I so love creating holiday themed things for A and a, I also love doing “fun” photo shoots for the holidays. I fear one day my kids will be featured on awkwardfamilyphotos.com…. But for now they are cool with it and I love it. When Big A was 3 and Little was a few months old I did a Pilgrim themed costume craft and photo shoot that I still LOVE. Those pics are the center of my Thanksgiving time mantle. Well now Little a is 3 and can fit in Big A’s hand-me-down cuffs and collar so I decided to bring it all back out. I had to do an apron for her and a whole new set for him but it was super easy and the results are SO cute!
What I ended up doing is making cuffs and a collar for each then an apron for her and a belt and a hat “belt” for him. I dressed them each in dark clothes (Him, Navy Sweats and long sleeved tee. Her, Black tights, skirt and long sleeved tee) with the few “pilgrim” pieces it created an adorable total Pilgrim vibe with minimal effort.
The pictures turned out really cute. I threw them into Photoshop to add the sepia tone. I thought it gave it a fun “1621” feel and made the under clothes color difference (blue and black) not really matter.
Below is a printable version of the pattern for the cuffs, collar, buckle and belt… It is sized for a three year old but it is VERY easy to scale it up for an older child (or even an adult,,, hey there’s an idea)
½ yard white felt or fleece
¼ yard brown felt or fleece
(I use anti-pill fleece. It doesn’t fray and holds up WAY better than felt)
Gold paint or spray-paint
(optional) needle and thread
If you use fleece or felt you don’t have to worry about any hemming as the material won’t fray. It’s an easy cut and go project!
Fold your white fabric in half and then in half again (see diagram)
Follow pattern and cut. Make an addition small slit (1/2 to 1 inch) in the back or the neck hole to get it over the head more easily.
Fold your white fabric in half and place pattern on the fold.
Cut. Use fabric glue or needle and thread and stitch (or glue) button onto the cuff where indicated (I sewed it… easy peasy).
Belt (and Hat belt):
Measure the circumference of your child’s waist and the circumference of the hat you are using (ours was a $5 cowboy hat from Wal-Marts toy department) add about an inch to that measurement. Cut your brown fabric about 2” wide to the length you measured.
Cut out the buckle pattern from the cardboard and paint or spray-paint it gold.
Glue “buckles” onto your belts.
Glue “hat belt” together and slip onto your hat.
Safety pin your belt onto your child.
Bing Bam Boom… Done J
click HERE for free printable pattern