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Baby “Link” (Legend of Zelda) costume

Continuing on with my recent theme of wildly outdated and/or seasonally inappropriate posts, here was what baby A wore for his first Halloween (at 3 months old). He went as Link from the popular Nintendo game The Legend of Zelda. As a gamer with a hardcore case of video game nostalgia, this was my husband’s top pick for a costume for A. I was set on sewing him a good costume for his first Halloween, but wanted to keep it relatively straightforward so I actually had a hope in hell of getting it done. It’s tough to find sewing time with a newborn around. I know, shocking news.

The tunic and hat were sewn from a thrifted men’s long-sleeved polo shirt:

Large and green. Perfect for the chopping.

One sleeve was cut off and became the hat:

Chop chop!

Using one of A’s hats to get an idea of width.

I hemmed the bottom edge after I took this picture.

… and I used one of A’s existing shirts to trace as a quasi-pattern for the tunic part.

Had to take the pocket off, since it was going to get in the way of the magic.

I just made it a bunch longer so it was, you know, tunic-like.

After this I just sewed up the sides, underarms and shoulders. I left the collar edge raw and cut a little slit in the front so A’s head would fit through. Baby heads are surprisingly big.

The boots were also salvaged; this time from a brown knitted sweater (that our a-hole cat had chewed a hole into, rendering it scrap fabric instantly). They were based off of a pattern I found somewhere on the internet, but have since lost. (Sorry, blog. Bad linking karma for me.) I cut the boot pattern pieces out of one sleeve and serged them together (making sure the knit stitches didn’t completely unravel). The sash and belt were cut from the other sweater sleeve. Much faster than knitting them, I tell you. The “gold” belt buckle was a simple crocheted circle using some yellow cotton yarn I had leftover from the Republic hat. I machine sewed it on to the belt, then attached some hooks and loops to fasten the belt in place (hooks and loops were all I had on hand — velcro would have been better).

The pants were the only part I didn’t make, so no exciting story there. I think they were from American Apparel? Who cares. BORING.

We took A to a family-friendly Halloween party at our local community baby/parent centre, and of course no one there knew what he was supposed to be. But that’s not terribly surprising, I guess, since most of the other babies in attendance were far more easy to identify (a pumpkin! a cat! a dinosaur!). I might have seen a glimmer of appreciation from one of the other dads well across the room from us. Nerds usually aren’t the most outgoing folks, so I may never know for sure.

But you know what? Obscurity be damned; he was one cute frigging Baby Link. Frig! Right? Frig.


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Baby leg warmers from knee socks

Got some nice lookin’ knee socks with busted toes or heels kickin’ around?  I do.  Or rather, I did.  But then I gave them a new purpose in life: baby leg warmers!  You know, like BabyLegs, but without the  $12+/pair price tag.

I followed this excellent (and so so easy) tutorial from Everything Your Mama Made and More, and was done two pairs in about 15 minutes.  And the most time consuming part was changing the thread on my sewing machine, so… I think these could conceivably be knocked off in about 5 minutes a pair.

Baby leg warmers are great for practicing elimination communication, as they allow easy pottying without having to wrestle the baby’s pants off first.  Or, if you’re diapering, they allow for easy diaper changes (or diaper ‘whip-offs’ if you are attempting to catch what my lovely friend Emma calls “pottytunities”, ha!).  And when your baby grows out of them, your older children can use them as arm warmers!


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Things I covet: Wrapped hoop earrings

If you’ve been reading this blog with any regularity, you will know by now that I have major appreciation (aka mad props) for projects that require no special materials. I must be the world’s laziest crafter, because my eyes go wide when I realize I can make something with the crap I already own! So my latest addition to the long and ever-growing list of things I covet is this: knotted, trimmed, crocheted and wrapped hoop earrings by Jessica at Happy Together!

Catch that sweet, sweet tutorial (okay, it’s more like four tutorials in one, because that’s how awesomesauce Jessica is) for yourself!


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Hankies from an old pillowcase

If you know me, you know I have a fairly long list of allergies. Foods and inhalants are my biggest ones. Easily controlled by not eating or breathing, mind you, but wouldn’t you know my luck?  I need to do both those things.  Consequently, I often have to be blowing my nose, and have been getting more and more uncomfortable with the amount of tissue I go through in the process.  A few friends of mine have gotten on the hanky train in recent years, and I recently decided I should make the switch as well!

So this afternoon I decided I would chop up an old pillowcase and make myself a few.  Here’s how I did it:

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Puff paint pottery

Alas, a way to decorate your home for $10 or less!  All you need is some old bottles (or cans, not shown here), some puffy 3D paint (fabric paint will do), and some white spraypaint.  Ta da!

This project was inspired by a similar one over at P.S. – I Made This…, and I was lucky to be the recipient of the necessary materials as part of my crafty-themed Secret Santa present this past Christmas (thank you, Laura!)

I’m so happy this one is finally done.  It ended up being a minor headache for me, as far as crafts go. Turns out spraypaint is a bit of a twat!  You spray too much, you get blobs and drips.  You spray too little, you end up doing so many coats your brain explodes from the time commitment (and the fumes, don’t forget the fumes). Finding a well-ventilated place to spraypaint something is actually quite challenging.  A well ventilated place where you don’t care if things nearby get accidental drive-by-shooting type of painted.  Note, this does not generally exist indoors.  Outdoors is also a pretty garbagey option because of flying dust/debris/shit from trees, so neither location is ideal. I ended up using a big cardboard box (with the flaps taped up so it was as tall as possible) but I did so many coats in that thing that it got a thick layer of sticky paint on the bottom which ended up pulling chunks of paint off my bottles wherever they were resting. [Insert eye roll/oy vey/bitch please here.]

So, a complex craft disguised as a simple craft.  At least I learned that spraypaint and I don’t get along so great. Learning experience!


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Fun with spray paint (and a train!)

I found this old junky metal wall-hanging at a thrift store a while back and was hoping my guy would give me the okay to hang it in our spare room. I picked it up because it made me think of him — he loved trains as a child (and still does, admittedly). Turns out he thought it was tacky to the max!  Which is fair, because I myself was wavering between thinking it was awful and thinking it was cool (similar to the phenomenon of sexy ugly, n’est-ce pas?).

Before

Anyway I happened to have been playing with a can of white spray paint for another project (stay tuned!) and decided it couldn’t hurt to try and give my little train friend a makeover, and in doing so, perhaps salvage its worth as potential art for our home.  Check out the results:

After

And the verdict was in — it was now deemed worthy of displaying on our wall for all to see. Hooray!  $6 (+ the cost of spray paint) well spent.  I admit, it’s certainly lost whatever steampunk-esque charm it had before, but I still like it.


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Things I covet: Mooshed vintage paper flowers

Dawn McVey posted today about some mooshed paper flowers she made from vintage book paper, and I have gotta say, friends: I love them!

Aren’t they great? I don’t make cards, but I can definitely see these being used in some sort of neat paper flower arrangement… perhaps a button bouquet?  I am getting the wedding eyes thinking about this… that can be dangerous.  You know, the whole “heeeyyy maybe I could make that for my wedding!” fantasy where you convince yourself you would be happy making 300 of the same thing over and over again?  Right.

Well if you have the wedding eyes (or just the crafty, card-making eyes) and have not (like me) begun to inwardly kick yourself for thinking such thoughts, check out her lovely and simple tutorial video!


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Things I covet: Ruffle skirt from a t-shirt

There’s always something new to read or see on the compulsively-updated Craft Gossip. Yesterday one of those things I read and saw was this lovely (and easy) t-shirt refashioning project by Analog Me. I love the unevenness to the ruffles.  Since, like the author, I too hate precision sewing (I am more of a frenzied sewer… er, sewist?), this is right up my alley.

Is anyone else suddenly tempted to rock this look (or any look for that matter) on a bright red scooter?


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Baby pants!

Well, old t-shirts can be made into just about anything, can’t they?  Case in point: baby pants!  Following this easy peasy tutorial over at Make Baby Stuff, I was able to salvage two of my guy’s old tees (or parts of them, at least) into some lightweight baby pants!

… You may recognize the cuff/pocket fabric from my fringed summer scarf post!

I admit, these aren’t my best sewing work. The pocket’s wonky, and the cuffs are a bit haphazard, but overall I think they turned out rather swell. Since the cuffs turned out to be quite a frustrating component (I was, stupidly, trying to make it so they could be rolled up, i.e., so there was extra cuff on the inside that would make for pants that could grow with the baby), I think in future endeavours I’ll stick to cuff-less, pocket-less plain old plainy t-shirt pants. Because really, those could sew up so easily. Probably in about 10 minutes!