Ellie loves the Sesame Street character toys she has, so I decided on using it as the theme for her upcoming first birthday. (Yes, I know I’m a few months early; sue me.) In particular, she just LOVES it when the cookie monster goes “Cookie…yum yum yum yum”. At first I was looking to buy her a special birthday outfit from a shop on ETSY, but then I got to thinking “Dang that’s a lot of money! I could probably do something myself if I put my thinking cap on…” And, off I went!
First I hit up the two nearby Goodwill stores for some Sesame Street kids shirts. Didn’t find a single one. Poo! So, instead I picked out a small plain red shirt and decided I could do some applique with felt. Off to Joann’s for felt!
- Red shirt = $1.25
- One sheet each of royal blue, black, white, cookie colored, and brown felt = $0.35 each
- Pair of striped leggings I ended up also using = $0.63
- Blue string (free and found in some of my sewing bins)
My first step was to cut out pieces and lay them out until I was happy with it. It took some googling and some trial and error.
Then, I started sewing down each part starting on the lowest level of felt. Then only difficult part of this was that I had to keep changing the color of thread and load up some more bobbins.
At first I was pretty happy with the result. But, the more I looked at it, the more I was afraid it was too boyish (something I am OFTEN being accused of). I also thought it was a little big for her. So, next enters the rotary cutter and striped leggings to the rescue!
I used my straightedge and cut off an inch from each side:
Then, lopped off the top. Yes, I’m crazy like that.
I used my serger to reattach the two sides.
This is when it gets crazy…
I ripped up the leggings I bought. I attached the waistband to the top of the shirt. Another section at the bottom, and a few more sections for the straps. Then, added a couple bows with some blue string I had floating around. Sorry, I didn’t take more pictures. I had no idea what I was doing or how it would work, so I was really just playing around for a while.
This was just phase one of the birthday outfit. Be on the lookout for related posts for:
What have been your favorite kid’s birthday party themes?