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Topic: I love a challenge! Stuffed purple panda costume! FINISHED!  (Read 3577 times)
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« Reply #10 on: October 07, 2011 08:24:53 PM »

Not being very crafty myself  Undecided

Where do you get the plastic canvas form? something like michaels?

I actually got it from Joanns
Michael's only had small pieces..I get them in sheets of 13x22"
Walmart used to sell it but I don't know if they do anymore.
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« Reply #11 on: October 07, 2011 08:31:39 PM »

Did you heat the plastic mesh to shape it or is there a wire support for the shape? Because if you can flex it like Veraform, but oh so much cheaper, I will be one happy panda! Cheesy

Nope...no wire support and don't have to heat it.  I hot glue it (burn the heck out of my fingers because of the mesh) but I've also sewn it.  I've done paper mache on top of it as well as foam and fun fur. 
It's kind of like veraform in strength and flexibility but you can't just drape and shape a piece...you have to cut it into a pattern and then attach it to create a three dimensional shape.  for example I used a pattern for a felt ball to create the original globe shape.
But it's only about a dollar for a 13x22 inch sheet...so the savings are worth the extra work....in my humble opinion.  the panda head took 3 sheets of plastic canvas, about a half a yard of 1/4 foam which was in my stash) and about 6 dollars worth of stretch velour.  Not a bad price for such a cool final effect!
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« Reply #12 on: October 07, 2011 08:56:30 PM »

Frickin' WOW.
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« Reply #13 on: October 08, 2011 12:18:46 PM »

This is awesome. I too want to be a panda for Halloween. Do you think it would be possible to post a tutorial?
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« Reply #14 on: October 09, 2011 06:11:39 PM »

This is awesome! I totally would have loved this as a kid! Ok who am I kidding... I would still love this now too haha. Your kids are very lucky!
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« Reply #15 on: October 10, 2011 03:25:49 PM »

I can't show this to my daughter; she's going to be a panda for Halloween, but will have to settle for the hoodie with ears that I made for her.  This is ingenious!  What a wonderful way to build a structure and the finish is just perfect, looks like a professional mascot to me.  Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: October 11, 2011 03:01:30 PM »

This is awesome. I too want to be a panda for Halloween. Do you think it would be possible to post a tutorial?

Hmmm...I'm in the middle of the next costume I'm making. 
Don't have time to do a full tute but do you have some specific questions?

Basically I used a felt ball pattern for the main "globe" part.  I made them 17" tall.
I used little tabs of plastic canvas to attach the seams with hot glue.
I cut off the bottom 3 inches of the ball pattern pieces to make an opening for the head.
I reinforced the bottom opening with a strip of plastic canvas all the way around.
I marked where the eyes were when I put it on my daughter.
I created a crown out of plastic canvas that fit my daughter's head and glued it to the top of the inside of the head.
I made up the pieces for the nose with trial and error.
I cut out the eye holes and attached the nose pieces.
I cut pieces of 1/4 inch foam in the same ball shape and hot glued them on.
I cut 2 circles for the ears and attached them with hot glue to the plastic canvas under the foam (cut slits in the foam)
Then I created the fabric pieces by laying the fabric on insie out and pinning my sewing lines....same way I would do a slipcover for a chair or couch.
The last thing I did was glue tricot lining (stretchy holey material used to line bathing suits) on the eye holes so she can see out but you can't see in.

Those are the basic steps I used and the pictures I originally loaded might help you understand them.
Sorry I don't have time for more but I'm working on an Einstein bobble head right now and Halloween is fast approaching. Smiley
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« Reply #17 on: October 18, 2011 09:14:49 AM »

I am going to attempt to use this technique to make a Yoshi head. I hope it works out as well for me as it did for you!
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« Reply #18 on: October 19, 2011 03:50:32 PM »

I am going to attempt to use this technique to make a Yoshi head. I hope it works out as well for me as it did for you!

Awesome! Cheesy
There are a lot of tutorials on you tube...it's really not hard...can't wait to see what you come up with!
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« Reply #19 on: October 28, 2011 04:25:37 PM »

OK...I just updated the post with finished pics...I hope that's how I was supposed to do it...anyway...enjoy!
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