Back to School on a Budget

Posted on July 18, 2019

It’s hard to believe summer’s winding down already, but we’re just a few weeks out from the start of school here in the Southeast. That means it’s time for back-to-school shopping!

I’ve got two growing boys, both of whom will be in elementary school this year (first time in eight years with no day care bill!). If you have boys, you know they can be pretty rough on clothes, and they grow like weeds. That means I have to work at finding a balance between buying quality clothes that they won’t immediately rip holes in while also not spending a ton of money on something they will only wear a few times before the sleeves are too short.

Here are a few pointers I’ve picked up in my years as a boy mom that I hope will be helpful for you if you’re in the same boat:

Shop at the Thrift Store

Particularly if you live in or near a larger city, you will likely have a ton of options. There are 5 America’s Thrift Store locations in the Birmingham metro where I live!

If you haven’t done a ton of thrift store shopping, you might think that folks only discard their ratty old junk, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. In fact, I think some folks must be in the same boat we’re in, because on my last trip to the thrift store, I found a lot of really nice stuff that looked almost brand new (and a few things that still had the tags).

I’m talking Izod, Polo, Nautica — stuff that I honestly wouldn’t buy new for my kids but that I will happily spend $3-5 on at the thrift shop so they can have a nice option for picture day or fall events that might require dressing a little more nicely. (Not that there’s anything wrong with buying these things for your kids; it’s just not in my budget!)

I was able to pick up a good portion of both my kids’ fall wardrobes for right around $50 at America’s Thrift Store Huffman location.

Take advantage of tax-free weekend — EVEN at the Thrift Store!

Did you know that items covered under your local tax-free weekend are also tax-free at the thrift store? This honestly kind of blew my mind!

Tax-free weekend is coming up July 19-21 in Alabama, so it’s a great time to stock up on clothes and other back-to-school supplies for a little less. It may not seem like a lot, but it definitely adds up.

  • Tennessee July 26 – 28
  • Mississippi July 26 – 27
  • Georgia – Exempt
  • Louisiana – Exempt

You can find out when your state’s sales tax holiday is here.

Know what your kids will wear and what they won’t

There are few things more frustrating than popping the tags off a brand new clothing item only to have your child turn their nose up and refuse to wear it.

But I’ve found there’s usually a reason my kids don’t want to wear certain things. Last year, I found that Noah, my 8-year-old, didn’t want to wear jeans any more. I was absolutely baffled by this until we had a conversation. It turned out they were hard to move around in during P.E. and recess — and some of the kids in his class were making fun of him as a result.

In previous years, jeans have been a staple of his wardrobe, but this year, I’m not bothering to spend money on them. Instead, I looked for athletic shorts and pants that would be more comfortable plus a few sturdy pairs of cargos and corduroy pants that are less stiff than denim.

For Spenser, my 4-year-old, the one specific thing I kept in mind was finding pants he could put on by himself. That meant I could easily cross pants with buttons off the list.

Don’t stress!

Figure out your budget, figure out what you need and stick to it. Back-to-School shopping can feel overwhelming if you let it, but it can also be fun!

By Misty Matthews

Summer Staycation Hacks

Posted on July 8, 2019

Not everyone has the extra funds, the extra time or the extra patience to take a summer road trip or brave a long flight with small children. For these families, a staycation may be just the ticket for summer fun rather than summer stress.

Here are a few ideas for creating a fun experience for your family and still being able to sleep in your own bed each night.

Tour your town

Odds are, your town (or nearby cities) have some great attractions that are kid-friendly and inexpensive. I live in a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama, which means in the course of a week, I could take my kids to a minor league baseball game, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the McWane Science Center, and the Birmingham Zoo. Birmingham also has a lot of highly esteemed restaurants where we could take the kids — or get a sitter for the night for some adult time.

Go on a photo scavenger hunt

This is another great way to learn more about your town, whether you load up on bikes and scavenge your neighborhood or hop in the car to explore a wider area. This can also be sneakily educational if you come up with age-appropriate, learning-specific clues.

Find a new play spot

A new playground and splash pad just opened up in the suburb where we live, so that’s definitely on our list for this summer. From outdoor adventures on local trails to finding a new playground (because new is more fun, even if it has the same toys), there are lots of free options away from home to keep the kids entertained.

Invite friends over for water games

One of the summer activities my kids have loved the most so far this year was a makeshift slip-n-slide created from tarps and a sprinkler. Even if you just have a few water guns, water balloons or a plain, ol’ water hose, put the kids in their swimsuits, slather on some sunscreen and cut them loose!

Try some new recipes

Cooking together is a great family activity, so bust out the mixing bowls and cupcake tins for some summer treats. Another great option? Throw together a fun summer drink that will refresh the kids when they’ve been running around in the yard — but that can also be upgraded to an adult beverage for after the little ones are in bed.

Schedule some quiet time

One of the great things about a staycation is that it allows you to keep a little bit of your normal routine in the mix. Amid all the fun in the sun, schedule in some time for you and your little ones to rest. Grab a new book or two for everyone, and relax in your own home.

Written by Misty Matthews

A Perfect Dessert for a July 4th Cookout

Posted on July 1, 2019

The 4th of July is right around the corner, and that means it’s time to celebrate our freedom with family, fun in the sun and lots of food!

In our household, my husband is definitely the grillmaster, while my favorite thing to contribute is a dessert. This Independence Day, I’m whipping up an old favorite recipe from my mom that I wanted to share with you all, too!

Nana’s Million Dollar Pound Cake

Adapted from Southern Living

Ingredients:

1 pound (4 sticks) of unsalted butter, softened

3 cups white sugar

6 large eggs

4 cups all-purpose flour

¾ cup whole milk

1 tsp almond extract

1 tsp vanilla extract

Vegetable shortening (for greasing your pan)

Instructions:

Make sure you let your butter thoroughly soften! That means you need to set it out well in advance of when you plan to actually start making the cake. This is a step I always forget until it’s time to cook, and I can definitely attest to the fact that microwaving the butter is NOT a good shortcut, especially for a pound cake recipe.

I’d also go ahead and grease the pan you plan to bake the cake in (a 10-inch tube pan is the best, though a bundt pan typically will work, too) thoroughly with vegetable shortening before you get started. If you accidentally miss this step at the end, you’ll have a mess on your hands instead of a cake.

Once your butter is softened, beat it at a medium speed with a hand or stand mixer until it’s creamy. Slowly mix in the sugar until the mixture is nice and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time and mix until the yolk disappears.

Turn your mixer down to low and begin alternately adding flour and milk, starting and ending with flour. Mix these until the batter is smooth; if your batter still has a few lumps, try stirring it gently with a rubber spatula. Finally, stir in the almond and vanilla extract.

At this point, you can go ahead and preheat your oven to 300F while you pour the batter into your already greased pan. Bake the cake for about 100 minutes, or until a long toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Important: Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for at least 10 minutes. Very carefully remove it from the pan onto the wire rack and let it cool the rest of the way before decorating or serving.

You can make Nana’s Million Dollar Pound Cake a perfect 4th of July treat by serving with a side of vanilla ice cream, blueberries and strawberries.

Hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Written by Misty Matthews

A Thrift Inspired Father’s Day

Posted on June 13, 2019

Bobby and I agreed after we had kids that we’d go modest on a lot of the “non-major” holidays that traditionally require gifts, and it’s worked well for us. So when I started thinking about Father’s Day gifts, I had thrift on the brain — while also considering what he would like and what might be a meaningful present to him from our kids.

Bobby’s a great dad, and he does so much for our family, so I definitely would never let the day pass without celebrating him. Here are a few of the ideas I had that you can draw inspiration from to celebrate the dads in your life!

The gift of time

This is honestly something Bobby and I are very intentional about giving each other, but we both make a special effort around Mother’s and Father’s Day. That means I will likely take the kids out for breakfast on Father’s Day so Bobby can sleep in and wake up to donuts and coffee from our favorite local spot. I’ll also try to make sure he has free time to do things he enjoys, like having a cigar or finding a quiet spot to read a book.

Hit the thrift shop

America’s Thrift Stores has lots of affordable options that are good for Father’s Day. Although, it is important to know if the dads in your life will be cool with gifts that may be secondhand. Since I know Bobby wouldn’t mind a component of his Father’s Day present is coming from the thrift shop. I went in search of some of his favorite things and found a Bama T-shirt and hat, plus a book from one of his favorite authors. While I was there, I saw plenty of other great options for dads, including coffee mugs, ties, socks (new!), a variety of golf clubs and other collectable items.

Handmade gifts can be really meaningful

This one can depend somewhat on the age of your kids, but it’s always great to get them involved with putting together a Father’s Day gift for their dad or granddad. One cute and easy way to get them involved is having them fill out an “All About Daddy” sheet and framing it. There are lots of options out there, but here’s a cute one I liked. Plus you can score and really nice frame at the thrift store for as little as 99¢! Another option would be custom artwork created by the kiddos, especially for Dad.

Photo gifts that can be updated annually

Kids grow fast, so this can be a fun and special annual gift, whether you pick a simple framed photo or order a specialty gift. There are lots of websites out there that will add photos to almost any item, including coffee mugs, mouse pads, magnets and more. You can also have your kids post with printed or handmade signs — maybe “We love our Daddy” or “Happy Father’s Day 2019.”

No matter what gift you pick (or if you choose not to do gifts on Father’s Day), this time of year is a great time to show appreciation for the dads in your life!

Written by Misty Matthews

Tips to Save Time and Money on Your Summer Roadtrip

Posted on May 28, 2019

School’s out, and that means it’s time for everyone’s favorite summer activity: Road trips!

The idea of packing your car to the max and driving for eight hours with your partner and kids may immediately send you into a panic (especially if you have bad memories of your own family road trips), but it doesn’t have to! A little preparation and the right attitude can go a long way toward making your next family road trip a great memory for you and your kids.

Here are a few tips I’ve found useful for better family road trips:

Buy lots of books and art supplies

This is one of my new favorite road trip tips. During my most recent America’s Thrift Store shopping trip, I discovered bundles of kids’ books and art supplies in the Value Grab Bag section of the store. I grabbed two bundles of books (one for each of my boys), a bundle of art supplies that had colored pencils and crayons and a plastic pencil box to keep them contained. I also grabbed a couple of “How to draw” books — bugs and animals.

Noah and Spenser loved having new books to read on our recent road trip, they were able to swap when they were done, and when they got tired of reading they colored and drew. I spent less than $10, and it kept them occupied for an entire 3-hour road trip to visit family (and the entire way back).

Pack snacks (but make it more fun with mini snacks)

If you’ve been a parent for any length of time at all, this one’s a no-brainer. Gas station snacks are a fun treat on a road trip, but they also can get pricey fast.

But here’s a fun trick I saw recently: Instead of just tossing some applesauce and crackers in a bag, consider packing mini snacks. Grab a plastic container with a lot of small compartments (fishing lure holders are good for this) and put a different snack in each one (goldfish crackers, M&Ms, raisins, mini marshmallows, etc.). Then let your kids take turns picking out their snacks!

Put together an emergency road trip kit

If you’re a veteran family road-tripper, you know there’s lots of stuff that can happen on the road. While you can’t be prepared for everything, you can be well-stocked in case of spilled drinks in the car or scraped knees during a pitstop (this is in addition to whatever roadside emergency kit you likely already carry).

Put together a simple kit with things like wet wipes, Boogie Wipes (because three hours of whining about a runny nose will ruin anybody’s trip), Kleenex, napkins, bandages of various sizes, sunscreen, and basically anything else you can think of that you might need.

Find and plan fun places to stop

You’ve got kids. They have small bladders. You are going to need to stop.

So if you have to stop anyway, why not make it fun? Find quirky attractions that are on or near your route. If there’s a national monument or park a few miles out of the way, run by and snap a few pictures. Even if you just find a really awesome rest area (seriously, there are some good ones, with playgrounds), make each stop a little extra special, because they will help give your kids and you more happy memories of these trips and hopefully less whining and bickering in the backseat.

Don’t stress over your schedule

This goes along with the previous tip. Plan enough time into your trip that you don’t have to stress over every second and every mile. If you have a specific time you have to arrive (say, for a wedding), then plan twice as much time as you think you’ll need. If you don’t have a specific time, then do your best to stave off those feelings of FOMO about your final destination and enjoy the journey.

Written by Misty Matthews

Change of Seasons Calls for a Change of Wardrobe

Posted on March 14, 2019

A bit of good news: Spring is almost here!

It’s hard to believe, I know–this Winter has been so wet and dreary that my husband and I started talking about building an ark in the backyard–but temperatures are about to rise, the birds are about to return, and that means it’s time to give some thought to your Spring wardrobe.

Like every year, page after page of women’s magazines will be devoted to Spring fashion. But–spoiler alert–a lot of Spring clothing is timeless. Look, I just saved you $5.99 on a magazine at the supermarket checkout.

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You don’t have to break the bank to find excellent new fashions. Shop smart and thrifty, and you’re likely to find a great combination of classic and trendy pieces with the chance to incorporate your own personal style.

Finding the right wardrobe for you

I live in the deep South, so bold florals are almost always a winner. With the wide range of temperatures on any given spring day, you should look for items that can transition from cool mornings to warm days and back to chilly evenings. Maxi skirts and dresses are always a good choice, and it’s easy to layer over them with a light sweater or a cute blazer.

Another fun thing you can do? Accessorize.

A light Spring scarf, a floppy, oversized hat, or a chunky necklace can take you from basic to stunning with very little effort. Shoes are another great option for pumping up your spring style — look for cute wedges, espadrilles and strappy sandals, plus flats or basic tennis shoes for a more dressed-down look.

Shop for the rest of the family, too

You don’t have to limit your inner fashionista to your own clothes: Pick up a few new items for the husband and kids, too.

Pastel polo shirts and comfortable chinos (long pants and shorts) will be a hit for the men and boys in your life. If your dudes are a little more adventurous, scope out seersucker items for a refined Southern look. Looking for your men to be a little more formal? Find a good quality blazer or light sports coat.

For your little girls, look for sundresses, smocked dresses and bubbles. Or if you have a tomboy, Bermuda shorts and T-shirts can be a good option!

Make thrifting a family activity

Thrifting for a new wardrobe can be a fun activity for the whole family; you can treat every trip as a ‘dress-up’ day and find what works best for each of you. And don’t forget what “building a wardrobe” can really mean for you and your family members: it’s about putting multiple pieces of clothing together that can be mixed and matched in a way that seems as fresh as the season.

And while you should be building a wardrobe with basics that can last for a few years–depending on how often you wear them–the nice thing is that you’re not going to spend a small fortune on an item you’ll only wear once or twice.

If you’re looking for a piece that’s trendy right now, well, you might not want to pay full price in case that trend is over quickly. Why pay retail when you don’t have to? Shop THRIFT! The key is to look for quality items with the seams in good shape and made from quality materials that last longer.

P.S. It’s highly likely that you’ve got something in your closet that might be perfect for someone else this Spring season. Donate your old or outgrown spring apparel to make room for new!

 

Written by Misty Matthews 

Tidy Up for Your Love

Posted on February 1, 2019

One of the most meaningful parts of Netflix’s Tidying Up with Marie Kondo for me was hearing a couple with young kids talk about the stress having a disorganized, messy home puts on their relationship.

Talk about a shot to the heart.

In my household, we don’t argue about many things, but cleaning and household chores are near the top of the list (right below finances). My husband and I both tend toward messiness (and so do our children!), so our weekends are often spent trying to get our house presentable — rather than spending quality time with each other or the kids.

This isn’t to say we have a bad marriage, but with Valentine’s Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about ways for us to have more time with each other, and I know implementing even a few of the tips from Tidying Up could help.

I picked three pointers from Marie’s Netflix series and implemented them, and I think most families could probably make use of these tips right away.

  • Use what you have to make your house neater

Something I found interesting in Tidying Up (and something that has honestly been a point of criticism from some folks) was the use of storage items people already had in their homes to organize smaller items. Some families even used shoe boxes or bankers’ boxes that they already had.

Honest confession time: Off the top of my head, I could think of at least 4 plastic storage containers that weren’t even being used in my

house. I could think of several more that were storing items that needed to be put in their proper place (e.g., a big box of decorative items that I’ve been intending to hang on our walls for months).

Simply making better use of these items I already had (without having to spend extra money on fancy organizational systems) made a noticeable impact on general household clutter.

  • Change the way you fold your clothes

When I saw Marie’s method of folding clothes, my initial reaction was, “That’s smart, but it looks like it would take FOREVER.”

The more I thought about it, the more I realized how frustrated I get when someone-who-shall-remain-nameless unfolds half the T-shirts

in his drawer trying to find the one he wants — because they all look the same when they’re folded the way we’ve always folded them. Guess who ends up re-folding them 90% of the time?

Marie’s folding method not only makes more space but allows you to see what you’re pulling out of the drawer without having to unfold it. So we are giving it a shot. Eventually, I hope we’ll get around to discarding more of the T-shirts that are never worn (that’s a whole different battle), but for now, we are tackling one drawer at a time.

If it doesn’t work for us, it’s easy enough to change it back.

  • Start dealing with paper — in a timely way

I have a legitimate problem with letting papers pile up for weeks on end. We get tons of junk mail, and I tend to ignore it until it gets overwhelming. But even when I do go through it, I end up with piles of papers that I don’t want to just throw in the garbage (bills that have account numbers on them, for example).

Beyond that, I also have completely disorganized papers that we actually need to keep — some random file folders with things like kids’ birth certificates, our mortgage, insurance information, tax papers.

Marie recommends piling all your papers into one spot so you can sort through them, discard what you don’t need and effectively organize what you do need. Her categories include paper that needs attention (like bills), paper you need to keep for a little while (current insurance documents with a set expiration) and paper you need to keep long-term (like your mortgage or birth certificates).

Beyond simply organizing the papers we already have laying around the house (there are so many), I’m going to work on immediately sorting papers as they come into the house so that we don’t find ourselves in the same situation again in a few months.

  • Making it work for you

Perhaps the biggest lesson I’ve taken away from Tidying Up and the Konmari method is figuring out how to make it work for you and your household — just like pretty much any other trendy self-help method. Our house may not be transformed overnight, but we have some new tools to help us along the way.

 

Written by Misty Matthews

5 Tips to Save Money On Kids Fall/Winter Clothing

Posted on November 2, 2018

I don’t know about you, but I just can’t stomach paying $30 for a pair of jeans or a t-shirt my child will wear for maybe three months before they outgrow it.

And even the items my rough-and-tumble boys don’t outgrow may end up with holes or stains, and even though they might still wear these clothes from time to time (especially for playing in the backyard)— I hate the thought of throwing down a good chunk of change for something that they will basically destroy in less than five wears.

It’s also actually pretty amazing how fast kids grow (hello, three shoe sizes in four months!), but it’s not so amazing for our family’s budget. I look for ways to cut corners wherever I can without skimping too much on quality. Here are my top five tips for saving money on kids’ clothes.

  • Go to the thrift store. OK, yes, this is a thrift store blog, but I’m almost always impressed at the variety and quality of clothing at America’s Thrift Stores. At a recent trip to the Huffman store, I picked up a North Face fleece jacket for my older son for $2.99 (TWO NINETY-NINE! Do you have any idea how outrageously great that is?!) and a Columbia half-zip fleece for my younger son for $3.99. I also got them jeans, button-down shirts and T-shirts from name brands like Children’s Place, Old Navy, Gymboree and Wrangler. All total, for two jackets, a fleece, four pairs of jeans and four shirts, I spent about $30 — which is less than the retail price of the North Face jacket alone.

 

  • Shop off-season. This one’s a little trickier, because you have to be pretty good at predicting what size your child will be in the following year. Many retail stores discount their clothes heavily at the end of the season; this is actually one of my favorite ways to buy more expensive brands. Pro Tip: The thrift store even discounts items on a rotating basis, so be sure to look for which color tags get an extra percentage discount. 

 

  • Learn the sale cycle. Retailers often put items on sales in a specific cycle, so if you pay attention, you will rarely have to shell out the full retail price for most items. This is also where it pays to plan ahead. If your child waits until the last minute to tell you they need a very specific item for their school dress-up day (we just finished Red Ribbon Week and Halloween, so there have been a lot of themed days lately for us), you are at the mercy of the store and whatever price that item happens to be. On the other hand, if you’re able to wait a week or two for it to go on sale, you’ll definitely get a better bargain. Also, don’t assume the most heavily advertised sales mean the best prices. Sometimes you can find items cheaper on a random Tuesday than you can on a holiday weekend or back-to-school time.

 

  • Shop online. Even if you are going to pick up items locally, use the Internet to comparison shop, especially for bigger-ticket items (like shoes or jackets). It takes a lot of time to drive from store to store, but you can find the information you need in a few minutes with the power of Google. Pro Tip: Avoid paying for shipping when possible. Many retailers give you the option to ship to the store for free, and some even offer free shipping with no minimum purchase.

 

 

  • Embrace the power of hand-me-downs. With two boys, I take advantage of hand-me-downs as often as I can, and it saves us a lot of money. This also is my best argument for seeking out high-quality items whenever possible, because they are more durable and actually last through two kids.

Altogether, like so many things, it’s all about balance — knowing what you’re comfortable spending and what you need and figuring out how to get the best items for that price.

Written by Misty Mathews

Score on Spooktacular Decor

Posted on October 29, 2018

One of the things I love about my neighborhood is that everyone decorates for Halloween. 

We’re not just talking a wreath and some pumpkins here. There are inflatables, skeletons, gigantic homemade spiderwebs and even a full-blown haunted house–literally inside someone’s house.

I’ve always loved Christmas decorations, but it had never occurred to me that I could have the same amount of fun with my Halloween decor until I moved to Bluff Park. We had just moved into our new home last Halloween,so there wasn’t much time,  but this year I was ready to jump in with some SPOOKY spirit.

I suspect it will take me years to get to the level of some of the folks in our neighborhood, because unfortunately I can’t spend 100’s of dollars on inflatables and lights. But I have started a nice collection of items that I really like and that I can build on!

One of my favorite ways to find funky (and sometimes unexpected) items is hitting up the thrift store. This year, I spent about 30 minutes at a America’s Thrift Store’s Huffman location and I found a couple of sparkly skull tealight holders, jingly spider bells to decorate a wreath, a cute new basket to hold candy for our trick-or-treaters, a spooky cat-and-bat wind chime, some sparkly pumpkins, and a wooden jack-o-lantern statue all for just $15!

Another great way to save on seasonal items is to hit the thrift store or local retailers the day after the holiday. I’ve found a lot of items (including the great black wreath pictured) for up to 90% off the original price. With a little planning ahead, you can be better prepared for next year!

I bought several items last year after Halloween including a few festive pumpkins, so when I combined those with my thrift store treasures it made for a pretty cute little front stoop display that wasn’t overly expensive and didn’t take tons of time to put together!

Halloween decorations are fun, they make me happy, and my kids love them, and they let me tap into my creative side! What fun things is your family doing to celebrate this Halloween?

Written by Misty Mathews

 

Incredibly Awesome Costume Idea

Posted on October 1, 2018

When I was a kid, my family didn’t celebrate Halloween for religious reasons, but we did participate in church and school ‘Fall Festivals.’ I remember my mom making me my own costume every year. I

actually thought it was super cool, and I don’t think I’ll ever forget the amazing Disney Princess costume she made when I was an elementary student.

Now that I have kids of my own, we do celebrate Halloween, and it’s a lot of fun to think about costumes for our whole family. Since I didn’t trick or treat as a kid, it’s something I look forward to e

very year now.

At the same time, I have a hard time justifying paying $25-35 per costume for something we’ll all probably only wear once or twice! Sadly, I’m not nearly as creative and cr

afty as my mom, so extravagant homemade costumes are out of the question. But I knew I could come up with something that would be fun for the family, less expensive than full-price costumes and not too difficult or time-intensive for me.

We saw Pixar’s The Incredibles earlier this year and loved it, so I thought the Incredibles would be a fun and pretty easy option. I was able to find some red shirts for all fou

r of us at America’s Thrift Stores, plus some black pants for the kids (Bobby and I already had some). I was also able to find some black costume masks at the thrift store!

From there, all I needed was a few pieces of felt and some craft glue. I grabbed these at a local craft store and used a mobile coupon. All total, I spent less than $20 for four costumes, and we’ll all have a costume for trick-or-treating, and it only took me a couple of hours to put them all together.

Here’s a quick tutorial in case you’re interested in making your own Incredibles costumes.

Materials (for 1 costume):

Red T-shirt

1 sheet of red or orange felt

1 sheet of black felt

1 sheet of yellow felt

1 sheet of white felt

Black maker or ink pen

Scissors

Instructions:

Fold the black felt in half and cut out a large circle (it’s OK if it’s slightly oval shaped). Cut the black circle in half. Trace the shape of an ‘i’ on the yellow felt and cut it out, then trace and cut a smaller circle for the center of the dot from the white felt. Glue the black pieces to the red or orange felt, with one piece about 1 inch lower than the other (see photos). Glue the yellow ‘i’ on top of the black pieces, slightly overlapping, and glue the white circle onto the dot of the ‘i.’ Once you have this part together, cut out an oval out of the red felt, around the pieces you’ve glued on. Once you’ve done this, use a sufficient amount of glue to paste the logo to your shirt.

If you decide to make your own costume, whether it’s Incredibles or something even more fun, we’d love to see it during the month of October!

Written by Misty Mathews