Monday, October 25, 2010

DIY Halloween..

Of course it's a contest.. I did not turn in any entries at the fair, and if you read this post here you know that that has lessened my bragging rights considerably around here. I mean these kids are started to hog the creative spotlight so to speak.. (I know I couldn't be prouder!) 

Cool Whip Ghost on a mini cupcake
Well I am entering a little contest over at elleandkate, and while you all know that I am super SUPER competitive.. I am really hoping to win because Miss H and Rachel LOVE LOVE LOVE their elleandkate jewelry, which they wear to church and school all the time, and I as their mother would love to let Cubby or Little Daddy pick some out to give them for Christmas, it is after all never too early to teach your son that women love jewelry right? 

Anyway, here is a little selection of my Halloween fun so far, and a tutorial on my super favorite one. 

Mummy Dogs with spider sauce

Zombie Meat Loaf

Zombie Loaf.. hot n fresh

October Hair Accoutrement

Eek there's a bat in your hair!! 

And a spider!!


We have been trying to limit the number of prepackaged items we use. One place that gets very tricky for us is packing the kids lunches. At the beginning of the year I made a few vinyl lined zippered pouches for snacks that have been working quite well. With the halloween challenge I took it to the next level!!!

I LOVE IT!! you can tell it's a mummy and a ghost right? I had wanted to make a pumpkin and some candy corn, but I of course don't have alot of scraps on hand. I had this great idea for a spider with ribbon for the legs, but we didn't have any black, so then I thought about using thin white ribbon to weave a web, and attatching a spider ring to it, but I went with this instead, because I have really been loving the mummies lately, and last year I made Miss H the cutest little hairbow that was a tiny ghost wearing a pink hairbow, but she lost it.. 
Anyways..  Seriously... I LOVE THEM!! 

Better than ZipLoc!

For each snack pouch you need this stuff here... 

1 6 inch zipper
1 fat quarter of fabric. or so.. 
1 piece of iron on vinyl about 6 inches by 12 inches....
felt and ribbon to embellish... 
some 1 inch strips of white fabric to mummify the mummy ( or chesse cloth would work too) 

1. Iron Vinyl to lining fabric following the directions on the insert. Trust me.. read the directions, I have to read them everytime right after I try to wing it and screw it up so just read the directions... 

2. Cut your shapes.. 2 outsides and 2 linings (Vinyl) for the mummy I just traced a saucer, for the ghost I just eyeballed it, you probably can tell that. Stack it all up so it matches nicely with the right sides of the lining facing in and the right sides of the outside facing out make a small snip on the top somewhere, and also on the bottom this will allow you to keep everything lined up just right. 

3. Embellish your outside pieces to your taste and stitch the embellishments down. Remember you want to be able to toss this ziploc in the washer machine so don't skimp on the lockstitch. 

4. INSERT ZIPPER.. don't panic it is just like making a sandwich.. 
Place the embellished side of your snack pouch face up, place zipper face down place vinyl lining piece so the vinyl side is touching the zipper (inside the sandwich) Pin zipper into place and stitch using zipper foot. 

Repeat on opposite side carefully making the zipper sandwich again. 

5. Unzip zipper and lay snack pouch so that the right sides of the vinyl are facing each other, and the outsides of the snack pouch are facing each other. Stitch around the outside leaving a gap in the bottom of the vinyl side so you can turn it. Go ahead and verify again before stitching that you left the zipper unzipped or you will be really frustrated. 

6. Turn the item right side out and tuck the lining inside the pouch. Stitch the opening closed. 

7. Pack with snacks and enjoy!! 

Seriously, I want to eat popcorn and candycorn out of there right now.. I mean cucumbers and carrots with dip. 


snoopy said...

We always had a good time when it is Halloween.
I glad to see your keeping it going I can't wait to see what everyone is this year.
Love ya

freida hasek said...

I did a dance all over the kitchen the night I packed the last lunch box. Glad you are still having fun with the process. They look great. Love to all. How is the arm? Freida

Controlling My Chaos said...

That zombie loaf is ick. You are very talented though. :)