I always loved the Muppets so I decided that for 2014 I would make our family the Muppets. I picked the most recognized characters: Miss Piggy, Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo the Great and one of his chickens, and of course, Animal.
I am not a professional, I don't even know how to read patterns, I just have a great imagination & things always work out, some a lot better than others.
I hand sew my costumes, I do not use a machine. I didn't get to start making these until 1st week of September, staying up daily until 3-5am.
Miss Piggy Costume I found the dress, jewelry at a resale shop and made alterations to fit. I bought the pig mask, fur & gloves on line and make up to enhance eyes. I handmade the pig ears out of pink material and foam and hot glued them to a headband.
Kermit the Frog Costume I bought all fabric & foam at Joann's and some was from their remnants area. I used 1/2-inch foam to form the head and feet, made the eyes from a hard foam ball i cut in half with fabric on them. I hot glued mostly everything except on the feet, I sewed elastic and attached snaps to help keep feet steady on the shoes.
Fozzie Bear Costume I bought all fabric and foam and remnants. For this whole costume I had a heavier fleece material and handmade the bowtie for Fozzie. I used 1/2-inch foam to form the head, made eyes and nose from hard foam balls I cut in half with fabric on them. I took a pair of old slip on shoes and hot glued fabric over them for the feet. I bought his hat at DollarTree.
Gonzo the Great Costume I bought blue furry fabric and foam and remnants. I used 1/2-inch foam to form the head and made eyes from hard foam ball cut in half with fabric on them. For the nose and area surrounding his mouth I cut and hot glued foam and then added fabric over it to form these features. I bought the vest on clearance at a store, had shirt, tie and pants. Used blue gloves for hands and bought a blue boa to cut and put blue pipe cleaners in it to make feathery hair stand up on head.
Animal Costume This was the most expensive and most time consuming of all the Muppet costumes I made. I bought all the orange fleece fabric, foam, feather material and remnants from Joann's. I used 1/2-inch foam to form the head, legs and feet, made eyes and nose from hard foam balls cut about 3/4's with fabric on them.
I used foam with fabric to form lips on mouth and used thin black feathers on rope for eyebrows and to make the feathery furriness on face I bought 2-2/3 red peacock feathers on rope (warning $25 a yard) and 3 thick red boas on rope and a yard of thin red feather on rope.
I used the thin red around the mouth and seam attaching top of the head. I them lined the thick red boa in rows about 2 inches apart as fillers first and then used the red peacock feathers between to make it flow like the character. (It's best to do this when head is flat).
I bought clear acrylic jewels for teeth - sandpapered and then spray-painted them white, used black mesh to put inside mouth and pink mesh for tongue. All of this was hot glued on and together. I bought gold shiny fabric and black and gold trim to sew animals vest.
I got a orange turtleneck for his upper body and brown sweatpants, which I cut ragged, from a resale shop. I used foam to make feet and attached fabric on them to them to make legs. I sewed thin elastic to top of legs to keep them on and sewed elastic straps on the bottoms to keep feet attached to shoes with a snap. Right now I am sewing an additional orange fleece fabric for the upper body and arms for this costume to make it much warmer because it is due to be around 38 degrees F here for Halloween.
Our family trick-or-treats for the local Food Pantry, instead of getting candy, we collect food and non-perishable items. We have been doing this for over 16 years and since the people we collect from know I hand make the outfits, it's my additional way of saying thank you.