October is here, and that means pumpkin flavored everything, changing leaves, and of course, gearing up for Halloween! I love Halloween, and the craftiness that goes along with it. Ever since I was a wee one, my mother always made our costumes – I don’t think I once got a store-bought one. At times I thought this was so unfair – seeing those shiny racks of pre-made costumes at the store. But now it is quite obvious to me how lucky I was to have a mother with creativity and the desire to make something from scratch for her children.
To this day, if I wear a costume, you can be sure I made or assembled it myself. This year is no exception! I got it in my head earlier this year that I wanted to do something Muppet related. Then I narrowed it down to Miss Piggy. But Piggy is such a fashion diva! I couldn’t decided on an appropriate outfit.
Then – inspiration! Pigs in Space! First Mate Piggy has the most rockin’ space getup. Light purple with silver accessories. Iconic and classic.
I’ll have a full tutorial on how to make a Pigs in Space outfit soon.
But first! No Muppet pig is complete without ears, so here’s how to make a simple pair!
Pink/Peach colored felt
Thread in matching color
Ear Template: Piggy Ear Template
Sewing machine (optional)
Print and cut out your ear template. Trace 6 ears onto your felt.
Cut them out. Each ear will use 3 pieces (I used a red layer, because I ran out of pink – don’t be like me!)
I used three layers to make the ears more solid and sturdy.
Line up your three pieces and secure with a few straight pins. Stitch a seam, using the Template as a guide (be sure to leave an opening for turning it inside-out). A sewing machine makes this super quick, but it can be done by hand too.
Admire your stitching job.
Carefully turn the ear inside-out, so the seam is on the inside.
Using your fingers, smooth out the inside seam and shape the edge into a nice ear-shape.
Pinch the open edges together so the ear cups in to form a concave shape.
You can use your machine again to close this seam, or you can do what I did and hand-stitch it closed. Be sure to get through all layers of felt.
Then you’ll make a second ear the same way, because they work well in pairs.
From here, you can attach them to a headband, or hair clips, or stitch them directly onto a blonde wig!
I haven’t decided yet which method I’ll use. But they sure are cute ^_^
Stay tuned for my First Mate Piggy space dress Tutorial later in the month!