Ghoul-Costume - Grim Reaper

OUTDOOR YARD DECORATION



Ghoul-NightThe word costume is used to describe the different body types for this Ghoul-Costume and other yard decorations.This ghoul is constructed using the basic-pattern-1. and adding the facial features.

MATERIALS-SUPPLIES for the Ghoul-Costume

Fabric color depends on costume. Usually the ghoul-costume will be made from black or Grey material Average size will take approximately 4 yards. Suggested fabric would be a cotton polyester mix usually about $1.50 to 2.95 per yard. Double knit fabric is also good but make sure you can see light through it or it will not illuminate.

Fabric for face, ruminant, usually 1/8 yard usually white, off white, or grey.

A piece of 8 to 10 gauge wire to fit the bottom of the costume, approximately 20 to 24 inches.

Five feet 1 inch PVC pipe

One 3” toilet flange, one 3” to 1 ½ inch bushing and one 1 ½ to 1 inch bushing. All plumbing connections.

One male adapter, one female adapter, one “T” and three end caps all for the 1 inch PVC

One box 50 count outside mini lights.

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MAKING THE BASIC Ghoul-Costume

You will need only three pieces of basic-pattern-1.

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Round the top of the basic pattern.

Notice the FRONT of the pattern has is flat up to the top and starts rounding from there.

The line across the upper third of this pattern downward is the "basic" pattern and the top third is the "rounded" portion that has just been added. This is how two side/back pieces of the pattern look.

This is how the front piece of the pattern looks.
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THE FACE for the Ghoul-Costume

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This face is a distorted oval. Placing the body pattern on a piece of paper and stating 10 inches down from the top, draw around the top portion and down the other side to the 10 inch point. Lift the body pattern from the paper and draw a straight line from one of the 10 inch point to the other. This is the face area. Using something round bring in the side of each head creating the gaunt check area, then round the chin.

Then divide this face in quarters and place distorted tear drop shapes to form the eyes, nose and mouth. See illustrations for examples.

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My ghoul has long undulating eyes and nose and very elongated mouth. Pick the facial expression you like and draw them on paper, cut around them and take out of the pattern. Then place them on your face and draw around them.

Now put your face on the top of one of the four body sections. Pin in place and zig zag again around the face (or glue and let dry). Sew with a close zig zag stitch around the drawn eyes, nose and mouth areas. Or if you want you can glue each in place. It is important not to let the fabric you have chosen fray too much.

REMEMBER; these will be outside in the wind and rain. Nothing destroys your work faster than bad wind storm if you have not secured every nook and cranny down well.Then turn your fabric to the wrong side. Cut away the black fabric 1/8 inch from the zig zag or glue that is behind the face. Zig Zag on the wrong side again or glue edges down securely. You are cuting the black fabric away from edges leaving the inside of the eyes, nose or mouth as black fabric. Cutting away the black fabric let your face illuminate.

While you are on the inside of the costume add tabs on either side of the face to hold the "head" wire.

Turn your costume right side out and cut away the eyes, nose and mouth area. Zig zag the eyes, nose and mouth again.

This creates a face that will illuminate when lit.

NOW MAKE THE HOODED HEAD for the Ghoul-Costume

Cut a piece of fabric as long as the face and the distance around the top of the head. The best way to do this is to use a tape measure starting at the 10 inch mark moving upward around the crown of the head and down to the other 10 inch mark. Now you have the length of the hood piece. For the hood to stand out you will need at least 4 inch wide piece of fabric plus seam allowance doubled.
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4 inches +1/2 inch seam allowance + 4 inches plus+1/2 inch seam allowance = 9 inches. Fold the 9 inch wide strip together, round the edges downward, then sew with wrong sides together.

Sew this “mock” hood piece onto the “face body”. This creates the illusion of a hood.

ALTERNATE HOOD PIECE for the Ghoul-Costume

My ghoul has a hood piece that extends further over the crown (like a cap bill) of the head and then shorter toward the end. To achieve that: draw a double the width wanted at the crown. Extend a line the length of this hood as described above. Then draw a line from to the depth of the top and the a line from the top depth to the bottom of this measurement that is the depth wanted for the beginning and end of hood. EXAMPLE: hood depth at crown 4 inches and hood depth at ends 2 inches.

Round the enter of the hood and add seam allowances.

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Fold the ends up and baste in place. Fold the 9 inch wide strip together, and then sew with wrong sides together.

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Pin the hood piece matching center with center on body head. Sew this hood hood piece onto the front pattern piece This creates the illusion of a hood.

ASSEMBLE THE BODY for the Ghoul-Costume

Mark the center top of each body piece. With wrong sides together sew the two side pieces to the “face body” and then the two side pieces together. All three of these piece will meet at the top cent to form a rounded head.Before zig zagging all the seams, divide the body into thirds. Mark the top third and the side seam on each side. Open the side seam about 1 inch and press seams on each side toward the body and bar stitch at the top and bottom. Bar stitch: sew back and forth three to four times. Cut at just below and the top of each seam so you can zig zag the seams together on top and bottom of this opening.

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Turn bottom of this body up ½ inch and press with iron. Then turn the edge up 1 inch again and press and sew. Leave about 3 inches open (don’t sew) in the middle of the back piece. This makes a pocket for the wire that will hold the form of your body.

MAKING TABS FOR GROUND PEGS for the Ghoul-Costume

Cut tabs 2 inches wide and 5 inches long out of black fabric.On wrong side of fabric press edges in 1/4 inch all the way around.

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Fold the long ends of your tabs to meet at the middle and press, then fold in half and press. Sew together.
Fold each tab in half and place on the inside or wrong side of costume at each seam. Sew on top of the stitching and sew securely in place. I sew across this 3 to four times to make sure it will stay. These will take a lot of abuse outside, so if you want your costume to last, make it secure..

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ARMS for the Ghoul-Costume (optional)

Another Decision. My arms are a tube that trumpets at the end with white hands. An arm is a tube whether a tube that trumpets at the end or is straight at the end.

LONG SLENDER ARMS for the Ghoul-Costume

To make long slender arms cut a rectangular piece of cloth double the width of the arm. Example: a 5 inch width is going to look a 2 ½ inch arm when you sew it together. The arm length is going to be 1/4 the height of the body. 4 foot body is a 1 foot arm length. This can be lengthened or shortened depending on the effect you want.

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Turn under ½ inch one each end of the short side of the arm. Sew length wise to make a tube.

Make a trumpeted sleeve for the Ghoul-Costume

Cut a triangular piece. The same length as above. Turn under ½ inch one each end of the short side of the arm. Sew length wise to make a tube. Follow the directions above for making a hand. To attach, put hand inside of sleeve at top of trumpet (with sleeve seam down and thumb up) and sew up the trumpet to the hand. Slip stitch the had securely around the sleeve to leave the hand open to accepting a wire to form fingers and arms. Then position the sleeve over the opening created on the side, about 1/3 down from the top of the body and slip stitch the sleeve opening around this opening.

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To make hands with fingers: for the Ghoul-Costume

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Trace around your own hand with your fingers and thumb wide apart. Add a ¼ seam allowance all the way around and cut a long 5 to 6 inch piece for the wrist and arm area. See illustrations. With wrong side together, sew up the arm and around the fingers twice. Using a small zig zag, stitch again, cut the area between the fingers slightly and turn to the right side. You can stuff the fingers with plastic bag or leave as they are. Turn wrist area up ½ inch twice and sew. Put the wrist area of the hand up one side( with the thumb up) of the sleeve (with seam down) and sew up the endThen position the arm about 1/3 down from the seam and the top in the middle of the side piece and slip stitch to side.

To make hands without fingers for the Ghoul-Costume

Trace around your own hand keeping your fingers together and thumb wide apart. Add a ¼ seam allowance all the way around and cut a long 5 to 6 inch piece for the wrist and arm area. See illustrations. With wrong side together, sew up the arm and around the fingers twice. Using a small zig zag, stitch again, cut the area between the fingers slightly and turn to the right side. You can stuff the fingers with plastic bag or leave as they are. Turn wrist area up ½ inch twice and sew. Put the wrist area of the hand up one side( with the thumb up) of the sleeve (with seam down) and sew up the end.
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ATTACHING THE HANDS to the Ghoul-Costume

Once the hands are stuffed attach to sleeves. Put hands inside of sleeve at top of sleeve (with sleeve seam down and thumb up) and sew up the sleeve to the hand. Stitch across the sleeve and hand to secure
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ALTERNATE METHOD FOR ATTACHING HANDS

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Once the hands are stuffed attach to sleeves. Put hands on the upper half of the wrong side sleeve with thumb up. and sew in place. Stitch the seam of the sleeve

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Stitch the seam of the sleeve. This method leaves the sleeve with the appearance of being open.

All this is left is the Ghoul-Costume stand

For more Halloween yard decorations go to:

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SPIDER WEBThe HOW TO MAKE A SPIDERWEB instructions. With video instructions.
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NIGHT GHOSTSThe HOW TO MAKE GHOST instructions.

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