Tuesday, October 9, 2012

CRAFT: No-Sew iPhone Costume


As part of our Fall Felt Series, I wanted to share one of my favorite projects that I've shared before on my other blog, My Own Road. Since the new iPhone 5 has come out, and since everyone is always looking for an easy DIY costume for Halloween, this no-sew iPhone costume is the perfect quick project. Plus, how cute is my boy as a little iPhone??

P.S. I entered my costume on to try and win some cool stuff! Please visit my entry by clicking HERE and checking the "vote" box in the upper right hand corner.


I was feeling the pressure this past weekend since it's my son's first trick-or-treat experience, but since I was low on time and resources I decided the costume had to be inexpensive, quick, and no-sew since I didn't feel like sitting down to a major project. Then as I was surfing the net for ideas on my iPhone, I realized the answer was right in front of me. I got to work and whipped this baby up in roughly 1 1/2 hours (the apps were what took the longest to cut out and piece together) and while I made this for my 11-month-old, it would easily make a great costume for any age. And I even designed some apps for you to print and cut out. Consider it your Halloween treat!

SUPPLIES: a shirt that fits to use as a template, felt or fleece for the main fabric, assorted felt squares for the apps, my free downloadable app template HERE, a hot glue gun and hot glue sticks, scissors, disappearing ink marker.

ONE: first, fold the piece of felt or flannel that you chose for the main fabric in half with the fold on top. Tuck the sleeves in and lay your template shirt on top of the fabric to determine the length and width you want your final costume to be (extend it 1 1/2 + inches wider on each side to be safe). Using a disappearing ink marker, trace around your shirt where you will be cutting.

TWO: cut out your rectangle, making sure not to cut across the top where your fold is.
THREE: use your template shirt to determine where your neckline should be and how wide and deep it needs to be and mark this with your disappearing ink marker. I would make the neckline slightly larger than your template shirt's neckline because the felt isn't as stretchy as knit.

FOUR: use a CD or other round object to round each of the corners like an iPhone.

FIVE: Cut out your neckline and each of your rounded corners.

SIX: now, cut out a rectangle for the screen (use a CD to round the edges like you did above), a small rounded rectangle for the earpiece, and a circle and square for the power button. Position and hot glue these components in place.

SEVEN: this was the really fun part! Determine which apps you want to make for your costume. I looked at my phone and picked several of the simpler ones. I designed the 6 you see below and included them HERE if you want to print and cut them out to make yourself. Just cut out each piece on card stock (which I prefer because it's thicker) or regular print paper, and trace onto squares of felt. Cut out each component and hot glue to assemble. Now, just arrange your apps on the screen and hot glue them down. Simple!

EIGHT: glue sides. Pretty explanatory. Since the sides are open, you can choose to leave them this way, but I decided to glue the sides together so my little guy couldn't wiggle out. Just lay your template shirt on top of your costume and use your disappearing ink marker to mark where you want the bottom of the sleeve to be. I marked about an inch down from the sleeve on either side. Hot glue the two sides together from this mark to the bottom of the shirt right before it curves.

And there you have it, a super easy no-sew iPhone costume!

Now obviously since this costume is hot glued instead of sewn, it's not machine washable so just wipe any stains with soap and warm water.

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  1. This is too stinkin' cute! Would love for you to enter our Halloween costume contest starting tomorrow! (Click here for more details: Hope to see you there!

  2. This is brilliant! So so cute!!! I hope you will stop by and link this up to my Wickedly Creative Halloween Ideas Party if you haven't already.

  3. OH MY! This little man is soo cute and this costume is so original! I love it! Cant wait to look around some more!

    Feel free to visit us too! :)

  4. SO very cute! I love it!!! I hope you will share this on The CSI Project this week starting Wednesday night. The challenge is DIY Halloween Costumes. Come on over! You just might WIN!

  5. So adorable! Could you please consider adapting this to make it a dress?


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