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Office Supply Crafts: Bubble-Pack Purse

The business of being a child surely involves being creative, efficient, and productive -- in your own way, of course. Office supplies can help.
  • Bubble-pack-lined envelopes (they are coated with paper, both white and brown manila, or plastic)
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Packing tape
  • Paper fasteners 
  • Stickers or self-adhesive plastic business-card sleeves and business cards

No-Sew Costume: Raven Bird Costume


Raven Costume

Our stark yet stylized bird costume is easily put together with just a few simple embellishments attached to an ordinary black hoodie. The hooked beak is made of stiff black felt, as are the mischievous eyes. Feathery fringe sewn on the arms creates tufted wings; feathers arranged around the eyes give the raven a tousled look.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Stiff black felt
  • Yellow felt
  • White felt
  • Feathered fringe
  • Fabric glue
  • Plain black hooded sweatshirt
  • Dark pants and shoes
  • Beak Template

Cat and Kitten Makeup


Detective and Hound Costume

The detective and his trusty hound follow the scent to the next crime scene. Their matching plaid capes (modeled after the attire of Sherlock Holmes) are sewn from inexpensive suiting fabric with a simple pattern. Earflaps made from cloth and bias tape transform a pair of black baseball caps into a deerstalker hat.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • About 2 yards of suiting fabric
  • 1/2 yard fusible webbing
  • 1/2 yard black felt
  • 10 yards of 1/2-inch black bias tape
  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen
  • 2 plain black fitted baseball caps
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Magnifying glass
  • Child's cape template
  • Dog's cape template
  • Collar, bill, and ear flap templates

Goldfish Costume

A first costume should be as cute and cuddly as the wearer, and one made of feathers, wool, even scales, when sewn in quilted felt, will be just that. Use the simple soft designs here to ensure that your little one is adorable in her new skin.
  • 60-inch-long piece of kraft paper
  • 1 1/2 yards of orange wool felt
  • 1 yard of 1/4-inch-thick polyurethane foam or one bag of wool-blanket batting
  • 4 sets of Velcro fastener dots, 1/2 yard of pink wool felt
  • White craft glue
  • Goldfish costume template

Roast Turkey Costume

  • Muslin fabric
  • Pencil
  • Roast turkey template
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Cotton stuffing (acrylic or plastic bags also work)
  • One 6- to 8-inch piece of Velcro
  • Acrylic paint (light brown, darker brown, yellows, beige, and orange)
  • Lace trim
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Silk flowers
  • Fake vegetables
  • 1/2 yard 1-inch-thick foam
  • 1/2 yard pant weight fabric

Spiderweb Mother and Sock Spider Baby Costume

Knotted black yarn pinned to a white skirt is the perfect foil for a crawling spider baby.
  • 3 pairs of men's microfiber black dress socks
  • Safety pins
  • Polyester-fiber stuffing
  • Spider template
  • Cardboard
  • Hole punch
  • 24-gauge wire
  • 5/8-inch-wide black grosgrain ribbon
  • Self-adhesive Velcro
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black fake fur
  • Velcro-ribbon ties
  • Long white skirt
  • Black yarn (you can also use white yarn if wearing a long black skirt)
  • Crinoline petticoat (optional)
  • White craft glue