Today’s post combines two of our favorite things — Halloween and Martha Stewart. Martha Stewart’s Fall 2013 Halloween Special Issue just hit newsstands. Have you seen it? I spotted it on a recent shopping trip, but with my littles in tow, I didn’t have a chance to snag a copy. It’s a Fall tradition for me to curl up on the sofa (after the kiddo’s bedtime of course) and devour the annual Halloween issue. So I was super excited when we were contacted by Martha’s company offering a sneak peek at what’s inside.
One fun feature I look forward to in each Halloween issue is Martha’s own Halloween costume. She’s had some superb past costumes like the time she dressed as Medusa. This year Martha is decked out in pink tulle as the Fairy GrandMartha. The Halloween issue also includes at least a dozen fabulous, homemade costume tutorials as well as a host of other craft, food and decor ideas to make your October positively spooky.
Here is a preview of Martha Stewart’s costume tutorial for these darling Woodland Sprites from the magazine.
:: basic sewing supplies
:: screw punch
:: waxed twine
:: embroidery needle
SKIRT INSTRUCTIONS: Cut tulle 60 inches wide and twice as long as you want the skirt to be; for our sprites, the tulle was 12, 26, and 40 inches long, for skirts 6, 13, and 20 inches long. For each skirt, cut 5 to 8 pieces, depending on desired fullness. Stack layers and pin to secure; use screw punch to make holes 1 inch apart lengthwise along center. Using waxed twine and embroidery needle, stitch through holes, leaving thread ends long. Fold tulle along seam, and cinch thread for waist of skirt. Trim layers of tulle as desired for a cascading effect.
:: 9-inch wooden embroidery hoop (exterior ring only)
:: piece of wood, 16 by 1/2 inch
NETS INSTRUCTIONS: Cut a piece of tulle 31 by 18 inches; fold it in half, and stitch it into 18-inch long tube. Cinch and stitch one end closed. Stitch the open end around hoop. Drill a hole in wood piece, 1/2 inch from end; unscrew hoop, insert wood piece, and use hoop’s screw to secure. Add hot-glue to reinforce.
:: millinery butterflies on wires
:: hot-glue gun
:: woodland sprites costume templates
:: wool felt
:: fabric flowers
:: ribbon, 3/4- and 3/8-inch width
:: green tarp
:: plastic frog
HEADPIECE INSTRUCTIONS: For butterflies: Cut 4 pieces of tulle 5 by 30 inches; stack them. Use screw punch to make holes 1 inch apart down the center. Using waxed twine and embroidery needle, stitch through holes; then cinch thread ends and knot. Wire butterflies into tulle, and hot-glue to headband. For flowers: Use template to cut a felt oval; hot-glue fabric flowers and 3/4-inch ribbon ties to it. For frog: Use template to cut a lily pad shape from green tarp. Hot-glue a plastic frog to lily pad, and glue to headband.
BUTTERFLY NECKLACE INSTRUCTIONS: Remove 3 butterflies from wires; hot-glue them together at the tips of their wings. Glue outer wings to 3/8-inch ribbons.
PHOTO CREDITS: Image of the girls in costume by Anna Williams. Images of costume construction by Bryan Gardner. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Halloween Special Issue. Copyright ©2013 MSLO, used with permission.
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