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Homemade Girl’s Kapa Haka

18 Apr

I have completed all the pieces for my my daughter’s a Kapa Haka costume for the multicultural event.  You can find the tutorials at the lines below:

Under the skirt she wore a pair of black leggings that we cut into shorts.  Our event was tonight and she had a blast in her costume.

Full Kapa Haka Costume

Full Kapa Haka Costume

Here are some other pictures from the event, including one of her and her friend from the Mexico table.

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Homemade Girl’s Tipare Headband

17 Apr

Part w of my Kapa Haka costume is the Pari Bodice.  This goes with Homemade Girl’s Piupiu Skirt and Homemade Girl’s Pari Bodice.

You will need:

  1. Cut a 11.5 x 2.5 inch rectangle from the sleeve fabric.
  2. Plan out the geometric pattern you plan to have on your headband and cut out pieces of the felt accordingly.
  3. Using the hot glue gun, glue your pattern to the front of your black rectangle.
  4. Glue the piece of ribbon to the back of the headband.

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Homemade Girl’s Pari Bodice

15 Apr

Part 2 of my Kapa Haka costume is the Pari Bodice.  This goes with Homemade Girl’s Piupiu Skirt.

You will need:

  • 1 black t-shirt($3.99 on sale at the Michael’s)
  • 2 – 9 in x 12 in stick-it felt sheets in red  & white( $1.29 per sheet at Michael’s)
  • Hot Glue Gun w/ extra glue sticks($1 for a mini-gun & $1 for a pack of glue sticks at the Dollar Tree)
  1. Turn -t-shirt inside out and then fold the t-shirt in half so that the arms are lined up perfectly.  Lay on a flat surface.IMG_4072
  2. Starting under the on arm, mark an “L” shape from under the arm up the shoulder and then mark another “L” shape on the collar side so that the “L” markings line up.   There should be about 2 inches between the 2.  (I used a silver sharpie to mark it but you can also use chalk.)
  3. Using sharp scissors, cut the arms and collar off of the t-shirt using the “L” shapes.  By having the shirt folded in half, you can cut both sides at once so they are symmetrical.  (Save the pieces you cut off for use later and for your Tipare.)
  4. Using the hot glue gun, fold over a small seam on the areas you cut to give the bodice a clean edge and glue down.  You now have a basic bodice. (If you are sensitive to the feel of the glue like my daughter, a small bit of cloth tape from the first aid aisle taped over the inside makes the fabric feel completely smooth.)
  5. Now plan out the geometric pattern you plan to have on your bodice and cut out pieces of the felt accordingly.  (I needed some black so I used the left over material from one of the sleeves.   Be sure to save the other sleeve and any left over felt for the Tipare.)
  6. Using the hot glue gun, glue your pattern to the front of your bodice.
  7. If your bodice’s neckline is too low, cut the tops and shorten the shoulder straps using the hot glue gun.

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Homemade Girl’s Piupiu Skirt

7 Apr

I am a bit behind on my blogging and have so many little things to show but haven’t had the time to blog.  This month I am part of the Multicultural Fair at the elementary school.  We basically make a station about another country that has a craft, food, posters, flags, and more about a particular country.  This event came about because our town is mostly Irish and every year the school has an Irish Fair.  The PTA decided it was time for other countries to have their spotlight.  Last year, I was crazy and tackled both our own local native culture of the Lenni Lenape and Ghana.  Running two tables was complete madness so this year I am just doing one, New Zealand.  I chose New Zealand for the simple fact that my sister went on vacation there in February and I knew I would have some great pictures to share.

To represent the Māori people, I am making my daughter a Kapa Haka costume but ordering one for her to wear would use up my entire table’s budget.  I started thinking of how to make at least the Piupiu skirt myself and the idea grew to much more.

Homemade Girl’s Piupiu Skirt (on a budget) :

You will need:

  • 1 white half apron($5.99 at the Michael’s)
  • 1 fat black fabric marker($4.99 at the Michael’s)
  • 1 black permanent marker ($.99 each at the Michael’s)
  • 1 tube of liquid stitch($3.29 at A.C. Moore) – optional
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  1.  Using a pencil, mark on the apron where you plan to put your black lines. (My lines were spaced out from the top of the bottom fold:  1.5 inch, 2.5 inch, 3.5 inch, 6 inch, 7 inch, 8 inch, 10.5 inch, 11.5 inch, 12.5 inch and then a line below the belting and one in the middle of the belting.)
  2. Take your fabric marker and using the widest side, draw the lines horizontally across the apronIMG_0193.  Don’t worry if it is not dark enough because we will fix that later.
  3. Using the black permanent marker, clean up the edges of the lines and fill in any gaps.
  4. Take your scissors and cut vertical strips up to the belting but do not cut into the belt.
  5. (Optional) Using liquid stitches, curl your strips into tubs and glue shut to give it a cylindrical look like the flax they are really made from.

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Now that the Piupiu skirt is pretty much completed I am ready to take the harder part, the bodice.

Homemade Girl’s Pari Bodice

Homemade Girl’s Tipare Headband