Jared & Jacob = Shadow & Tails

Jared & Jacob didn’t want any “usual” costumes this year.  They wanted to dress up as their favorite video game characters, Shadow and Tails (from Sonic the Hedge Hog game series).

When I first mentioned to the boys that I was going to make their costumes, they sort of rolled their eyes (but I think they knew better than to say anything).  I know Jared had a few reservations about how that would turn out.

Sew…keeping my Grams as my ultimate costume making inspiration…I made do with materials on hand and came up with these costumes.  I think Grams would have been very proud of what I came up with.  Gosh, I *miss* her so much!

Sew…how did I do it?  I studied the game box covers and images I found online.  Then I free hand sketched the masks.  I enlarged and transferred on to cardboard and painted the masks using whatever we had on hand, including Tempera paints, markers & Tsukineko Inks.

Here are a few pics:

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We just used shirts and sweats as the base for the body of the costume. White batting “bibs” were attached where appropriate.  Jared’s (Shadow’s) head and back spikes were made using some old furry felt I had on hand.  I free hand cut, stitched & stuffed them.  The red trimming is red painters tape.

The boys were thrilled with how the costumes turned out and that was the BEST part for me.  In case you are not familiar with these characters, you can see some “official” character costumes on this page:
http://www.sonicgear.org/FanEvents/Japan%20Events/CostumeCharacters.html – Shadow is the black hedgehog and Tails is the yellow fox.

Yo-Yo Spiders are Spooky!

There’s still time to whip up some spooky yo-yo spiders to decorate your home or surprise friends & family members.

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They’re quick, easy, furry & fun!  I had so much fun making them, I wrote a PDF pattern to share.
Click here for the PDF file.
NOTE: The PDF file requires a *RECENT* version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for free at adobe.com . However, I am unable to provide support for Adobe programs.

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Cell Phone Catty has a two new sisters!

Cell Phone Catty is a really fun gift-making pattern.

I made these twins at the same time (so they’re sisters to my first one!).

Assembly-line sewing speeds up the process.  It’s also fun to experiment using different items for embellishments.  I used some cool decorative brads I found in the stationary department at Hobby Lobby.  I looked for brads that did not have super wide back tabs and these were not hard at all to use.

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These kitty girls will make great Christmas gifts.

I’m looking forward to making more of these in different colors, but I need to get busy with a few other projects first.

Here’s the 1st Cell Phone Catty I made:

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Click here to see the Cell Phone Catty pattern.

Here Kitty Catty…Caddy!

I love my new Cell Phone Catty!
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I whipped her up over the weekend and she’s already added *sew* much dazzle to my day.
I smile every time I pick up my purse.

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Isn’t she cute?  I made her using the Cell Phone Catty pattern from Cotton Ginnys.Wanna see the back side?

I know I’m going to have to make more of these.

Oooohhh…great gift-making is in the works!  Cell Phone Catty will make a great Christmas present for my daughter and quite a few other people.

I was surprised at how easy it was to make this pattern.  The directions are very well written, but it is important to read them ALL the way through before beginning.

A sewing machine with zig-zag capability is recommended but not required (you can do all straight stitching if you want).

One thing I did differently from the pattern — I did not use sew-in Velcro.  I used the new Fusion Velcro (that is a permanent fusible).  Good stuff! Sew Thankful does not have it in stock yet, but should very soon.

Another thing I think will be helpful — next time I’m going to use Quilter’s Vinyl to trace off the pattern templates.  I made this one using KWIK Trace, and it worked OK…but for these smaller pieces and for the required placement markings, using Quilter’s Vinyl should work much better.

Want to see the Cell Phone Catty pattern?  Click here.
Want to see more fresh & fun Cotton Ginnys patterns?  Click here.