Sunday, October 23, 2011

Gryffindor Halloween Costume - Part 1, Zonko's Bag

Tammy has dubbed this costume 'Evie Potter.'

There will be a time in the not-so-distant future when my baby girl will have an opinion about such things as birthday parties and Halloween costumes. I thought I would strike while we're still in that magical stage of basically doing whatever I tell her to do. Thus, here you have the cutest little Gryffindor, ever.

The only parts I didn't make (or had made) were the shirt ($8 at Old Navy), the shoes (Target hand-me-downs from Madeline), and the black tights (Walmart). So, like with Madeline's costume, I'll be breaking it down into several posts.

My goal this year was to have both the girl's costumes finished by the time we left on our cruise, which was the 1st week or October. And I made it! Except for Madeline's fish bag and barrettes. But, I actually finished Evie's costume first because I was worried about doing the 'hard' part and I wanted to get it out of the way. But more on that later.

Today I'm talking about one of the easier elements which is her treat bag. It says Zonko's on it. For those who aren't familiar with Harry Potter - firstly, have you been living under a rock for the last thirteen years? And secondly, Zonko's is a joke shop in Hogsmeade village.

I wanted it to be bright. Bright stripes, maybe some zigzags. Orange. It took me awhile to find the fabric I wanted and I had to settle for plain old stripes, but they were slanted, so huzzah!

I made this just like you'd make a big tote (I didn't use a tutorial but here's one if you're interested) except I made it toddler sized (I think my fabric dimensions were 9 x 7 or so).

I printed ZONKO's out on a piece of paper and then made the letters super chunky (added 1/4 inch all the way around), then cut them out. Using the cut out letters as patterns, I pinned them on the fabric and cut around them. I top-stitched them on the outer layer of fabric before I assembled the rest of the bag.

And voilĂ ! Evie has a cute little bag to carry around her little wizard treats.

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