DIY Princess Crown

DIY Princess Crown


In the Fall of 2019, I was pleasured to get to assist the lead costumer at my local theatre with a few costume items for their featured Christmas play, How Hans Christian Anderson Defeated The Snow Princess. I was asked to combine a prom dress, wedding dress and silver vest into an ice princess look, and then to create her crown.


For the crown, I walked around several Christmas decor sections at my local craft and grocery store. Sometimes I don’t know what items to use until I am inspired by what I see is available. I came across this silver glitter snowflake placemat and two sets of icicle ornaments at Meijers, knowing these were the perfect items. I was also given a container of plastic diamond gemstones and some E6000 glue to work with from the theatre. 

I keep inventory of headbands of different widths and styles at home, as they provide a great costume base for any headdress. Over a wide headband, I wrapped 3” wide silver ribbon and used hot glue to secure it on. I then cut the snowflake placemat in half and wrapped it at the top of the headband. I then hot glued each icicle ornament to the front, making sure it stood out about ¾” from the snowflake. I usually work in odd numbers, as they look more pleasing to the eye. In this case, I added 7 icicles to the crown front with both hot glue and the E6000 glue.  I added additional gemstones to the snowflake placemat for extra bling. 

Usually to finish off a crown, I will sew or glue on hair combs to the side, but in this case, the crown stayed on beautifully without any extra structure. I was quite pleased with the result, and so was the costumer and director! This crown is certainly one any princess would be pleased to wear!

Baymax Costume

Baymax Costume


When my boys were little we found joy in watching all the kid movies! The year Big Hero 6 came out, it was an instant hit with my boys! They instantly fell in love! I was at the height of my costume making, having just come off a very successful Frozen movie run, I couldn’t wait to pull off Baymax next.


I knew it needed to be large, round, and very soft, and so I immediately decided fleece was the material of choice. I used my Olaf pattern as a base for Baymax’s tummy, but went even larger in circumference. To obtain that puffy look for baymax, I attached an inner muslin lining to the outer fleece shirt top, and stuffed polyfill between the layers.


The arms were also double layered to hide Nathan’s real arm on the underside of the puffy arm and fingers. The pants were elastic at the waist, and oversized in length and width at the elastic hemmed edge, to give the look of fullness.


The hat was the trickiest part of the design, as my son was clearly not a fan of having his entire face hidden behind the blacked out eye strip. We compromised, and made a cutout for his face, placing the eye detail right above his forehead, and a snap under his chin to bring the sides together.

What excitement ensued as Nathan felt invincible in his new suit, throwing himself on the ground, rolling around, and giving his brother “medicinal hugs” from a big marshmallow man. Baymax is just so lovable, and Nathan definitely personified that in his play! 

Wolf Mask

Wolf Mask


What an exciting adventure to think about costuming my first musical. Of course I sew, but could I attempt something this big? Would I make the deadlines? Is my talent and skills enough to meet the task? Do you ask yourself these questions too? They used to always hold me back from saying yes. I didn’t often believe in myself, especially if it was a job type circumstance. Volunteer positions were low risk and easier to commit to.

I decided to go all in anyways, jumping in mid-musical season in 2017 to pull together remaining looks for the cast members of Beauty and the Beast, Jr. I was honored to be asked by my friend and thoroughly enjoyed working with her and these kids. Most of the main character costumes were rented at Costume Castle in Loveland Ohio. We rented Lumiere, Cogsworth, Gaston, Beast, and Mrs Potts, and a few others.


Still with gaps in our support cast, I learned how to reach out to local community theatres in our area to borrow costumes, form new relationships, and rent from a few local schools. I didn’t realize it then, but how valuable this information would be for me for years to come. 

The world of costumes occasionally collide with props, and when you need a mask is it a prop or costume accessory? We searched all over for wolf looks for a few young boys who would end up taunting Belle in the Forrest. I made a wolf headpiece out of fur as my first attempt, thinking we would paint the kids’ faces and give them a tail. But then who would paint the faces on? I mentioned the idea to my super crafty husband, and within minutes Steven had a tangible solution to the Wolf costume.


Steven remembered he had referenced the Cannon website before for costume mask ideas, and so when he pulled up, we knew it was just what we needed!

With Steven’s knowledge of Eva foam construction (for how to videos we recommend watching Evil Ted on YouTube), he decided the masks would be more durable and stay low cost if made out of craft foam. He purchased the black, brown and white sheets of medium thick foam at Hobby Lobby, used the templates from Creative Park and adhered them with contact cement.

To give the masks a more real feel, we added felt manes to the back of each mask. I bought a yard of each color of felt, and hot glued the cut pieces to the back of the mask, while still allowing plenty of room to get them on one’s head.

We tried them out on ourselves to make sure they worked!


Three masks were made, and one of those three was changed up a bit to become the lead Wolf. On his face, his colors were different, a scar was added to his eye, and his ear notched out as if in a fight. The masks were a huge success, were fun to play with, easy to see out of, and lightweight and durable. 

We hope you’ll find the enjoyment of using this free pattern too for your musical, or personal use! 

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Jesse Toy Story Costume

Jesse Toy Story Costume

I spent a lot of time making my son’s Blue Jay costume for Halloween so I needed to come up with something for myself quickly. 

After looking in my closet and a quick trip to the thrift store and Walmart I had all I needed to create Jesse from Toy Story.


Supplies Needed:

  • Hat (Thrift Store)
  • Red spray paint  
  • White Shirt (Thrift Store)
  • Jeans  (Old Pair)
  • Red acrylic Paint
  • Belt
  • Cow print fabric 
  • Yellow fabric
  • Thick white ribbon 
  • White rope


I spray painted the hat red. After it dried, I hot glued a wide white ribbon around the top. 

I punched holes around the rim and threaded white rope through the holes.

I matched up the cow print fabric to my jeans and traced the front of each leg. 

I cut out a panel for each leg and then sewed the panels onto the front of my jeans.

I sewed yellow fabric to the top and cuffs of the white shirt.

I used red acrylic paint to add the trim and design to the top and cuffs of the shirt.

I braided my hair and used make up to add freckles to my cheeks. 

This was a quick and simple last minute costume.

Halloween success!

We Trick or Treat in my sister’s neighborhood each year. This year, my sister took all the kids around the neighborhood while my husband and I stayed behind to pass out candy.  I bought Moana for my niece and my little guy wanted to wear his pumpkin costume from last year. 

I had a blast! I loved seeing all the costumes from kids in the neighborhood!  

While my costume took an afternoon, my husband”s costume took weeks. I will have to write an entire post about how he created his HALO suit out of EVA Foam.


DIY Blue Jay Costume

DIY Blue Jay Costume

Our oldest son started asking for a blue jay costume back in early 2017. At first I was excited, and thought I would make simple wings  he could fly around the yard with! But as most best intentions go, I didn’t even begin the project and the idea soon faded away. Every few months, my son would remind me about the costume and I started to feel guilty for saying I didn’t have time. In September my son was still asking. So, with full assurance, I started on a Blue Jay costume for Halloween!   I  drew the design in my art journal to get a good idea of what the shapes would be for the costume.  Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no extra cost to you. All opinions remain my own. I grabbed an old supply sheet we had from my husband’s work and cut out the general shapes of the bird body. I stapled the edges together and had Nathan slip into it. The costume was love at first sight for Nathan! After a successful sample pattern, I used  plastic template pieces to cut out the real body pieces from white blizzard fleece. I sewed the body up, leaving a hole at the back neck for Nathan to step into. And I lightly stuffed the front belly and back tail area with ” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener noreferrer” data-wplink-url-error=”true”>Fabri-Tac along the backside of the wing, overlapping them as I went. I waited 24 hours for the wings to dry, and then used acrylic paints to apply the feather looking designs. The acrylics make the fleece stiffen a bit and slightly hard to the touch, but they dry exceptionally fast and create vibrant colors. I used this same acrylic paint to give the bird body some color and simulated feather texture. I ran out of black fleece, so I ended up using several sheets of thin, EVA Foam for the tail feathers. I painted them and glued them on with  Fabri-Tac. And for the finishing piece, I created a lightweight head mask out of thin EVA foam. I started by making a paper pattern, and achieved the sizing by comparing it to one of the boys’ knight helmets. After knowing the paper sample hat fit, I used those pieces to then cut out of foam. I used contact cement to glue the foam pieces together. Once my mask was done, I added a few areas of acrylic paint to highlight it and hot glued on some feathers to the beak. The shoes covers were also made of The whole project took me about a week to complete and was a fun and definitely unique request to fulfill! I was thankful I had followed through on the project! And maybe it’s just my bias, but I think his cuteness and uniqueness may just have awarded him extra candy on trick or treat night! Facebook Instagram Pinterest
Then It All Came Together

Then It All Came Together

Project #1: I knew I wanted Nathan to be a mouse for Halloween after I saw THIS photo on flickr. I own this pattern, and was going to make Nathan a full costume….even had it all cut out…..but then I decided I was making it too elaborate for a one-night costume. So, it became just a jacket instead, and I didn’t use the pattern. 

I used this pair of gray sweat pants instead, courtesy of my Mom (Thanks, Mom!).

The cuffs on the pants made terriffic sleeves for Nathan’s jacket. I used one of his current winter coats as my pattern. I also used a fleece hood I already had from another sewing project. The pink on the mouse ears and the tummy area were from a pink bath robe my sister gave me.

And this is how Nathan looked on halloween night. I embroidered the mouse face on the hood and used glow in the dark embroidery floss for the whiskers. I made his slice of cheese rattle from felt, stuffed it with poly-fil and 3 jingle bells, and fabri-tac’ed gold felt circles all over it.

Now, just maybe, this little mouse may get to wear his costume more than just once.

Project #2: Army pants. Ben wanted to be an Army soldier (just like his Uncle Steven…we are honored!), and while he had the vest, the gun, and the hat, he still was missing some pieces. Steven has allowed me to cut up several of his ACU uniforms over the years, but I didn’t have quite enough fabric to make Ben a complete set of pants. Instead, I used what fabric I did have to make racing stripes up each side on pants he already had. I also found extra Airborne patches of Stevens to use as well on the pockets.

I also added one of the cargo pockets from Steven’s pants.

And to cover an already worn in hole in the front, I covered it with a patch. You can’t even tell can you? Now these pants can have extra life left in them!

Ben. Aww, so cute! You look like a terriffic Army Soldier! This picture is from my sister’s blog. See more pictures HERE of her kids all dressed up & their trick or treat story! They are just so cute!

Project #3: My first sewn cloth diaper from “upcycled materials”. I have cloth diapered Nathan for 4 months now, and just love it! I bought a bunch of Bum Genius cloth diapers on clearance a while ago. I bought them on clearance, thinking it wasn’t worth the time or cost to sew them myself. I think I’m still right about that one, but I wanted to try to make one on my own anyways.

The outer fabric is navy blue wool, from a sweater my friend, Tanya, had felted a few months ago. The interior lining is blue microfleece from an Ikea blanket throw I bought last Christmas. And all the velcro I used, I pulled off of remnants of Steven’s old Army uniforms. I made the pattern from a cloth diaper I already had. It was so fun to make, and I look forward to trying it again!

And here’s my biggest project of all. I LOVE being a Mommy and getting to stay home with my little guy! I love you my now 9 1/2 month old sweet pea!