October 22, 2018

The thought of buying a brand new Halloween costume that gets worn 1-2 times, then ends up in a landfill is enough to give me heart palpitations. I personally find costume buying a wasteful and stressful experience. Give me some felt, KAM snaps, and a hot glue, and I feel I can MacGyver my way out of any situation.

This year's mission was to create a halloween costume for my 2 year old daughter from things I already had. She loves "kitty cat" aka Hello Kitty, so I decided to transform her winter hat into a Hello Kitty themed one, and fashion together a pinafore dress with a Hello Kitty shirt that she already had into a complete Hello Kitty themed costume.

To make a Hello Kitty hat, you will need:

 

1. Cut out Hello Kitty's eyes, nose, whiskers, and bow tie free hand from your felt scraps. Lay them out on your hat. For the bow, cut a long oval and a rectangle strip about 1/4" wide.

DIY Hello Kitty Toddler Hat with KAM Snap Fasteners Kid Transform Easy Tutorial

DIY Hello Kitty Toddler Hat with KAM Snap Fasteners and Felt Scraps

 

2. To make your bow, fold the oval in half at the center. 

How to make a felt bow tie with KAM snap fasteners no sew tutorial

How to make a felt bow tie with KAM snap fasteners no sew tutorial folding instructions

 

3. Next fold the top and bottom edge (at the center) back. Your bow should look like this (back and front view).

DIY Felt Bow Tie Round Tutorial with KAM Snap Fasteners Easy No Sew

DIY Felt Bow Tie Round Tutorial with KAM Snap Fasteners Easy No Sew Instructions How To

 

4. Wrap your rectangle strip of felt around the center of your bow. Trim any excess length if necessary. 

DIY Felt Bow Tie Round Tutorial with KAM Snap Fasteners Easy No Sew Craft Instructions

 

5. Using your  KAM snap pliers or  KAMsnaps KX8J professional handheld press, install your cap and socket as shown. Place the cap behind one end of your rectangle strip, and your stud on the other end of your rectangle strip to hold the bow tightly in place. Your bow will look like this (back and front view).

DIY Hello Kitty Bow Tutorial with KAM Snap Fasteners Easy Tutorial

DIY Hello Kitty Bow Tutorial with KAM Snap Fasteners Easy No Sew Tutorial

 

6. Install the  corresponding cap and stud on your hat. This is where your bow will snap on to.

DIY How To Make A Hello Kitty Toddler Hat with KAM Snap Fasteners

 

7. Using your  KAM snap pliers or  KAMsnaps KX8J professional handheld press, install your cap and socket for each eye, and then install the two corresponding caps and sockets onto the hat.

DIY Hello Kitty Bow Tutorial with KAM Snap Fasteners Easy Tutorial Make Eyes

 

8. Snap your bow and two eyes onto your hat. Hot glue the nose and whiskers. Should you ever need to wash the hat, you can easily remove the bow to retain its shape, then snap it back on after a wash.

DIY Hello Kitty Toddler Kid Child Hat with KAM Snap Fasteners Easy No Sew Tutorial

 

9. I also took an old bib and hot glued cut out felt letters to make a matching costume accessory for my "Hello Cutie." This project was fun, easy, and super cheap to make. Best of all, my daughter is thrilled with her Hello Kitty costume and I'm proud that I was able to fashion it out of simple things I already had on hand. 

Make Your Own Hello Kitty Child Toddler Kid Costume with KAM Snaps Snap Fasteners

 

 

 

 


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