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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Alien vs. Predator on: November 03, 2015 10:59:43 AM
WOW. Just wow. These are incredible! How did you make them?
2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sheriff Woody Solo - Toy Story / Star Wars Mashup Toddler Costume on: November 03, 2015 10:53:49 AM
Now that my son is getting older, he was able to have input into his costume choice for the first time.  He couldnt decide between Woody from Toy Story and Star Wars, so I tried to give him both. Introducing Sheriff Woody Solo! I tried to blend elements from both characters together into the ultimate space cowboy.

Here are all the details:

Red & white checked shirt. Out of necessity, I made the crosshatch design with a fabric marker. The pattern is a modified version of this shirt: Barmy Beetroot Western Shirt.

Millennium Falcon buttons. Designed in Illustrator, laser cut by Ponoko.

The Star Wars bandanna. Designed in Illustrator, printed with Spoonflower.

Jeans with Corellian Blood Stripe. Modified version of Dana Made It's Kid Pants.

Leia belt buckle, spurs, and sheriff badge. Designed and cut with my Silhouette Cameo.

Cow print smuggler vest. Modified a free pattern by Made by Marzipan.

Woody's pull string. Cord from the fabric store and a painted embroidery hoop.

Boots & Spurs. Black rain boots with embellishments.

Chewbacca/Slink treat bag. Designed in Silhouette Studio, printed onto canvas and assembled into a small bag.

The cowboy hat is from Amazon, and the amazing tauntaun hobby horse is something we've had for years. We got it to decorate his Star Wars nursery when he has born. I'm so glad we got to use it in this costume!

There are additional pictures and more construction details on my blog, Sticks on a Plane. Thank you for looking! May the force be with you...
3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Gimli LOTR Costume -- Toddler Sized and Picture Heavy on: October 15, 2015 10:17:09 AM
Congrats! Your project was picked to be featured on our Halloween Costume Board.

Thank you, kittykill!  Grin
4  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mega Blastoise X - Halloween 2014 costume entry on: November 04, 2014 07:16:16 AM
This is really an excellent likeness. Well done! He looks very pleased Smiley
5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Gimli LOTR Costume -- Toddler Sized and Picture Heavy on: November 01, 2014 04:06:10 PM
This year for Halloween, I decided to have our not-quite two year old dress up as Gimli from Lord of the Rings. I'm thrilled with how it came together, and even more so that he actually wore it! Everything except his basic fleece pants and boots is homemade.

There are five parts: the beard, helm, tunic, bandolier/belt, and treat bag.

For the beard, I scaled down this most excellent Instructable. It is made with two colors of acrylic yarn and plastic canvas for a base. I modified it to snap on to the hat with oversized snaps. It wasn't his favorite part to wear, so I wanted to make it easily removable.


For the hat, I made changes to this free fleece knight helmet pattern. I added chain mail-ish stitching on the back, as well as a medallion and cheek straps cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. I freehanded the designs based loosely off of movie screenshots. Finally, there's a little elastic chinstrap to keep him from tearing it off.

The tunic was based on Butterick 3244 -- a simple fireman's jacket. The sleeve pattern was chopped into a few pieces to get the look I was going for, and a faux chain mail underlayer was added.

The bandolier/belt was made from a few chopped up belts I found at the thrift store. I glued them together with industrial adhesive, then drilled holes and laced with decorative leather cord for extra reinforcement.

The treat bag is probably my favorite part. I traced a movie still of Gimli's axe and cut it out of fusible web backed felt on my Silhouette. I created an offset around the original design and cut it out of another color of felt, then mounted the first on the second. It was reinforced with cardboard from a cereal box. I used a strip of felt to gusset the front and back together, and another thrift store belt for the handle.



I had so much fun making this costume for him. I already can't wait for next year!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Star Wars Nursery -- Picture Heavy! on: February 24, 2014 12:03:38 PM
Thanks, JoyfulClover! I have thought about it, but they have in fact already featured an awesome Star Wars nursery (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/rockys-star-wars-nurserynurser-159366). I'd hate to be a Jabba-come-lately.  Wink
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: Desperately Seeking Flannel PJ Pattern for One Year Old! on: September 24, 2013 12:35:21 PM
Thanks, meleriffic. That's closer, but still not quite right... I actually think I finally found something in Kwik Sew Toddler Pajamas. They have a T1 size, which I might just have to take in a bit for our little guy. Thanks!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Desperately Seeking Flannel PJ Pattern for One Year Old! on: September 24, 2013 07:11:50 AM
Hi all! I'm looking to make a traditional pair of flannel PJ's for my son this Christmas. He will be right around one year old this December. I am amazed by how much trouble I'm having finding a pattern for a simple two-piece flannel PJ set (with collar) in his size. The closest I've gotten so far have been two by Oliver & S and 'Sweet Dreams' by Peekabo Patterns. None of them are exactly what I want... Not looking for kimono style, and the exaggerated collar on the Peekabo Patterns one isn't what I'm looking for. Just plain. 'Ol fashioned. Flannel. PJ's. Help me out! Does anyone have any suggestions?
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Wookie Plush on: January 13, 2013 12:59:37 PM
Plush WIN. One of these would be awesome in my son's Star Wars nursery... Though it would be more for me to play with!

Also, your video is great! Thanks so much for sharing.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Diamonds quilt! on: December 29, 2012 05:18:00 AM
Sure does... thanks!
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