I guess it's only fitting that my first entry be related to both crafting and books, two of my favorite things! I decided that for his second Halloween, my son (mischief maker of the highest order) would make a perfect Max from one of the best children's books of all time: "Where the Wild Things Are."
You would think that with the movie in theaters and all that there would be Max costumes in every store in town. Not so much. Enter my "brilliant" decision to once again *make* his costume. (I made him a Tuck the Wonder Pet costume last year.)
Disclaimer: I have pretty much no real crafting skills; I just love crafting! I also tend to spend as little money as possible on my crafts, so I get a lot of my materials at thrift stores and the dollar store. If you are looking for fancy pants tutorials and expert advice, this probably isn't the blog for you.
So, without further adieu... Here goes nothing!
The fur trim on the crown will cost your Dollar Tree teddy an arm and a leg, literally. Cut off the arm and leg of the white bear, remove stuffing (save for later), and turn it inside out.
Cut along the seams or use a seam ripper to give you two strips of fur. SOOO much cheaper than buying a piece of faux fur... although it's a little messier to cut.
If you have a weak stomach, avert your eyes because the first step requires you to decapitate the brown bear! Sorry, Ted. Remove and save stuffing, and turn inside out. Cut off one arm and leg, but do not cut the seams. Sew up the sides to make a tube of fur.
Cut off just one leg of the white bear. This is pretty grusome, huh? Well, it is a Halloween project!
Turn the white bear leg inside out and sew a point at the end. Sew the white tip onto the brown fur tube. Are these directions making any sense?
Use the stuffing you saved from inside the bears to stuff the tail so it's nice and fluffy.
Pin the fox tail to the backside of the costume. What costume, you ask? Hold your horses, I'm getting to it.
Use the extra footie material to cut some wolfy fingers.
Pin the hood to the neckline of the pajamas and sew.
There you have it. A genuine homemade Max costume. All things considered, I think it turned out pretty well. I haven't decided yet if I want to make him a kingly scepter. Is it worth it? What do you think?