Monday, Oct 26
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St. Stephen (pictured left) is wearing a felt tunic. It’s just a yard of red felt folded in half. I cut a hole in the middle to slip it over his head. Then I cut a white cross out of white felt and attached it with fabric glue. St. Joseph (pictured right) needed a place to hold is tool, so I cut a strip of felt and tied it on the side for a belt.
A scapular is something that all Carmelites and Dominicans wear. I’m sure there are other orders that wear them, but these are the most common. Felt is perfect for this. You simply do the same thing you would for a tunic, just make it longer and slightly thinner. I needed about a yard and a half of felt for this one for my nine year old daughter’s Saint Therese costume this year.
Borrow from friends
It seems to me that All Saints Day has become more and more popular in the past five years or so. Or maybe it’s just that my kids are in a catholic school so I’m more tuned in to this tradition now. The point is, when it comes to costumes, we really should be sharing the love, shouldn’t we? I was given a box of saint costumes by a dear (and very generous) friend. She purchased them from this amazing company called Our Coats of Many Colors. She had just switched her children to a catholic school where they don’t celebrate All Saints Day with costumes, so she allowed me to borrow all she had. The beautiful white cape you see in the St. Therese photo above is from her, as is the brown tunic under all the layers and the rosary. Each year around the beginning of October I keep telling myself and my mom friends that “we should really do an All Saints’ Day costume swap one of these years.” We never do, but wouldn’t that be fun? I am certain it would be a very popular event!
St. Juan Diego’s tilma (poncho) would have been impossible for me to make without fabric glue. The rays of sun are felt triangles and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is something I traced onto fabric and colored in with fabric markers. I do not possess the sewing machine skills to be able to sew all the pieces onto the thick tilma fabric, so fabric glue was the perfect solution.
Oh man, have you ever heard of this stuff before? It’s basically the best sewing creation known to moms. This is the perfect solution for hems. Just follow the instructions on the packaging! You’ll need an iron and maybe some pins to hold the tape in place as well as a damp cloth.
Purchase the costumes from an Etsy shop or website!
As I mentioned before, Our Coats of Many Colors is excellent. You could also try these Etsy Shops. The key here is to order in advance, and given the price of some of these costumes, you might want to be strategic. A Franciscan costume can be used again and again, as can a black cassock.
Kendra at Catholic All Year wrote a post on this very topic. Think Jedi Robe, princess costume, crowns, shields, super hero capes. You’d be surprised what you can find in your Halloween costume box that would be useful for an All Saints’ Day costume! Think outside the box, as it were, and get creative with what you already have! Your husband will thank you for being frugal and your children will learn from your creativity!
Sometimes, it’s all about the props!
This year, Social Butterfly is so very excited for her first All Saints’ day celebration at school. She chose to dress up as St. Clare of Assisi, so we looked through all the images we could find of this beautiful Saint.
After perusing Pinterest, I came across this post by Lacey at Catholic Icing and decided to make a monstrance for our Little St. Clare of Assisi to carry while she wears her precious little Franciscan habit to school. The symbol that she is holding will reveal which female Franciscan she is portraying. One year my son Bright Eyes was St. Stephen, martyred by stoning. He took a rock he found in our yard and painted it red. It goes without saying that his teachers and our parish priests were quite amused by this clever symbol and knew immediately that he was St. Stephen. The saints are depicted in Christian art holding these symbols not just to indicate who they are in Church history, but also to teach us something about the life of virtue that they lived. So when you are looking for a symbol for your little saint to carry on All Saints Day, include them in making or choosing the symbol and take a moment to teach them what the symbol represents.
One of these days I’ll do a tutorial for you on how to make a simple skirt, nun’s wimple, veil, cape, etc, but until then, I hope you find my seven tips helpful. Oh, and did I mention gin? Yes, a little gin cocktail is also helpful.