On Saturday, I re-watched the very first episode of “Legends of Chima,” with Piano Man. If you haven’t seen the episode, it explains the backstory about Chima, the magical and mystical place that brought to life various creatures of all shapes and sizes. Now having watched Cragger’s character several tv episodes later, I see Cragger as a misguided soul, not fully aware of why his friendship with Laval went south. But of course, as the viewer, we see that Crooler, Cragger’s evil sister, has been the mastermind behind some of the sinister plans to take down the Lion Tribe.
If Piano Man is supposed to be Laval and Linus is supposed to be Leonidas, it is only fitting that our boys have crocodile baskets to match with their Halloween costumes, right? I also must admit that I am not much of a sewer beyond straight line stitching. I thought making Cragger and Crawley Halloween baskets would be a nice challenge to prepare and hopefully encourage me to make the boys’ costumes.
Although this tutorial is behind schedule, here is a sewing tutorial to make your own Cragger and/or Crawley Halloween Baskets. (Templates forthcoming in November.)
medium green fleece/light green fleece (for Cragger)
military green-colored green fleece/sage green fleece (for Crawley) – actual color names from JoAnn’s Fabrics
light blue felt
green duck cloth (or other firm/thick fabric piece)
color coordinating thread
Cragger basket template (forthcoming in November)
Instructions for Cragger Baskets:
1. Download (forthcoming in November) and print Cragger basket template. Cut pieces and set aside.
2. To make the handle:
a. Trace rectangular handle on medium green felt. Cut leaving 1/2″ hem.
b. Trace spike handle on light green felt. Cut along traced line.
c. Pin handle on top of spike handle. Sew together. Handle is now complete.
3. To make the head piece and bottom of the basket:
a. Trace and cut five pieces of the back head piece on medium green fleece.
b. Trace and cut five pieces of the back head piece on duck cloth/canvas. Any sturdy fabric piece will do because it will be used to keep your head piece stable.
c. Trace and cut two pieces of the bottom of the basket on light green fleece. (I used white fleece and light green fleece in my example.)
(Note: I separately added duck cloth backing to the head piece later. But when I worked on Crawley, I sewed both head pieces to the back of the bottom of the basket.)
d. Pin green fleece and duck cloth head pieces to the bottom of the basket.
e. Pin part of the basket handle to center back of head piece. (Stitch basket top with the handle bar pinned and sewn in the center of the back of the head piece.) At this point, the top of the basket and handle bar is partially complete.
4. To make the snout:
a. Trace pieces for the left, top, and right sides of the snout. (Note: that the bottom piece will be light green and the upper piece will be medium/darker green. The light green fleece will be sewn to the bottom of the basket, matching in color.) Sew side pieces together.
b. Trace and sew top of snout pieces together. (Note: one of the top pieces on the snout will be light green, while the rest of the pieces will be medium green fleece.)
c. Pin and sew side pieces of snout (photo example in 4a) to top of snout (photo example in 4b).
d. Pin and sew the snout to bottom of basket. The base of the basket should now be complete. (Note: Part of the snout piece (light green fleece) will overlay on part of the head piece. Sew this part by hand to the head piece.)
5. To make the eyes:
Trace, cut eye template onto beige felt. Sew eye piece to top front of the basket. The head piece and snout should meet at this junction. Complete sewing top of basket/head piece with handle bar centered to the front of the basket. Main pieces of the basket should now be complete.
6. Trace and cut all embellishments:
a. Trace and cut eyebrow on green fleece. Sew eyebrow to basket.
b. Trace and cut eye pieces in red, white, light blue, and black felt. Use photo as a guide to decide on color choices for each piece.
c. Trace, cut, and sew with black and white felt to create Cragger’s teeth.
d. Voila! Project Complete!
If you are looking to make a Crawley version, switch medium green fleece for military sage green fleece and light green fleece for sage green fleece. I also added individual teeth to create a specific look to Crawley.
I have to make a few tweaks to the template design before I want to share it on the blog, so like Hometown Betty on Facebook to stay up-to-date on when the templates for Cragger and Crawley are ready.
Halloween is just a few days away, and I hear school kids planning candy routes and excitement in the air about what they are wearing this Thursday. I’ll be burning the midnight oil, furiously working until H-Day to make the boys’ costumes complete. I’ll be honest. It’s the last quarter of the game, and I, the QB, feel like I am about to throw a “Hail Mary.” I am a little worried that I won’t complete it in time, so wish me luck.
From my hometown to yours,