layers and the ear layers. Trim off any ear pieces sticking out on the underside of the hood. This is the same method I used to make Teddy’s Bear Hooded vest.
  6. Now continue putting the cape together as directed in the pattern.

Super cute and easy Bat Girl cape costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

So easy right? I love how it turned out. All you need to do is add a super hero mask to protect your secret identity and you’re good to go! I think you could totally do the same thing to make a cat cape too! I tried to suggest to T that it could also be a Cat Woman cape if you ignored the bat wings inside but she was horrified at the thought of being a bad guy. Of course my husband had to remind her that she didn’t feel so strongly about being a bad guy when she wanted her Dark Phoenix Costume though. Ha!

How to make an easy Bat Girl Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

I know I costume-ized this cape pattern but it really is just a sweet outwear piece. I plan on making L one out of some really cute polka dot corduroy I found But I think she wants ears too. But really when you have the option of ears or no ears why wouldn’t you do ears am I right!? ;)

To see other versions of the cape hop on over to Amelie & Atticus and check out or buy the cape pattern here.

The fastest and easiest way to add cat ears to any hood - Rae Gun Ramblings

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Last Call For Halloween Costumes

Behind the scenes of Rae Gun costume making

I’ve been sewing non-stop trying to get orders out as fast as I can. But just wanted to pop in and let you guys know that I AM still taking a few last orders. I’ll be taking them through this week and then I’ll re-evaluate. So if you haven’t gotten your orders in but still want to dress your kiddos up as Pebbles and Bam Bam, or maybe mini Harry, Hermionie, or another of your favorite Harry Potter Gryffindor Students, or even a fine Pirate you’ can still order in time for Halloween (with in the US). See all the costumes!

Darling baby and toddler halloween costumes from Rae Gun Shop - Rae Fun Ramblings #harrypotter #gryffindor #pirate #pebblesandbambam #pebbles #flintstones

And just in case you’re not on instagram, here are some peeks into my crazy Halloween costume making world!

Rae Gun Handmade Baby Halloween Costumes

Teddy totally understands that September and October are all about costumes!

Inside Rae Gun costume making

Thankfully my family have been around to help snuggle as well as sew and pack and fetch food and anything else I need!

Rae Gun Pebbles costumes

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30 Minute Frozen Baby Kristoff Costume Tutorial

Super easy and quick Frozen Kristoff Costume Tutorial

Did you see the Baby Anna costume tutorial? Well I promised that I’d share a tutorial for Teddy’s baby Kristoff Frozen costume so here it is. I had actually made another base gray thing but it was such a hot day when Debra and I were taking pictures that I change the costume a bit the last minute so I’m happy to report that I made this one in about 30 minutes. Easy peasy right!

Baby Anna and Kristoff from Frozen - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Shirt to use for pattern
  • Faux Fur Fabric
  • Gray Knit Fabric
  • Maroon Fabric for Sash and neck details
  • Elastic
  • Simple Elastic waist pant pattern (I used this one but any basic PJ pants would work)

30 Minute Frozen Kristoff Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

What To Do

  1. Make your shirt pattern. Use a top that can slide on over head without stretching or just make sure your neck hole is wide enough. Just trace a shirt giving your self some space for seam allowances. Cut two pieces out of your fur. Make a slit in the front. Cut two rectangles out of grey. It needs to be long enough to reach from the edge of the fur sleeve to the wrist of your baby (you can use a long sleeve shirt to compare).
  2. Sew the shirt together at the shoulders.
  3. Fold the wrist side of your gray piece and sew under and hem.
  4. Then pin to the underside of the fur piece and sew. This will make it look like there is a gray shirt under the fur “vest”.
  5. With right sides together sew the sleeves closed and the side seams.
  6. Make your maroon trim by making a narrow tube of fabric sewing and turning right side out. Tuck the ends under and the sew around the neck area.
  7. Make your sash by cutting a strip of fabric long enough to tie around your kiddo’s waist 5 inches. Teddy’s is 5X44 inches. Fold in half lengthwise and sew down into a tube. Turn right side out and iron.
  8. Tie around the vest and your top is good to go.
  9. Sew your pants up according to the pattern directions.

Baby Kristoff Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramlblings

And if you haven’t already seen the Anna pictures you need to head over there are some real cute ones!

Frozen Anna and Kristoff Costumes Tutorial - Rae Fun Ramblings

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DIY Princess Jasmine Costume Tutorial

How to Make a Princess Jasmine Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

I’ve said it before but Princesses dresses are probably may favorite thing to sew ever. But what about those silly princesses that wear pants, well I guess they are pretty fun to make too ;) To day I’ve got a DIY Princess Jasmine Costume Tutorial to share with you guys. Last year when the whole family went to Disneyland I made the nieces each two princess outfits. And T picked Princess Jasmine from Aladdin for one of her costumes.

Princess Jasmine Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

I really love how it turned out and it was relatively easy to make if you just use some patterns or ready to wear clothes as your guide.

Step by step instructions for making a Princess Jasmine Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

How to Make a Princess Jasmine Top

What You Need

  • Shinny fabric (I like Jo-Ann’s Casa Collection, don’t by costume satin it’s awful to sew with and won’t hold up)
  • Lining fabric (I just used broadcloth)
  • Thin gold trim mine is about 1 inch for the headband and the front bodice piece
  • Thick gold trim for the bottom of the shirt
  • Sheer fabric about 1/4 yard
  • A shirt that slips on without needing to be stretched for a pattern (or basic bodice pattern pieces)
  • Gold Buttons for the back

What to Do

  1. Make your pattern by folding your shirt in half at the center front trace around giving yourself a half inch seam allowance. Repeat for the back.
  2. Cut out a front bodice piece and back 2 bodice pieces out of the shinny fabric and the lining. The front piece should be cut on the fold.
  3. With right sides together sew the bodice shinny pieces together at the shoulders. Repeat for the lining.
  4. With right sides together sew the shinny fabric to the lining around the neck and armholes.
  5. Flip right side out and iron.
  6. Sew the side seams by opening up the pieces and placing them right sides together and sewing down the line. You should have a basic top with the back open.
  7. Finish the bottom edge of the shirt so it doesn’t unravel either with a zig zag stitch or serger.
  8. Sew on your wide trim to the bottom of the shirt with a zig zag or 3 step zig zag stitch.
  9. Sew the back together leaving about 6 inches open at the top.
  10. Cut your sheer fabric 5 inches by the length of the fabric. Fold in half lengthwise and sew so it’s a long strap. Turn right side out. Pin in place on your bodice and cut any excess off. you want it to fit loosely around. Sew a small piece of gold trim to hold the “sleeve” pieces to the center front of the boddice.
  11. Fold the left side of the back piece under 1/2 an inch and sew.  Top with buttonholes.
  12. Fold the right side under and sew. Top with  buttons.

DIY Princess Jasmine Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

This is how the back looks. Sorry I didn’t get any pictures about how to close up the back.

Princess Jasmine Pants - Rae gun Ramblings

To make the pants just get a basic pajama pant pattern and sew it as directed but when it comes to hemming them make a wide hem and add in some elastic to make the genie style pant look.

How to Make a Princess Jasmine or Genie Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

And because I cannot believe how big a difference just one year makes here’s the costume on T while we were at Disneyland. Obviously it’s a lot shorter now!

DIY DIsney Princess Costumes. Tutorials at Rae Gun Ramblings

Stay tuned. I’ll be sharing how I made the Belle dress soon!

Princess Jasmine or Genie Costume Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

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Baby Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial + Over 80 Costume Tutorials

Frozen Anna and Kristoff Costumes Tutorial - Rae Fun Ramblings

Me and 80+ blog buddies got together to bring you 80+ DIY Halloween costumes, including my Frozen Anna and Kristoff! I’m teaming up with Jamie Dorobek and her handmade Halloween costume site, Really Awesome Costumes to bring y’all tons of easy ideas to craft up DIY Halloween costumes for everyone including your pets, family costumes, and even a trunk or treat idea! Along with my Frozen Anna Dress Tutorial, I’m sharing 88+ more really awesome handmade costume ideas from talented bloggers everywhere!   101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things

After the fun of Teddy’s Baby Harry Potter Photoshoot Debra from Joyous Moments Photography and Housewife Eclectic and I cannot stop taking pictures of our babies dressed up. This month I present you Baby Anna and Kristoff from of course Frozen staring Teddy as Kristoff and Hailey as Anna.

Baby Anna and Kristoff from Frozen - Rae Gun Ramblings

I know we’re kinda crazy but I know a lot of you guys are too because when Debra put a teaser picture up from photo day people went crazy. So not only do you get silly cute pictures but I’m also sharing how you can make your own Anna costume! You can use this tutorial to make a baby version like I did or and older child the only difference more fabric! And don’t fret, I will be sharing how to make your own Kristoff costume next week so you too can have the pair!

Frozen Anna Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

Frozen Baby Anna Costume Tutorial

What You Need

 Anna Frozen Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

What To Do

  1. Make yourself a bodice pattern by tracing around a loose fitting shirt. Make sure to add a cup inches at the shoulders (baby size I added 2 inches you’ll want more for larger sizes since this will determine how gathered it is. Make the sweetheart pattern piece by drawing a curve on your bodice piece so it’s the write shape.
  2. Cut out your pattern pieces for the top on the fold. You want 2 pieces (one will be the front the other will be the back). For the black also cutting on the fold you need two pieces. The skirt piece is just a big triangle. You’ll want it the length of your desired skirt plus 1-2 inches for seam allowances and hemming by 44 inches for a baby (for an elementary kid I’d do 44 or if you want it really full do 88 inches). Cut the skirt piece so that you have a front and back
  3. Sew the black pieces together along the top and bottom leaving the short edges open. Snip to the sewing line and turn right side out. Iron.
  4. Sew the bodice pieces right sides together at the shoulders.
  5. Finish the neck and sleeve edges. I did this with a rolled hem on my serger you can also just do a narrow hem.
  6. Next sew in 1/8 inch elastic around the neck and the arms. Cut your elastic to what wide you want your neck (or arm holes) then zig zag the elastic in place about 1/2 an inch from the edge using a zig zag stitch and stretching the elastic as you go.
  7. Gather the top edge of the skirt.
  8. Pin the skirt and bodice right sides together and sew.
  9. Next pin the black piece in place and lay the gold rick rack on and sew the gold rick rack on. This will attach the rick rack while also attaching the black piece.
  10. Make your “applique” embellishments out of iron on vinyl. I just cut one design of pink and one of green on my Cricut and substituted the parts I wanted of the right color. And iron into place. If you’re new to iron-on vinyl it’s my favorite and here’s a great how to post about it.
  11. With right sides together sew down the underarm and side seams.
  12. Hem the skirt.
  13. If your waist is big enough you should be able to slip this over the your Anna’s head. So if you want make a point to make sure it’s big enough. If you want a more fitted look you can cut down the center back of the dress (I know it’s scary) and insert a zipper. This is what I did. You’ll want to cut from the neck line to a few inches into the skirt.

Baby Frozen Characters - Rae Gun Ramblings

Awww aren’t they the cutest ever!!!? Don’t forget to check back in next week for the Kristoff tutorial. I’m hoping Debra and I can keep up the fun. We already know what we’re going to do for November, I can’t wait to share it with you!

DIY Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

And now it’s time for tons more DIY Halloween costume inspiration! Join in on the BLOG HOP! Click on the links below each collage to get the detailed instructions about how to make the costume pictured, just like mine above. Don’t forget to follow the Handamde Halloween Costumes Pinterest Board for even more DIY costume greatness!   88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 1. Handmade Baby Hamburger Costume 2. DIY Baby Game Boy Costume 3. DIY Minecraft Steve Costume 4. Football Brothers Halloween Costumes with DIY Pads and Onesie 5. Star Trek Halloween Costume for Kids 6. A Bee and Her Keeper 7. No Sew Magician Costume 8. Flint Lockwood Costume 9. Pinocchio 10. Marty McFly 11. Princess Wedding Dress Costume 12. Handmade Lalaloopsy Doll Costume 13. Homemade Toothless Costume 14. DIY Mermaid For Less Than $20 (No-Sew Option) 15. Easy Tinker Bell Costume 16. Mario and Luigi Go Kart Costumes 17. Dog The Bounty Hunter and Beth 18. Family Monsters University Costumes 19. Scooby Doo family costumes 20. DIY Storm Cloud Costume   88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 21. Cheap and Easy DIY Spider Costume 22. Easy Tin Man Costume 23. No Sew Bee Costume 24. Planet Halloween Costumes 25. DIY Cheshire Cat Costume 26. DIY Instagram Board 27. Elsa crown 28. Dog Collar Ruffles 29. DIY Pineapple Baby Costume 30. DIY Lego Movie Costume 31. Weeping Angel Costume 32. Disney Planes Costume: Dipper 33. Easy Pirate Costume 34. Easy Costume Idea – Renaissance Girl 35. 10 Minute Homemade Jellyfish Costume 36. DIY Cat Costume 37. Lucy And Ricky Costumes 38. Easy Frozen Costumes (Carrisa!!) 39. Easy Greek Goddess Costume 40. DIY Family Willy Wonka Costumes 101+ Handmade Halloween costumes at Creating Really Awesome Free Things 41. DIY No Sew Maleficent Costume 42. No Sew Pineapple Halloween Costume 43. Graveyard Bean Bag Toss: Trunk or Treat Car Costume 44. DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Costumes 45. DIY Raccoon Costume with Printable Mask 46. Easy WildStyle Lego Movie Costume 47. Simple Hello Kitty Costume 48. No Sew Minnie Mouse Costume 49. DIY Inspector Gadget and Penny Costumes 50. DIY Frozen Elsa Dress Baby Edition 51. Fairy Princess Dog Costume 52. DIY Hashtag Halloween Costume 53. Toddler or Baby Egg Costume 54. Easy No Sew Olaf Costume 55. DIY Baymax Costume 56. DIY Tooth Fairy Costume 57. Baby Short Stack Pancake Costume 58. Elephant and Piggie Halloween Costumes 59. Instagram Halloween Costume 60. Peter Pan & Mr. Smee Halloween Costume 88+ Handmade Halloween costumes at ReallyAwesomeCostumes.com 61. Wildstyle Costume from the Lego Movie 62. Fred and Wilma Couples Costume 63. Viking Family Costumes 64. DIY Cruella de Vil Costume for a child 65. Disney Frozen Olaf Halloween Treat Bucket 66. How to Make a Minecraft Steve Head 67. DIY Harry Potter Costume 68. DIY Duck Dynasty Costumes 69. No Sew Cupcake Baker Halloween Costume 70. DIY Skunk Mask 71. Ghostbusters Proton Pack DIY 72. Frozen Anna Costume Tutorial 73. Candy Corn Costume 74. Paw Patrol Halloween Costume 75. No Sew Toothless Dragon Costume 76. DIY Robot Costume 77. Wonder Woman Costume 78. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Costume 79. Thrifted Gentleman Spy DIY Halloween Costume 80. DIY Boy Garden Gnome Costume 81. Group Costume: Bob Ross, Happy Tree, & Squirrel 82. DIY Blues Brothers Costumes 83. Snow White Costume 84. Peacock Princess Costume 85. Scarecrow Costume 86. Easy Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume 87. Handmade Teddy Bear Costume 88. Princess Elsa and the Spy Kid 89. DIY Baby Koala costume

What handmade costume ideas did you love the most?! Be sure to click over to get the costume instructions, pin the costume, and let them know you love it! Also, follow the Handmade Halloween Costume board on Pinterest! Follow Jamie Dorobek {C.R.A.F.T.}’s board “Handmade Halloween Costumes” on Pinterest.

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How to Make a Totoro Costume

My Neighbor Totoro Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

Today I’m sharing how to make a Totoro costume. My niece L is a HUGGGGGE Totoro fan and last year she was the cutest Totoro for Halloween. The costume was really easy. Don’t know Totoro? It’s a super cute movie. Learn more here. Of course I was sewing it (and her sister’s butterfly costume) the day before she needed to wear it so I didn’t do the best job of taking process pictures but I’m going to give you a basic run down on how to make your own Totoro. Because really it’s not too complicated.

My Neighbor Totoro Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

What You Need

  • Gray Fabric (I used a slightly stretchy fabric with a short pile. It wasn’t velour but kinda like that)
  • White Fabric
  • Black Fabric
  • Heat Bond
  • 2 small Black buttons
  • Black pipe cleaners
  • Loose fitting shirt (to use as pattern) or tee shirt pattern
  • Hat pattern (I used this one)
  • Batting
  • Gray Pants/Leggings or more gray fabric and your favorite easy pants pattern

Step by step instructions for how to make a Totoro costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

  1. Make your dress/tunic pattern. I did this by tracing a top that fit L and then angling out from the armpit. But you can easily use a basic top or dress pattern. Or you can even use a gray shirt or dress. I used Craftiness is Not Optional’s Raglan Tee Tutorial to make my basic pattern.
  2. Cut the white tummy piece. It should be a basic white circle.
  3. Sew the white tummy piece onto the front bodice piece of the shirt. I used a zig zag stitch around the edge.
  4. Make the little black marks. I used black quilting cotton and heat bond to make iron-on fabric but you could also use iron-on vinyl if you have that laying around. But out the little boomerang looking shapes. Position on white circle and iron on.
  5. Finish putting together the shirt.
  6. Make your hat pattern by extending the normal hat pattern up and making ears. Besides that it’s pretty basic. You could use a number of different types of winter hats you just need to extend the hat up and make ears so if it has you pleating the top or anything like that you can skip that. Just use something basic like this just make sure your fabric is stretchy enough or that you cut it a bigger size. Once your hat is made just shove a bunch of batting up into the ears to help it stand up
  7. The eyes are white circles that you can make like the black marks (either with fabric and heat bond or vinyl). Then sew buttons on for the pupils.
  8. Make a black nose and sew on some folded pipe cleaners (I had to attach them in a few spots) and you’re good to go.
  9. Make your gray pants/leggings according to the pattern directions.

How to make a Totoro costume and leaves too - Rae Gun Ramblings

Finally Totoro isn’t complete without some leaves right? Cut out hearts for the leaves and tape on green pipe cleaners for stems. Or just stick a heart on Totoro’s head and call it good.

DIY Totoro Halloween Costume Tutorial - Rae Gun Ramblings

Cutest little Totoro ever right?

I’m sharing this as a part of Sew Geeky’s Studio Ghibli Month. And let me tell you the other ladies totally ROOOOOCCCCCKED it this month. Make sure to hop over and check out the other awesome creations. Click each picture above to check out the stars of this episode of Sew Geeky!

How to make a Totoro Halloween or Cosplay Costume - Rae Gun Ramblings

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