Okay, I love the movie Despicable Me. Honestly I love those little minions. I think that they are so funny and I love to hear them talk.
I also have 3 boys, sooo what would be better than having 3 minions for halloween? So that is why I made 3 minion costumes. They are adorable!
Okay so what you will need:
Roll of 1 inch foam (I used 2 rolls for all 3 of my minions)
Bright yellow spray paint
2 packages of black pipe cleaners ( I cut mine in half)
Hot glue gun
100 Hot glue sticks (not really 100 but you need a bunch)
1 Round cardboard container (I used an oatmeal carton)
1 Sheet of white felt
1 Sheet black felt
Fleece (black, blue, and yellow)
First you must put on the movie, for two reasons. Reason number one, inspiration. Reason number 2, keep the kids entertained while you make the costumes.
I started out by wrapping the foam around a boy to see how big of a piece that I needed.
Then just cut it out.
Glue them together. Only glue down about 5 inches from the top on the back seam, this way your child can enter the costume from the back. The points wouldn't stay perfectly together, and kept leaving gaps at the very top. I used a little duct tape on the inside to hold it all together. I am not too proud. This bothered me at first, but turned out to be a very happy accident later. Love that!
I took my oatmeal container and cut it into round strips. This I later used as reinforcement for the eye openings, It also gave me a template to use to cut out the eye openings.
Yeah, I spray painted my wedding ring too (Sorry about that too babe)
Anyhoo, back inside I started to make sleeves. I didn't have a pattern or anything. Sometimes you just have to go all commando and figure it out. So I measured the length of his arm from shoulder to wrist. Then I took the yellow fleece and draped it around his arm where a sleeve would go and pinned leaving plenty of room for movement. Then I just stitched it up. It was not rocket science.
Then I just eased it into the armhole with hot glue just as I would if I were sewing sleeves into an armhole. Although it was a little more difficult without a basting stitch though I am sure that you could baste it first and it would be a lot easier. I am impatient and just winged it.
For the pant I was a little more intimidated to sew these without a pattern, but I was too far in at this point to back out. Plus, I am pretty sure that McCalls does not have a pattern for the project that I was making. So I just went at it like a tailor and figured it out.
I figured out the circumference of my minion divided it in half, and added a little for seam allowance. I cut 2 pieces of the blue fleece to the dimensions that I figured out.
The nice thing about foam is that the fleece sticks to it so it made it a lot easier to eyeball my cuts.
So I stuck the two pieces of fabric to the foam with the seam in the middle. I put the kid into the costume so that I could make sure that the crotch would work out and to pin up the legs and to check for length. After I pinned everything up and left the back partially open (for costume entrance) I sewed up the pants. It worked really well...surprisingly!
Then I glued the pants to the foam top. I made a little overall flap out of a rectangle of fleece. I cut out the black and white Gru emblem out of felt and glued that on the front of the overalls. Then I cut out 1 inch strips to be straps of the overalls and glued those on as well.
In the movie the Minions are all different, so I was not too concerned with them being exactly alike.
I can tell you that my boys love these costumes!! And who do they think is the coolest mom ever?
If you have any questions, or if I left something out feel free to leave me a comment and I will try and answer them.
If this is your first time here, Thanks a bunch for coming!! Feel free to leave me a comment, I have my Minions read them to me :).
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