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Handmade Halloween: Spaghetti and Meatballs Costume Tutorial from Simple Simon and Co

Hi!  I’m liZ (one of the two Elizabeth’s) over at Simple Simon and Company.
And I’m so happy to be over here with Marissa for her Handmade Halloween series.
I just love Halloween.  And so do my kids.
Every year they spend weeks brainstorming costume ideas.  And today I get to share a favorite from a Halloween several years back.  Actually it was about 5 years back….it was the first year that Simon (my son) was old enough to choose what he wanted to be for Halloween.
And what he chose was Spaghetti and Meatballs.
Although he’s older now and would never choose something as silly as spaghetti and meatballs that doesn’t mean I still don’t love the costume (or the idea.)  And this costume has become the costume of legend in our family—being the first of a long line of, shall we say, “unconventional” kids costumes.
I can’t find the original photo of Simon in this costume but Grace was more than happy to model it for us today.  So without further ado here is our family’s famous Spaghetti and Meatballs costume:
And if you want to make one of these yourself here is the recipe:
1 long sleeved red t-shirt
1 package of jumbo fat yarn (I think there is a real name for it but I’m not sure what it’s really called.)
3 jumbo sized brown pom poms
Hot Glue and your glue gun
Lay your shirt out flat.
Cut randomly sized pieces of yarn.  (I made some shorter that the shirt and some longer—but not long enough to be stepped on.)
Starting at the neckline run a bead of glue down where you would like to place your first piece of spaghetti.
Place the yarn on the glue and repeat as many times as needed until you have a full shirt of spaghetti.
Now add your meatballs with your glue gun as well.
Let cool and enjoy!
Thanks again for inviting us over today Marissa!
And for more random projects feel free to visit us anytime!
Simple Simon & Co

Handmade Halloween: Chidren’s Peter Pan Inspired Costume Tutorial and Free Pattern

Today I’m so excited to have Sarah from Sewing Parts Online sharing her awesome Peter Pan child’s costume tutorial and patter. Thanks so much for being here a part of the Handmade Halloween Series Sarah!

Hey Everyone! Time to channel that inner costumer and get ready for the season of Trick-or-Treating with this Children’s peter pan inspired costume tutorial and free pattern. I thought of this costume while preparing for a brithday/costume party. I wanted something my son could run around in and still be easy to make. ::Cue lightbulb moment:: Peter Pan! The design is based off the 2003 Peter Pan movie because it was simple and I feel it has more of a fantasy vibe. This costume is more suited towards indoor Halloweening, but if you trick-or-treat outside, you could slip on some green tights and a green long sleeve shirt. It will look awesome! I hope you enjoy and Happy Sewing!

I’ve included the pattern for the pants, top, and hat. You can print out the patterns, take them to Kinko’s and enlarged 167% to fit a T3 (the hat doesn’t need to be enlarged). When you are ready to print them, set the printer to print the images at a full page. If you need a larger or smaller size, simple add or subtract a few inches from the side seams and waist. Easy-peaze! br />



1 1/2 yards of Green Cotton Fake Leaves Red Feather Green Thread Universal Needle Scissors Buttonhole Foot Pins Marking Tool Tip: If you have the time, it’s helpful to make a muslin version. Use the muslin version to make size adjustments before cutting out of the good fabric.

Step 1 – The Pattern

Print out the provided patterns. Enlarged the pants an top 167% to fit a size T3. To make the hat pattern, simply line up and tape together.I’m going to demonstrate the construction of the pants and top with small paper pattern pieces just to keep things simple.

Step 2

Double up your fabric and cut out 2 of each pattern piece. Make sure to cut on the grain of the fabric for best results. Once you have all your pieces cut out, finish the raw edges with either a serger or zigzag stitch. If you use the serger, trim off the bare minimum from the seam allowance.

Step 3

With right sides together, match the front inseam to the back inseam. Make sure you’re matching up the right front pant with the right left pant. If your fabric doesn’t have an obvious “wrong side”, it can get all mixed up. To help me know which side is which, I put a small chalk mark on the wrong side of the fabric.

The inseams are label with an “A”. Sew from the top of the inseam down the hem using a 1/2 seam allowance. Repeat with other two pieces.

Step 4

Now match up the crotch area of both pant legs and sew a 1/2 inch seam along the u-shape (right sides together). This area is labeled with a ‘B’.

You may want to add an extra line of stitches along the crotch curve for extra security.

Step 5

If you match up the waist area together, you’ll notice it starts to look like pants. Now, we just need to sew the outside leg seams. Match up the outside leg seam of the front and back (labeled ‘C’) right sides together and sew a 1/2 inch seam. You have pants! Whoo Hoo!

Step 6

Take your top pattern pieces and match up them up (right sides together) at the shoulder seam. Sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

Step 7

Try to match up the bottom center of the top piece to the center seam of the pants. Pin everything together and sew a 1/2 seam. You will do this to the front and back of the pants. Remember, we are still working on the inside of the costume.

Step 8

With a marking tool, sketch little upside down triangles to the hem of the shorts. You want it to look torn and tattered. Don’t worry about the lines being even. Sew a straight stitch along the line and then cut along the line making sure not to cut and stitches.

Step 9

Clip a variety of leaves off your fake plants and either sew them or hot glue them onto the top of the costume. I started at the shoulder seam and worked my way down the front and back.

Step 10: The Hat

The hat pattern should tape together like so:

First, add your buttonholes where they are marked on the pattern. This should be done on the face side of the left hat piece. So, when you are finished, the feather will be on the left. I suggest using an automatic sliding buttonhole foot, however this can be achieved by zigzag stitching 2 narrow rectangles.

With right sides together, sew a 1/4 seam around the front and back edges. Then, turn the bottom (rim) up a 1/4 of an inch as a hem.

Turn everything right sides out and you are ready to party it up in Neverland! I hope your little one enjoys being Peter Pan!

Handmade Halloween: Princess Dress Giveaway (closed)


As a part of my Handmade Halloween Series I as well as many of my blogging friends will be sharing some awesome tips for making homemade costumes. I know that not all of you are sewing inclined so I’ve also got a few fun giveaways planned.
Today I’m giving away a duplicate of the princess dress that I made for naughty niece L this year for her birthday. By the way she absolutely loves hers so I think that your little one will love it too. It’s a bit big on L so I think this would fit for a 5-6 year old. The back has my elastic ruching so that makes the fit more flexible and more likely to last longer.
I’d love you to share this with all of your friends. Even if they already have a Halloween plan this would make a great dress up outfit, Christmas present or like was the case for me birthday present.
For those of you who want to make your own, I’ll be sharing my tutorial on how to add that poofy bustle thing to the skirt tomorrow! updated: Princess Dress Bustle Tutorial here.
And just since I have already gotten the question on Instagram (@raegunramblings) – No I will not be selling these. So if you want one enter the giveaway.

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Best of 2012: Reflections on the Year

I cannot thank all of you enough for being apart of my life, whether you lurk or comment or I know you in the real world, I am happy to have you. Last week I shared my most popular posts from 2012 and today I want to share some of my personal favorite blogging highlights from the year.

By far the best part of my blog life this year was getting to know many of you and other bloggers better and being able to meet them in person. I have had an absolute blast connecting with many awesome Utah craft and book bloggers as well as many wonderful out of town folk that have come through my area. I have also enjoyed guest posting, hosting guest bloggers and participating in fun blog series here (Hunger Games and Halloween) and on other blogs. It has been amazing. I am absolutely looking forward to more of that next year

I have long wanted to share My Etsy Journey with you guys. It has been a lot of of work but I love that I’m my own boss and I make my living being creative. I know many of you have considered opening shops or have just been curious about how things work in my world. My Etsy Life series has been a lot of fun. I hope to do more this coming year so if you have an questions let me know since everything is so normal to me I forget what kinds of topics might be helpful and interesting.

To continue my getting to know you guys better I finally have gotten my tush in gear and started connecting more on various social media outlets. It has been great getting to know so many of you on a new level. You know sometimes you want to share something but it doesn’t really justify a whole blog post. I have loved peeking into your lives, meeting your children, and connecting over the little moments of our lives. I am excited to continue to visit with you all, be able to support you in the frustrations and celebrate with you in the wins on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest.

And just for fun, here are some of my favorite posts that weren’t featured in my Top 10 post on Friday.

What We Wore, Read, and Made Link Party and Me Sew Crazy Giveaway

Before we get to the link party, I have a fun giveaway to share with you. The lovely Jess from the awesome Me Sew Crazy blog, Sew Set, and Me Sew Crazy Shop is giving away 3 patterns of the winner’s choice in conjunction with the Handmade Halloween series. Awesome right?

She has SO many gorgeous patterns if you sew or know anyone who sews you should hop over and check them out!

To enter just follow the directions on the rafflecopter widget below. Lots of ways to enter including just leaving a comment :)

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Also, my Princess Dress Giveaway is still open for a few more days. If you haven’t entered be sure to stop by for a chance to win :) You can get an entry just for commenting.

Your turn, let’s see what you’ve been creating, cooking, eating, wearing, reading, all of it!

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Link as many posts as you want and I don’t mind if they are older posts.
And feel free to re-link any posts you’ve link in the past
related to this weeks bonus themes: Thanksgiving
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Please Note: I will not be sending reminder emails about the party any longer. hopefully having my button, following, subscribing or something else can serve as your reminder.


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