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11  Re: Making horns in Discussion and Questions by sugarbeth on: April 15, 2008 08:24:22 PM
I have made horns for a Halloween costume before, and what I did was to make a cone-like spiral out of stiff wire, where the spiral is narrow at the tip of the horn, gradually getting bigger around at the base of the horn. Bend the spiral to make the horn curve how I want it, then cover the spiral with stretchy fabric, sewing it closed by hand.

Like so:

This makes the horns very lightweight.

I'm sure you could do something like this but with bigger ram horns. But whatever you end up doing, I totally want to see it!
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12  Re: What crafty type gifts did you GET? in Winter Holidays by sugarbeth on: December 26, 2007 07:30:58 PM
My husband made me this magnetic pin box from scratch. He engraved/painted it with a picture that my daughter drew. I LOVE it.

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13  My Sparkly Solstice Tree Skirt in Winter Holidays by sugarbeth on: December 12, 2007 01:36:17 PM
We celebrate the Solstice at our house, and I started this tree skirt several years ago. I thought I'd work on it a little bit this year, and I finished it instead!

Warning, gratuitious use of sequins below!

Up Close

Action Shot!

Just picked out different gold fabrics and trims. Appliqued the sun on a sparkly fuschia satin using the fusible webbing stuff. Then hand sewed the trim and sequins on. There is a layer of polyester batting in there, too. It's very lush and pretty - I just love how it came out!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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14  Child Costume: Bumblebee Transformer in Halloween Costumes by sugarbeth on: October 31, 2007 08:37:39 PM
I wanted to wait to enter this one when I got the feet done - I did them at the absolute last minute right before trick-or-treating! lol!

Original thread here:
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15  Re: 2007 Completed Costumes Scrapbook! (completed project pictures & links go here!) in Halloween Costumes by sugarbeth on: October 28, 2007 08:15:22 PM
My son as Bumblebee and husband as Optimus Prime:

Original thread here:

My daughter's costume was infinitely easier. She wanted to be both a pegasus AND a unicorn (and what 6 year old girl wouldn't?) Her uncle dubbed her "Pegacorn". This is just your basic animal costume pattern (Simplicity, I think). Modified a little bit to make it a unicorn, and then I added wings. The mane and tail are feather boas from the craft store.

My costume was unfortunately just a rerun from a previous year, as I didn't have time to make my own new one! I was Medusa, since Pegasus was born from her blood. This toga/dress thing was also a pattern. It's got that greek-looking trim on the edges but it's hard to tell in the pic.

Love seeing everyone's costumes!! Keep 'em coming!
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16  Adult Costume: Optimus Prime in Halloween Costumes by sugarbeth on: October 28, 2007 11:48:06 AM
Autobots, roll out!!

Original thread here:

We are big fans of the Transformers over here. My son just loves anything "robot", so I got the bright idea to make my son and my husband Transformers. It was a lot easier in my head!

This is almost completely from scratch. The only part pre-made is the black sweatpants and shirt underneath all of the parts. Each transformer armor part is a sandwich of fabric fused to headliner foam and sewn together. The metal parts that aren't 3D are metallic fabric cut and fused onto the shirt/sweats underneath. The heads ended up being these complex soft-sculpture-like things and were actually pretty fun to do, though hard. It was like a puzzle trying to figure out how to make my materials form the shapes that I wanted.

After I made all these pieces, they were safety-pinned onto the foundation. This was the fastest way to get them on there, and it also allowed the costume to "move" a lot.

I don't even want to think about how many parts are involved in the making of this costume. My craft room was a constant disaster with bizillions of scraps of paper as I figured out the patterns, fabric everywhere, pieces of foam. My poor fingers are shredded with pinpricks and bruised from hand-sewing a good part of the head through thick dense layers. But as Optimus Prime says: "No sacrifice, No victory". Smiley I'm so glad it's done!! I don't think I'll be doing anything this ambitious for a good long time!
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17  Re: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (almost done!) in Halloween Costumes by sugarbeth on: October 28, 2007 11:27:24 AM

Here's the action shot! The only thing I wasn't able to get done in time for the party was Bumblebee's feet. I'll get those done for Halloween though. The costumes were a big hit, and I think my husband had a lot of fun in his. He's looking forward to wearing it to work on wednesday. Smiley
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18  Re: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (almost done!) in Halloween Costumes by sugarbeth on: October 25, 2007 02:39:37 PM
Just finished Optimus Prime's head! It came out AWESOME!! Totally patting myself on the back for this one. Took me three days and ten bizillion pieces and some bruised fingertips. I definitely have the hang of my materials now. It's kind of like putting a puzzle together, figuring out how to cut everything. It would be a lot of fun if I didn't have a saturday deadline!

I have most of the pieces made for the body. Just need to start attaching them on.

Still need to make hands and feet. I'm going to redo little Bumblebee's hands too, since I know what I'm doing a lot more now. I need to make a couple more wheels, too.
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19  Re: MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE (just gettin' started) in Halloween Costumes by sugarbeth on: October 18, 2007 10:39:43 AM
Sorry it's taken so long to post here! These costumes are tough! :lol: Needless to say, I didn't finish in time for my son's birthday party in september. I'm pretty much done with his Bumblebee costume, except for the feet, and I'm finally getting started on Optimus Prime. I think I got a little carried away!

Here are the Bumblebee pics. It's not perfect, but my son loves it. Will get some action shots when the second costume is done.

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20  Optimus Prime cupcake cake and Megatron Pinata in Party Planning by sugarbeth on: September 27, 2007 01:26:53 PM
My son's 3rd birthday party was last weekend, and he LOVES anything Transformers or robots. So I made him an Optimus Prime cupcake cake and my husband made a Megatron pinata.

It took 36 cupcakes for this giant cake. 4 big batches of buttercream icing (2 white for the base, 2 batches to make the miscellaneous colors). I used store-bought chocolate fudge icing with a bit of black added for the outlines. It took me like all day to do, even after I'd made up all the icing the day before.

Here's a helpful link about cupcake cakes:

I gave my husband the project of making a Megatron pinata. I figured if we were beating on a pinata, it should be the bad guy! He made it out of a cereal box, paper towel tubes, cut-up fragments of cardboard hot-glued on, and paper mache. It was the total hit of the party. Much hilarity ensued, as each kid seemed to take off an appendage a piece, so there was a lot of excitement and drama! lol!

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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