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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / A Toddler Birthday Present: A Dress-up Trunk! (pic-heavy) on: October 25, 2010 10:49:26 PM
My boyfriend's nephew just turned 2 this month, and after looking up suggestions on what sorts of toys are developmentally appropriate for a 2 year old, we decided that a box full of fun dress-up clothes would be just the thing for this bright, imaginative little boy. So over the course of 2 weeks, I made:


A vest made from the (probably out of print) Butterick 4154 (bandanna, hat and star were purchased);


A superhero cape (completely freehanded);


A chef's hat and apron, because he loves to make cookies with mom (made with the (probably out of print) McCall's Crafts 875);


And kitty ears! Boyfriend sketched the outline of the finished ear (for not just kitty ears, he's getting more for Christmas) and I pattern-ized and constructed them.

All of these awesome costume bits (as well as a couple more random purchased items) were stored in a sweet treasure trunk, also designed and sewn by me:


My sewing machine is not currently working, so these were all sewn by hand. (Thank god for Netflix...I've now watched nearly all of Dead Like Me, hehehehe.)

And finally...short stack loved it so much that he wouldn't stay still long enough for his picture to be taken! (lol)


If anyone wants tutorials or anything, just let me know!
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Painting a wood grain on fabric? on: October 05, 2010 10:33:52 PM
Hey everybody!

So the boyfriend and I are making a dress-up trunk for his nephew...he turns two on Saturday! We have the "structure" of the trunk built (plastic storage bin from Walmart, top turned upside down and posterboard curved over the top and stiffened with coats of white glue to make a barrel-top trunk...it looks badass) and we wanted to cover it with fabric and give it a woodgrain look. It definitely doesn't have to be perfect (and neither of us are super skilled with a paintbrush) but we want it to look cool. I have some medium brown cotton broadcloth, some black fabric paint (they didn't have dark brown), a whole variety of acrylic paints and brushes ranging in size from teeny tiny to approximately 2" wide, as well as a decent amount of free time. I also figure I'll cut the pieces out before I paint them with a woodgrain and sew them together afterwards to make sort of a faux-wood trunk slipcover of sorts. Anyone have any ideas?

ETA: I did some googling for painting a fake woodgrain and it was all about painting on wood with stains and partially removed paint...
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