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Bridesmaid Revisited: Maxi Dress Transformation

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Spider Costume

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Aaron Caramanis (pictured), an in-house crafter for "The Martha Stewart Show," created this homemade spider costume, an easy Halloween idea for a child or adult. For a brighter alternative, try our octopus costume variation.
Materials
  • Spider costume pattern
  • Fabric pencil or chalk
  • 2 1/2 yards black velveteen fabric*Yardage given is for a child's costume. More fabric may be required for adult costume; measure enlarged pattern and lengthened tentacles before purchasing fabric.
  • 2 packages white iron-on patches
  • 2 packages black or red iron-on patches
  • White felt
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Coordinating thread
  • Polyester stuffing
  • Chopsticks
  • 2 yards black double-fold extra-wide bias tape ribbon
  • Needle and thread for basting
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Pillowcase Pumpkin Costume

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This simple but adorable pumpkin costume can be made using an ordinary pillowcase in about 1 1/2 hours.
Materials
  • Pumpkin face template
  • Stem hat template
  • Orange pillowcase
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • White chalk pencil
  • Spool of thread
  • 1/4 yard brown felt
  • 1/2 yard green felt
  • Fabri-tac
  • Orange cording
  • Sewing machine
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Rickrack Stocking

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Mini Stockings

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Oilcloth Apron

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Transferring a Design How To

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The same technique for transferring a design onto fabric has been used for hundreds of years. It allows you to be creative and is a very simple craft.
Materials
  • Tracing paper
  • Sewing machine
  • Pencil
  • Straight pins
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Brush
  • "Glow" powder
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Rickrack Christmas Crafts

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Rickrack seems to shimmy and skip, its dips and points all but doing a dance. Add it to any surface, and expect a smile. You can weave it into decorative braids, gather it with needle and thread to fashion flowers, or stiffen it to create wreaths, holly clusters, and candy canes.
Materials
  • Rickrack
  • Embroidery scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Floral pips
  • Corrugated cardboard
  • Pins
  • Small art brush
  • Fabric stiffener
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Bird Stockings

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