After J decided on Glinda the Good Witch from Wizard of Oz for Halloween, I knew C had to fit in the theme as well. Last year J was Snow White, so myself, C, Hubby and our dog Jack were all Dwarfs. I’m going to continue the family theme until the kids are old enough to express their own opinion for what they want to be–it’s so much fun! This year, though, I decided to check myself, Hubby and Roman out of the family costume and just force C.
You can read about J’s Glinda dress here and here.
I knew immediately that I wanted to make him a Flying Monkey. Although it would go better if J was the Wicked Witch of the West instead, I didn’t care. I checked Pinterest and Google for some DIY Flying Monkey costume ideas and found the perfect tutorial on ehow.com. I made just a few changes…namely using grey felt instead of brown. The monkeys are grey in the movie!!! And the example child is even dressed in grey sweatpants under his costume, so why would the tail and wings be BROWN?! I found that quite odd.
I spent $0 on this costume! See, this is why it pays to stock up on felt when a fabric store is going out of business. I have about a yard each of grey, blue, red and white felt just laying around, waiting to be used.
As instructed, I started with the wings. J has about 6 sets of fairy wings in her dress up closet so I just picked the shabbiest looking pair and cut the bottom half off. I laid out my yard of grey felt and (very sloppily) cut around the wings, leaving about an inch border.Then I went about cutting out a billion feathers. I think this is how many I put on one of the wings.I placed them on the wings to make sure I cut enough before gluing anything down. I also decided to use the straps that came with the wings originally to attach them to the costume instead of hot gluing them to the vest. Seemed much easier and more comfortable. I cut the strap off of the half of the wings I wasn’t using, slid it to the middle and knotted it in place. Then I folded the grey felt wing outline all around the edge of the wings, hot gluing it as I went. I glued the feathers on one by one, making sure to cover all of the wings. Finally I glued the strap down just to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere.
I moved onto the vest next. I took one of C’s shirts, folded it in half, folded some dark blue felt in half, placed the fold on top of the fold and cut around it (minus the sleeves)–no need for a template. I repeated to make a front piece. I did make a template for the zigzag design because I think that would’ve gone horribly wrong otherwise, haha. I drew half of it on a piece of random construction paper, folded some red felt in half, placed the straight edge on the fold and cut around it. Then I placed the red piece right on the white piece and cut around it, leaving about 1/2 inch border on the white.I went back to the following the tutorial. I pinned the front and back pieces of the vest together at the shoulders and sides and sewed them together. And then instead of hot gluing the red and white zig zag pieces together, I actually sewed them. I’m not really sure why…just didn’t feel like wasting the glue I guess?And then I attached the zig zag design to the front of the vest, this time using glue. Don’t ask my reasons, okay?! I then cut the front in half, as instructed. Once I did that though, I discovered the downside to having sewn it–it wasn’t connected where I cut, haha.I remedied that by glueing the red to the white along the two lines. Ta-da, vest is finished!Tail was next. I folded the grey felt in half and cut a tail shape out free handed. It was 13 inches, about the length of C’s butt to the floor.I sewed it together around the edges, leaving just the end open, and then pulled it through so the seams were hidden.No, you’re not going crazy, that’s a different tail. After I sewed the original one together I got stuck trying to flip it–I hadn’t made it wide enough and had a rough time pulling it through. Surprise surprise. Instead of fighting with it I decided just to cut a second one out. This one is longer and fatter than the original.
After I pulled the tail through I snuck into J’s room and stole some of her fluff (I mentioned before that she’s obsessed with a bag of polyfil I bought awhile back. She calls it her “fluff” and sleeps with it at night. I either have to sneak some when she’s not looking or endure a ten minute long cry fest after asking her permission to have some. I took the easy way out this time). I shoved it inside, pushing it all the way to the bottom, until it was nice and full.
I flipped the vest over to the back, found the approximate halfway point and sewed the open end of the tail to the underside of the back of the vest (so you can’t see the end of the tail). Bam, finished! Seriously, this costume FLEW! Hahaha, and that was totally not intention right there.
Last but not least: the hat. The piece de resistance! I had a container of sour cream that’s been sitting in the fridge for about a month too long, so I dumped the remainder out and washed it. I varied the tutorial instructions in one way–I used my hole punch to put holes in each side of the container and then tied my cord through the holes before doing any gluing.
Then I followed the tutorial instructions–traced the bottom of the container on some blue felt, measured the circumference and width, added an inch and cut the correct size rectangle out of blue felt. I notched the top, although I don’t think I made my triangles big enough because my felt didn’t go on straight around the container. Oh well. I made half a zig zag shape on a folded piece of construction paper that was about 6 inches long. I cut it out, folded the red felt in half, lined the fold of the template with the fold of the felt and cut it out. I repeated the same steps for the white, once again leaving about 1/4 inch border around it.
I glued the blue felt around the sour cream container, covering it as best (and straight) as I could. Good enough. I glued the red onto the white, then the white onto the blue and voila! The whole thing was finished!
Turned out I didn’t make the cord quite long enough to go around his fat little head. He was not cooperating when I was trying it on him to measure so I must’ve made it a bit too short. Luckily Hubby came up with a great idea that worked like a charm–even better than going under the chin I think. Instead we put the cord around the back of his head. It actually makes it a little bit harder for him to get off…at least for now. Until he gets the hang of it, that is.
C hates the whole costume, hahahahaha. Which I think makes it even better. He doesn’t even like wearing the vest, which I can’t figure out for the life of me why that matters. I think he’s the cutest flying monkey ever though!