So this year we are going to be having our first dressed up Purim celebration. (If you are unsure what Purim is, check out this lovely wiki definition!) Last year I made Hamantaschen and… that was about it. This year, we are having some family round, and dressing up, AND eating Hamantaschen.
We’re going pretty simple on costumes, BUT, I have made Peej’s. Basically, he is going as a cookie… a Hamantaschen! In keeping, you know. I got pretty lazy with it, as my craft desk is still BLAH, and I couldn’t be bothered to clear it to put my sewing machine on it… so we went all fabric-glue on that cookie!
I used fleece (No hemming required, thank you very much) and some of that black sequin fabric to look like the poppy seed filling. I was pretty pleased with that idea! Unfortunately my local shop had cream fleece rather than biscuit. Boo. Anyhow, here is how I did it:
1. I found something round and about the right size to trace my first circle. This is a bit vague, I know, and in hindsight I think I should have actually made it smaller, even though it wouldn’t have looked so good. More on that later.
2. Cut second circle out around first. This is infinitely easier than doing it around a raised object, so was neater, and was the one I used for the front piece. (please note legs of ‘helper’ and a dryer ball he kindly placed on my fabric. Ta.)
3. Fold the three edges of the circle in and determine how much sequin fabric you will need. Cut it! Baby helper optional. As you can see, I did the folds loosely, and cut the sequin fabric with some to spare. In hindsight, it would probably be better to cut this round.
4. Move on to a surface where the baby cannot reach! This is where you get crazy with fabric glue. First glue the sequin fabric to the circle. Now if you simple do the three folds on the circle, you will only end up with a tiny bit of ‘filling’ on display. So you want to sort of pinch the ends together so they stand up. (Hoping the picture says this better than my words!) Leave to set.
5. As I mentioned earlier, all I could get was cream fabric. So I added a little ‘browning’ with some brown eyeshadow to make the cookie a little less pale!
6. turn the second circle into a triangle. I measured it roughly against the first, then glued. Also, I didn;t worry too much with pinching the ends up, because the folded bits won’t be seen.
Now, I tried several ways to attach this to my child. I came to a conclusion… Clothes are just about tolerated, but random bits of fleece? No way mother! Simply pinning it with safety pins above his shoulders (first thought) resulted it great clutching at chest and destroying of cookie. So in the end I safety pinned it to an actual top of his. There is still a lot of clutching, but more chance of it staying on for at least five seconds.
Things I would do differently: I would make it a little smaller, in the hopes that the boy MIGHT not notice it?! Also, the fabric glue was a little hard to work with. This may or may not have been due to it being bought from the 99p store. But perhaps that iron on webbing stuff would have been easier? And less smelly. Goodness.
Boy as cookie:
Can you see just how impressed he is with the whole thing?
I will be pinning the top two corners of the Hamantaschen together to make it look a little neater. I will also be re-gluing most of it, as boy obviously doesn’t know his own strength.
Just the food and decor to go now…