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How to Make A Bruno Costume

How to Make a Bruno Costume

We don’t talk about Bruno…but we are going to talk about how to make a Bruno inspired costume! Also, read through and find our gift to you: a free downloadable pattern we created for Bruno’s poncho.

Poncho:

Fabric:

Muslin Fabric

In our quest for the perfect fabric for our Bruno poncho, we decided on Muslin. The reason for this unique choice is because Muslin is a nice lightweight fabric that is known to fray when cut. This is exactly what we were counting on in order to give the poncho a tattered look.

Poncho Dimensions:

Dimension Guide

To make things easy, we have created this template as a measurement guide, however you may need to tailor the dimensions a bit based on the height of the subject wearing the costume. If you do need to change the length, measure from the shoulder down to 6.5” past the knee. Multiply this number by 2 and you now have the custom length of your poncho. The rest of the dimensions should still work just fine. 

Poncho Design:

Bruno Hourglass Design

We recreated the design from Bruno’s poncho and used Cricut Design Space to cut out 28 copies of the image above in black iron-on transfer vinyl. Assuming you have cut the fabric following the dimension guide, fold the poncho in half (the way it will sit on the subject’s shoulders) and iron at the fold. This will help you determine the halfway mark. At the fold, line up 7 hourglass designs vertically (see picture below) on each side of the V-neck. Use the dimension guide to determine exactly where to place the design on the fold. Iron on the designs based on your specific vinyl’s instructions. Repeat on the back of poncho.

Hourglass Design Stacked Vertically

For the border lines around the hourglass design, we used 5/8 inch black ribbon (100% polyester). We attached it by sewing a Zig Zag stitch down the middle (see picture below). We expanded the sewing machine settings to the highest width and longest length for the zig zag pattern. 

Zig Zag Stitch

Alternatives to sewing the ribbon on:

  1. Using black iron on vinyl to create border lines and heat pressing at the same time as the hourglass designs.
  2. Iron on bonding tape 

      

You can iron on the ribbon with this tape and eliminate the need for a sewing machine.

Thank you gift for our supporters:

We have a gift for anyone looking to heat press their Bruno design onto their poncho fabric. As you can see on our own poncho, we had an extra line of circles underneath the hourglass, which made them double up when we alined multiple copies vertically. So we were sure to correct this error for our free SVG download. Click the link below to retrieve a free downloadable SVG of the hourglass design.

Poncho Tassels:

Last but not least, to complete the Bruno poncho, you will need the tassels at the bottom. We have made this task extremely easy by including an extra 6.5” of fabric at the bottom (front and back). Using a rotary cutter (preferably) or scissors, cut 6.5 inch vertical lines upwards from the bottom of the poncho. Cut each line 1/2 inch wide apart from one another (see photo). Repeat for back side of poncho.

Undershirt and Pants:

For the undershirt and pants, we chose not to custom make anything, considering these items are hardly visible underneath the large poncho. So we settled on some brown pants that we cuffed at the bottom and an old brown blazer with folded up sleeves. 

Sandals:

For our Bruno footwear, we took comfort into consideration and decided to forego the thong style sandals. We covered our thick sandal strap with a large piece of black fabric (with white iron on vinyl designs) and attached it with double sided tape.

Hair:

Creating the Bruno hair required a little bit of work because we went the cheap route and bought a crimped rocker wig from Walmart for $7.00. We chopped the mullet to the shoulders and used a spray bottle to tame the crimped. We then used a super hold hair spray to spray sections of the hair before rolling it into small hair rollers. We left the rollers in for a couple of days.

These were the cheapest hair rollers we could find on Amazon.

You are now ready to sport your amazing Bruno inspired costume!

Extra Tip: Ruffle the poncho neck hole and sides to make it look extra tattered for an authentic “worn” look. 

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Memorial Token Idea for a Bride

DIY Memorial Token Idea for Bride Bouquet

Do you know a bride-to-be that will be missing someone extremely important on their special day? We have all seen beautiful photos of those that are no longer with us in the picture frames on wedding guest chairs, but are you wanting to do more so that the bride feels their loved ones are a little closer? Take a look at this quick and easy DIY idea that you can create with your Cricut in just a few minutes.  

Memorial Locket:

Finished Locket

To create the memorial locket, we bought the pendant and the hook chain separately.

Memorial Locket Chain:

We are big fans of the brand ‘Hildie and Jo’ when it comes to unique pendants, charms, tassels, chains, etc. You can find all sorts of designs at Joanns as they carry a huge collection of Hildie and Jo. We purchased the locket and the chain separately and turned the locket pendant into a small hook chain with our long nose pliers.  

Memorial Photo:

Inside Locket

Glossy Print Paper: We chose this paper to give it a true photo feel  

Print & Cut Photo: the print & cut method with Cricut is what makes this project so easy. If you have the photo in your phone or computer, you can upload it to Cricut Design Space directly and adjust your photo to whatever size you would like. We measured our heart pendant and adjusted our photo size to be able to fit inside the locket. See video below for a quick example of how we were able to do this with the heart shape and “slice” button.

Print & Cut method tip: Make sure the ink is dry before installing the photo into your Cricut, as you can see the border smeared a bit. Luckily the picture can out perfect. 

Note: The photo is not a perfect heart shape due to the original photo size. As you can see in the video, the original photo is very close up and we wanted to make sure both individual’s faces could be seen entirely. 

Video:

Here is a quick video tutorial of how we were able to cut the photo accurately to fit in the heart pendant with a Cricut Machine.

Putting it all together:

Depending on how long you would like your memorial token to be, decide how many links from the hook you will need before removing them from the rest of the chain. Using the pliers, remove the unwanted links and then connect the remainder of the chain to your locket. Insert your photo inside the locket.

You now have a complete memorial token and a beautiful way to memorialize a loved one that is missing on your bride’s special day!

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Miraculous Lady Bug: Hawk Moth Piñata

Miraculous Lady Bug: Hawk Moth Piñata

Do you have a Miraculous Lady Bug fan at home? Are they begging for a Lady Bug and Cat Noir party? If so, the obvious choice for a piñata is none other than the infamous Hawk Moth. At Sew Stitchin Creative, we are going to show you how to make a Hawk Moth piñata on your own with just a few supplies. 

What you will need:

  • Pre-Made Pinata- in the shape of your choice, easy to cover up
  • Tracing paper or regular white copy paper
  • Black Cardstock Paper (4 sheets)
  • Purple Cardstock Paper (1 sheet)
  • Glue stick 
  • Printer or printed out picture of Hawk Moth (2 copies)
  • Scissors
  • Cricut machine (or scissors)
Note: If you do not have a Cricut machine, you may need access to a printer. Please read directions (step 7 & 8) all the way through before starting project

Step #1: Purchase pre-made piñata 

We started looking online for a pre-made piñata with a good shape. It just so happens that this video game controller on Amazon was the perfect shape to be transformed into a ‘moth’ backdrop. Amazon delivered in one day and we went to work!

Tip: If you do choose to get this piñata, make sure you do not overstuff with heavy candy/toys. If you decide that you do not want to lighten to load, then be sure to reinforce the strap at the top so that it does not rip easily!

Step #2: Tracing Paper 

Measure the inside image on the front of the piñata to determine what dimensions (height & width) you will need for your tracing paper. We have included a link below if you do not have tracing paper and would like to buy a roll. If not, do not fret, just tape two pieces of regular white copy paper together. As long as you can see through the paper to trace around the controller image, you will accomplish the goal. 

Step #3: Tracing the image 

Use a pencil to trace around the video game controller image.

Cut out the traced image as you will now be using it as a guide to trace on black cardstock paper.

Step #4: Tracing the tracing paper

Tape two pieces of black cardstock paper together (side by side) so that you have a large enough image to cover the controller print on the piñata. ONLY TAPE the back, as the front will be visible. 

Use a pencil to trace your TRACED & CUT video game controller image on to the black cardstock paper.

Cut out the black cardstock traced image.

Repeat this process for the back of the piñata.

Step #5: Covering the Video Game Controller

Glue black cardstock paper onto the piñata to cover the original controller print (front and back).

Step #7: Creating Akumas

Look up “Ladybug Akuma” and upload an image of an akuma into your Cricut Design Space. 

Duplicate this image x 20.

Cut these images out on purple cardstock paper. 

Tip: make sure you use the “light” Cricut mat so that your paper doesn’t get stuck on the mat. 

 

If you do not have a Cricut machine:

Look up “Ladybug Akuma” and upload an image of an akuma into a program that you use on your computer that will allow you to duplicate this image.

Duplicate this image x 20.

Print out on purple cardstock (or regular copy) paper. 

Cut each individual akuma out with scissors.

Step #8: Putting it all together

Take your printed images of Hawk Moth and use a glue stick to attach him to the center of the piñata (front and back).

Use a glue stick to glue the akumas around Hawk Moth (font and back)

Last but not least…fill the piñata with candy, toys or both!

 

In Conclusion:

You have now transformed a video game controller piñata into a moth/akuma (your choice) with Hawk Moth in the center. Your kids will have a great time breaking this piñata open. 

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