I’m always looking for fun birthday gift ideas for my nephews (and nieces). When I asked my SIL what two of her boys were into lately, she said the ninja turtles. And taking a look into my craft closet told me I had enough stuff to come up with a fun project. So here is the DIY Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume tutorial.
- 2/3 yard green felt
- 2/3 yard yellow felt
- 1/4 yard brown knit fabric
- Green Puffy Paint
- Coordinating thread
So to start out, I used a created a hexagon template out of a piece of chipboard. Then on a bigger piece (16 1/2″ x 20″), I started tracing around them to finish out the whole cardboard. Next I cut 6 little sections (2 on bottom, middle and top) and then brought them together with some tape to make it look like a shell. Note: You don’t have to trace the hexagon onto the cardboard if you don’t want to. It just made it easier for me to see where to cut and tape. Next I took a piece of felt big enough to cover the piece of cardboard with a little extra. Then I cut another the same size for the bottom. Taking my hexagon template, I started to trace around it to look like the shell. Because my fabric marker (the ink disappears after a while) was dried up, I used a permanent marker and then made sure it would be going on the inside.
Update: October 2014 I don’t really know what I was thinking about sewing this! Crazy girl! For ones that I made recently, I bought green puffy paint to trace around the hexagons and they worked like a charm! Then I sewed around the lines with yellow thread so that the opposite side shows the hexagons. It’s a little hard to see but I promise that they are there! Next, I put it over the cardboard form and then placed the second piece underneath and began to pin. It’s best to make it tight all the way around the shell, so I have a few tucks on the edge to make that possible. Next I cut 2 strips for each shoulder and then sewed them together to be a little stronger. What I didn’t do was make them long enough so make sure to cut them a longer distance that you think. Make sure to pin these into their place before sewing the shell. Go ahead and do a seam around it, with the foot as close to the cardboard as possible. If needed, you can do another seam 1/4″ away from the previous one. Trim off the excess. Now onto the front. I cut a large square, close the the same size as the back, taking a large bowl to trace around the corners. I then cut them off. Next I did the one seam down the middle and two seams from side to side. I stuffed the openings with batting, pinned the shoulder straps where I wanted them and then did a seam around the whole thing. I added some long strips of brown fabric for the belts. It was just some brown knit so I didn’t have to do any seams to it. And there you go! An easy and cheap costume that your kids will love! What superheroes do your kids like right now?