October 23, 2015

Get Your Peanuts!

Every year K and I attend a Halloween party with my parents. We all have a great time and it's fun to come up with new couple costume ideas every year. In the past we've been a cop and a convict as well as a cowboy and Pocahontas. This year was a bit different. 

Basically, we slacked. We couldn't decide on a costume theme that we both liked. While I was home at the beginning of October my mom made a comment and I loved the idea. For me, it was partially recycling a costume from when I was 10.

One of the benefits of being Charlie Brown is that it's a great last minute costume. The whole thing cost less than $10. If you can get yourself a collared shirt, that's best but beggar's can't be choosers.

Here's a look at what you'll need. 

To get  your zig-zag shape start by tracing the pattern onto a piece of cardboard or a paper bag.  Next you can lay out your felt end to end on top of the shirt if you want to get a feel for where the pattern will lay. It should be about 2" from the hem.


Use a light-colored marker, or sewing pins, to mark the points on your felt. If you're using a marker {I used a silver Sharpie} then just trace the outline of the cut out} You're going to do this on 4 pieces of felt {depending on your shirt size} to cover both the front and back of the shirt. If you want it to be super precise make sure that all four pieces of felt create a fluid pattern.

Once you've finished getting the zig-zag onto your felt you're going to start cutting. This is where you need to work the measure twice, cut once adage. Felt is cheap but no one wants to make unnecessary trips. 

After your felt is cut place it on the shirt to see how it will look. It should be placed about 2" from the hem. As you can see my felt isn't 100% symmetrical, that's okay! Once it's on the shirt no one is going to notice the centimeter differences. Just make sure that your pieces line up end to end and flow fluidly. Once you've decided on your placement it's time to start gluing!

To keep the pattern fluid start with the first piece of felt you traced. I used both fabric glue and hot glue. If you're using both as well I would recommend using the fabric glue for the points and the hot glue everywhere else. Otherwise, use your best judgment.

Start by applying a thin line of glue along the edges of the felt. Keep in mind that hot glue doesn't really spread so if you want the entire thing glued down, go for it! I would also recommend gluing one side at a time. I glued the entire bottom part first because it made it easier to work with.

Once the front of your shirt is glued, flip it over and repeat the process on the other side. When you're completely finished let it dry for a few hours. Mine sat overnight. Once it's dry your ready to get dressed!

Charlie Brown always wears the same outfit, which if you're in a time crunch is a simple uniform of black shorts, yellow socks, and brown shoes - along with your newly created shirt! Don't forget your pal snoopy!


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