My 6-year-old -soon-to-be-a-1st-grader recently told me that she wanted to be a Crayon for Halloween.
A light blue Crayon to be exact.
I know it’s a little early to be thinking about Halloween costumes, but we always start talking about Halloween in August.
I guess it’s because it gives us something fun to look forward to as summer is coming to an end.
And we really love Halloween.
Plus, it gives ME some time to think about what I want to be and to allow time to make costumes for my kids ~ if that’s what they choose.
Last year they wanted store bought costumes.
My little girl surprised me a couple of weeks ago when she said she said “Mom, I really want YOU to make my costume this year”.
I LOVE making my kids costumes!
How could I say no to this sweet little girl with the lil’ summer freckles and toothless grin….??
I looked for a tutorial on-line, but didn’t have much luck finding instructions or a pattern. I did find several images of hand-made Crayon costumes, and a bunch of the store bought kind.
I found one that Myah like and decided to just wing it.
I started by purchasing the supplies we would need for this – light blue and black felt.
I LOVE felt ! No fraying = easy, squeezy!!
I started by wrapping my lil’ chicklet in the light blue felt. Wrapped it around her like a tube dress, then I pinned it and cut.
I cut the fabric to fit her length-wise as well.
This light blue piece of felt will act as the “paper part of the crayon” ~ basically the entire costume!
I found some super light foam type tubing (???) we use to insulate our slider in the winter. I decided it would work perfectly to make a little bit of a “lip” on the top and bottom hems. I didn’t need to do this step, but I thought it would give the Crayon more dimension.
I placed the foam tubing about 2 inches from the edge, folded the felt over, pinned and sewed it in place.
Next, I took my rotary cutter and cut “waves” all along a strip of black felt. Not too wide, about 2″ – 3″ or so. This will be used as the edging part of the Crayon.
I pinned it in place and straight stitched along all the edges.
For the Crayola logo I downloaded this font.
I typed Crayola in Photoshop (you can use Word, etc.), sized it and printed it out.
I used my printed letters as a template to cut letters from the black felt.
Next, I cut an oval to fit in between the “waves” of the Crayon.
This took a little trimming, until it fit nicely in the middle of the waves.
I placed the cut out Crayola letters on the oval piece, traced around the letters with a piece of chalk, then cut a bit larger than my chalk marks.
Once the inside of my oval was cut out, I pinned it in place and sewed along all the edges.
I hot glued my “Crayola” letters in place ~ I glued because sewing the letters would have taken a LOT longer!
Myah wanted her costume to fit more like a dress, she didn’t want her arms to be inside the felt like this costume….
She wanted her Crayon costume to fit more like a dress.
I didn’t want the dress to be too tight though because I know it can be cold on Halloween and wanted my girl to be able to wear layers underneath her costume.
So I made it a little “roomy”, added a zipper up the back and and grosgrain ribbon ties to keep it in place.
For the hat I used a 12″x12″ piece of scrapbook card stock and created a cone shape. Then I duck taped it closed. Using my hot glue gun, I covered the entire cone in light blue felt.
Once I covered the cone, I cut an 8″ wide strip of light blue felt, long enough to go around the bottom part of the cone. I folded it in half and glued it in place ~ this creates the crayon “tip”.
(sorry about the lack of photos for the hat….)
Myah really loves her costume and has tried it on dozens of times!
Myah and I decided the color of this Crayon is “Baby Blue” ~ I mean, she is my baby after all.
I cut the name using my Cricut and black vinyl. You could also use black felt.
My older daughter now wants to be a Crayon as well ~ orange I believe.
Seriously, this costume was really easy to make. You could totally skip the zipper part and just stitch a seam up the back or cut arm holes in the felt.
It is also pretty inexpensive to make. Felt is pretty cheap by the yard and I had all of the other materials.
Here is a list of the materials I used in case you are interested in making your own Crayon costume:
1 yd – light blue felt
1/2 yd – black felt
Foam insulation tubing (optional)
Glue gun & sticks
16″ zipper (optional)
12″x12″ card stock (or poster board – for the hat)
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