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I am only pseudo crafty. I glue I do not sew. I cross stitch, but I don’t own a sewing machine. I bake, but I don’t grill (I just don’t like smelling like the grill). I hot glue, but I try to stay from power tools. I think I have stated my case well enough. I make some pretty creative beauties that suit me perfectly, but when my son asked me to make him a Halloween costume I told him it could not be done.
If you have not heard of PJ Masks, it is a new show on Disney Jr. It features 3 young kids who have pajamas that grant them super powers at bed time to fight crime. My kids love this show. I won’t even tell you how many times we have seen the few episodes that aired.
Gekko, Catboy, and Owlet are best friends at school, and at bedtime transform into superheroes, full out with costumes, a secret lair, and customized vehicles. (Because obviously 7 year olds need their own cars, I mean if one of them can fly, why not?)
Only one problem. The show is so new there are no costumes available for purchase yet. Sigh.
When I asked my children what they wanted to be for Halloween they all grabbed something out of the pile of costumes we already had on hand and were perfectly happy to do so. Except for my son. My son proudly stated that he would be Catboy for Halloween and never wavered.
I tried to convince him to be a dinosaur, or a dragon, or a transformer, a knight in armor and Kristoff from Disney’s Frozen.
He would only be Catboy. I explained to my 5 year old that they didn’t sell the costume he wanted at the store. He confidently replied “Don’t worry, Mommy, you can just stitch it up.”
He believed in me so much I figured at least I could try to see what it would take.
I decided that it might be simple enough. All we really needed was a blue long sleeve shirt, blue pants, a blue mask, and a tail.
Add stripes and go, right?
It actually turned out really well. My son is thrilled. Turns out I’m the real hero and I get to basks in the glory of those few winning parenting moments.
Here is the finished product.
I’m pretty excited, since I had no idea how this was going to go. I wish I could tell you some great easy way that you can make this for your child, but it was a little time consuming and at times difficult, but I will show you what I did.
Items I purchased:
Felt: (4 navy sheets) $1.25
Sweat Pants $5
Long Sleeve Tee $4
Heat and Bond Glue $2
Iron on Transfer paper: $4 (at Joann’s after coupon)
Total Spent $19.25
Not super cheap, but not too bad. It also helps that my son is going to wear this 4 to 5 times a week until it falls apart, and I know for certain at least 2 of my daughters are going to want to play in this as well. I wouldn’t have bothered if it was just for one Halloween night. Unless we were going to do some sort of contest perhaps.
I also used the following things I had on hand:
White crafting glue
Fabric scissors ( I use these ones – and they are amazing)
Black permanent marker
My computer and printer for iron on transfer
and my iron and ironing board
First, I started with some images of the character. I had to pull up my DVR and then play the episodes watching for a moment where Catboy was clearly in view, pause it and then take pictures with my cell phone. My kids really enjoyed that.
My son has already informed me that the costume helps him to run faster. Super speed is one of Catboy’s super powers. When my son tried on the whole outfit, he began running around the house asking me to check to see if he was going fast enough for me to see his stripes light up. Another one of the power’s of the Catboy character is that during his super speedy moments, his stripes glow or light up. I thought it was so precious that my little guy thought the costume would truly light up as well.
Here are the images that I used in case you need to take a closer look at the character to help with your own creation. (click on the images to see their larger sizes)
Here’s my finished sketch.
Yes, I fully colored it in so that my son could be excited about it while I was working on it. I tried to make the sketch look like the cartoon, but I tried to make the costume look like the sketch, so it may have gotten a little watered down by the time we were finished, but it still worked out great.
Next, I had my son try on the sweats and tee I got him from Walmart.
I made some measurements of where his knee and his elbow would be so I could make sure none of the stripes ended up on those parts of the clothes.
I also measured across the chest to determine the 6 inch size for the chest symbol.
Next, I got some felt and just started cutting. I used a ruler and a sharpie to mark the lines to ensure that they would be straight.
I measured the width of the legs sitting flat and made sure my stripes/ chevrons would fit correctly. For example I make sure the chevron shapes along the bottom were 6 inches across.
I got all through the pant stripes before the free hand tracing of the ruler stopped working.
I pre-cut my felt ($.25 per sheet at Walmat I used 4 sheets) to the correct width before cutting the stripe and then traced it in the mirrored direction for the opposite pant leg or opposite side of the shirt.
As I cut the strips of felt I laid them on the top and pants to make sure things were lining up like my sketch.
Here’s the finished costume hanging up after my husband and I were all done working on it. This took me several hours to do. The heat and bond glue, had to be applied, and reapplied. I haven’t worked with that stuff much, so it is possible that I applied it wrong to start.
I glued and ironed on all the stripes. I didn’t take any pictures, because frankly it was messy, frustrating, and time consuming. If I had to do it again I would use crazy glue. Yes I would. After using the iron on glue, I had to repair it in several spots, I used white craft glue for the repairs, so far it is holding up after 5 trick or treating events over 2 days.
For the center symbol, I used iron on transfer paper made for colored fabric. Purchased at Joann Fabrics with a 60% off coupon. Cost me less than $5.
I isolated this image from a screen grab.
My son is absolutely thrilled to be Catboy for Halloween . That thrill is why I like Halloween.
I love Halloween for a chance for my kids to dress up and have harmless fun, and I think it can be a great opportunity to go out and meet people from our community.
Hi again! What a great response to this post. Apparently a lot of us moms were trying to make happy sons by letting them dress up as this new superhero. I am here to help. So it took me a while, but I put together a printable to help you in your efforts. A totally free printable, complete with a full cutout for the mask. (Scroll down for the downloadable PDF file.)
Please, remember that my son is 5 years old and I made the printable using the measurements for his costume. You should be able to cut the stripes bigger or smaller using the basic template provided.
You can try to print these on transfer paper and iron on the whole thing, I haven’t tried it with the stripes but had great success with the chest symbol. Check the material needed on your iron on transfer paper before going this route, I think that iron on transfers work best with 100% cotton.
If you are planning on cutting everything out of felt, this is the PERFECT printable for you can print this and use it as a template and it should make things go a lot more quickly.
Hope this helps someone trying to make the costume themselves. Good luck. Feel free to post any questions in the comments below!