This Halloween was James’ first Halloween and the first year for Henry that he really got the candy concept. When I asked him what he wanted his costume to be about a couple months ago, I expected him to say “Superhero,” or “Pirate.” I was surprised when he wanted to be a “blue bird,” but I think we pulled it off. Since it was my first Halloween finding costumes for two kids, I decided to have them kind of match. So, blue birds it was!
I came across these awesome wings at one of my favorite stores Land of Nod and decided to get those as a starting point.
I knew I wanted something handmade, but didn’t think I could pull it all off myself, so I turned to Etsy and found these great blue bird costume pieces.
That pretty much took care of the costume for the baby since it was an all-in-one romper, but for Henry, I needed to figure out the rest of the body. I decided to do stripey pajamas and that way I could re-use them after Halloween. I found a lot of striped pajamas online, but the ones that were the least expensive and the right colors were at Gap.
I needed something for the bird body to make it more fun, so I made a trip to Joann Fabric and found some matching blue fleece fabric and hairy blue fur fabric to make something out of.
I started by taking one of Henry’s sleeveless shirts as a guide and cut out the fabric with a little extra along the sides where I would sew it. I then sewed along the sides inside-out and did a horrible job (I don’t have a sewing machine and just did it by hand), but it worked great. I then cut out an oval of the furry fabric and sewed it onto the front of the newly-made vest.
Voila! A little face paint and I think it turned out great!
Here are some of Henry’s costumes from the past year’s. I think they are all pretty cute.