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Halloween costumes

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Masked Owl Costume

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Give a fledgling aviator wings in the form of a felt owl costume. Contoured brown and white feathers, made by cutting and creasing the fabric, adorn the wings and belly; perked-up ears are attached to a jaunty pilot's cap. Goggled peepers enhance the look.
Materials
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Templates
  • Two 18-inch squares of tan felt and one square each of chocolate, brown, white, ochre, and black felt
  • Brown pilot's cap (we dyed a white one)
  • Glue
  • Velcro strips
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Elastic
  • Iron
  • White long-sleeve snap-bottom T-shirt
  • Tights
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Spider-Dog Pet Costume

Steps:2
Martha's beloved French bulldogs are all dressed up for Halloween, too. Francesca, disguised as a devious black widow spider, is out to catch the little moth Sharkey in her web!
Materials
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 36-inch square black felt
  • Orange felt
  • Fill
  • Knitting needle
  • Fabric glue
  • Black dog T-shirt
  • Body, leg, and diamond templates
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Fortune Teller Costume

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Crafting and DIY, Women
This Halloween take on a tarot-card reader's disguise, complete with chains, medallions, and deck of cards. The necklaces may look flashy, but they're just "costume" jewelry -- gold paper circles glued to lengths of cord. A tattered skirt doesn't require any sewing; instead, cotton squares are tied together with twill tape. Ours is made from 10 squares of fabric; add or subtract squares to adjust the size.
Materials
  • Eleven 30-inch squares of cotton fabric, in floral
  • 36-inch square of linen, fringe edges if desired, in lilac
  • 5 feet of 1/2-inch twill tape in white
  • Double-sided metallic gold craft paper (or glue two pieces together, back to back)
  • Circle punches
  • Gold cord
  • Fabric glue
  • Safety pin
  • Hair clips or bobby pins
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Vampire-Count Costume

Steps:5
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Crafting and DIY, Men
A billowing cloak of red taffeta surrounds this dashing creature of the night, shielding his countenance from scrutiny. A formal cummerbund and bow tie -- just strips of taffeta tied in place -- dress up the tuxedo shirt. His medals of honor are constructed from gold origami paper and snips of ribbon. Only the razor-sharp fangs reveal his true nature.
Materials
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • 2 1/2 yards red taffeta
  • Scissors
  • 1 1/2 yards of 1 1/2-inch-wide red ribbon (for cape)
  • Gold paper
  • Assorted widths of ribbon in shades of red (for medals)
  • Craft glue
  • Assorted small pom-poms
  • 20 inches of 2-inch-wide ribbon (for rosette)
  • 2 yards of 4-inch-wide velvet ribbon (for sash)
  • Small paintbrush
  • 1/2 yard black taffeta (for cummerbund)
  • Safety pins
  • BlueStik reusable adhesive
  • Fangs
  • Four-Point-Star Template
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Owl Mask

Steps:8
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Crafting and DIY
Real owls have feathers radiating from the edges of their eyes, giving them their distinctive inquisitive look. These colorful rings, formed by layers of ruffled crepe paper, mimic that effect.
Materials
  • Owl Mask template
  • Papier-mache mask, mardigrasoutlet.com
  • Foam brush
  • Brown acrylic paint, misterart.com
  • Yellow, brown, gray, green, and black crepe paper, castleintheair.biz and misterart.com
  • Glue stick
  • Broad scallop scissors
  • Scissors
  • 2 ribbon ties to replace elastic (we used twill tape)
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Wind Costume

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Gray Lady Ghost Costume

Steps:4
Legend has it the gray lady was a beautiful young bride, left stranded at the altar. She died tragically of a broken heart, but her love is never ending. Even in death she waits for her betrothed.
Materials
  • 8 1/2 yards of gray tulle
  • 1 yard of gray seam binding
  • Large 14/18 yarn darners needle (such as a yarn or upholstery needle)
  • Gray lacy tights
  • Silk flowers (we used hydrangeas)
  • Gray floral spray
  • 1 yard of 2-inch-wide gray ribbon
  • Paper doily
  • White face paint (and someone to help you apply it)
  • Makeup sponge
  • 2 yards of 3-inch-wide gray ribbon (for dress)
  • 2 yards of gray lace fabric (for veil)
  • Bobby pins or hair clips
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Moth-Dog Pet Costume

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Mermaid Costume

Steps:12
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Tutus Two Ways

Steps:4
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