Anyone who has been hanging out here for a while is aware of our deep love for Star Wars. So much so, that the first thing we ever bought for Olivia was a Star Wars mobile. Before knowing her gender. Before picking out a name. Before buying a crib. Yes, we are those parents.
This year, we’re going to the Star Wars premier. OB-VIOUS-LY. As a family. Party of three.
Ever since Disney bought Star Wars we’ve been pondering, “What character will we dress Olivia as when the new movie comes out?” She’ll have the rest of her childhood to choose what she wants to be, so this was our chance to veto. You would think we wanted her to be Princess Leia, but oh no, that would be no fun.
We couldn’t make up our minds of what he wanted her to be. It ranged from Boba Fett to Obi Wan to Jar Jar. Wait! What if we dress her up as Darth Vader? After all, her favorite toy crush was on a lil’ Darth stuffy doll. It was one of the first things she reached out to grab + made her giggle. We were so proud.
To be honest, in the end we went for R2D2 (aka “Arturito” if you’re from this part of the continent) because it seemed like the easiest to put together in between Olivia’s naps. That made that decision super easy! Done is better than perfect. My motto.
A while ago when I was searching for Halloween costume ideas I stumbled across a really cute R2D2 onesie on Pinterest. I figured it would be a no brainer to recreate.
Here’s how I did this DIY R2D2 Onesie. Feel free to borrow!
- White long sleeved onesie (I recycled one from Janie and Jack)*
- Felt sheets in white + blue + light blue + gray + black (I bought mine from Benzie Design)**
- Matching thread (or you can use craft glue)
* I was gonna use a white short sleeved onesie but then figured it’ll probably get chilly in the theater, so went for the long sleeved one instead.
** I was originally going to paint the pieces, but Olivia has very sensitive skin + I wasn’t sure if I could find baby-friendly fabric paint in local stores. Then I realized it would look even nicer + would be less messy to do it with felt. So I did, specially since I already had all the felt I needed in my supply closet.
Step 1: Gather all your materials.
Step 2: Cut out the felt pieces. This part is half research + half creativity. I was inspired by this costume in the shop The Wishing Elephant on Etsy. I then looked at Google images for what R2D2 actually looks like. I also searched for R2D2 baby costumes on Pinterest. I combined all three to create my own pattern.
Tip: Help yourself out with a marker + rulers. Cut the pieces out on paper first so you don’t ruin your fancy felt. Design your pattern. Arrange + re-arrange as many times as needed. Once you nail it, use your paper pieces to cut out your felt.
Step 3: Hand stitch some of the robot parts to embellish + give it that “Mommy made this for me” look.
Step 4: Place your design on your onesie assisting yourself with the help of pins.
Step 5: Sew the felt pieces to the onesie. If you’re pressed for time, you can use craft glue. Now, please know that if you use glue, all the pieces will probably come off when you wash it. So if you’re looking for a more permanent costume opt for sewing or fabric glue made for craft projects like this.
Step 6: For the headband, I used this tutorial.
I’ll leave you with an action shot!
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May the force be with you!