This year, Thomas wanted to be a mail man for Halloween. All his idea, I swear. I'm shocked that he didn't want to be a Jedi. Shocked. So here's the finished product:
I printed the USPS logo on iron-on transfer paper, ironed it to fabric, ironed interfacing to the back, trimmed, and then zig-zag stitched them with yellow all around to make the patches.
I tacked a couple onto his blue dress shirt and navy hoodie (in case it's cold on Halloween night). Those will be removed after so he can wear them around. The hat was actually a baseball cap I found on clearance at Target. I picked off the logo from the back, and covered the front logo with a patch. He added the frosting smears to it in the above photo.
I made the mailbag with cheapo clearance fabric - I think I spent $1.50 on it. I just whipped up a quick messenger style bag which will double as his trick or treat bag. Add some blue pants we already had and voila! Mailman costume. For like $5. Excellent.
He LOVES it. He's been wearing the hat + bag around all week while riding his bike. Our church carnival was on Saturday and we got to get all the kids in their costumes. His was a big hit.
It's the only costume I had to make this year, actually, but all of the kiddos' costumes are still handmade - a must for our holiday. Princess is wearing her purple medival princess dress that my mom made her for Christmas to be Maid Marian. We modeled her hair after the new cover of the Goose Girl that I saw on Shannon Hale's blog.
And I did a quick face paint job on my Spiderman (his costume was 50 cents at a yard sale, but it's the coolest handmade Spiderman costume I've ever seen and fits perfectly). He wanted a mask, so this was our compromise.
I started with red face paint (avoiding the eye area, I swear), and it was coming on too thick and I didn't like it. So I tried wiping it off, and of course it didn't really come off, thus adding a light red base. A slightly blotchy light red base. I just used face paint sticks for the webs. It looked pretty cool, actually, and after the carnival it DID come off with lots of soap. Whew!
How are your costumes coming? Ready for Friday yet? I've got to run - gotta plan Thomas' Kindergarten class party!