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All children are different. And some are just a bit more intense at times or in general!

"You have to share your happiness to multiply it!"

I stumbled upon this quote by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach  during one of my countless projects I have worked on during naptime. Not having a forum for this important part of my life, of who I am, inspired me to create this blog. I write about my creative projects and my parenting experience which at times can intertwine.

Who am I? I am a Sweden based designer, mother, thinker and dreamer! Together with my partner and best friend and my wonderfully intense and multilingual package of a daughter I live life as best as I know how to.

You can find and follow me on pinterest, facebook and instagram and of course here on my blog!

DIY cat costume + face paint step by step

“Feel free to dress up for our masquerade at daycare tomorrow!” I love this part of being a parent! Being able to relive some of the magical moments from childhood with my daughter is so precious and I love when I can make them extra special for her! And after her having “been a cat” for the bigger part of this autumn, the choice of costume for my two-year-old’s halloween at daycare was easy.

In this post I will show and explain how I made the costume including:

  • Cat ears
  • A furry-belly shirt
  • pants with a button on tail
  • A step by step guide for a striking yet super quick and easy cat face paint

What you will need:

  • Basic sewing equipment
  • A glue stick
  • A hair band/diadem (mine had outlines of cat ears but you can use any headband)
  • Leggings + long sleeved shirt (Any color or pattern works. But I chose to buy black ones and plan to remove the furry belly later so she can use the clothes regularly.)
  • Hobby felt in black and white
  • A small piece of fake fur (c.a. 15 x 15 inches / 40 x 40 cm)
  • A piece of soft fabric for the tail (Mine was c.a. 20 x 6 inches / 50 x 15 cm. But you may want a loger tail. I used an old black t-shirt of mine)
  • Some stuffing, wool or similar for the tail
  • Black and white face crayons or similar

Start by deciding upon the length of your tail. I used a piece of yarn that I held to the waist of my daughter and then marked the right length with a knot. Then mark and cut a piece of fabric that is about 12cm/5inches  on one end, 7cm/3inches on the other and the length of your tail +1,5cm/a half inch My tail is about 43cm/17inches and my daughter is 2 years old and about 91cm/3feet tall.

Next you will want to cut out a piece of faux fur for the tail tip. Place the narrow end of your tail fabric over the fur and trace around it. Make sure you add seam allowance at the top (see picture).

Two important things!

  1. Make sure the hair of your fur is going in the right direction down toward the tail tip!
  2. When cutting the fur, keep the tip of your scissors carefully close to the base fabric of the fur so you don’t cut of too much of the individual hair strands.

Place you fur tip over your tail fabric. Then flip the fur along the top edge so that it’s furry side is against the tail fabric. Pin in place and sew along the top. Flip back.

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Now to the face paint! If your toddler is anything like mine, they will not hold still for long and even then “still” is relative. So the classic approach of a black nose tip and whiskers is a simple and easy way to turn that already cute face into an adorable cat. But I want to show you another way of painting a cat face that I made up as I went and still was able to accomplish in only three minutes.

As the rest of the cat costume was in black and white I chose to do the face in black and white too. I used affordable face & body crayons for kids.

I had to be very fast and bold when putting on the make up so I was pleased to notice that the white whiskers were much more forgiving than the classic black whiskers. I went all in and added fur on chin and eyebrows as well. And after a whole day of play, naptime and several meals the face paint was of course very rubbed off but in a surprisingly “clean” state as there was no black smudging the cheeks.

Make a sensory activity toy from scraps

If you like crafting projects you probably have a bunch of fabric, buttons, beads, cords and ribbons stashed into boxes and drawers. Or as in this case even an old glove. My daughter was a very active baby craving a lot of stimulation and easily got bored of her toys. So for a trip, where keeping her busy with something new to look at made traveling so much easier, I did this last minute project the night before we left. I turned scraps and pieces into a sensory toy with lots of texture, contracts and odd shapes. I am not posting a pattern for this little monster I made since I basically created it “freehand” and your collection of leftover may not match my specific ones I had at hand when inspiration struck me. But in my next update I will both describe what parts my little toy contains and how I achieved the look, as well as a list of inspirational ideas that might match your own!

I was surprised to find how similar my creation ended up looking to my initial sketch. The little text on my note paper is german and means: “You have to share your happiness to multiply it.” by Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach. Pretty fitting for a diy-blog post, right?

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