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!

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.

 

Swap-Bot – Fall Bookmarks and Coaster

It had been a while since I’d swapped anything through Swap-Bot, and I missed it. I just had to sign up for some Halloween and fall swaps. Halloween being my favorite holiday (tied with Christmas) and fall being my favorite season.

I signed up for a fall crafts swap, and got a partner who likes bookmarks. I decided to make her a fabric one with some fall-colored leaves I had. I ended up adding some sparkly gold thread for embellishment, and loved it so much I made a second one for another partner I had for a different swap.

I needed to include two items for the fall crafts swap, and I wanted the second one to be something crocheted. My partner’s favorite color was orange, so I made her a pumpkin. I used this free pattern with a few changes, and then added a stem, leaf, and curly vine. For fun I hot glued on a jack-o-lantern face cut out of felt.

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.

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