Nyan Cat Kitty Costume

Remember the Giant Felt Popt-tart? Well, here’s who I made it for:

Our cat, Shadow, went as Nyan Cat this Halloween. He enjoyed it immensely, as you can see.

Not familiar with the Nyan Cat phenomenon? Here’s the pastry cat in all his glory:

No, nothing else happens. There’s no need to watch the whole thing.

Anyway, I thought I’d give an update to the tutorial on how to turn a felt Pop-tart into a Nyan Cat kitty costume.

Nyan Cat Costume Tutorial

1. Follow the instructions to make a felt Pop-tart here, but before sewing around the pastry edges (Number 5), pin some rainbow ribbon or fabric into one of the short edges. I used three ribbon strands of each color (about 1 yard in length) because I coudn’t find any rainbow fabric, but fabric would be easier to deal with. If you use ribbon, running a regular glue stick across the inside edge of the felt helps to position and hold the ribbon before sewing.

2. Finish Pop-tart as per instructions. Then cut two small rectangles (mine were 2″ x 3″) out of felt, a stronger material, or both. (I made two of cotton and two of felt to cover them.) Fold the rectangles in half, and cut twice into the folded edge. Unfold.

Flashback Friday – Hubby’s Cape

As I mentioned in Six Favorite Things I’ve Made, my husband is incredibly tall. Six feet, seven inches to be exact. Clothes and shoes his size can be hard to find. And costumes? Forget about it!

Hubby wanted a nice cape, and I was happy to oblige. Not only did I sew him a cape that actually fits (it reaches to the floor), but homemade costumes tend to be a lot better than store-bought. I used good material and fully lined it, so this cape looks great and will last. In fact, he’s worn it for a few Halloweens already. He loves it. Usually he dresses as a vampire, but he’s gotten creative with it, as well. You can do a lot with an awesome cape!

Tutorial – Giant Pop-tart

I made this giant felt Pop-tart the other night. Can you guess what it’s for? Hint: Halloween is coming up, and I have a gray cat…

EDIT: Nyan Cat costume tutorial here.

I didn’t take many pictures as I made it, but maybe I can explain and make this a bit of a tutorial (if for any reason you would want to make a large fabric pop-tart in the future!).

Giant Felt Pop-tart

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces pastry/peach-colored felt (11.5″ x 8.5″)
  • 1 piece light pink felt
  • darker pink/fuchsia acrylic or fabric paint
  • 10.5″ x 7.5″ piece of cardboard (I cut mine from a box.)
  • matching thread
  • fiber-fill or batting
  • white acrylic or fabric paint (optional)
  • white sparkles/glue with sparkles (optional)

1. Cut the light pink felt piece down about a three-fourths of an inch all the way around UNEVENLY. You want it to be slightly scalloped to give it more of an icing-on-pastry look. It will be about 10″ x 7″.

2. Cut around a pastry-colored piece of felt slightly, just to make the edges uneven like the pink piece.

3. Spread out some fiber-fill or cut down a piece of batting to slightly smaller than the pink felt piece. Place the batting/fiber-fill on the cut pastry piece and place the pink icing piece on top. Pin in place.

Flashback Friday – Candy Corn Witch

I made this candy corn vest (complete with candy corn buttons!) for my sister last Halloween and told her how to make the skirt. She wore it with black boots and a cute candy corn-painted witch hat. Sadly I can’t seem to find the pictures we took of our costumes last year, so I set this up on my dress form to get one.

 

Flashback Friday – Medieval Peasant Costume

I actually didn’t remember which costume I made first – this medieval peasant outfit or my Strawberry Shortcake ensemble. I sewed both during high school (back when I had more time to do such things!). However, being that I’m wearing glasses in this picture it must have been when I was a sophomore. I, happily, got contacts my junior year.

I was excited to use grommets on the corset/vest, but they were such a pain! Luckily I now have several tools for inserting the obnoxious things. It’s a fun costume and I’ve worn it many times. I think my mom even borrowed it once. A peasant costume comes in handy!

Flashback Friday – Renaissance Costume

I love sewing. I also love theatre (my minor) and Halloween. So it’s only natural that I love making Halloween costumes, right?

I sewed this Renaissance dress for my sister a few years ago. I think I may wear it myself this year. I used McCall’s pattern 4997 if you’re interested. However, it calls for quite a bit of material, which can get really expensive. I used some fabric I already had on hand, and took out some of the fullness in the skirt and sleeves to make it fit. I added an extra layer of trim and lots of silver to make it flashy and fun for my sister to wear on Halloween. I’d love to make another dress out of this pattern, without any changes, but I’m not sure which colors to go with. I’ve seen it in blue and white, which was really pretty.

Nice to Meet You: Six Favorite Things I’ve Made

I found Adventures in Dressmaking a while ago, and have really been enjoying Suzannah’s posts. She and some other awesome bloggers are hosting a Nice to Meet You! series, and I thought it would be fun to participate. The question to answer is: What are six of your favorite things you’ve made? I may be new to blogging, but I’ve certainly made some things! I’ve never really thought about which projects have been my favorites though, so it has been a lot of fun looking back (and trying to find them so I could take some pictures!).

1. Strawberry Shortcake Costume

Do you remember Strawberry Shortcake, the adorable 80s cartoon? Well, you should – ’cause I do! Strawberry was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid, so in high school I decided to sew a Halloween costume after her.

From Hurricane High School year book, 2002.

I’ve made other costumes since, but this is still my favorite. And over time I’ve added more pieces as I’ve found them, such as green- and white-striped tights and a curly wig. I even have strawberry tennis shoes with strawberry laces!

2. Sis-in-law’s Wedding Dress

When my brother got engaged I was more than happy to help his soon-to-be-wifey with her wedding dress. She chose a gorgeous ruched lace gown. The only problem was that it was strapless, and she needed one with sleeves. I thought I’d probably be sewing a little jacket for her. Not at all!

Danielle dress front 002

It took three snowed-in days of sewing, beadwork, and removing and reattaching appliqués. But it was worth it – she loved it and no one could even tell it had been altered!

3. Little Wizard

I’m quite fond of wizards. Merlin, Gandalf, Micky Mouse in Fantasia… Wizards are awesome. So when a coworker got upset about moving to MS Word 2007 and losing his little wizard assistant from the older version, I just had to make one.

Isn’t he just the cutest little wood and foam wizard ever?

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