Halloween is probably my favorite holiday. Why? I honestly can't say. Maybe it is the fact that you get to dress up and see everyone in their costumes. Maybe it is the yummy sweet treats. Maybe it is getting to stay up a little later and be with friends and family. I don't really know, but I do know I love it.
So naturally, when Swoodson Says asked if I'd be part of their Halloween Hack Tour I said YES! And got right to work thinking.
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I knew when I had my own kids they would have to have awesome costumes. I am pretty sure I pulled it off this year. Not that they haven't had great costumes in the past. I mean last year I LOVED their costumes. But this year, I can't get enough of my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
Okay, enough about how much I love it and more on how I accomplished it. First, you'll need The Winter PJ's from Peekaboo Patterns. You'll love this pattern. How do I know? Well, just check out our Christmas PJ's . They should convince you. I like using pj patterns for Halloween, because then we can get more use out of the costume than just one night.
So how did I do it?
I cut out the pj's and then cut strips of whatever color ninja turtle I was working on. Two strips for the width of the sleeve and two for the width of the pants. Then I stitched the strips down at where the elbow would belong and at the knee. Since I used a knit fabric I didn't finish the edges, but you could.
For the shell front, I created a little Shell Template. You can grab your own copy HERE. You might need to scale the pattern up or down depending on the size of your kiddo.
Trace your pattern onto a piece of Wonder Under (grab some HERE on Amazon). Then I ironed the Wonder Under to a piece of yellow flannel fabric. Then cut out the template. Now it was ready to be ironed onto my shirt front.
Once you have applied your color strips and your shell on, just sew up the pattern as instructed. Now you have yourself a ninja turtle!!
If you want to make the tutus for your "girly ninja turtles", check out this post for a tutorial.
You also probably want a shell for the littles to wear on their backs.
Here is a quick tutorial on how to put your own shells together.
1. Cut out shell. Cut an oval shape front and back and a long strip of fabric to use for straps. I used fleece, but your could use something else. Each of my shells were slightly different sizes based on the child wearing the outfit. I used their pj tops to help me decide how large I could make the shell.
2. Create the straps. Stitch along the long edge of the strip of fabric.
3. Turn the straps right side out.
4. Attach straps. Cut down your straps so they can go across and around your shell.
5. Place the other side of the shell over the front and the straps. Pin in place. Stitch around the entire shell, but leave about 3-4 inches at the bottom to stuff.
6. Turn your shell right side out.
7. Stuff your shell.
8. Using thread, stitch your shell design onto your shell. You could do this after step one, but I like how 3D the effect of stitch afterward looks.
9. You're finished! Go try it on that ninja
If you liked this, you'll love our Shredder Costume that you can make yourself too!