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Sneaky Peeky


I have finally hunkered down and purchased fabric for Halloween costumes. 


The kiddos recently decided on what they wanted to be.  I offered suggestions, discouraged complicated ideas, found ideas on the internet………and then we finally narrowed it down to one theme.  Yes, one theme.  Surprisingly, the two older kids totally agreed on the same theme.  (It was more the little brother wanting to do what his big sister does.)  So they get to match again this year.  The baby…….meh, she doesn’t care.  So I get to fit her into the theme too. 


The first costume isn’t quite done (well, either are the other 2).  I was sure trying to get it finished by today……but (sigh) it just didn’t happen over the weekend.  But hopefully I can show you each one this week.  But who knows, it may dribble into next week.  But that’s okay if it does.  There are still 14 more days until Halloween, so I’m ahead of the game, right?


And because telling you what the theme is would ruin all the fun……..I’ll give you a sneak peek instead.




And yep, even a zipper like last week’s tutorial.




And here’s the rest of the pile to cut, piece together, sew, and adjust.  Can’t wait to see it all done!


Any guesses? :)



A bigger reveal tomorrow.  Hopefully.


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Ima says:

    Mary Poppins!!

  2. Kellie says:

    I think it’s Peter Pan and Wendy with Tinker Bell maybe?

  3. Ashley says:

    hmmmm. Tangled. I would LOVE to see that! not sure if those are the right colors but a girl can wish right? ha. We are going as a super easy cat and dog this year. Already had the costumes made for “pretend play”.

  4. Shannon F says:

    Apparently I am old. I immediately thought Rainbow Brite. lol (which my 7yo LOVES, thank you Netflix- especially since I had to talk her out of being Jem. lol) Regardless, I can’t wait to see what you have come up with!

  5. Trevivo says:

    Soooooooo curious! Don`t make me wait so long.
    Greetings from gemany

  6. Jennifer Hofstede says:

    It looks really sweet and cheerfull and like something with wings…

  7. Elizabeth Smart says:

    I think it’s the Chiquita Bannana lady

  8. Susan R says:

    I think Angry Birds :)

  9. HannahBee says:

    Little House on the Prairie?

  10. Christy, momMADE says:

    I guess a princess?

    I want to make my kids’s costumes again but haven’t even started. I’m no where as fast a sewer so I may just have to buy this year. Phooey .(

    My 2 oldest girls wanted to be mermaids, yikes. Any suggestions on materials to use?

    1. Anna says:

      About 20 years ago, I made my daughter a mermaid costume, I bought some green shiny, almost metallic, horrible to sew with, fabric at Joann’s (before they had 40% off coupons!). For the bottom, I sewed a tube, leaving room for her to walk. The tail (stuffed with poyfill) extended out in back. For the top, I stenciled or hand painted, cannot remember which, shells where the “bra” would be on a pink sweatshirt. Aside from the inappropriateness of a child wearing a real mermaid top, it’s too cold in Maine.

    2. Christy, momMADE says:

      LOL, I bet it is cold.

      I was dreading it and thought I’d have to buy some scaly sequins. Now that I’m 1week away we’ll just settle on the dressup box.

      Thanks so much, I’m glad to have the ideas. Who knows, they may want to be mermaids for their birthdays .)

  11. Michal says:

    Not enough blue material to be smurfs and the real Snow White dress isn’t even white in the bodice! Now if 4 year old dd is setting the theme, I’d guess something princess-y or bridal and then little bro follows and baby added in the theme. My now 7 yr old was a bride at age 4 – and I see some lace peaking out!

  12. Bere says:

    They’re going like candy corn

  13. Heather H. says:

    I’m thinking The Little Mermaid (the one in her wedding dress) and Sebastian and Flounder (or Prince Eric). Whatever it is, I’m super excited to see the finished product!

  14. tootsie says:

    I think snow white!

  15. Aimee says:

    When I first saw the picture I immediately thought of rainbow brite, but it could be so many things!!

  16. Cal says:

    I have no clue… But I love that you make your own!

  17. Rachel says:

    I’m going to guess Rainbow Brite?

  18. Melody says:

    Bo Peep and other characters from Toy Story?

  19. Jim says:

    Snow White for sure… and a few dwarfs.

  20. karomanah says:

    maybe Snow white?!!

  21. Steph W. says:

    lol so I see a the top part of a white dress…and random other colours…so i think Bride right away and since a friend of mine said her kids were going as chucky and bride of chucky…so that’s my guess LOL

    1. Steph W. says:

      okay well probably not chucky lol I’d guess prince william and kate but I’m not sure what the orange fabric is for :)

  22. Krystal says:

    I’m guessing William and Kate!

  23. Alix says:

    An angel in white and a little devil in the reds and orange. Not sure about the light blue though…

  24. Amanda says:

    I’m thinking either Sailor Moon and pals or Smurfs!

  25. Susan says:

    The Incredibles?

  26. Winter says:

    A bridal party? Hmmm. Don’t know but it’s sure to be cute.

  27. Katie L. says:

    I’m going with Pac-Man… (someone has to be different) the ghost is the white and the other 2 are the little pac-man/men?

  28. Cierra says:

    Oompa- loompas? Not in the ‘cute’ category like a princess but the colors work…

  29. Mama Hancock says:

    Well… my first guess was candy corn. Not sure where blue fits into that… but I’m sticking with halloween candy!! :)

    1. Jackie says:

      hahahah mine too! :) LOL!

    2. Stacey says:

      Yep, my guess is candy corn (and I’m thrown by the blue as well)!

  30. Dakota says:

    Pirates, parrots.

  31. Erin says:

    I think it’s Gnomeo and Juliet. Or just garden gnomes.

  32. Kristie says:

    I am guessing Alice in Wonderland :) but then there is not that much blue fabric, so I have no idea! Can’t wait to see it!

  33. Nienke says:

    I’m thinking Pirate(s of the Caribbean)! :)

  34. tessa says:

    Uh….not sure…my first thought was Kate middleton and prince William. So, I have no clue. Obviously. Ha.

  35. MAria says:

    hmmm, I’ll elaborate – Papa Smurf , baby smurf and smurfette?

  36. MAria says:

    I am guessing gnomes or smurfs?

    1. Anonymous says:

      hmmm…Gnomeo and Juliet

  37. Taylor says:

    I’m going with Mary Poppins too! The small piece of blue material convinced me, since the only blue in that particular “Bert” costume is a bow tie. Mary Poppins has been on my brain because my husband and I are going as that this year (but wearing costumes from a different scene). I can’t wait to see the finished product…and what your baby girl will be dressed as. Hmmm…perhaps a penguin? =)

  38. Amber H says:

    I’m thinking Rainbow Brite!!

  39. Brooke says:

    My first thought: Snow White… or Mary Poppins! Can’t wait to find out! :)

  40. Kel in Oz says:

    I don’ t know! My first thought was ghosts when I saw the white, but I’ve no idea… I was just thinking what the colours might make, and I thought – TURKEYS!!!! :-) hahaha… Sorry, we’re not real good at this Halloween stuff in Australia.

  41. Megan says:

    Snow white!!

  42. Heather says:

    My guess was Snow white as well! So excited to see!

  43. Ashley Calaway says:

    Snow White and… 2 dwarfs?? :) It’s sure to be cute!

  44. Beth says:

    Snow white? Sure to be adorable no matter what the theme it! Smiles~Beth

  45. Jill says:

    A rainbow, sun and clouds??

  46. Rachel K says:

    Angry Birds!!?

  47. Rachel says:

    Mary Poppins and Bert! Our girls will be twinners!

  48. Dixie says:

    my first thought when I saw the top picture was ‘oooh princess Leia!’ but then I saw all the bright colors soooo, not so much. haha. I’ve got nuthin. I’m going with poster number 4 – rainbow bright.

  49. Jennifer says:

    My guess is Rainbow Brite! Can’t wait to see the finished costumes. I plan to start on my own next week.

  50. Lynette says:

    Hmm…I don’t know! But I’m excited to find out.

  51. Sharon says:

    I’m thinking Cinderella and Prince Charming?

    1. Hi says:

      didn’t she do Cinderella and Prince Charming last year?

    2. Lindsay says:

      Yeah, They already did Cinderella and Prince Charming

  52. ali s says:

    nacho libre?!

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