Brynn was Sheriff Callie last year for Halloween, and for the following 10 months or so, all she would talk about was about she wanted to be Sheriff Callie next year (i.e., this year).
We offered her lots of other options, just to make sure, but she seemed pretty stuck on Sheriff Callie (for those not familiar, it’s a show on Nickelodeon, you can see the Wikipedia page here). That is, until we had a movie night and watched Toy Story. It was definitely not the first time we saw the movie, but it was enough to get her to change her mind to another cowgirl – Jessie.
I’m not a super crafty person, in general, so I’m all for buying a costume! 😉 But when I saw the “mass market” options, I wasn’t too thrilled. There were great handmade costumes on Etsy, but they were way beyond my budget.
I Googled around and found several tutorials on how to make a homemade Jessie costume; and in the end, I ended up cobbling together some of the ideas from a few and came up with a few other ideas on my own.
I thought I would share the steps for anyone who might be interested. Again, I am definitely not what I consider to be a crafter – occasionally I’ll be a bit crafty, but only when the results are meant to look a little imperfect! 😉
To start, here were my supplies (sorry in advance for some of these crappy iPhone pics!):
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- Cowprint fabric from Joann Fabrics
- Red rope ribbon from Michael’s
- Red yarn from Michael’s
- Stick on Velcro dots from Michael’s
- Safety pins – already had
- Red cowgirl hat from Amazon – $7
- Jeans (Old Navy) – already had
- Toddler girl boots from Old Navy (I bought for this costume, but Brynn has already worn for other things and can continue to wear) – $15
- Plain white polo shirt from Old Navy – $6
- Yellow felt belt buckle – already had, purchased from Etsy seller, Sew Crazy, last year as part of Sheriff Callie costume
I didn’t note the prices for the items from craft stores, but the total for all those other pieces was less than $10 for everything (many things were on sale and/or had coupons applied).
First, I made a simple yarn braid (I then taped it inside the cowgirl hat with some painters tape so it could easily be removed later).
Next, to make the shirt, I ended up painting it with basic Crayola paint. I had intended to use some stick on yellow felt for the yellow parts of the shirt, but I was worried it would look too weird, especially since Brynn is petite (or worse, it would completely fall apart!). So I decided to risk it and painted it with a foam brush.
I was actually pleasantly surprised how it turned out!
Then, I hot glued some of the red rope ribbon on in pattern like Jessie’s shirt, including an outline at the bottom of the yellow part (I continued this outline on the back as well).
I also made some yellow cuffs out of felt just by cutting the yellow felt in half and measuring it around Brynn’s wrist. I then applied some stick on Velcro tabs to secure it. I added some white felt “fringe” pieces and more red rope ribbon detail with hot glue. I didn’t get a picture of making this, but you can see the finished product in the picture below.
Lastly, I just pinned the cowprint fabric (after I cut it the appropriate length) to her jeans since I didn’t want to do anything too permanent.
Here is the finished product:
And here it is on the cowgirl herself:
I have to say, I’m pretty amazed at how it turned out! It far surpassed my expectations, that’s for sure! And more importantly, Brynn loved it!
I would have loved to make a costume for Asher so he could be Woody, but I wasn’t sure I could master making a cowprint vest. Plus, we purposefully bought a pumpkin costume for Brynn two years ago (right after I found out we were having a boy), because I wanted something gender-neutral that we could easily use again. So pumpkin it is for Asher…hopefully he’ll actually wear it!
Happy Halloween Eve everyone! I’ll be sure to post some pictures of the kids in all their Halloween glory soon! 🙂