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I am pretty excited to show off my daughters Monster Halloween Costume that I created for her this year… it is colorful and fun and perfect for a tween! But first I must thank ConsumerCrafts.com for helping make it possible! I was given a $50 credit to shop their site for ANYTHING I wanted. Do you know how hard that was? They have TONS of amazing craft products and their prices are so reasonable. Seriously, I was able to pick up six 11×14 canvases for about $16!
Read on to see how I made the fur accessories.
6 pieces of 9×12 fur
Hot Glue Gun
WARNING: cutting this fur is MESSY! If you can do it outside, I recommend it. It really does stick to everything. Once I cut it, I shook it out and then was good to go.
Measure your child’s calf with pants on, since the legwarmer will most likely go over those. Because we are a little limited due to the size of the fur sheet I decided to stick with the height of the fur for the legwarmer, so it is 9″ high. I measured about 8″ up my daughters leg and then measured the diameter of her calf, which was 11″.
Lay out one sheet of fur. We’re going to do a lot of manipulation with the measurement but it is all fairly easy – let me know in the comments if you get confused at all!
Add an inch to your child’s calf diameter measurement – I ended with 12″.
Because we are only working with half of the fur (one sheet) needed to create the leg warmer, you will need to halve the measurement – I get 6″.
We are now going to fold the fur in half, which means we need to half the measurement again – 3″ for mine. Measure that number (3″ for me) from the fold and then cut a diagonal line so that when you unfold your fur you have sort of a bell shape. (Mine is about 3″ at the top and 4.5″ at the bottom). This will give your leg warmer just a little shape to it.
Repeat this process with three other pieces of fur.
Take two of the bell shaped pieces and place them together, fur sides touching. Make sure that the fur is going in the same direction! Sew down one side to create a seam. Repeat for the other side seam.
Using 1/2″ elastic, cut piece to about an inch shorter than the width of your child’s calf measurement (remember, my daughters was 11″). Hot glue that about 1.5″ down from the top of your legwarmer.I stretched it along one side of the legwarmer and glued it down, pressing firmly until the glue cooled. Then I stretched it around to the other side and did the same making sure it was nice and secure.
Turn inside out and you have yourself a leg warmer! Do again with the remaining legwarmer and you’ll have a pair!
The wrist cuffs are even easier because they are NO-SEW!
Measure your child’s wrist – 6″ for my daughter.
Add 3″ to that – I ended up with 9″ (yay! that saves me one cut since the fur is 9″ wide!)
Measure how high up the arm you want it to go – I chose 4″.
Lay your fur flat and then fold in half. Make sure to push your fur up in the opposite direction that you are cutting and cut straight across, otherwise you will end up with a cuff that looks like it had a bad haircut! The top picture above shows where I made my cuts – once the fabric was folded I measured 4″ from the end and cut along the first white dotted line. Then I measured another 4″ and cut along the second dotted line to create my second cuff. The last piece of fur was extra.
On the underside of the cuff, about a 1/2″ from the shorter side, hot glue on a piece of velcro.Now wrap it around your child’s wrist to determine where the other piece of the velcro should go and then hot glue that piece into place – it will have to go on the furry side so make sure you press firmly until glue cools.
I love making my children’s Halloween costumes – not only is it money saving, but the pieces that I did purchase (the fur and shirt) were either a) inexpensive and b) reusable!Starting today,