Rootin’-est Tootin’-est Cowboy in the Wild, Wild Cantina!

It’s no secret that Halloween is my favorite holiday. The candy, the decorations, the crisp fall weather… but mostly, the crafty possibility. I try to go all out on a costume every year, and 2015 did not disappoint.

Now that my son is getting older, he was able to have input into his costume choice for the first time.  He couldn’t decide between Woody from Toy Story and Star Wars, so I tried to give him both. Introducing… Sheriff Woody Solo! I tried to blend elements from both characters together into the ultimate space cowboy.

Woody Solo Costume

Woody Solo Costume

There are so many fun details in this costume, and I’ll try to touch on all of them. First was the bandana. Taking inspiration for a traditional red and white printed bandana, I set out to make a Star-Wars inspired version.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Bandana

The final product turned out better than I could have hoped, especially considering my limited skills in AI. It went off to Spoonflower for printing.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Bandana

He loved finding all of the characters once it arrived. As always, I was very pleased with the print quality.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Bandana

A quick trim and hem and it was finished.

Woody Solo Costume

For the pants, I wanted to incorporate denim (Woody) and Corellian blood stripes (Han).

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Pants

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Pants

The pattern is free from Dana Made It – Kid Pants. I trimmed a bit off of each outer leg seam allowance to make room for a strip of stripes.

I used the flat front option. Scraps of topstitched vinyl were used for the belt and holster.

Woody Solo Costume

It’s tough, but if I had to pick my favorite part of this costume, it would probably be these Millenium Falcon buttons. I designed a very simple outline in Illustrator, and had them laser cut by Ponoko. Their service is so easy to use, even for a novice like myself. They make prototyping and pricing out options incredibly user friendly. I was able to get exactly what I wanted, within my budget, after a few small design tweaks. Their customer service is top notch, too! [No one is paying me to gush, I was just honestly impressed.]

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Millennium Falcon Buttons

After making the costume, I still have four buttons left over. Any suggestions?

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Millennium Falcon Buttons

On to the shirt. It quickly became clear that I wasn’t going to be able to find the white and red checked fabric that I had in mind. Again, this is a mix — Woody’s shirt is yellow with red checks, and Han’s is white/off white. I improvised with white cotton and a red permanent fabric marker.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Shirt

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Shirt

The pattern for this shirt is another freebie, Western Style Toddler Shirt from Barmy Beetroot. My modifications were a velcro closure, faux buttons, and lengthening the sleeves from short to long. I also cut the cuffs, collar, and back yoke on the bias.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Shirt

Woody Solo Costume

For the vest, I drew the structure from Han and the cow print from Woody. First, I sketched out the pocket placement from movie stills and figured out rough measurements.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Vest

The vest pattern was the free (surprise!) Very Cozy Vest from Made by Marzipan.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Vest

The cow print was freehanded with black Sharpie. Doesn’t get any easier than that! Woody Solo Costume

Another favorite detail — Woody’s pull string. A bit of cord from the fabric store coupled with a painted embroidery hoop innard.

Woody Solo Costume

Of course, I’ll take any excuse to use my Silhouette Cameo! The belt buckle, spurs, and badge were all designed with the Silhouette software. Each design was cut out of cereal box cardboard twice, then adhered together with my Xyron machine.

I then used the print & cut feature with Silhouette’s printable & adhesive gold foil. Layered al together, it made for sturdy pieces. I used a metallic gold marker around the raw edges to cover up the white from the cardboard.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Accessories

Here’s a screencap of Woody’s belt buckle, to show where I got my inspiration for the Leia buckle.

Woody's Belt Buckle

Originally I had attempted to make boot covers, but I couldn’t get them to look how I had pictured them. Instead, we picked up a cheap pair of black rain boots, which I decorated with strips of topstitched vinyl and the gold foil spurs.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Boots & Spurs

The finishing touch was the treat bag. I puzzled over it for a week or so, before settling on a mix of Woody’s pal and Han’s sidekick — Slink & Chewbacca. It took some time, but I came up with a design that I liked.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Slink/Chewbacca Treat Bag

The finished image was printed on Sillhouette’s printable canvas. It was a fast way to finish up, but I wish the colors had been a bit more saturated. It fit the bill, though, and was stuffed full of goodies on Halloween night.

Woody Solo Costume in Progress: Slink/Chewbacca Treat Bag
Here are a few more pictures of our cowboy enjoying his costume.

Woody Solo Costume

Woody Solo Costume Woody Solo Costume

One final detail: the tauntaun hobby horse. Unfortunately it’s no longer available, as it was an exclusive from the 2012 Star Wars Celebration convention. I bought it back then to decorate our son’s nursery. It was great to incorporate it as part of his costume.

Woody Solo Costume

So another Halloween is on the books… and I’m already looking forward to next year!

Happy Housewarming

A visit to my younger sister’s new apartment required a quick housewarming gift. What to do? I used my new favorite crafting machine, the Silhouette Cameo, to put together some easy personalized gifts. And where better to start than with something I’d never tried before: glass etching.

Kitchen Towels and Pie Dish Housewarming Gift

The final project wasn’t perfect (you can ignore the two errant marks from some excess etching cream), but I feel even more confident to try this again. With a bit of care, it’s surprisingly easy to etch glass at home.

First, I came up with a simple text design and cut it out with my Cameo on scrap outdoor vinyl.

You’ll need gloves, goggles, etching cream, and something to apply the cream — I used a popsicle stick. Don’t skimp on the safety gear. This is icky stuff. Work outside if you can, like I did.

Kitchen Towels and Pie Dish Housewarming Gift

To prepare the pan for the cream, I cleaned it carefully with rubbing alcohol. I used my favorite transfer tape substitute — clear contact paper — to center the stencil on the pie pan.

Kitchen Towels and Pie Dish Housewarming Gift

Then it’s just a matter of carefully covering all of the exposed areas with etching cream. One thing I would recommend would be to cover more of the area outside the stencil. I managed to transfer some of the cream on my gloves outside of the stencil, which could have been avoided. Lessons for next time!

I doubled the etching time recommended on the bottle to get a good, deep etch. Pro tip — the etching goop is re-useable! I scraped what I could back into the bottle, then carefully rinsed off the rest in the sink. Pulling off the vinyl revealed a perfect etch.

Kitchen Towels and Pie Dish Housewarming Gift

To round out the gift, I used my Cameo again, this time loaded with black heat transfer vinyl, to decorate a pair of kitchen towels.

Kitchen Towels and Pie Dish Housewarming Gift

All wrapped up and ready to go, it made for a nice little present.

Kitchen Towels and Pie Dish Housewarming Gift