DIY Bump Costume: Painted Jack-O-Lantern Shirt

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At eight months pregnant there’s honestly not a lot of dressing up I want to do, but you’re only this pregnant on Halloween so many times, so I just had to take advantage. Since Mose is a pumpkin, I decided to dress the bump up as a pumpkin as well. This super easy DIY only took about an hour from start to finish, and cost me less than $10!

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I was honestly quite glad I made it to Halloween! After I made my pumpkin shirt I kept thinking I was going to go into labor and not have the chance to wear it. But luckily, such a thing did not happen. Three weeks to go until due date and I’m soooo excited!!!!

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Anyway, on to the DIY. Here is what you’ll need:

  • A baby bump
  • An orange shirt (I got mine from Wal-Mart)
  • Paint brush
  • Fabric pen (a regular marker would probably work just fine as well, since you’ll paint over it anyway)
  • Black acrylic paint
  • Textile medium (can be found at Hobby Lobby)
  • Mod podge
  • Black glitter
  • A piece of cardboard or paperboard (such as a used cereal box)

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Mose always wants to help with my DIYs.

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Step 1: Try on your shirt and make marks where the eyes, ears, and mouth should go. This is important if you’re pregnant because your belly is probably not what it used to be and it’s really easy to misjudge (LOL).

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Step 2: Slip your cardboard or cereal box into the shirt and lay it flat. This is so the paint does not bleed through to the other side of the shirt.

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Step 3: Outline your jack-o-lantern face with the fabric pen. I just free-handed it, but if you’re more comfortable using a pattern there are lots of them on the internet.

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Step 4: Mix a few drops of textile medium into your paint. Paint the jack-o-lantern face. Let dry.

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Step 5: As soon as the black paint is dry, brush on some mod podge and then sprinkle with black glitter. Let dry then shake off any excess glitter.

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Step 6: Just so glitter doesn’t get everywhere when wearing it, I decided to go over the glitter layer with one more thin layer of mod podge.

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And voila! That’s it!

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And here is evidence of my excellent selfie skills with the bump. HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

DIY Pumpkin Pet Costume

Bunnies are definitely the cutest animals in existence, but imagine this: a bunny dressed up as a pumpkin. Now that is SUPER CUTE. I decided that this year for Halloween Mose definitely needed her own pumpkin costume, so I took to the sewing machine the other night and whipped one up real quick. This DIY is super easy and fast, and definitely worth it for the cuteness scale.

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While my costume was made specifically for my bunny (I periodically measured it against her to make sure it was going to fit), this same general DIY would work well for any smallish animal. You could even do it for a dog if you have enough fabric. Not that it would be as cute on a dog though.

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Wow, what a super cute pumpkin bunny! Now onto the fun part.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Orange fabric (can be felt; I used this pumpkin patterned calico because it is what I had and it worked great)
  • Fabric for the back layer
  • Green felt
  • Velcro
  • Black Paint

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Step One: Measure your pet and cut out an oval of fabric to the appropriate size.

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Step Two: Cut a hole in the top of your oval for your pet’s neck. Again, I would measure this against your pet. This is essentially like a bib for a pet, so if you know anything about baby bibs keep that in mind.

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Step Three: Using your top piece as a guide, cut out a piece for the back layer of your pet costume. Make sure you place the fabric either wrong side to wrong side or right side to right side as you’re cutting so the edges are perfectly aligned for sewing.

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Step Four: Using your pets girth as a guide, cut out one long strip of felt and one shorter strip of felt. These pieces are for attaching the costume around your pet’s midsection. Mose doesn’t like it when I touch her belly, so it was a bit tricky getting this one done.

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Step Five: Now sew the strips onto your outer piece of fabric, making sure the two strips are evenly placed.

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Step Six: Now it’s time to sew on your back piece. Place your front piece on your work surface pattern side out. Tuck in the felt strips. Place your back piece on top of the front piece pattern side in. Pin if desired.

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Step Seven: Sew along the edges, leaving about an inch-wide opening on the side.

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Step Eight: Trim any excess fabric and then turn costume right side out.

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Step Nine: Iron and then sew a finishing seam along the edges.

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Step Ten: Cut some leaves out of the felt and pin them to the neckline of the costume. Sew.

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Step Eleven: Pin and sew down velcro. Make sure to place them on the correct sides of your strips.

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Step Twelve: Paint a jack-o-lantern onto top.

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Step Thirteen: Put costume on your pet, whether they like it or not! :’D

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If you’re dressing up your pet this halloween, post a pic on instagram and tag @peelsandposies! I’d love to see what you come up with. 🙂