If you’ve followed this blog then you may know I start to sweat bullets around the time of Halloween. Designing Mom Shinmin and I began a tradition of creating costumes for our little ones since they were newborns. If you want to track the history of my holiday stressors and creations there’s Zilla’s first “Nutty Squirrel” (and hence nutty mommy) costume, his custom “Zilla” outfit with flaming bottle cozy, followed by “Sushi boy” (a nod to his favorite food seaweed).
This year Zilla will be Mr. Fox for Halloween. He has favorite books, little plastic animals and a beloved fox doll I purchased at Pink Olive by Walnut Animal Society that served as great inspiration. The plight I always face is my severe handicap in sewing skills so this was yet another exercise of finding ways to glue my way to the finish line. I might be getting either smarter or lazier but I re-purposed old clothes and bought the tail to save time and headache and cut my time in half by doing this…a harried mom has got to have her short cuts right?
above: Nolan’s Henry the Fox doll (right)
Materials: paper mask (bought at craft store), fabric, faux fur, cloth remnants, an old knit vest, felt and foam (for ears), store bought fox tail keychain, glue, black diamond shaped button (for nose), store bought striped leggings and rain boots
tips and tricks:
-I first traced the eye holes and cut them out before gluing the fabric to the paper mask. keep your glue watery so that you can smooth out the wrinkles and roll the fabric over the mask
-the ears and bowtie were first shaped by foam. I then glued the fabric to it. I used needle and thread to pinch the ears and bowties into their shape.
above: again, my no-sew solution for pants were to take his retired summer shorts and then glue a panel of fabric around the inside of the legs. then flip the bottoms up.
above: final touches included finding some stretchy fabric and making them into cords for the mask. the bag was from the rest of the remnant cloth…I did do some basic stitching but glued the flowers using felt and fabric. to make the handles stiffer, I glued fabric around felt, then stitched it to the inside of the bag.
above: and tada! Mr. Fox all dandied up and ready to beg for candy…