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  bloodypoetrry said:
Hello.... Would you happen to have a tutorial on how you made your Donald Hat? My bf and I are cosplaying as Daisy and Donald and I'm having trouble with his hat.

capskat26:

Hi there!

I’ll try to explain how I made the hat as best as I can—- I kinda spent the whole time winging it and hoping it would work out….

The main body is two circles (I used a dinner plate as a template). 
For the black part, cut out a rectangle 3-5”x your head circumference on the fold (so it’ll be 6-10” x your head. I recommend you make a mockup first). Interface the band, then fold in half, right sides together, and sew the long side shut. Flip right side out, add the elastic (I cut my elastic 2” shorter than my head and adjusted it just a bit smaller so the band is snug), and then sew the short ends together. Machine stitch the band to the bottom of the hat as best as you can (I ESPECIALLY winged this part). 


THEN, Sew the big circles right sides together, and cut a slit on the bottom just big enough to flip right side out. Stuff with Polyfill (the stuff you use in plushies), and then hand stitch the opening closed. 

The dent is made with heavy duty thread and an upholstery needle. I pulled the thread all the way through until the fabric was gathered. Repeat sewing the dent until it’s nice and secure. Make the little black “ribbon” by sewing the two pieces together, flip right side out, then hand sew it to the top. Add a button over the “ribbon”, and you’re done!

I tried to make as best a “pattern” as I could.

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It’s kinda shitty, but I hope it helps visualize things a bit. I was kind of winging things most of the time hoping it would turn out ok, hahaha (I also used an old Donald Duck plushie I got when I was a kid as a reference).

I hope this helps you!!!

kittycuts:

Hey guys my first ever video finallyyyyyyy uploaded! A few people have asked for an eyebrow video so here it is!
I’m so sorry about a little bit of the poor sound quality at the beginning, I’ll know better next time.
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diyhalloween:

Click here for the original tutorial page on DevilKaito’s DeviantArt

Sweet Jesus, this took me forever because I’m not too familiar with German, but I’ve translated this into English.

My apologies in advance to any German-speaking people if I’ve butchered this, but with Google Translate and studying these pictures, I’m pretty sure I’ve got the gist of it. Anyway! Here’s the approximate translation of the tutorial for these rad-looking horns!

Tutorial for Horns, by DevilKato:

1: First, consider how thick your horns should be. Mine are 14cm at the bottom, 2cm on the sides, and 7cm at the middle of the peak. However, you can make them as you want. As for the shape, I chose points, which look nicely thorny. You can paint them whatever color you like. Additional pieces should be 5mm smaller, so at the bottom they’d be 13.5cm, 13cm, 12.5cm and so on.

2. Now that the pieces are cut out, sew the edges together with a needle and thread. Yes, it’s a bit of work but that’s just how it goes. Be careful not to pull too tightly or your foam will tear. I have used white foam here so it is easier to see.

3. I have 9 pieces, but it is up to you how many you want. The last bit is similar to the other, but smaller than the smallest ring. The tip can be as long as you like - mine is about 10cm. Start at the bottom and draw a line to where you want the tip to be. Cut the shape out and sew the edges together. 

4. Put the pieces together to make sure they fit. You can adjust them to give the horns a bend, or just let them lean back. That’s the nice thing about this material, you can do with it what you like. 

5. Glue the parts together. Superglue along the lower edge of each piece, pushing it onto the piece beneath it. This is the part where you can bend or shape the horn. After everything has dried, you can cover the seams, which I haven’t done yet. Though you certainly could with paint or fabric(??). Or you can just spraypaint the whole thing.

6. After the horns are painted, they look like this. I used silver spraypaint, which looks nice and is easy to apply. It didn’t get all over, so there are still black foam parts showing. But that doesn’t look bad. To attach these to a wig, I put four threads through the inside, pulled through the wig, and knotted them together. But you could also just fasten them to your own hair. For example, by attaching a wire inside and hot gluing to a headband. That’s up to you, but certainly an option if you aren’t using a wig.

7: Tips/Ideas
Reinforce with iron-on fleece to strengthen the horns (I think. Google Translate got sorta wonky at this part.) I have not tried this yet, but I might to add more strength. It also might give a nice effect like snakeskin or something. I’ll see if I try this again. You could also try working with liquid latex. 

8: Closing
I hope you enjoyed my tutorial. If you want me to do something like this again, please ask. Yes, the horns are crooked and that is intentional. I have decided to not always have perfect horns unless requested. 
Yours, Kaito

My Elsa’s shoes journey

sphearicalcow:

So, here’s how you can more or less do these fuckers

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What you need

  • a cheap pair of shoes from a thrift shop
  • a cutter
  • vinyl sheet
  • vinyl glue
  • spray paint (two colors, aqua and turquoise)
  • some pins and some masking tape
  • glitter (optional)

Here’s a couple of references.image

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Step 1: choosing the shoes

As you can see, her shoes are decolletés with low, thin heels.

You should look for something like thisimage

Low, thin heel, pointy toe. Yeah, that’s what we want!

WARNING: do not choose something like theseimage

Too open

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Avoid open-toe shoes

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Definitely too high

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A bit too short…

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The heel is too wide

Note: if you are short maybe you could consider using a little higher heel, since Elsa’s figure is very tall and slender. Go for something like this

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The material of the shoes does not matter, but if you find them made of leather is better.

Step 2: cutting the shoes

Ok now that we have the base we need to remove parts of the shoes to give them the correct shape.

This is basically what you should doimage

Use a cutter to make it, not a pair of scissors. Believe me, it’s gonna be much easier.

Pay attention not to cut too short on the heel part, or the shoes will fit very weirdly.

You should end up with something like this

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Step 3: putting the ice on

Take the vinyl sheet and cut a rectangle. Make sure it is big enough to cover the part of shoe you want to decorate.

Make one side all pointy and icy.

Put glue on the piece of vinyl sheet and then attach it to the shoe. Stab it with a lot of pins and make sure it does not move.

It sounds complicated but is actually really easy. It should look like thisimage

I haven’t take any photo of this step, so I can’t upload anything. if that was too quick and you couldn’t understand you can still message me and ask everything you want. I’ll be happy to help you :3

Step 4: glue, glue, glue

Once the first layer of vinyl glue is dry, add more and more glue and make sure the result is comparatively solid. These shoes will always be a bit delicate, but make sure they don’t fall apart after five minutes!

Once everything is glued well, the shoes will look like thisimage

Please notice that I put glue on every edge of the shoe, so that they fit a bit more comfortably.

Note: this step will require a lot of time, because you’ll need several days to make all the layers dry properly

Step 5: preparing the shoes for painting

If your shoes are made of leather you can probably skip this step.
If you bought suede shoes this step is very important.

You put a little bit of vinyl glue on a piece of vinyl sheet and you spread the glue making circular movements.
Like when you wash the dishes and you’re trying to spread the soap.

When you’ve covered every piece of the suede (and you’ll see it), let the glue dry and then they’re ready.

Step 6: painting

You’re gonna need two tones of light blue. I suggest to use these two colors

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which are called “turquoise” and “aqua”.

Put the masking tape on the zones of the shoes you don’t want to be painted (aka the inside of the shoes) and then spray paint them all aqua.

Once the aqua is dry (it will probaby take a couple of minutes, not much more) go a bit more distant and spray just a touch of turquoise on the toe and on the heel.
Be delicate with the turquoise, and remember than it’ll be more easy to make the shade clean if you are 80-90 cm far from the shoes.

Let them dry, add some glitter if you want.

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The fuckers are ready.

Step 7: go out and feel fabulous

Note: these shoes might fit weirdly, so take your time to learn how to walk with them before the con

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A Cosplayers Guide to Shopping at Joann’s

awsomeshipwreck:

**Okay I’m going to start this with a disclaimer that I’m using solely personal experience to create this guide. What I do works for me, idk if it is your style or if its something you can do based on your location. I’d also like to say that I work for Joann Fabrics and in this guide I’m going to point out some mistakes I often see by customers and tell you how to avoid them in order to save yourself as much money as you possibly can. 

Know Your Store

Alright lil homie, in case youre like any angry middle aged women shopping at Joanns, I’d just like you to know that ALL Joann’s vary by location. My local Joanns is  very small store, so we don’t carry as much as a larger store would. Understand that if you cant find something at your store, you can special order it or go to another store. 

Get to Know the Workers

Believe it or not, most of the workers at Joanns sew (at least to some extent). I know for a fact that there are three cosplayers that work at my local Joanns. Other than them, there are two seamstresses as well. If you have a question about fabric or construction, ask someone who is at the cutting counter, assuming they’re not busy. Usually, the workers at the cutting counter sew, and will be able to help you. The workers at Joanns just want to help you as best they can, so don’t be afraid to ask someone for help. Also, try to see if you can find someone wearing a maroon apron, because it is literally their job to help you find what you need and help you with any questions you might have. 

Sign Up for EVERYTHING

Sign up for the mailing list. Sign up for the emails. Sign up for the texts. Download the app. Are you a student? Sign up for the Student Discount card. Are you a teacher? Sign up for the Teacher Discount card. Hell, apply for a job there and get that Employee Discount too. Before you know it, you will be drowning in more coupons than you will know what to do with. The mailing ads are sent out every sale (about every two weeks). Emails are sent every couple of days. Texts aren’t as often, but will have great coupons. 

Read the Ad

Here’s this current sale’s ad:

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I’m using this page and a personal experience as an example. 

This page may seem super simple and straight forward, but if you don’t look carefully while you’re reviewing your ad, you might miss something really useful. For example, I skimmed the ad when I first got it, noticed a few things I needed that were on sale, and closed the ad. I did not see the ad for the pattern sale, and nearly missed the sale ($1.99 is an amazing sale omg). Keep an eye out for pattern sales, too, because you can’t use coupons on them!

Okay, so I needed to buy four yards of a bottomweight fabric. As the ad above says, Fashion bottomweights are on sale for 40% off. Does that mean ALL bottomweights are on sale? NO. Only Fashion are. This is where people often make mistakes when trying to use coupons. Fashion is a brand (collection? idk what really but its a type). My local Joann’s carries two brands of bottomweights, Fashion and See and Sew. The bottomweight I wanted, which I had seen the last time I was shopping, was See and Sew, which is not on sale. 

"But that’s not on sale!!"  the novice shopper cries "I thought you were going to tell us how to save money!!!"

It’s not on sale. Which is better. Because it’s not on sale, I can use a coupon on it! Almost all of Joann’s coupons are for regularly priced items. Luckily for me, going on right now is an event called Coupon Commotion, in which Joann’s gives out a metric shitton of 50% off coupons in their ads. Remember how i said to sign up for everything? Well, because I receive both the mailer and the emails, I had EIGHT 50% off coupons going into the store. However, when it’s not Coupon Commotion, there is usually a 50% of fabric coupon every now and then in the mailer.

Back to the bottomweight I bought. I needed four yards of it, and regularly priced at $9.99/yrd, that comes to $39.96 for just that fabric. I, however, still needed four more fabrics, and there’s no way I’m paying with my firstborn child in order to cosplay. BUT, since I have a 50% off coupon, bam! That fabric comes to $19.98 total. Not too shabby, huh?

Never Pay Full Price For Anything

This is my motto whenever I go shopping. Hoard your coupons. watch the sales. Know what you gotta get and how much. 

"But I don’t wanna give out my personal information!!" cries the young cosplayer

No worries, homie. I understand. If you go to Joann’s website, you get print coupons right off the site! And they’re the same exact coupons that you would get through the emails. 

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Just go to Joann’s website, and click the coupons link and the very top on the right hand side of the page. 

Pay! Attention! To! Your! Coupons! Some coupons are online only or are not for something you’re buying. There was a 50% off notions wall items a while back, and it ONLY took off of notions wall items. However, people still tried using it (whether knowing or not). A handy guide for you to know whether or not the coupon you received from email or the site is for online only, is that an online only coupon will literally say “ONLINE ONLY” on the top of the coupon. They also will not have a barcode.

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As you can see, the 15% off total purchase and free shipping coupons are online only. 

Also, watch for when your coupons expire! Cashiers cannot take expired coupons; the computer cannot read them.

Wait For Sales

"But you just told us not to!!" cries the confused cosplayer. 

Yes, buy regular priced with a coupon IF the coupon is better than the sale. Last sale, the bottomweight I wanted was 30% off. I knew that was not enough to get me to buy it, so I waited. Shopping at Joann’s can sometimes be a gamble. You have to be patient and watch the sales. This is also why you should start your cosplays months ahead of time so that you can plan for the best sales possible. Some sales will be better than the coupon. Right now, fleece is on crazy sale, Blizzard and Microfiber are both 50% off, and Anit-Pill is 60% off. During big holiday sales, some things are on insane sales. During Labor Day weekend, tons of fabrics were 50% off on sale. 

Patterns

Patterns are tricky. Most cosplayers need patterns at some point in their cosplaying life, but they are hella expensive. $18.75 for tissue paper with some guidelines on it? Ugh. Crack open the piggy bank now. 

There are, however, some good things about patterns. Major patterns companies like Simplicity and McCall’s both produce costume patterns for characters from many series, including Disney, Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, etc, as well as other costume patterns for strange things that cosplays might need. 

However, you can’t use coupons on patterns. Why? Because patterns are ALWAYS on sale, usually 30-40% off. But thats still $11 a pattern, and who wants to pay that? Not me. So unless you desperately need a pattern asap, what you gotta do is wait for pattern sales. Pattern sales are amazing because you can stock up on all the patterns you’ll need for whatever the hell you might make. 

Patterns usually go on sale around Halloween, but its always different for each brand. McCall’s go on sale this week 3 for $5, and last week Simplicity was on sale for $1.99 each. Every now and then, there will be a $0.99 pattern sale for (insert company), and those are the best. They don’t happen often, though. 

Be a Good Customer

Believe it or not, employees remember faces. They remember if you caused them trouble. They remember if you were rude to them. On the flipside, they remember if you were courteous and thankful. They remember the smile on the face of someone they helped. Just be nice to them. They are overworked, especially during Halloween season.

Always have your coupons ready before checkout. Please don’t be that customer who walks up, gets all their stuff rung up, and then asks “so what coupons do you have?”. Cashiers aren’t allowed to give you coupons during certain sales, and saying “But you gave me coupons LAST time” isn’t going to make them break the rules for you. Also don’t be that person who, upon hearing the total, pulls out their phone and asks the cashier where to find coupons. It’s your job as the customer to know how much you’re going to pay, and it’s not their fault as the cashier when it’s more than you wanted.

Also, if there’s something you picked up, but decided you don’t want anymore, DO NOT just leave it somewhere in the store. Just bring it to the cashier, and they will put it away. It’s so much easier for them to put it away than to collect all the random mismatched thing throughout the store and then put them away.  

Black Friday

Black Friday sales are at Joanns too. The sales last all weekend and change every day. And if you have nowhere else to be that weekend, I suggest stocking up on stuff you need. I went there last year and spent maybe $60 on nearly $150 worth of stuff. I’m not sure what the sales will be like this year, but it might be a good idea to watch for when that comes out. Last year, there was a coupon for 25% off your total purchase, which is amazing, especially when you’re buying eighteen yards of fabric. However, this will not be the time to ask employees questions about construction and things about your costume, because they will be overworked and stressed out.

"But isn’t it their job to help me?" the novice shopper asks.

In the grand scheme of things, yes, that is part of their job. However, Black Friday is a stressful time for everybody involved, and literally every employee that store has will be working that weekend. It’s not bad to ask employees questions like “Where’s the elastic?” or “do you carry brocades?” that weekend, but it might be a good idea to wait until a less busy day to ask something like “hey how do i make this thing”. You don’t want to hold up the cutting counter on the busiest day of the year and upset not only customers but also employees. 

**I hope this little guide can help some of you out there. This is all I can think to add right now, so I might add later on. If anyone else has anything, feel free to add! And if you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an ask about something! ignore the copious amounts of spelling mistakes this took a long time to write and also take a shot every time i say ‘however’