I have an untarnished record when it comes to Halloween costumes. I have never made one. I have scrounged thrift stores and eBay for components, I have helped assemble them, I have purchased prepackaged Darth Vaders and Hogwarts robes.
But this year my resolve faltered when Jungle Boy begged me to make him a hamburger costume. My solution? I supervised him while he made it. This totally counts as a Finished for Friday. It was no small feat to get this done between us. It would have been 10x faster to do it myself.
First, cut out some circles of cardboard. Ignore mom when she says they're too big. Cut out the felt slightly larger than the top bun. Thread a needle with mom's pearl cotton (because it's strong) and baste all around the edge.
Rip open the bag of stuffing. Ignore mom when she says to just open one end. Fluff it out everywhere because it's fun. Put a bunch of stuffing between the fabric and the cardboard. Ignore lumps.
Flip it over. Stop for now and run off to 3-hour ballet class, leaving huge mess in the family room.
Come back the next day and wrap fabric around a cardboard circle for the bottom bun. Use super glue and clamp it with mom's big bag of quilting clamps. Be sure to wear the same sweatshirt you wore yesterday. In fact, just wear that sweatshirt every day. Ignore mom's pleas to wear a different one.
Cut some tomatoes out of felt, being careful to avoid whiskers as you go.
Glue them to the cardboard, and put some weight on them. My son used a cat.
Cut out a bunch of lettuce and cheese. Forget the glue now and attach it the manly way - with duct tape.
Use leftover scraps to make a goofy hat. Put on a brown shirt. Suddenly remember you have a lower locker and there is no way you are going to be able to get into it today.
Few words can convey how exhausted we all were after the process of creating this costume. One of us, at least, had to take a break.
Thanks for playing along and Happy Halloween!