Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving Turkey Shirt Ideas

It's a week before Thanksgiving and I am itching to make cute and festive
shirts for my kids to wear to Thanksgiving dinner with the family.
I've made a couple of different turkey shirts over the years
and they have been some of my favorite DIY holiday shirts I've made.
And since I make everything at least one size too big, I can usually get
2 years worth of wear out of them.
But alas, we've added a new baby this year and last year's shirts are too small,
so it's time to round up some ideas for new turkey shirts for Thanksgiving 2014!

handprint turkey shirt

Our first turkey shirts were made using the kids' hand prints and googly eyes!
They were so fun, and even my oldest nephew wished I had made him one.

diy turkey shirt

Then we had the giant cute eyed turkey face shirts.
I even made Isabella a matching skirt to go with her turkey shirt.
I loved the giant faces and was so glad that the next year I could just shorten
the sleeves on JT's shirt and add leggings to Isabella's skirt
and we were golden with turkey shirts for another year.

I haven't fully committed to turkey shirts this year,
but I was perusing the work of some of my favorite crafty ladies
and I've got a few ideas to work with.
If you need inspiration for your 2015 Thanksgiving turkey shirts,
then you should check out these great ideas!

{Ribbon Turkey Shirt at Rae Gun Ramblings}

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

TOO Cute Tuesday: Linky Par-Tay! #212

Isabella decided to wear her red riding hood cape and go 
incognito at Walmart this week :)

Now onto TOO Cute Tuesday!

What did you make this week that is TOO Cute??
Come link up!

  • Must be made by you.
  • Link up to the specific post - not your main blog.
  • No Etsy shops or giveaways please :)
  • Please post the button or link back here so more people can join in the fun.
  • Visit some of the other participants and leave them some LOVE!
TOO Cute Tuesday will be open Tuesday-Saturday.
On Saturday or Monday I'll highlight some of my favorites
and then we'll start over on Tuesday!

This post brought to you by:

I changed the linky party so that the most recently uploaded project will show up as number one. This way everyone gets a chance on top. So, look in the first spot for your project, not at the end. Thanks!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Welcome Great Pumpkin: Linus and Sally T-shirt Costumes

great pumpkin peanuts costumes

At the beginning of October, we attended an event at Knott's Berry Farm
to highlight Camp Spooky. The kids were so excited to go and they 
were supposed to dress up for the costume parade and contest.
However, since it was supposed to be almost 100 degrees that day,
we decided that Hogwarts robes and uniforms just wouldn't be a great idea.

So, my brain started thinking of all the great faux costumes I could put together
so that the kids could participate in the costume parade, but not melt in the heat.
Lifeguards, surfers, and water polo players were just a few of my ideas,
but none of them seemed just right.

Then, it hit me!
Peanuts characters!!!

After that it just seemed natural that JT should be Linus, Isabella should be Sally,
and little Gracie Loo should The Great Pumpkin!
And what I love most about Isabella and JT's costumes are that they are made from t-shirts!

linus great pumpkin costume

The Linus costume was the easiest.
All you need is a red t-shirt, masking tape and a black fabric marker.

Tape off the shirt by starting at the top and putting two lengths of tape and a space.
Repeat this pattern all the way down the front of t-shirt.

Follow the directions on your fabric marker, and then color in all the little gaps
you left in between the masking tape lines.
Let it dry - per product instructions, and then slowly remove the tape.
Do the same thing with the sleeves.
I did not do the back of the shirt, since Linus is a two dimensional character :)


Isabella's Sally costume was a little more involved.
First, I used fabric paint and a round sponge tip applicator to paint on the polka dots.
Usually Sally wears a pink dress, 
but in the movie version of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown,  
she wears a blue dress.

Then I cut off the sleeves and opened up the side of shirt by cutting up the side seams.
I put the dress on Isabella, inside out, and pinned it to her to get her shape.

I sewed new side seams and then turned the long sleeves into short puff sleeves
with some elastic and re-attached them to the dress.
Finally, I made a faux peter pan collar out of the scraps and attached it to the dress.

There you have it, how to make Peanuts costumes out of t-shirts!
If I didn't already have the pumpkin costume from when JT was little,
I probably would have made a pumpkin costume out of a t-shirt too.


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