Halloween -Becoming Toodee

Opps – Never hit publish on this one. Here you go!

Gwen asked me where Halloween went. It was funny and then it dawned on me. We started talking about Halloween in August. Asking her what she wanted to be. Telling her about the tradition of trick-or-treating. They talked about it at school, at her grandparents, at our house….her aunt Lindsay and Uncle Joe threw a Halloween party. She walked in TWO kiddo parades the day of Halloween then BOOM. Halloween was over. This year she was dedicated to dressing up like Toodee from Yo Gabba Gabba for Halloween. If you don’t have kids Yo Gabba Gabba is an interesting fantasy show about some large puppet characters that live in Gabba land. They have great music on the show apparently Toodee even went to Coachella back in 2010 (video)….and it actually is WAY better than lots of other shows for kids like F’ing Cailou, Dora or even Mickey Mouse Club (which in my opinion is crazy annoying). Did I mention I hate Cailou (the show on PBS – the cartoon kid is annoyingly lame, whinny and mean to his little sister, luckily that phase is OVER). Okay, back to Toodee for Halloween. For some reason they don’t make and sell a Toodee costume anywhere. I mean no where. So I decided to make one. Well I modified one. This is what I did to make Toodee. If your toddler wants to be Toodee too I highly recommend. I would say I am moderately good at sewing, I have been sewing on-and-off with my Mom since I was a kid but really just jumped back in having kids on my own. Here is what I did to make Toodee.

  • Purchased a Blues Clues Halloween costume. It is the perfect blue for a Toodee costume and I could easily add too and reconstruct the puppy into the Toodee costume.
  • Purchased light blue, white and black felt at the local fabric store, along with pipe cleaners and stuffing for the tail.
  • Fist things first I gut the feet out, all the reviews said the feet fell apart fast so I cut those out at the seam
  • Working on the “head” I cut the puppy mouth off at the seam and pinned the ears to look more like cat ears that Toodee has. To make them more pliable I added pipe cleaner in the ears to move them a little. I created side scales that go along Toodee’s face, just make little zig-zag pattern stuff it and sew it on. Easier to do. The scales with your machine over hand sewing.
  • The Blues Clues eyes were all wrong, so using felt I covered up the eyes and hand sewed on new eyeballs to match Toodee’s.
  • The body of the costume needed the most work, I covered up the blues clues pattern belly with white felt and added a mouth and teeth for Toodee.
  • The most challenging part was the scales and tail.
  • Using felt I cut out a zig zag pattern for the scales and tail. The tail you want to keep pretty short so it doesn’t fall on the ground. I used a stuffed Toodee doll to reference in size along with the size of the costume. The tail was about 16 inches long. Sew everything with the machine to ensure the stuffing will stay tight. I sewed it all keeping the right side together then flipped it right side and stuffed it before sewing it onto the costume.
  • Gwen hatted the “clip” part of the head so I took that off and sewed some soft ribbon under the chin so she would be more comfy.
  • To finish her look she wore her Yo Gabba Gabba shoes.

It was a hit and she wears it around the house often. When she enters the room she goes “Toodee is here and ready for the Halloween party!” It melts my heart and makes the costume reconstruction very much worth while.

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