DIY PJ Masks, Catboy, No Sew Halloween Costume Victory
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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.

Disney Jr. PJ Masks, gecko, owelet, and catboy

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.

No go.

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.

completedDIY PJ Masks catboy costumeI’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
Hat $1
Masks $1
Gloves $1
Heat and Bond Glue $2
Iron on Transfer paper: $4 (at Joann’s after coupon)

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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.

side by side, diy pj masks catboy costume with crafting feltMy 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)

Disney Jr. PJ Masks show - catboy characterand this

Disney Jr. PJ Masks catboyI used this image to get a closer look at the stripes and the face.

PJ Masks catboy from Disney Jr.I used those images to create a sketch that I felt was similar enough to Catboy to be recognizable, but dissimilar enough to be created from cut felt.

Here’s my finished sketch.

disney jr. PJ Masks catboy costume sketchYes, 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.

blue sweats and long sleeve tee. From walmart, boys size, perfect for costume making

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.

PJ masks catboy costume step by stepAt this point I was feeling pretty encouraged.

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.

PJ masks catboy costume made with crafting feltMy husband found an owl mask for $.97 at Walmart. I used leftover scraps to make the stripes on it.

diy pj masks - mask for halloween costumeAdded bright blue felt (another $.25 investment).

mask for PJ masks diy catboy halloween costumeI used white craft glue to glue this down since I wasn’t sure how the mask would hold up to the iron. I used heat and bond glue for the rest of the costume.

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.

finished hanging,diy pj masks, catboy halloween costumeI 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.

catboy symbol from pj masks for diy halloween costume.Printed it and cut out the mask shape. This was by far the easiest part.

side by side, diy pj masks catboy costume with crafting feltWe added a blue hat and knit gloves to finish off the look. I did have to cut the pointy owl nose off the mask for it to work.

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.)

free printable template for diy catboy pj cat hero preview

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.

free printable pj cat hero preview 2


PJ Super hero boy cat costume printable iron on stripes

free printable template pj cat hero stripes preview masks included

Hope this helps someone trying to make the costume themselves. Good luck. Feel free to post any questions in the comments below!


Making Today Count

I have been working on some wall decorations for our school room. It is difficult for me renting again, I feel like I cannot add the beautiful decorative pieces that make my house feel like a home, because it is temporary.

When we bought our house a couple of years ago I went all out with paint and wall stickers and lamps and everything you would imagine to make my children’s rooms perfect. Meanwhile, I had hand me down curtains and mismatched end table (still have those). Always keeping in mind what I would do to decorate my room when it was time.

The Lord only knows the plans he has for my family and less than 2 years after we purchased our first home we find ourselves renting again. I am a project kind of person, and I keep pretty busy on projects between laundry and the blog, and constant attempts at improving the character of myself and my family. I like to decorate the house though, I like to make wall art and spray paint and hot glue things. If only I desired to put that same type of energy into cooking.

I decided to try to limit the amount that I decorate the house, but not complete go without decorating. I have purchased some curtains and some wall art, and am pretty well pleased with the overall look of the living spaces. It is not how I would make it look if it was my permanent home, but it is not barren. My children’s rooms are just their beds and dressers and toys. Their rooms do not have wall art or decals or decorations, (that they would most likely break), but I find that they spend most of the day in the downstairs or ground level of the house anyway, probably because that is where the food is.

We have an extra bedroom downstairs that we are using as a school room. It is meant to be a secondary master so it has a bathroom in it, which is nice because my kids could really disappear into the bathroom during our home school time.

I bought the cheeriest turquoise and white chevron curtains for the room and we have a white child size table in the middle of the room with yellow and blue chairs and I am trying to make the room a wonderful cheery place because it is where we spend most of our time.

I made a bright and cheerful button tree for the wall in the school room. The wall art is on canvas which is perfect because it will easily transfer to the next place we live, unlike the cherry blossom wall decals we had in the girls room previously. All those tiny pink flowers were left behind.

I have started working on some canvas Dr. Seuss wall art items that should hit the blog in a few weeks. In my constant web searching for what colors I wanted to use I came across the most brilliant Dr. Seuss quote I have perhaps ever seen, and I love many.

today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered dr. seuss quoteI couldn’t wait to make it into a graphic. “Today I shall behave, as if this is the day I will remembered.”

Reminds me very much of these verses from the book of Lamentations 3:22-23 – It is of the Lord‘s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. (23) They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

I love mornings. Maybe it is because I get to sleep until 8 am. My husband is not a fan, but he gets up a lot earlier than me.

Seriously though, there is such joy in my heart when I wake up each day knowing that today I can do it better than I did yesterday. I often go to bed feeling disappointed that I didn’t get enough done, or that I was short tempered with my family. When I go to bed at night though, I have a hopeful feeling.

I know I am weird going to sleep feeling all hopeful about my ability to do a better job with my laundry the next day. I am not the only person who is constantly trying to figure out how to make the laundry less of a struggle. I haven’t figured it out yet you guys, but one of these tomorrows is going to be the day I come up with the idea on how to get the laundry to stop running my life. I am hopeful.

I just thought this Dr. Seuss quote captured that hopeful feeling I have perfectly. I am definitely going to add this to a set of planner stickers, and perhaps it will find it’s way into my work space.

Many mornings I pray for wisdom and patience, because I desire to have a happy peaceful day with my children. I want to go to sleep feeling content about what I have accomplished and how I treated the people I love. I often find myself frustrated when my children are not getting along because sometimes punishments are inevitable. (and that ruins the plan I had for having the perfect day; I may have some issues with having to be in control, but that is for another day) Thank God for tomorrow and a new start and a chance to be better. Also, thank him for today, when I did my very best, and hopefully learned something I can use to make myself better in the future.

I am trying to teach my children that every day when they wake up they have a new chance. They can be the kind, caring, helpful person Mommy knows that they can be. A lot of days it goes really well, at least for a while. Love my kids and I cannot imagine what my life would be like if there wasn’t a little one jumping on my furniture, and it occurs to me that some day (Lord willing) that will be true.

I know some parents that don’t mind when the kids jump on the furniture, or when they get into loud disagreements. I am still learning everyday with parenting. I feel badly sometimes because I often have no idea how to deal with a situation. I am so glad I go to a church filled with God fearing mothers who can give me advice. Some things you just cannot prepare for. Once I have been through it though I am a better person, and I am better prepared for the next time.

Thank you Dr. Seuss I will live today as if it is the day that people will remember me by.

Be inspired, you are amazing and you can do this.

My 3 Year Old On
Becoming a Mommy

Today after church while having snacks at our dining table, my 3 year old imparted this lovely bit of wisdom with me that was cute enough to share.

“Mommy, when I get old like you, I’m going to have a baby like Kendall Rose, but she’s not here yet. She’s still in heaven with Jesus.”

There is just not enough hours in the day for the number of hugs I want to give her. Yeah, and I’m just going to let that comment about how old I am slide…

Moments in Parenting
Teaching Kindness

Seems like my 2 year old son and my 3 year old daughter are either best friends or sworn enemies. Some days I feel like the only thing I do is referee the arguments. I try to plan enough of their day so that they are not left to their own devices often enough to get into disagreements away from my watchful eye, but of course I cannot watch them every second, and this mom has to cook and clean. Also, let’s not forget about the whole other child I have (a 13 month old daughter).

When the disagreements turn violent I usually remind my children that we love our siblings and we want to be kind to each other. We often have “circle time” (more on that to come) where I take time to teach them lessons including stories, singing, and bible verses, plus practical things like getting dressed and how to brush your teeth.

I remind them about what we learned in circle time about kindness and what their Bible verse said about kindness. However, it seems like no matter what I say we always end up in the same situation.

Recently my daughter who needs an explanation for everything asked me “Why” we cannot hit our brother. I went back into my love and family and kindness line, but she pressed on asking “but what happens when you hit?”

So I plainly explained to her the disappointment she caused me, because I know she can do better and the pain she caused her brother and hurt feelings. I also told her that she gets punished when she does naughty things.

And then I messed up. I told her that when grown ups hit people they go to jail, and while it hasn’t stopped her from hitting, it has completely distracted her for the last 3 days. Each day when a situation comes up and I am explaining once again about hitting the conversation always turns to the police line I used.

“Mommy can little kids go to jail?”

“Mommy, are you going to tell the police I hit my brother?”

and my favorite
“Mommy, I am going to call the police and tell them you hurt my feelings!”

So, I am going to file mentioning being arrested to my 3 year old under “Epic Fail.” I don’t know what I was thinking. Maybe that honesty might prevail or that she asked me a question and I should answer it. I thought I was explaining to her why she had to learn to be a kind adult. I have a feeling that this talk about the police is going to last more than a few days. I feel like it has completely distracted from the issue at hand. You cannot hit your brother.

I admit it is a bit comical but in the meantime I still need to figure out a way to convince her to deal with her anger with her words and not her hands.

I would like to go back to teaching lessons in kindness and practicing cooperative play and sharing, but I would also like to abandon everything and try something totally different since so far I have not convinced her to be nice. I think the main thing my 3 year old needs is a little maturity and patience so … she needs to be 6?

Try again tomorrow