Whew! That title’s a mouthful, isn’t it? 😉
But that’s what Gertrude decided that she wanted to be this year for Halloween. Actually, her first choice was the poop emoji, of course. That seems to be the best loved emoji among potty word loving elementary schoolers these days, but I vetoed that idea. I just couldn’t stomach the idea of the Middle Adventurer dressed up as…poop.
Being the animal lover that she is, Gertrude’s second choice was logically the Cat Face Emoji. Not just any Cat Face Emoji. My girly girl wanted the “heart eye one”. I knew that I lacked the time, energy and funds to search out that specific emoji costume, so I set out to make one for her.
The first logical step in this undertaking was to consult Pinterest. Apparently, the Cat Face Heart Eye emoji seems to be the least loved emoji among elementary schoolers these days. Shockingly, I couldn’t find a tutorial for one anywhere.
Not one to give up easily, I decided that I would simply make one on my own. I took inspiration from this pin, and purchased a yellow t-shirt, four rolls of yellow glitter tulle, some elastic and some red fabric paint. I already had black and orange puff paint from a previous project, so I was ready.
First I made the tutu. Long ago, my dear friend Jenny taught me how to make a tutu on my own, when I wanted to make Gertrude and Matilda My Little Pony costumes. Back then, I was super ambitious. I had yards of tulle, and made fancy knot tying tutus that were gigantic. And adorable, if I do say so myself.
Now that the Big Adventurers are in school, I don’t have that kind of time on my hands. (I know that seems crazy. Big kids in school should mean more time on your hands, but what it really means is More and Bigger Stuff to do.)
It had been a while since I’d made a tutu, but it really is so simple. First, I had Gertrude stand in front of me so that I could see how long to cut the tulle. We decided on a length of approximately 28 inches. Then, I unwound the tutu and folded it over into 28 inch segments. Please ignore the poor photo quality. My fancypants camera broke last year, and our house is pretty dark.
I had Gertrude help me with this so that the tulle would stay still. Ideally, I’d have a piece of cardboard cut to the right length to wrap the tulle around, but I didn’t have a piece long enough, so we made do with what we had.
After folding the tulle, I cut the folded edges until all the pieces were separated.
Next, I measured Gertrude’s waist, cut the elastic and sewed the ends together. Then I put the elastic around a kid sized chair and began looping and tying knots.
I folded each piece of tulle, and put it through the elastic. Then, I pulled the ends through the loop and pulled the knot tight.
I finished the tutu in early October, and thought I’d do the t-shirt “later”. Later came up quicker than I’d expected, and this week I realized I’d better get to work!
I drew the cat face freehand on a large piece of card stock. This was tricky, and I realized that the best way to make the face symmetrical was to fold the paper in half, draw half the cat face, and cut it out the way my sister and I used to cut out hearts when we were little. I actually did cut out the heart eyes that way, and then traced them onto the face before I cut them out.
I had a difficult time with the mouth. I just wasn’t happy with how it looked, so I made a different mouth on another piece of cardstock.
Finally, I took the patterns that I’d made and traced them on the t-shirt in pencil. The result looked like this:
Next, I traced the outline of the face in black fabric paint, then traced and filled in the eyes in red sparkly fabric paint, and the nose in orange.
I recommend tracing the facial features first, and then doing the outline to avoid smearing. Also, I would be sure to put a piece of paper or cardstock inside the t-shirt while it dries. The paint bled through a bit and made the t-shirt stick to itself. Luckily, it wasn’t ruined, but next time I’ll put something inside the shirt for sure.
Here is the finished shirt:
After that, you follow the recommended drying time on the fabric paint bottles, and your costume is ready!
Gertrude plans to finish her costume with her beloved cat print leggings, cat ears, and her gold sparkly shoes, of course. I’ll be sure to post a picture of her modeling Halloween night on Instagram!
Tell about us your little adventurers’ costumes in the comments. Have you ever tried to make a costume?