Pattern Spotlight: The Jackie Dress

I recently got to sew the Jackie Dress as a pattern tester for a new clothing pattern company called Rad Patterns. My cousin Stephanie is the designer and she is totally legit (she has a degree in apparel design), so I was pretty excited to try out the Jackie Dress.

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Here’s what I love about the Jackie Dress! First of all, the pattern is very user-friendly- it comes as a PDF with layers so you can select your size and print out exactly what you want- nothing extra. It has photos and illustrations to go along with the instructions, so if you need clarification, it’s right there. That said, this is probably an intermediate level project.

Second, I love how versatile this pattern is! I chose to make my dress knee length, with a sleeve cuff and V- back, but there are options for a longer skirt, boat neck back, no cuff, and a cute waist tab. I also chose to use different fabrics for the skirt and top of the dress- navy blue suiting for the skirt, and white peachskin for the top.  It totally works because of the invisible zipper in the back.  This dress can be dressed up or dressed down. I love wearing it with this cardigan.  I am thinking about making a more casual cotton version of this dress too.

Rad Patterns The Jackie Dress Pattern Spotlight {Home Sweet Homebodies}

If you make this dress with suiting material like I did, depending on the stiffness of the fabric, you might want to make the skirt a little narrower, but as long as your fabric has a good drape to it, the pattern is perfect as-is!

Stephanie has another pattern in the final stages of testing and it will be released in the next week or two. Check out her Facebook Page- Rad Patterns to get access to new patterns as they are available. Or, check out her blog for sewing tips, free downloadable patterns, advice on teaching kids to sew, and pattern design progress.

The Jackie Dress downloadable pattern is available on Etsy.

Happy Sewing!

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Don’t forget: last minute Thanksgiving details

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If you’re living in the U.S., this week is a big week for many of us! Thanksgiving is only a couple days away, and because it is a time when many families and friends gather together to celebrate the things we’re grateful for,  we want things to be just right!  Hopefully  you’ve already got your turkey and the rest of your meal planned, but in case you’re still putting some of your Thanksgiving details together…

If you still need a great recipe for rolls, here is my family’s time- tested recipe for Crescent Rolls.

Thanksgiving Crescent Rolls

This veggie platter turkey is a pretty awesome way to keep grabby hands and growling tummies away from the rolls while finishing up dinner preparations!

Veggie Platter Turkey {Home Sweet Homebodies}

If you want to dress up your table a little more (but need something relatively simply), Here is a nifty napkin folding tutorial if you’re so inclined.

Napkin Folding- 2 ways {Home Sweet Homebodies}

Or, if you’re ready to take your tablescaping to a new level, get some inspiration from this simple, yet highly elegant layout.

Thanksgiving Tablescape {Home Sweet Homebodies}

Or this festive fall tablescape:

Festive Fall Tablescape

Here is a delicious wassail recipe that would be another great way to enjoy the flavors of fall.

The Best Homemade Wassail Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}

If your refrigerator is overflowing with leftover turkey on Friday, you might want to consider using it in this fabulous Turkey and Wild Rice Soup recipe.

Turkey & Wild Rice Soup

Or this to-die-for Turkey Avocado Citrus Salad!

Turkey Avocado Citrus Salad Recipe on Home Sweet Homebodies

If your pumpkin craving isn’t satisfied this weekend, I’m sure it will be if you whip up this classic, easy Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies

Hope you can get those last- minute Thanksgiving details worked out!  Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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PS: We’ll probably take a break for the next week or so, but feel free to follow along on Instagram as we post tablescapes and other Thanksgiving loveliness. Also, instead of posting our 4th giveaway in our month of giveaways series tomorrow, we’re going to spend the week with our families and hope you will too. The 4th giveaway will instead be live on Monday, November 30th. We will still be announcing this week’s giveaway on Tuesday afternoon- check our Facebook page to see who the winner is!

Handmade, Organic Goodie Bag {Giveaway Month}

Organic Themed Goodie Bag Giveaway {HomeSweetHomebodies}

This is week 3 of our handmade giveaway month! Our first week we partnered with Drill Bits and Oven Mitts and gave away a beautiful, vintage reclaimed wood holiday sign. Last week, we gave away a gorgeous cable crocheted headband, as well as 2 pdf patterns for headbands from our boutique. This week, I am excited to present a luxurious, all natural, organic-themed goodie bag for one lucky reader!

This week’s prize is all about wellness, and treating our bodies right! There are seven fabulous, self-pampering items in this giveaway- worth $60! Keep it for yourself, or give as a very special handmade gift.

Goodie Bag Giveaway items {Home Sweet Homebodies}

  1. Handmade goodie bag- This works fantastically for storing your cosmetics, nail polishes, etc., or as a wetbag- because the inside is lined with fused plastic bags, making it water resistant. This goodie bag is an interesting mix of old and new- the fabric is current, the zipper is vintage, and the fused plastic- well, you could call that “hipster recycling”. If you wanted to. 😉 ($14 value)
  2. Detox Bath Salts- We all pick up toxins from the environment we’re in, the things we eat, and chemicals that touch our skin. This packet of super luxurious bath salts will help pull those toxins out, while affording you a much- deserved soak in the tub. This blend of high quality bath salts includes epsom salts, sea salt, Redmond real salt, and magnesium flakes, and is scented with relaxing lavender essential oil and revitalizing peppermint. ($8 value)
  3. Trust Fund Beauty nail polish- this is the only non- handmade item of this giveaway, but I included it because it is a nail polish that is truly non- toxic and cruelty free. Win! ($15 value)
  4. Super smooth, organic lip balm. I shared a post yesterday on how to make these lovely lip balms. I will probably be listing them in our shop, though, for those who want a ready-made option. ($4 value)
  5. Hard Lotion Bar- another extremely nourishing, organic beauty item! If you haven’t used hard lotion bars before, they are fantastic. The warmth of your skin melts a tiny bit of the lotion, and you rub it in. It is long lasting, and it’s nice to let kids use too, because they can’t squirt it everywhere- they just get a bit. I use mine on my hands and on my lips sometimes too. These bars have organic coconut oil, beeswax, avocado oil, shea butter, and cocoa butter in them, and are lightly scented with essential oils. ($6 value)
  6. Measuring tape bracelet. Ok, this is just a fun, handmade statement piece. This bracelet is adjustable, and it has an attractive silver buckle to fasten it. Perfect for those who sew and/or design. ($9 value)
  7. Measuring tape key fob- another “just-for-fun” piece for the fashion- minded. Includes a key ring. ($4 value)

Fun stuff, right? :)

Hard Lotion Bars {Home Sweet Homebodies}

We’re going to run this giveaway a little differently. You can enter right here on this page by leaving a comment, or you can enter on our Facebook page. In either case, leave a comment explaining which entries you did. Here’s how to get entries (do as many or as few as you like, but we will verify entries for winners):

  • Share this blog post on Facebook using the round blue button at the bottom of this post.
  • Follow us on any of our social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, or Google+ (each follow gets it’s own entry)
  • Subscribe to our posts by email (remember to click the link in the subscription verification email you receive)
  • Leave a comment with your favorite item from the goodie bag.

Rules, aka the fine print: No purchase necessary. 1 winner will be chosen at random and announced on Facebook page on Tuesday, November 24th. We will cover shipping to winners with shipping addresses in the lower 48 states. Winners outside of the lower 48 may need to cover the difference in their own shipping. Thanks for understanding. All entries will be verified. Winner will be contacted within 12 hours after close of Giveaway and has 48 hours to reply with shipping address.  We cannot be not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged shipments or entries with incorrect contact information. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

PS- Our next giveaway will be another Christmas decor item!

Glitter Rudolph

Happy Giveaway Month!

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All Natural Organic Lip Balm Recipe

All Natural Organic Lip Balm Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}

I looooove making my own personal care products because I know exactly what is in them, and I could pretty much eat anything I put in them (not that I’d want to… beeswax, Mmmm!). I have been making my own products for several years now, including homemade deodorant (yah, I know, sounds crazy, but it works and I have peace of mind), facial moisturizer, various creams and lotions, shower gel, bath products like foot scrub and detox bath salts, and lip balm. Just to name a few. :) Some of the recipes are still in the developing stages, others I adapted from recipes I found on other blogs, and some are perfected and ready to be enjoyed!  I love my lip balm recipe! It has gone through so many variations, but I am really happy with the final result! It’s super smooth, but not too soft. (Note- you can reduce the amount of beeswax if you like a softer lip balm.) I usually add some nourishing oils like Rosehip Seed Oil and Carrot Seed Oil, and then whatever essential oils sound good at the time.

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All Natural, Organic Lip Balm Recipe
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2 1/2 tsp. organic beeswax
1 tsp. organic coconut oil- I get mine from Costco
1 1/2 tsp. organic cocoa butter (I have used lanolin, but I like this better)- I get this from Mountain Rose Herbs
1 1/2 tsp. organic shea butter- also from Mountain Rose Herbs
1 tsp. organic vitamin E oil
Optionally, add ~20 drops of your choice of essential oils (some oils require less or more, depending on how strong they are)

In a double boiler, add the first 5 ingredients (I use a “homemade double boiler”- a glass pyrex liquid measuring cup in a saucepan with an inch or so of boiling water in it.) and stir until they are melted. Turn off the heat and add in your essential oils, stirring to combine. Carefully pour the hot oils (careful, it will burn if you get it on your skin at this point) into your lip balm tubes or tins.  It really helps to have a disposable plastic dropper or pipette to do this. The oils will harden very quickly, and the middles will sink as it cools, so you can add a few more drops to even the top out. Then, you can put them in the refrigerator to set them more quickly, or just let them continue to harden for a couple hours. This recipe fills about 8 lip balm tubes. This lip balm is so nourishing, and the oils are naturally antimicrobial, so it will last a long time. You’re gonna love it!

Organic Lip Balm Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}

P.S. Our next giveaway is going to be live on Tuesday morning, and one of these beautiful balms may be included, among other fabulous things! >hint, hint< Be sure to stop by!

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My Car Preparedness Essentials

Last month, I shared the contents of my personal EDC (every day carry) bag which I take everywhere with me. Today I am going to show you what I keep in my car to fill in some of my preparedness gaps- my car EDC, if you will. (This post contains affliliate links for products I actually own and use, and feel good recommending. Clicking & buying using an affiliate link gives me a small commission but doesn’t change the price for you. Not all links are affiliate links. Thanks!) 

Let’s start with the trunk, shall we?

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This is pretty much what the trunk of my car always looks like. As you can see, I have a few things there, but there is still plenty of room for other cargo. Here’s what you see: 1. Emergency Car Kit (I’ll share the contents below), 2. Water bottles- kept together in a graham cracker box. Yes, I know, it’s classy. 😉 That box is the perfect size, and it keeps the bottles from rolling all over the car. It works. 3. Snow scraper/ brush– an essential for me since I live in the mountain west. 4. Rope– so many applications, from survival, to camping, to lugging home your Christmas tree or that piece of furniture from IKEA that you were so sure would fit, but didn’t. Yeah- been there. 5. My car emergency kit family add-on items (I will show this in more detail as well), and 6. a small towel and a couple blankets- also important with our very cold winters, but super helpful even for picnics, kid’s potty training accidents etc. I will definitely add a couple more in there as the weather is getting cooler.

Bet you couldn’t wait to see the water bottles in the graham cracker box, right? Right? 😉

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Moving swiftly along… let’s take a closer look at that emergency car kit.

Car emergency kit

I purchased this emergency kit at Costco a few years ago, but you can find the same one on Amazon, here. It comes with a small air compressor, jumper cables, bungee cord, duct tape, cable ties, tire gauge, screw driver, utility knife, LED headlamp, extra batteries, window mount triangle, and a first aid kit. Not bad- it’s got the basics covered. However, I wanted to add some things in that I consider essential!

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1. LifeStraw– I would suggest keeping at least one, but possibly more LifeStraws in your car. If you were stranded in a desolate area and you needed water, you could use this filtering straw to drink out of a puddle on the ground, and you’d be fine. Pretty cool, huh? 2. Miscellaneous items including tissue, pen, hair tie, cough drops, hand sanitizer, etc. 3. Shout wipes– I have kids, plus I’ve been known to drop my lunch in my lap, so, ’nuff said. 4. Tide packet- I don’t know that this is truly essential, but I have wanted to wash clothes out in a hotel sink when we were on the road, and this would make that possible. 5. Lighter, 6. tea light, 7. compressed towel (for hygiene), 8. tinder– these items are for light and warmth in a survival or camping situation. It’s pretty easy to store a lighter and start a fire with that, as opposed to matches, for many people. 9. Mylar blanket aka space blanket– again, for warmth in an emergency situation or health crisis. These blankets reflect your body heat back to you, and while not soft or comfortable, they can be used in combination with other blankets and they’re pretty effective. I often stock up on these at the dollar store. 10. poncho–  I also get these occasionally from the dollar store. 11. extra screwdriver– yes, we have used ours, and we were glad to have it. 12. Tire gauge- this was already included in the kit, I accidentally pictured it here. 13. A few commonly needed OTC meds like pain relievers and digestive aids, and 14. a kitchen- sized trash bag- so many uses, not the least of which is to be used during carsickness.

Car emergency kit add ons

In addition to what’s in the car emergency kit, I carry a small plastic bin that’s more of a family clothing emergency kit. 😉 I use this stuff somewhat frequently.  I suggest carrying some kind of small container like this that meets the needs of individual family members. Since I have small kids, this reflects the needs of my family- i.e. potty training, carsickness, etc. If you have older kids, babies, elderly family members, or if there are specific health problems, you should tailor this kit to meet those specific needs. In my kit, you will see 1. Lots of easy, nutrient dense snacks like granola and protein bars, fruit leather, and jerky, 2. Extra straws, forks, napkins, hand wipes, etc., 3. extra shirt (child sized), 4. Extra underpants (again, child sized), 5. zip top bag (so many uses), 6. Extra training pants, 7. Spare baby clothing including a hat, 8. blanket, and onesie, 9. Socks.

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Moving toward the front of the car- here’s the back seat. The reason I show this is not because it’s pretty or fancy- these are just basic booster seats for my elementary school aged kids- but I really like the seat protector pads. These pads have saved me tons of work cleaning (have I mentioned that I must have the most carsick prone kids ever? I have seriously cleaned up so much vomit out of my cars- yuck.) and these pads just wipe right off. They also have storage pockets that hang down, and are useful for road trips and such, but really, I just have them because it makes cleaning up their seats so much easier.

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In the middle seat, I keep a 1. seat organizer stocked with 2. Flannel burp rags (my baby doesn’t need them any more, but they are awesome for cleaning spills, and are also big enough that clean ones can be used as a mini- blanket for the baby, or rolled for a neck pillow), 3. Diapers and wipes (I would carry wipes even if I didn’t have kids. So useful.) 4. Emergency snacks (I am realizing how much importance my family puts on snacks. Haha.), 5. an umbrella, and 6. a road atlas book, which is important to have in case you ever couldn’t use your GPS or smartphone to navigate.

Car EDC Baby Car Seat

My baby is in a rear- facing car seat, so we love having a mirror that we can see each other in. And since the foot space is available, we stow a diaper bag that is full of baby essentials, and always stays in the car, and a diaper clutch, which for me is much more portable and practical when I’m on- the- go.

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We keep the diaper bag stocked  at all times with diapers and wipes, 1. snacks, 2. hand sanitizer, 3. extra blankets and clothing, 4. an ergobaby or moby- type wrap for carrying the baby (I have multiple wraps, this one always stays in the car), and 5. when I was breastfeeding, I kept extra nursing pads and lanolin cream.

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This lined diaper clutch was really simple to make and it fits 4-5 diapers and a small case of wipes. I do not carry a diaper bag everywhere with me. It just does not fit my lifestyle, and my baby is old enough that it just isn’t necessary. I can fit everything we need in this clutch and my personal EDC bag.

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Underneath the diaper bag, we have access to 1. a full size box of kleenex, 2. a box of trash bags (bought on a road trip, long story, but it was useful enough that we just left them in the car.), 3. an auto fire extinguisher, and a winshield sunshade (not labeled).

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Last, but not least, in the front seat. I keep 1. extra medications, 2. chapstick and eyedrops, 3. a power converter for our phone chargers, 4. extra phone charging cables, 5. a pocket sized set of scriptures, 6. flashlights (link is for different flashlights than pictured, but we have a set and we like them), 7. yah, more snacks, 8. another power converter that can be used with a standard plug (we’ve used this with our mattress pump when we go car camping), 9. this knife (use your best judgement on this and don’t leave in a place super- accessible to small children.), 10. a CPR mask with valve, 11. Extra AA batteries, and 12. more hand sanitizer.

Here is my recommendation for preparing, whether it is for your car, your home, or your purse- think about what is most important to you, and your family on a typical day and go from there. In an emergency situation, you will have physical needs of warmth, safety, shelter, food, and health. You may have emotional and spiritual needs arising from stress and grief. Think about the things that give your family comfort in all of those ways, and make sure you address those needs in your preparations.

Be happy, prepared, and safe!

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Reclaimed Wood Holiday Sign {giveaway month}

Reclaimed Wood Holiday Sign: Giveaway

We are so excited for the holidays! For us, once Halloween is over, that is our cue to start preparing in earnest for the gift giving season. Personally, gift giving is one of my love languages, and I have more fun giving gifts than receiving them!

On that note, I am so excited to announce that we, the Homebodies sisters, have put our heads together, and have come up with five (yes, 5!) gift packages to give away to you, our lovely readers, over the next five weeks. :)

We will be giving away unique and beautiful prizes that you can keep for yourself, or give as a gift to someone special!  Each week we will announce the giveaway package and the requirements to enter.

Enter to win this Vintage Reclaimed Wood Sign Giveaway {Home Sweet Homebodies}
This week, we are teaming up with our sister Heather who also blogs at Drill Bits and Oven Mitts.  By the way, you should totally check out the gorgeous furniture and decor she has made. Plus, she shares lots of very decadent dessert recipes.  :)

Heather {Home Sweet Homebodies}

She is giving away this gorgeous vintage reclaimed wood sign to one lucky reader (valued at $30). This handmade, farmhouse chic Christmas sign would be the perfect addition to your holiday decor, don’t you think?!

Enter to win this Vintage Reclaimed Wood Sign {Home Sweet Homebodies}

To enter, make sure you have “liked” Home Sweet Homebodies and Drill Bits and Oven Mitts on Facebook! You can earn up to 5 entries. Items we give away will be shipped for free to winners in the US, but anyone outside the US will need to cover their own shipping (sorry, thanks for understanding!).

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We will announce the winner of the giveaway on our Facebook pages on Tuesday, November 10th.  Best of luck!

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P.S. It would be awesome of you to subscribe, not least so that you know when the next giveaway begins! Here’s a little sneak peak:

Cable Crochet Headband {Home Sweet Homebodies}

Sugar & Spice Body Scrub

Sugar & Spice Body Scrub {Home Sweet Homebodies}

We’ve been enjoying perfect fall weather.  And I’ve always loved fall, but this fall is extra magical for me. I have had so much fun decorating and creating this season! I would love to share a few of the things I have been working on. If you follow us on Instagram, you have seen a couple of these things! Today I’m just going to share this Sugar and Spice Body Scrub. It’s a simple sugar scrub, and it makes a great gift, especially if you package it up in a pretty glass jar.

Sugar & Spice Body Scrub- Gift {Home Sweet Homebodies}

With the chillier temperatures, why not treat yourself to a warm, relaxing bath- made even more luxurious with some homemade bath products, like this Sugar & Spice Body Scrub.

DIY Sugar & Spice Body Scrub {Home Sweet Homebodies}

Would you like to make some? Here’s my recipe:

Sugar & Spice Body Scrub
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3/4 cup Raw Cane Sugar (package might say “sugar in the raw” or “natural cane turbinado sugar”)
1/2 cup White Sugar
~3 Tbsp. coconut oil
1 tsp. Vanilla Extract
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Dash each of nutmeg, ginger, and ground cloves
Optionally: 4-5 drops of Cinnamon Essential Oil, 1-2 drops Clove Essential Oil (You definitely don’t have to include essential oils, but I like using them. If you want to buy essential oils, but don’t want to join a MLM company, check out these high quality oils that I trust- and no, I don’t get paid at all for recommending them. Just my own personal experience: Mountain Rose Herbs and Nature’s Fusions.)

Mix ingredients together well. This will fill one 8 oz size glass jar. Feel free to play with quantities or use other baking spices. Make it your own. :) Make sure to label your creation, and decorate it any way you like. This makes a great gift. (FYI you want to avoid plastics and aluminum when storing and mixing things that contain essential oils.  Mixing in a glass bowl with stainless steel or silicone utensils is ideal.)

Sugar & Spice Body Scrub Recipe {Home Sweet Homebodies}

I hope you get a chance to pamper yourself this week- this scrub would be a great way to do that! >wink< :)

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Halloween Costume Archives

I was looking through old Halloween pictures from the past 11 years, and had a few good laughs about some of the costumes we have come up with over the years.

I’m going to share some of my favorites from the Halloween costume archives (hopefully my sisters will do the same for their families… hint hint! because they have some awesome couple costumes.).

Pillowcase Puppy Costume {Home Sweet Homebodies}

I loved this costume so much! It was the first costume I sewed for one of my children. I used a thrifted pillowcase, and an old corduroy shirt for the majority of the costume. My son was about 18 months old. The pillowcase was the perfect size for a little onesie romper with leg closures (I think I used velcro dots) and a hood. Since that used up all my pillowcase fabric, I cut up an old corduroy shirt that had belonged to Marissa’s husband, and made spots, floppy ears, a stuffed tail, and a little candy bag. I made a harness “leash” out of grosgrain ribbon and velcro. The dog tag was made from a broken ID badge holder (It says “Woof” on it). My husband and I just wore athletic clothes and said we were taking our “puppy” for a jog.

Curious George and The Man in the Yellow Hat Costumes

These costumes were created about 4 years ago. I had picked up the Jack-o-lantern costume for the baby from Walmart the previous year after Halloween for $5.  I made a “whipped cream swirl” out of batting, sewed it to a white beanie, and sat him in a pie tin and voila- pumpkin pie. I thought it was clever because we call my son “Lukey Pie” and he was pumpkin pie…  I was pretty much out of energy to make a costume for myself, so I donned an apron, grabbed a wooden spoon (which I forgot for the picture) and said I was the baker who made the pumpkin pie.  Not at all elaborate, but it worked nicely.

I put the monkey costume together by first drawing out a pattern on paper bags. I used a too-small pantsuit as my guide. The brown minky fabric was deeply discounted, and it was very stretchy and forgiving, so that made the pattern drafting much easier.  My husband’s costume was made by dyeing some old white clothes with Rit dye in the washer, and using fabric markers for the spots on the tie. Read more about how I made these costumes here.

I don’t always make my family’s costumes. :) One year we participated in a costume swap and borrowed the cowboy on a horse costume and lion costume.

Cowboy and Lion Costumes

Another year we straight up bought superhero costumes from Costco (I was pregnant and it was such a relief not to have to sew anything).

Avengers Halloween Costumes

One of my favorite years was when we used a combination of things we had already (the hats, wig, and most of the clothes), a few things we purchased (badges, handcuffs and the mustache), and some things we made (the masks and vests). If you can’t tell, my husband and I are the bandits with our wrists cuffed together, and my sons are the sheriffs, with their “tough guy faces” on.

Sheriffs and Bandits Halloween Costume

And then there’s this hilarious gem, which I’m almost too embarrassed to share. But it is so funny to me. It was our first Halloween after we were married. I was little Red Riding Hood and My hubby was the wolf that ate grandma. I tried to persuade my husband that it would be awesome for him to wear a “granny flannel nightie” from the thrift store. He wasn’t convinced, but I’m sure he did it anyway just to make me happy. 😉

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf Costume

Thanks for humoring my trip down memory lane!

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