Batman and Robin

Happy Halloween! If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already knew about our costumes.  I have been procrastinating for weeks. I bought the fabric for capes back in September, I had such high hopes for myself :) Anyway, meet Batman and Robin…

I know I’m a little biased but they look stinking cute! However, that Robin is a little stubborn, he doesn’t like his mask or his cape (or pictures)… oh sure just don’t wear it, its not like I spent any time on it or anything :/ I used green pants and a green shirt that he had and I made the “vest” part. I used an old red shirt that I had and drafted a pattern up using a sleeveless shirt and underwear… go me! Then I used iron on transfer for the logo and the stripes on top. The belt is just yellow fabric on top.

Batman on the other hand would live in his costume if I would let him. I know how much he loves Batman and that is why I made his costume out of normal clothes that he can wear after Halloween. He has on plain black pants and I used layered iron on transfer material on his shirt. Then I just made a separate belt out of yellow fabric.

I love the way the capes came out, I used black jersey and used a bib for a pattern around the neck. The logos are just felt. At least one of them loves his cape haha.

If you are wondering how I ever got two toddler boys to be still for “this long” here is my answer… I bribed. I’m not really above anything for a good picture.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy Halloween! You can check out last years costumes HERE and HERE.

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Ombre Jack-O-Lantern Banner

I think I’m going for the shortest post ever… but I wanted to share another one of my PSA Projects for this month. I loved this little jack-o-lantern stamp so Finn helped my by stamping one in every color. Then I just glued it to paper and sewed it up… It has been living on my mantle all month. In similar news Clyde calls Jack-O-Lanterns “Pirates”. See you tomorrow for the boys costume post. Wish me luck that by the time you are reading this they are done haha

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Trick or Treat Bags

Halloween really snuck up on me this year. I thought I was so ahead of the game when I made the boys these bags last month then I just stopped and I’m still not done with their costumes :/ I will be done by Halloween because I have to be. Anyway, I love how these turned out.. really easy and I only spent about $2 total for both bags.

I had these little muslin bags that something came it and I didn’t want to throw them away because I thought they were pretty. I cut them and taped them down to a board.

I used my PSA Alphabet stamps to stamp “trick or treat” on the muslin (I use staz on for fabric stamping). I sewed that to an orange dishcloth I found in the $ section of target.

Then I sewed that to some black duck cloth.

Then sewed the black duck cloth together to make a bag. Then I used cotton belting for the straps but I taped them off and used black fabric paint to make stripes.

Yay, so easy… and of course I had to make two that look identical. I am at the stage where I know way better than to make different colors, styles, prints etc. Because it so much cooler if it’s your brother’s right?

Is everyone else ready for Halloween? What do your kids use for candy bags? 

I’m going to share one more easy stamp project tomorrow before the big “costume reveal” if you haven’t been following along on Instagram yet. For more great ideas on how to use these stamps visit PSA Stamp Camp blog :)

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A DIY Nap Mat

This is the story of a DIY Mom, last minute school lists and bad lighting. The boys started Mother’s Day Out a few weeks ago, they love it, they are doing great! Let’s back up a few weeks shall we? School started on a Friday, the day before we had “Meet the Teacher”. Clyde is 20 months old so at that Teacher Meeting I learned that they will be taking naps in school. #1- they are only there 4 hours and #2 he takes a nap at 2pm everyday and school is over at 1:30… so I was already annoyed. I love his teacher and this is not her fault, but then I found out that he needs a nap mat… stat. I’m thinking, I have had all summer to craft something and now here it is one day before school starts- I have to buy one?? What is this, a Crafter’s Nightmare? So I started out on my journey… I went to 3 Walmarts, 2 Targets, Babies R Us, called CVS, Walgreens and checked online. All sold out. At this point I did what any other mother would do… I went to meet my family for Happy Hour. I got home that night with nothing but bad lighting and the idea that I had to make a Nap Mat. So here goes… a Nap Mat made with nothing but re-purposed supplies, after 2 margaritas and with horrible lighting. Isn’t that what crafting is all about- now I know in crunch time, with no supplies and in about 50 minutes… I can come through, ha! Take that “Sold Out Nap Mats” everywhere!

I started with a king size down comforter, it never gets cold enough here so we never use it.

I cut it and then stacked it into 3 layers.

Then I used a full sheet, (obviously not ironed- oops) folded it in half and sewed it up 3 sides, leaving only a short side open. 
I used scraps to sew up two long ties and a short handle so I could roll the mat up. 
Then just like a huge pillow, I inserted the 3 stacked comforter into the cover.
I folded the excess fabric inward then placed the straps and handle where I wanted them to go.
I pinned and sewed. (Don’t forget to fold the long straps in half so it will look like 4 straps after you sew)

Ta-Da… When I finished I realized the comforter inside was a little too loose, so I tacked it with red embroidery floss in about 16 spots. It looks really cute but I forgot to take a picture.

I am happy to report that Clyde loves it and has never missed a nap. I’m sure this wont be the last time I have to craft something the night before my kids need it :)

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