Costumes

Handmade Disney Frozen Knit Elsa Hat

by Jennifer Wieland
Handmade Disney Frozen Elsa Hat

The things we do as mothers for our children! I love my kids to bits and I always want to see them as happy as possible like every other parent with their child but sometimes I know I can get a little carried away. Since January of this year Ellie has known that she was going to be Elsa for Halloween. Like many other little girls Elsa and Anna are the end all be all in Halloween costumes this year. We had planned on her using her No-Sew Elsa Dress that I made her just before my cruise but that one has become her play dress that she wears around the house all the time. No, for her she needed the real dress! Luckily I found a deal on that a few months back on Jane and ordered it for under $20. She was blissfully excited to see it arrive and I had to hide it at the top of her closet to keep her from it. Then she hit me with, “I want to have Elsa hair!” I know you are thinking what’s the big deal just get her the wig. The problem though is that she has had some dress up wigs for Snow White and Strawberry Shortcake and she hated them. She did not like keeping them on. So I was excited when Jane had a handmade Disney Frozen knit Elsa hat complete with braid.

The hat was adorable but I had a couple of problems with the ones I saw online. First off, each one had a blue crown knit into it. Now, I am more neurotic than most people but Elsa does not where a crown once she changes into her blue gown and lets her hair down and the crown she did have had been small and gold. My second issue was that the hats were made from white, white yarn. Elsa’s hair is not white, white but an off white, cream blonde sort of color. My third problem was that the braids were small and only attached to the very back of the hat. Lastly, my issue was that the hats were pricey to me. Last winter I taught myself to arm knit and then regular knit and I have made scarves and blankets but I had never made a hat. So of course I decided to teach myself to knit a hat and make my Elsa hat.

Handmade Disney Frozen Elsa Hat

Now I am not going to go into details because there are way better videos and instructions online than what I could ever provide as a novice knitter but I did want to share that I was able to successfully make a handmade Disney Frozen Knit Elsa Hat for my daughter and that she completely loves it! I simply knit a flat hat and then added fringe all the way around for the “hair”. I used 2 48″ pieces for each one. I then styled the “hair” by twisting two sections of fringe and adding another two all the way to the back on each side. I then braided the “hair” and tied it off with some yarn and then trimmed the end up so that it looked nice. Best part, it only cost me $2.75 for the yarn and she can wear it all winter now.

Handmade Disney Frozen Elsa Hat

Now, if you are like I was and want to learn how to knit I found the video series for beginner knitting on KnittingHelp.com to be a great help to me.

 

 

 


No-Sew Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress

by Jennifer Wieland

I am flying out in the morning to head to Brandcation 2014. I had a 101 things to get done today. So how much have I gotten done you ask? Why almost nothing on my list except for a couple quick things and finished up packing. I did however get wrangled in to making a project that I have been planning for a week by a five-year old who could wait no longer. A week ago while shopping at the craft store I was in the fabric department randomly browsing the clearance fabrics looking for nothing in particular when I spotted some blue organza with clear crystal beads on it. As soon as I saw it I thought of Disney’s Frozen and Elsa’s train on her dress. My daughter has been fixated on this movie, soundtrack and toys for weeks now. She is currently watching YouTube videos of “Let It Go” in different languages and trying to learn to sing the song like those too. I fear if she does not stop soon there may be some sort of retaliation from the male members of the household. I’m thinking Family Guy’s Surfin Bird episode is about to become a reality here but with Frozen.

 

So today, Miss Ellie comes up and begs me in her sweetest voice possible with sad eyes to, “Please momma make my pretty Elsa dress for me before you go.” How am I supposed to say no to that kind of guilt? I have not been away from her like this before and maybe if she had something I made for her it would help her deal with the separation. At least that’s how I’m trying to rationalize it in my head. So I did what any guilt ridden mother would do, I gathered up all of the supplies and set to work on making a little five-year old girl very happy today.

I can sew but I am just to lazy to pull out the sewing machine and I hate being all precise in my measurements so I like to wing it and turn things in to no-sew items. That’s what I did here by using Liquid Stitch and Stitch Witchery and they both worked perfectly.

Frozen Elsa Dress 2

No-Sew Disney’s Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress

Supplies:

1 pillowcase (Standard size for a small child or king for an older one.)
1 yard of beaded organza (This will work for the standard sized pillowcase.)
Liquid Stitch or Stitch Witchery (Liquid Stitch works better in my opinion.)
About 4 feet of ribbon
scissors
straight pins
damp washcloth
iron

 Directions:

Measure you child and determine how much length you need to take off the pillowcase. My daughter is 5 and wears a size 6 and I cut off about 3″ to make her a tea length dress. You will cut the material from the short end that is stitched closed already. Once you have done that you will want to add in some more arm room on each side so cut a 3″ J shape out of the end you just cut to open the pillowcase.

No-Sew Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress

This is how the pillowcase should look after the closed end being cut and with the J cuts.

Next you will “sew” what you have cut with the Liquid Stitch. You will start by turning the pillowcase inside out and working on the J cuts. Just place the Liquid Stitch along the edge there and fold the material over. Follow that by doing the top on both the front and back. You will need to fold this down about 1 1/2″ so that there is a gap to feed the ribbon through later. Place the Liquid Stitch under the edge of the fold you made. This will need to dry for 30 minutes.

No-Sew Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress

Use the Liquid Stitch to “sew” the pillowcase. Sorry it’s blurry I was shooting without my tripod.

After the pillowcase is dry you can then take the organza and stitch the seems along the length using the Liquid Stitch. You will need to let it dry for 30 minutes so you will need to work in stages. I then pinned the organza to the pillowcase dress and attached it using the Liquid Stitch. Remember to be sure NOT to “stitch” over the ends of the pillowcase where you left the openings for the ribbon.

No-Sew Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress

You are only stitching the organza to the top and armholes.

Trim the length of the organza to how long you want the train to be and then using the Liquid Stitch again stitch the edge. Finally, you can run your ribbon through the openings and tie the end together to form the straps of the dress. Have your child wear this over a white or very pale blue long sleeve shirt.

No-Sew Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress

She wore this all day.

 

No-Sew Frozen Elsa Pillowcase Dress

She is even wearing it while sleeping and I got so many kisses and hugs from her today.

 

Do you have any little ones in your life who love Disney’s Frozen?

 


No Sew Princess Costume

by Jennifer Wieland
Princess No Sew Halloween Costume

This weekend I had so many recipes I had wanted to work on and instead I couldn’t stand so I did a no bake recipe which will be up later this week and I got crafty while sitting on my bum. I made a new wreath and finished up the kid’s costumes. This post is about my calf, Miss Ellie and her No Sew Princess Costume.

On Friday I was just doing some normal things in my kitchen when suddenly there was a pop in my left calf and then I almost fell because my leg was just not working right anymore. So I grabbed the counter and shifted all my weight to my right leg to keep from falling. I tried to put some weight on it after a minute or two and yelled out in pain. My husband was trying to help me and figure out what happened. The little ones were asking if I was okay and all I kept thinking is, “Oh no! Please don’t let this be serious I have a 5K in like 9 days!”

Now having had enough sprains, foot surgeries and tendon surgeries I knew I had to follow the RICE regimen. So what is RICE? It’s rest, ice, compression & elevation. So that’s what we did. The hubby helped me hobble to a chair and got me ice, wrapped my calf in an Ace bandage and gave me some Ibuprofen to take. It’s still not great but I can walk around now and the doctor said it was just a muscle strain and that nothing was torn which is good. I should be able to at least walk this weekend. (Sitting here with fingers crossed.)

So since I could not stand in the kitchen and bake away as much as my heart desired I instead crafted. Don’t be insulted my crafty friends. I am trying to become crafty and I like it so far but I am just not that great at it yet. I will say though that I am ever so pleased with how my crafts turned out this weekend. My daughter Ellie loves her Halloween costume and keeps making me put the whole thing on her so that she can prance around, waving to her subjects in her princess costume.

No Sew Princess Costume

The entire costume is a no sew costume which means super easy for those of us just venturing back into the crafty world. To make the entire outfit this is what I used and did…

Tulle Skirt Materials:

5 yards of tulle (We used 3 colors since Ellie could not decide on just one.)
5/8″ elastic, cut to fit child’s waist and tie
scissors

Tulle Skirt Instructions:

Cut tulle into 6″ strips. The tulle usually comes in 72″ widths folded in half. Measure your child’s from waist to foot and leaving tulle folded cut the tulle to the length you measured at the open end, not the folded one. You will then tie the tulle strips onto the elastic. To do this you will take a piece of tulle and hold the center of the strip just above the elastic so it looks like a loop. You will then feed the length of the tulle through the loop that is above the elastic and pull it until it is tightened but not so tight as to damage the tulle. Continue doing this all the way around the elastic until your tulle skirt is complete. Have the child try it on and trim anything that is needed so that the skirt is long but will not cause them to trip.

I then paired the skirt with a tank top, a pair of leggings, some purple ballet flats, dollar store jewelry, thrift store opera gloves and a craft store glittery foam tiara. Yes, her treat bucket is a green and purple dragon complete with sound that we found at the thrift store for $1. The idea and instructions for the cloak came from Natalie at One Busy WAHM. I saw the super easy, as in 5 minutes easy, cloak last week when I had already started Ellie’s tulle skirt and knew that a proper princess would need a proper cloak especially since it has been cold here in Chicago lately. It came out so cute and really does make her princess outfit perfect.


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