So if I’m leaving for Mexico/Ethiopia in just 3 weeks, that means Hallowe’en is only 2 weeks away! Gulp.

And I still have those costumes to make for the boys! Remember the Cat and the Spider?

I figured I’d better get on that so I spent a bit of time prowling the dollar stores and collecting some supplies I’ll need to get going on my little cat and spider costumes. Here’s what I’ve done so far…

1. The Cat

Thankfully a cat costume is pretty simple to make. I cut some cat’s ear shapes out of black felt and lined them with some lighter coloured felt to look like the inside of cat’s ears. A bit of creative sewing and they stand up from the hood like real ears. I added a tummy by cutting out two pieces of white felt and stitching it to the front of the hoodie, just like I did for the skunk’s tummy last year.

This kitty has a furry white tummy and grey-lined ears...

This kitty has a furry white tummy and grey-lined ears…

I thought it would look really cute to have bright yellow eyes on the hood but try as I might I just couldn’t get them to look right. Good thing I’d bought him a little cat mask from the dollar store, with this on and his hood up he looks just like a black cat…

Meow!

Meow!

The cat’s tail was also pretty straightforward. I used some of the extra fabric from the spider legs and sewed it into a long tube. I stuffed it with some batting and sewed it to the back of the costume. To finish him off, I’ll probably make some kind of cat collar with a tag on it.

Voila, a cat! Meow.

2. The Spider

The spider is a bit more complicated because it needs to have all those legs. I was planning to just stuff some black tights but when I was shopping last night, I found it was way cheaper to buy little girls’ leggings instead. 

I cut the legs off each pair of leggings and sewed a line down each one lengthwise to make it a bit narrower like spider legs would be. A bit of batting to stuff them and voila, spider legs!

You might need to use your imagination but trust me, these are going to make great spider legs!

You might need to use your imagination but trust me, these are going to make great spider legs!

I wanted them to be secure so I ripped open the side stitching of the hoodie and sewed the spider legs right into the seam.

Once the side seam was ripped open, I inserted the legs and sewed it all back shut with a simple, straight line...

Once the side seam was ripped open, I inserted the legs and sewed it all back shut with a simple, straight line…

Instead of just having a plain black spider body, I made up a design out of felt and sewed it to the back of the hoodie – think the red design of a black widow spider.

Okay, so it’s not exactly real-life but my son thought it looked cool...

Okay, so it’s not exactly real-life but my son thought it looked cool…

And lastly, for the spiders head I have a couple of ideas. Spiders have such cool eyes so I’m going to experiment with a couple things and see what looks best. This headband from the dollar store and these two tea strainers could become something pretty cool and spider-y but we’ll see how it turns out!

Trust me, those are no ordinary tea strainers!

Trust me, those are no ordinary tea strainers!

So that’s where I’m at on the boys’ costumes. We’re going to be trick or treating in our new neighbourhood for the first time this year so I kind of want to dress up as something fun. Oh and there’s also that issue of the Rock ’n’ Roll Vancouver Half Marathon and Cunningham Seawall 10k this weekend which I’d love to wear costumes for…

Sigh, a costume-lovers work is never done!

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