Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Katelyn, the Cupcake

Last week we received the new Pottery Barn Kids catalog in the mail. As the kids and I were looking through it, we spotted the new Halloween costumes and the kids picked out their favorites right away. Katelyn saw the cupcake and was so excited. She was going to be a cupcake for Halloween and nothing else! I tried to talk her into dressing up as a princess or a ballerina (something I could buy cheaper or make easier) but to no avail. Noah picked out the shark as he has become obsessed with Shark Week videos (thanks to the Discovery app. on my iphone!).  No way was I going to spend $60 on a costume so I decided I could make a cupcake for Katelyn and a shark for Noah. I love felt and crafting with felt is my specialty so thankfully the costumes looked to be made from this economical fabric.

Jo-Ann Fabric had a Labor Day sale so I took advantage of the 40% off all felt and 10% off coupon for the thread and fabric. Over all, the costumes will cost less than $10 each! I was so excited to start making the cupcake costume so I started yesterday and finished it this morning after adding the top two layers. Now I just need to find a thick headband to make the strawberry "hat". I have never made anything this big (other than a small toddler quilt) so I had no idea how this would turn out. Thankfully, Katelyn likes it and I am pretty impressed with it myself! Haha!  Now I have to try my hand at sewing a shark costume.  Yikes!

Through this project, I learned that pinning fabric really helps and is worth the extra time (I HATE pinning and have skipped this annoying step before only to rip out half the stitches...). And if something you want to do seems too big or too difficult, try it anyway. You never just might turn out beautifully! Get up, do it, and it will cause you to become more creative and more inspired to try something else you may have been wanting to do.

* The first picture is the Pottery Barn costume.  The second is Katelyn's costume I made.  "I'm a beautiful cupcake!" says Katelyn.


  1. You are so talented...that is ah-mazing!!

  2. Great job! She is so cute! I have been looking for a sewing machine to learn on, do you have any recommendations??? :-)

  3. Wow, that is very impressive!!! LOVE IT!! She is so cute in it. Your kids are blessed to have such an awesome mommy! :) I wish I could sew. I can barely sew on a button. LOL! ;)

  4. Thank you, Laura!

    Jen, I was taught how to sew with a portable Singer sewing machine in junior high. It was a small machine and very simple. Now I have a very good embroidery machine my mom gave me that I have no idea how to use! You can find a portable machine for under $200...Target has them new for that price but I'm sure craig's list or ebay has them cheaper.

    DeAnne, all you need to know is how to sew in a straight line! :~) That's really all I know how to do. I have a couple of sewing books but I haven't had to use them yet.

  5. SO PERFECT Thank you!!! My daughter was literally in TEARS when I told her Pottery Barn was sold out - and then I looked on ebay and there was one for $300!!! You should sell yours on ebay!!!
    I found a cute chocolate dipped strawberry plush (dog toy but who cares) - for the top. Now I've got to figure out how you made the cake bottom part! Any hints would be appreciated!! GREAT JOB THOUGH!!!!

  6. Brooke, thank you! :~) For the bottom, I cut a slightly larger strip of dark brown felt then placed the tan felt on the top. I just made a ripple with only the tan, pinned where I was going to sew, and left the bottom unfinished. I hope this helps!

  7. I just found this post and I am thinking of making cupcake costumes for my girls for this Halloween.

    Would you mind sharing how you made yours? I have an idea, did you sew the top to a shirt or not?

    You can email me at
    Thanks so much!

  8. HI!
    You don't know me, but I found your blog while I was searching for a tutorial for the Pottery Barn cupcake. Please oh please, could you give a tutorial. I want to make one for my two year old, and I can't quite figure it out! Thanks!

  9. Sure thing, ladies! I will make a new post with instructions on how to make this cupcake costume.

  10. Thank you so much! I can't wait! :)