Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!  This year, Fire Monkey wanted to be Catboy from PJ Masks.  My philosophy on Halloween costumes is to start with a pre-made base.  In this case, I chose a hooded sweatshirt.  My hope is that he can wear it whenever he wants, not just for Halloween.

I found the Catboy symbol online, enlarged it, printed, then cut it out and used it as a template for painting.  I used four coats of craft paint mixed with textile medium to paint it on. Adding the ears to the hood was surprisingly easy--I found this great tutorial and did it one weekend morning while my husband made pancakes--it was that fast!

The stripes on the pants and sleeves were the hardest part because I had to get into the sleeve or pantleg to sew.  Yes, the pants and sweatshirt aren't the same blue but I don't think that actually matter.  I was worried about the tail but am really pleased with how it turned out.

The mask was probably the most fun.  I found this great Bernina tutorial and used their template but not their method.  (Their tutorial makes a reversible mask. I didn't need mine to be that fancy; I don't expect him to wear it for more than 5 minutes.) The mask is made of fleece.  I did one layer of fleece with one layer of fusible interfacing on the back.  Then I satin stitched around the lines for the eye holes.  Once I finished the stitching I cut out the inside.  This should finish it enough that it won't fall apart since it's fleece and not cotton.

And then it was time for the my most ingenious discovery--pre-made bias binding makes perfect mask straps!!!  The tutorial has you sew strips into tubes and turn them inside out--no thanks!  I stitched the fold in the binding closed, then sewed it to both sides of the mask.  I cut the strip in half and measured against Fire Monkey's head to know where to put the velcro.

My super fabulous sister-in-law wraps presents with bias binding instead of ribbon. When I commented on how much I loved this, she told me I was the first person who actually knew what it was! She says she can get bias binding packages for 5 cents each at her thrift stores.  This was the binding that wrapped Fire Monkey's birthday present earlier this month--is that not a perfect color match?!? 

So here is Catboy, ready to trick-or-treat and hoping the expected storm is not as bad as anticipated.  Creating Fire Monkey's costume was #4 on my Q4 list of goals for the Finish Along. 

Time to be a Hero!


  1. Cute costume, and great job on making it easier for you. He's looking good as Catboy!

  2. Love your idea of starting with a base! Great job!!!

  3. So adorable. Hope he had a great time. I do miss making halloween costumes for my sweet young boy....

  4. So cute! And how fun he gets a special costume no one else will have. Hope you were able to get in some treak or treating. It was really cold here, it definitely held down the numbers of kids out and about on Halloween.