Inktober Week 4 – Final Roundup

It’s the last day of October, and the last day of Inktober. Unintentionally, I have left the week 4 roundup until today. But it works out. Here is the final week and a half of Inktober 2016, and my final thoughts on this year’s project. Here are week 1, week 2, and week 3.

Day 22- “little” Following yesterday’s turning something little into something big, I turned something big into something little. Tiny solar system, totally not to scale. Those dots were a pain.

Day 23 – “slow” Tim’s training was paying off. He managed to run the one meter sprint in just under 13 hours, setting a personal record.

Day 24- “one dozen” I originally wanted to do monkeys, like the song, but one monkey was difficult enough. So how about balloons instead.

Day 25- “tired” This little guy has had a long night. Good night, little owl.

Day 26- “box” It’s the internet. Every box needs a cat.

Day 27- “creepy” Ooh, creepy spider

Day 28- “burn” A forest campfire.

Day 29- “surprise” A jack-in-the-box ready to spring.

Day 30- “wreck” A wrecked block tower.

Day 31- “friend” A friendly helpful hand.

After 31 days of drawing with a brush pen, I have determined that I have too heavy of a hand to use a brush pen. I went through four of them over the course of the month because they kept shredding. But now I know. I prefer my regular pens anyway.

Quick DIY Spider Costume

Halloween is five days away. If you still need a costume for yourself or a little one, here is my formula for a quick, DIY spider costume. Unfortunately, I didn’t take process pictures, but this seriously went so quickly that I didn’t think about it beforehand.

Materials:

  • Correctly sized T-shirt
  • Long-sleeved shirt that is two-three sizes larger
  • Socks the length of your arms
  • Thread
  • Stuffing
  • Felt (optional)
  • Serger (optional)

Instructions

  1. Serge (or hand-stitch) hems of t-shirt and long-sleeved shirt, making sure the inner shirt is against the right side of the outer shirt. I did right sides together, so the inside of the costume is the outside of the t-shirt. It was unintentional, but it works well if you have shirts with tags to sandwich the tags.
  2. Flip the shirts so the long-sleeved one is on the inside, and whip-stitch the two together at shoulder and under-arm to hold in place.
  3. Stuff between the shirts to create a puffy middle. Hand-stitch the collars of the shirts together, stretching the smaller collar to match the size of the larger collar.
  4. Stuff the socks so they match the length of your arms, or the length you want them to reach. I used a Soffe big boys’ small long-sleeved shirt and Hanes womens’ size 5-9 crew socks and the lengths matched perfectly. If you are making an adult size, you may either need knee-length socks or cut one sock off at the toes and sew it to another sock to get the right length.
  5. Hand-stitch the socks to the sides of the outer shirt, spacing them evenly down the sides.
  6. Take a length of thread, doubled, to connect the arms and tie a knot at the bottom. String through or sew to a small square of felt, or you can sew it to the under side of the bottom sock-arm. Thread it through the first sock, and repeat the process (leaving some space between arms, however much you feel lets it hang appropriately) with the second sock-arm and the underarm seam of the long-sleeve shirt (placing the felt inside the arm if you are using that method). Do this at the middle and end of each side (more places if you are doing a bigger size).
  7. That’s all there is to it. Add some black pants, perhaps a black hat (I’m making one with red felt eyes) and you are a spider.