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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Friday, June 23, 2017

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    Ministry Makes Flower Costume


    Ministry Makes Flower Costume

    What have I been sewing lately?

    I have been helping out at my son’s school with the costumes for their final year play, the Jungle Book and this is how I made the flower costume. Thomas is not a flower, but kindly modelled the costume, although, could not resist pulling a silly face!

    First the flower head. I cut 7 pink felt petals on the fold so when unfolded they made a rectangular shape with rounded corners. The size will depend on how big or small you want to go.

    On the first attempt, I found the felt was not stable enough to stand up on it's own, so cut 7 pieces in stiff interlining to insert between the folded petal.

    I made the white interling slightly wider so it could be seen poking out to add extra colour. It was also slightly shorter as it did not need to go to the bottom of the fold as you can see. With the interlining sandwiched between the petal, I sewed around the outside leaving a gap of about 2cm on either side of the fold to insert some elastic as shown below.

    The elastic needs to be sewn together after fitting on the actual person playing the part, but by pulling it tight, you can see how it gathers the petals up.

    I then cut 4 leave shapes in green felt for the arms.

    These were sewn together around the outside edge leaving a gap at the top to insert the arms.

    Again these need to be fitted on the actual person playing the part so the gap at the top can be sewn to the t-shirt sleeve opening and a slit made at the bottom front to allow their hands to pop out.

    Thanks Thomas, bet you are glad you are an elephant!


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