So here is a post I had never dreamt I would write. How to make DIY Halloween costume : Jack O’ lantern / Pumpkin ?
A step by step guide. .
I was legit swept off my feet in a bad bad way when my threenager made his Halloween costume demand. He was very specific as to how it should look and what he would like ?. Here I was, all chilling and stuff, thinking that I will throw on him an old white sheet with two holes cut out in it and he can go as a ghostie ? .
But NO! Whom am I kidding! He wants to be a Jack o’ lantern ? which means I have to learn a new life skill. Which is: churning out scary and cute looking elaborate but weird costumes. Anyone hiring costume makers? I am a pretty good one now ?
So here is how you do this:
Pick child up from school and excitedly ask him, “What do you want to go as in your school Hallloween event”?
Look at him with bewilderment as he says, “I want to go as a Jack O’ Lantern ?”
Look at him with further bewilderment while batting your eyelids like a dazed bat as he continues, “I want an orange tummy and you can make me black eyes and a black nose and a black mouth.”
While realisation slowly dawns on you of what he is actually talking about (coz face it for a minute there you had no clue) ; you try to convince him otherwise. “Won’t you want to go as a cute little ghost ? ”
“Nope I want to go as a Jack O’ lantern.”
Talk about being clear about his choices, Ehh! (You aren’t so happy about it nowadays are you?)
Anyway so this goes on for some mins while you laugh with amazement and also start thinking how the hell are you gonna do this! Google ? Pinterest? Costume rentals? What what what?
By the time you are done with dinner, you have googled everything while completely ignoring your husband. (Who has not been much of a value addition by the way)
And you have a plan of action.
By the way it did turn out better than I expected ?
So here is how I made this one
There is not much but I will try to explain it with the pics I clicked.
What you need
One metre of orange Satin cloth fabric
Broad Elastic tape – half metre
Synthetic Wool – less than 1/2 kilo
Black chart Paper
Green Paper / fake leaves
Scissors and Sewing kit
Basic stitching and mending skills ( can’t be bought)
1. I cut the entire length into two rectangular halves with one half slightly shorter in breadth ( about 2 inches)
than the other.
2. Now place it on top of each other and sew together the two pieces along side the length only ( refer pic)
3. Leave the sides open for now
4. Now fold the larger fabric piece over the smaller one while keeping an inch space for putting the elastic band through.
5. Sew this way on both sides
6. Thread the elastic through this gather it a little and stitch together the ends
7. I kept one length of the elastic smaller than the other so that the pumpkin is larger in girth near the tummy part. The length of the elastic depends on your child’s size, so check it accordingly
8. Cut an arm hole in the middle of the cloth keeping the hole 3 inches down from the top ( the neck portion)
9. Stitch the ends of this arm hole. Do a hem stitch here.
10. Now fill this up with wool depending on how large you want the pumpkin to be. Fluff it up a bit to get the desired shape
11. Now once it’s filled up. Stitch the open end together keeping a space for the other arm hole.
12. Ensure arm holes are at same level
13. Cut out eyes and nose with a black paper and stick it on
14. Stitch some fake leaves near the neck area
14. Paste orange cloth on a birthday cap and top it with a folded green cylinder made from a thick chart paper