Saturday, October 29, 2011

DIY Monster Hoodie

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 Here is what my boys and I came up with. My boys and I made 

Here is what you'll need for this project:
A Hoodie - recycled is best, but I bought ours at Walmart for $10 each
Felt - we used black, white, red and green - .25 cents a sheet at Walmart
Fabric Glue - we used "Aleene's super fabric glue"
sewing machine is optional if you want to have a super secure hold
(if you want to make matching gloves, grab some of those too)

 Here is the video we used as inspiration:

As much as we loved "Thread Bangers" version of a monster hoodie, we changed up the eyes, added a tongue and Owie (my 6 year old) said he just needed spikes down his back.

We also sewed our parts down after my boys glued them where they wanted them. I know this step may not be needed, I know my kids... this hoodie will be worn and loved and need to be washed. :) I knew it would be much more likely to come out of the washer in one piece if the parts were sewn down.
We tried to match the thread colors up with the felt pieces, except for the teeth row, for this layer we matched thread with the hoodie color.

To help the spikes stand on their own, we sewed them together down the points.

Here is the finished hoodie for my oldest son, Bryce. He is nine. The tongue on his monster is snake-like and he wanted a more "furious" monster so he picked red for his eyes.

I love the little shine we added to the monster's eyes. :)

See how the spikes stand up? Both of the boys settled on three body spikes and two head spikes.

Here is Owie's (my 6 year old) monster. He chose green eyes - to match his own eye color. I love that he chose red for his spikes, they really show up against the gray hoodie.

You can see how his eye shape is different than Bryce's. His tongue is wider too but they both wanted them forked.

Here you can see the stitching lines. A very special "thank you" to my sister who helped out with the sewing! I now have a special order to make a monster hoodie for my nephew! :)

I love that my boys love these hoodies enough to NOT save them for Halloween. :)

And here are my little monsters... making their brand new monster personas wrestle! :)

We also made matching monster gloves... what's a monster without claws? We cut more spikes and added some claws - attached everything with fabric glue. Let it dry and you are good to go.

Here is Bryce's monster hands (hiding behind my handmade gravestones in the front yard).

Here are Owen's gloves... be sure to match your spike color to your Monster Hoodie. Owen suggested we add the claws using those el-cheep-o acrylic nails but I didn't want sharp nails if they are planning to wear these to school.

And here are his gloves... the gravestone says "Here lies the invisible man... I think!"

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Tracy said...

Great project Cheryl -- thanks for everything!! :)

TyTynNiyasmom said...

Super cute project!


Unknown said...

So adorable!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

Scrapsofstuff/Daphne said...

These are really cute!! Great costume ideas!!

Stacey's Creative Corner said...

Great project! So creative and they look great!


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Dakota Bear said...

Very clever and cute!

Judy said...

Well--these are the cutest monster hoodies ever!! What a wonderful idea and so much fun for the boys to help!
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Creative Kuts said...

very creative. tfs

Happyscrapin said...

Super duper cute project! It is usually cold here on Halloween and your hoodies would keep the little ones warm.

Shelley said...

Very cute Cheryl! I'm sure your boys loved them! Gives me ideas to make Carley one! :)

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Mary said...

Very clever AND a fun SAFE costume~good going!

Cards and Crafts by Sheree said...

Cheryl, you are amazing! This idea is the bomb! I love the gloves too! I can see the boys wearing these hoodies and gloves for more than just Halloween!
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Colleen said...

cute costume idea. Very clever! Thank you for sharing. - Colleen

smyiow said...

OMG! Awesome! If I had kids, I would totally rock this project! Heck, I would probably rock it myself! LOL! Thanks for sharing! Truly great work!

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

hehehe! These are awesome!!! I love them! I am def. not handy with a sewing machine but I wish I was! Thank you so much!
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Nanette said...

Tooo cute! You are so talented!

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Tina said...

Great project!!


Pat N. said...

OMG, what a wonderful idea for your boys! Love those gloves with the claws. Really cool! TFS!-Pat N.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

These are so super fun! Great gloves too!

KardsbyKadie said...

Cheryl: Just love your project and can image how much fun your boys are having with these. My favorite touch was the gloves - ROCKED the outfit completely. Thanks for sharing yet another fun project with us - LOVE your work girlfriend. Kadie

Lara said...

I love this idea- because kids need warm costumes, and this can be a dress up for a long time after halloween. Nice job lclass003 atgmail dotcom

Lady Fair said...

Super cute outfits! So nice that your boys helped make them, that makes them extra special. :0) Thanks for sharing!


Kristi said...

Perfect! These costumes are perfect for where the weather is so cold during Trick or Treat!
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Unknown said...

Super cute idea and the boys are adorable too!

Ellen Jarvis said...

Tee-hee! I'm getting to your post late, but just wanted to say how much I loved that you involved Bryce and Owie in making their own monster mash hoodies! They (the boys AND the hoodies) are simply adorable! TYFS .. hope your Halloween was a howling good time!

Ellen ♥ CardMonkey