With two grandsons 5 & 2, I’m pretty culturally literate about Lighting & friends, Ryder & his four-footed buddies, and Jake & his little band of pirates. Last year for Halloween, grandson Tyler, wanted me to dress as Izzy as he was dressing as Jake. As my hair is short & gray, I needed a wig. I designed one with yarn sewn into a bandana. The idea could be adapted to other costume needs.
On center edge of the cutting mat lay out a piece of clear tape, sticky side up at least 9” long. With painter’s tape, tape the sticky tape at 1” & 8” as you’re making 7” of hair”
Starting at one edge, wrap yarn making sure to keep the rows parallel on the sticky tape. I used the entire skein.
Once wrapped add strips of tape on each end, over the center, turn the cutting board over, and add sticky tape to the left & right of center. Cut down the center of the yarn with scissors or a ruler and rotary cutter. Don’t remove any of the clear tape.
Set hair aside & make bandana
Cut or tear the pink fabric into a 29 - 30” square
With right sides together fold into a triangle. Stitch using a 1/2” to 5/8” seam (my edges did not quite line up so I used a wider seam allowance). Leave an opening to turn. Trim corners, and turn right side out through opening. Press & stitch opening closed.
With the folded edge away from you, fold bandana in half point to point. Steam press a crease down the center from fold to back point.
On the back side of the crease, measure down 6” from the fold, mark this with a pin or tape
Place the hair at the above mark, tape in place with painter’s tape at both start & stop.
Machine stitch with small straight stitch down the center of the tape, backstitching at stop & start
Press open the purple bias tape, cut 2 5’ pieces. Fit bias tape around pigtails, pin, hand or machine stitch closed. I simply folded the raw edges under & topstitched ends together.
Add a pink top, scallop cut the sleeves & hem, add a shoestring criss cross closure, purple pants, large hoop earrings, boots & you have yourself an Izzy costume, but it my case, it’s an Izzy grandma costume!
Steph & Vicki
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