Halloween is around the corner. What fun!
Henry's costume is done. Here's how it went down:
- I ordered a white hoodie and tan dye from Amazon. In retrospect, I should have ordered two bottles to achieve the darker shade I was going for. But oh well!
- Henry and I followed the directions on the bottle to dye the sweatshirt. Easy!
- I dug through my friend's yarn box of yard-to-be-donated and found three skeins of thick, brownish/tanish yarn.
- I followed this tutorial to make little pom-poms. I wrapped the yarn around the width of four of my fingers 20 times. Then I tied a separate piece of yarn around the middle of my loops. Then I cut the loops to make a pom-pom.
- I sewed each pom-pom around the edge of the hoodie.
- To make the tail, I braided a bunch of strands together and then tied a pom-pom on the end. Then I sewed it to the hoodie.
- I purchased an eye-liner pencil to make a nose and whiskers.
The sweet thing is that Henry loves his costume. I ordered a tiger costume from Amazon for Tate, and I get a little sad comparing the homemade costume to the store-bought costume. The store-bought costume is made with such cheap and flimsy fabric. I'm sorry, Tater! Next year I will hopefully have the capacity to hand-make your costume too. I love you, Buddy!
I had so much fun working on this costume. As a planner, I love the weeks of anticipation before the actual event. We have to be honest with ourselves about what brings us joy. I didn't make this costume for Henry because I felt pressured by the Pinterest Culture to be a crafty, perfect mother; I simply enjoy being crafty (when I have time, which is why I didn't make Tate's costume this year!). I also personally love the idea of spending time with my children making their costumes. But that's just me! We each have to find our own path.