DIY WALL-E Running Costume

Hello Team Tutu! At the Enchanted 10K this past February, I dressed up as Wall-E. It was a big hit, and I had so much fun running the whole race with Wall-E’s little boot and plant in hand. With the Pixar themed Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend coming up, I wanted to share a guide for making this costume. My costume making skills really aren’t that advanced, so trust me when I say you will be able to make this costume! It’s a beginner level DIY for sure.

There are basically four key components to this costume: the shirt, the visor, the tutu and the boot/plant prop.

Let’s start with the shirt. Here is what you will need:

  1. A yellow t-shirt
  2. Grey, black, red and yellow felt
  3. Hot glue
  4. Iron-on transfer paper
  5. Acrylic craft paint (I used Martha Stewart craft paint in different colors like “metallic rust,” “satin black” and “chestnut brown.)
  6. Sponges – I used a variety of natural sponges for different textures

STEP 1: Cut out the felt in different shapes to look like the front of Wall-E, then hot glue it to the front of the shirt. Here’s what mine looked like:

STEP 2: Print out and iron on the Wall-E logo at the bottom of the shirt. Optional: Print out and iron on Eva’s green plant symbol to the back of the shirt. You can use these PDFs or you can Google for the one you like best:

STEP 3: Get out the paint and sponges! Dab on some paint until Wall-E looks nice and rusty, then let dry.

Next is the visor. Here is what you will need:

  1. A visor. I recommend this one. It’s a little taller so you have space to glue on Wall-E’s eyes.
  2. Brown craft foam
  3. Mod Podge
  4. Printer

Step 1: Print out Wall-E’s eyes as big as you want them to be. I just googled a picture of him and cropped out his eyes then print it out.

Step 2: Cut out the eyes then trace the shape onto craft foam.

Step 3: Glue the paper eyes onto the craft foam and coat the top with Mod Podge. Let dry.

Step 4: Hot glue the eyes to the visor.

Now it’s time to make the tutu! Here is what you need;

  1. Elastic band
  2. Brown tulle
  3. Sewing machine OR heat n’ bond

You can reference our post on how to make a tutu for this part. I only tied tulle to the sides of the tutu so it looked like wheels.

Finally – Wall-E’s boot and plant!

Here is what you need:

  1. A boot. I went to Payless and bought a pair of children’s boots on sale for $10. It was worth it because this was my favorite part of the costume!
  2. Artificial green leaves: I cut some off of artificial roses I had in my house
  3. Styrofoam ball that fits inside the boot. This will secure the plant.
  4. Leftover paint and sponges from when you made the shirt.

Step 1: Use the sponge to dab different colors of paint on the boot to make it look old and dirty. Let dry.

Step 2: Put the styrofoam ball into the boot and then stick the stem through to secure the plant.

That’s it! You are ready to go! Wall-E is one of my favorite Pixar characters, so I’m hoping he will get lots of representation at the Disneyland Half Marathon. Good luck and make sure that plant gets to the finish line. The fate of the world is in your hands.

-Amanda

 

 

 

Tinker Bell Half Marathon 2016 Race Recap

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We’ve been back from Disneyland for a couple of weeks now, and we are still on a pixie dust high from the amazing Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekend. It’s taken us a little while to process all the magic, but we are ready to cover a few of the highlights! Today I will focus on the half marathon race itself. Amanda and Melanie will follow-up later on with some more exciting recaps of the 10k, Expo, and other weekend shenanigans.

First and foremost, let me say a big THANK YOU to all the team tutu friends we saw over the course of the weekend. We were so excited to connect with our friends that we interact with on a daily basis via Instagram. We gave out over 120 temporary Tink inspired tattoos! It was a super tutu party! We were also very excited to attend the Tink Facebook group meet-up where we connected with some truly inspiring fairies!

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As far as the half marathon goes…This was my first Tink half, and it certainly did not disappoint! Last year was a bit of a bummer year for me. I had pneumonia leading up to the Tink Half weekend, so I wasn’t medically cleared to be able to finish the race in 2015. That was really just the start of a series of really crummy events (I’ll spare you the unmagical details) that made 2015 a true test of resilience. The promise of being able to return in 2016 to the Tink half was really what kept me going through the ick of 2015. This race was like a giant reset button for me.

Race morning for the Tink Half went really smoothly. First, we had to get dazzled up in our race costumes! This year, Melanie ran as the Fairy Godmother from the live action Cinderella. Her costume was 100% DIY and included our PUFFIEST tutu to date. To make the tutu extra puffy, Melanie used a crochet waistband instead of an elastic waistband which allowed for multiple layers of tulle. You can buy the crochet waistband material by the spool at Hobby Lobby or Michael’s in the ribbon section.

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Puffy tutu shadow!

Amanda dressed as Joy from Inside Out. She wore a DIY  skirt and yellow shirt with iron on blue stars cut out from heat transfer vinyl. To make the blue stars, I hand drew the cut file then printed it out on the heat transfer vinyl using the Silhouette Cameo 2. This is a great time saver since you don’t have to individually cut each shape.IMG_0871

I ran the Tink Half dressed as Zarina (aka the Pirate Fairy.) I wore a pirate shirt from INKnBURN and a DIY tutu with a crotched waistband for extra puff. I also wore child sized wings to avoid any rubbing on my arms. For extra comfort, I pinned them to my shirt instead of wearing the arm straps.

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Christine as Pirate Fairy

This year, we stayed at the Hyatt at the convention center, and we were really impressed with the race transportation. We got on a bus as soon as we walked out of the lobby and we were dropped off at the parking lot near the entrance to the parks. We had to walk through Downtown Disney to get to our corrals, but it was definitely a shorter walk than what we experienced getting to our corrals at the Princess Half Marathon. Amanda and Melanie decided to run the race together in the same corral so that Melanie could help cheer Amanda on while she muscled through a knee injury. We agreed that I would stay in my assigned corral to give me the best chance at finally finishing this race. It was the first time I ran without one of my sisters next to me!

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Getting to my corral was a tiny bit difficult. The porta potties were all lined up against the flow of traffic right where all the runners were trying to get through to corrals. It was hard to tell who was waiting in line for a potty and who was trying to make their way to a corral. I attempted to wait for a porta potty, but quickly gave up due to the crowds of people.

Once at my corral, things were much more spacious and magical. There were photo pass photographers waiting to take pre-race pictures, and it was easy to see and hear the pre-race entertainment. The time between corrals passed pretty quickly and before I knew it, I was off and running into the park.

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The first half of the course was pretty much nonstop park scenery. We ran past the Lost Boys, through Sleeping Beauty Castle and saw plenty of pixie pals. The race course also included a great view of Cars Land and California Adventure.

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The second half of the race course was pretty much all outside of the parks through the streets of Anaheim. There were some places without much to look at, but the weather was great and there were plenty of hyped fellow runners to keep me company. As far as out of the park entertainment, there were a couple of great bands on the course, and spectators with amazing signs. There were even a few spectators with pixie dust!

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The Red Hat Society Ladies were by far the best entertainment on the entire course! There were so many of them out with signs, smiles, and high fives! It was exactly what I needed to keep going during the last few miles of the race. There were even a few Red Hat Ladies in tutus! Here are a few of their sweet signs.

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The finish line of this race was a super emotional moment for me. I started tearing up as soon as I saw the hat at the Disneyland hotel. After so many months of sad things, I was so thankful for the chance to finish this race feeling strong! I channeled a little Emma Swan from Once upon a Time, texted my sisters at mile 13, and said, “I’m about to finish this race and break the curse!”

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Once I saw the finish line, it was full water works. By time I got to the sweet volunteer who gave me my medal, I was in full on ugly cry mode! The crowds at the finish line were minimal, and I grabbed a snack box and stretched for a little while in the reunion area admiring the Tink Half and Coast to Coast bling. We were pleasantly surprised to find out that we earned both the pink and blue Coast to Coast medals this year for completing Princess and Tink in the same calendar year.

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When exiting the race, we had to go through park entrance security in order to access the bus transportation back to the hotels. There wasn’t a line available for people without bags, so I waited about 15 minutes to get through security at the end of Downtown Disney. After I made it through security, I was still on such a pixie dust high from the race that I quickly forgot about the crowd and walked back to the hotel while I listened to the glorious clank of my newly earned bling!

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That’s all I’ve got for now. What did you guys think about the Tink Half? What was your favorite moment of the race? Let us know in the comments below.

-Christine

Free Printable Stickers: Star Wars Dark Side Inspired Badges

It’s almost 30 days until The Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side in Orlando. In the meantime, I thought I’d share a set of free printable Dark Side inspired stickers to commemorate the magical weekend. I’ve used printable “I did it!” stickers for princess training runs and commemorated the Disney Princess Half Marathon with some mermaid inspired stickers. It was very motivational to see all the stickers in my training planner. I figured fans of the Dark Side might also enjoy some planner sticker magic.

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Click here to download the stickers. The stickers include a badge for the 5K, 10k, 13.1, and 19.3 distances. There are also stickers numbered 1-12 to reward yourself for various training run distances. For extra magic, the set includes a PR sticker and blank stickers to customize with your personal accomplishments.

Directions for making stickers:

1. Print the file on white cardstock or sticker paper

2. Cut out the stickers

3. If you print the stickers on cardstock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice to the back of the stickers

4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

May the force be with you, runners! Good luck to all who are headed to The Dark Side Half Marathon!

-Christine

Free Printable “I DID IT” Stickers for Your Planner!

Confession: I dislike winter. The cold really bothers me, anyway. Between the early sunsets and cooler temps, I can find plenty of excuses to skip a run. We are currently training for the Glass Slipper Challenge and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, so I need to stay on top of my training!

I decided to make some printable princess and fairy stickers for my training log that say “I did it” to reward myself for completing my training runs and workouts, and keep me accountable during the cold winter training. I’ve been using them for about a week and so far so good. I figured I might as well share them here on the blog in case any of our readers also need some extra winter motivation.

Free printable "I did It" stickers for your planner or running log

CLICK HERE for Princess themed stickers

CLICK HERE for Tink themed stickers

Directions for making stickers:

  1. Print the file on white card stock or sticker paper.
  2. Cut out the stickers using a 1 inch circle punch, paper trimmer, or scissors.
  3. If you print the stickers on card stock, use glue dots, tape, or adhesive of your choice to the back of the stickers.
  4. Put the stickers in your planner or training log to reward yourself for a job well done!

Happy training!

-Christine

Five Must-Have Craft Supplies for Race Costumes

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Making race costumes has to be my favorite thing about running a race at Disney. I try to keep my costume making as simple as possible because unfortunately I have to go to work and do all those other grownup things that really cramp my style. Today, I thought I’d share my top 5 favorite craft tools for making race costumes.

 

 

1. Hot Glue: Oh how I love thee… let me count the ways….. I think I have used hot glue on some component of every single costume I’ve ever made. Hot glue can be used to attach felt, ribbon, buttons and embellishments to shirts, skirts and headpieces. Hot glue guns are cheap and easy to find at any craft store. 

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2. Printable Iron-on paper: You can find this paper at craft stores and office supply stores. I use iron-on paper to print and transfer logos onto costume pieces. You can buy iron-on paper for white fabrics, colored fabrics, and breathable fabrics. Make sure you purchase the correct type of iron-on material for the fabric you are working with.

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3. Craft foam: Craft foam is very forgiving and can be found in many shapes and colors at craft stores. I find it to be appealing because it’s light weight and easy to cut with general purpose scissors. Most craft stores devote an entire aisle to this magical material. We use adhesive black foam to make mickey ears, and we use foam visors to make crowns and other head pieces. Melanie cut out leaf shapes for her Vidia costume and sewed them together in her sewing machine.

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4, Heatbond: This versatile material can be used as a no-sew solution to help you attach pieces of fabric. I’ve used this material to put ribbon trim on tote bags, hem shirts, and attach fabric appliques to costumes. You can also use heat bond on elastic to make a waist band for a tutu. Click here for a tutu tutorial

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5. Headbands: Many characters have crowns or headpieces that are an essential component of the character’s look. I purchase these cheap headbands at the craft store in packages of 2-3. They are small metal headbands that make it easy to hot glue fabric or craft foam to make a head piece. Here are a few of the looks we’ve created with plain metal headbands.

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That’s all the tips I’ve got for now. Do you have any go to craft materials? I am always looking to add to my collection. Happy Crafting!

-Christine

Five Tips for Making the Perfect Race Costume

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Costumes are one of the best things about participating in a themed race. The perfect race costume can be magical, but a not so perfect race costume can be miserable. I’ve experienced both the magic and the misery that can come from attempting 13.1+ miles in a costume, so I thought I’d share a few tips for picking the perfect race costume!

 

1. Choose breathable fabrics: Choose a base for your costume that includes workout friendly wicking material. This might mean you have to do a little bit of creative shopping, but it is well worth the hunt! Nothing ruins race fun like chafing from heavy fabrics. I like to look for cheap, solid color workout shirts from Walmart and Target. They work great as a base and are often less than 10 dollars!

  • Precautionary anecdote: At the Tower of Terror 10 Miler a few years ago, we decided to all wear pirate costumes. Life got crazy and I didn’t have the time to make a race costume. It was close to Halloween, so I went to a costume store and picked up the first costume that looked pirate-like and low cost. My costume was made for teens so the arm holes were a little snug and the top was made of velvet. Yes, you read that correctly. I ran a race in 100% humidity and 86 degree temps in a velvet Halloween costume. I thought I was going to pass out before the end of the race. At one point, I considered asking the medical tent to cut it off of me so I could breathe. The only saving grace of that costume decision was that we got selected to be on the Disney blog for a race costume contest. Here is a picture of my race costume disaster:

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2. Consider weather fluctuations: This seems like a pretty obvious tip, but it can be tricky to plan around weather. For example, I’ve run the Princess Half Marathon 3 times, and the temperature has been anywhere from 40-85 degrees. I try to be as flexible as possible with my costumes. If I need a shirt with a logo, I make an iron on logo and wait until I see the race day weather forecast before choosing long sleeves, short sleeves or tank top. Tutus and sparkle skirts are also a great way to have a costume that can work in a variety of temps. If it’s cold, you can simply wear running tights or capris under your tutu or sparkle skirt. If it’s warmer, you can wear running shorts. You can also wear fun accessories like running sleeves that are easy to remove should you get warm while running.

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3. Keep it simple: I love Pinterest, but sometimes I find crazy costume projects that are time consuming, stressful, and way out of my league. You don’t have to become a seamstress or find a gang of sewing mice friends to create a great race costume. The truth is, a race costume really only needs to make it through the race. I use shortcuts like hot glue, safety pins, and iron on materials to help make the costume prep less time consuming… and when all else fails, I hop on Etsy and outsource the costume to a pro.

Here are some examples of a few shortcuts I’ve taken in the costume department!

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4. Check race rules: Planning on going as your favorite superhero with an epic mask? Want to carry a plastic shield? Before you make that extreme costume decision, be sure to check the guidelines for costumes at your particular race. Many races do not allow costume accessories that might conceal your face such as a mask or full face paint.

5. Take your costume for a test ride: It’s never a good idea to try something for the first time on race day. Once you have all your costume pieces together, it’s time to take that costume for a spin! Make sure you are comfortable with the weight and feel of the material.

That’s all for now, running friends. Hope these tips help you make your best race costume yet!

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“There’s nothing to it really!”

-Christine

How to Make a Running Tutu (aka the runner’s little black dress)

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Given this blog is called “Runs in tutus,” you can probably guess how I feel about running in a tutu. The truth is, tutus (and Mickey waffles) are pretty much the reason I wake up in the morning. I’ve got loads of craft tips and tricks for making your race more magical, but first and foremost let’s learn how to make a proper tutu to wear to the ball.

Here are the detailed directions. You can print a shorter version of these instructions and a shopping list by clicking here: Running Tutu Quick Reference.

Step 1: Design your look

There is no right or wrong way to sport a tutu. It’s like a little black dress. Classic. I always start my craft projects by brainstorming how I want the final product to look. If I’m really in the mood to avoid doing my day job, I’ll pull out some markers and draw my tutu on a piece of paper. Pinterest is another source for tutu inspiration (and work avoidance). Here are a few questions to think about:

– Which color(s) would you like to use? Your tutu doesn’t have to be a solid color, you can alternate colors to create any look you want.

– Do you want the tutu to be sparkly?

– Are you trying to represent a character? If so, are there any ribbons or embellishments that might help your tutu look more like the character (for example felt hearts for a Queen of Hearts inspired look)?

– What kind of shirt will you wear?

Step 2: Gather your materials

You will need:

1. A coupon for your craft store! 

  • Friends don’t let friends overpay for craft supplies. If you are shopping at Joann’s, Hobby Lobby, or Michael’s, there will be coupons every week on the website and in their apps.
    They are mobile coupons that you can search for on your phone while you are in line at
    the store. Hobby Lobby has a 40% off one item coupon every week on their app, and
    both Michael’s and Joann’s will take it. So that’s a weekly 40% off option no matter
    which store you have close by.
  • If you don’t live near a craft store, Amazon is an excellent source for tutu materials.

2. 6” tulle on a spooltulle

  • I buy 2 spools (25 yards a roll) to make it through one solid color tutu. If alternating colors you would try one spool of each color. WARNING: Glitter tulle comes in shorter rolls (12 yards), so you may need more than 2 rolls.
  • You will find the spools in the wedding section at Joann’s and Michael’s. Hobby Lobby has an aisle of tulle near the fabric section of the store. They cost less than $4.00 when they are full price.

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  • Any color will do. ¼ inch and ½ inch elastic both work fine. You will find the elastic near the sewing needles and small sewing supplies in most craft stores. I’ve also found elastic at Walmart in the craft section.

4. Needle and thread, a sewing machine, or heat n’ bond and an iron to hold together elastic waist band

  • A variety of materials can hold together a waist band, and I will demonstrate them all in this tutorial. It really depends on how much time you have, and how durable you want your tutu to be.heatnbond
  • If you have the time, hand stitching using any color thread you’ve got handy or using a sewing machine will make the most durable tutu.
  • For a quick, no sew solution you can use heat n’ bond tape. It costs less than $3.00 and can be found in most craft stores and is also sold at Walmart.

5. Scissors and a pen or marker

Step 3: Make your tutu

1. Make the waistband:
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  • Size your waistband: Grab a pen or marker, and unroll the elastic waist band. Place the elastic around your waist pulling it slightly so it fits snug but comfortably around your waist. Use the pen or marker to mark a comfortable place to cut the elastic waistband.
  • Cut the waistband: The elastic will stretch when making the tutu, so cutlay your elastic out on the table and cut the elastic approximately 1 inch SHORTER than where you put your pen mark.
  • Connect your waistband: Now it’s time to connect the two ends of your elastic. Form a circle with the elastic and make the ends of the elastic overlap by 1 inch.
  • Bond your waistband: You have two options for bonding the waistband. Option 1: Sew the ends together by hand or with a sewing machine. Option 2: Use a no-sew heat-bond product. I have used both methods on many different tutus, and they both have been suitable for a race tutu. The seam of the waistband does not need to be “pretty” because it will be hidden by tulle.
    • Option 1 Sewing: To sew by hand, thread your needle and tie a knot at the end of the thread. Use and over under stitch to secure all the edges. I just stitch until the elastic feels secure. If you have a sewing machine, you can use any basic stitch you’d like. I’ve experimented with straight stitches, zig zag stitches, and stretch stitches and they’ve all worked out just fine. My advice: Keep it simple.
    • Option 2 No Sew heat bond: Cut or tear about an inch of the heat bond tape. Place the tape between the 2 ends of the elastic. Next, press and hold a hot iron on top of the elastic (right over where you put the tape). Disclaimer: Heat bond ironing procedures can vary slightly by brand so double check the instructions on the package of your tape before you start this step.

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  • Cut the tulle: You will now cut many strips of tulle to be tied to the elastic waistband. I usually cut the entire roll at once. The length of the strips comes down to your preference. I prefer a shorter tutu because I don’t like the tulle to rub between my legs while I am running (chafing is not magical)
    • The length of your tutu will be half the length of the strip you cut. I usually cut the tulle in 14 inch strips, so I have about a 7 inch tutu. For reference, the picture of the Queen of Hearts tutu at the top of this blog is an image of a 7 inch tutu.
  • Attach the tulle: You will now put everything together.
    • Stretch out the elastic waist band over the top of a chair or box. You want it to be stretched close to maximum stretch so your tutu has all the right fluff in all the right places……stretchelastic
    • You will attach the tulle to the elastic using a slip knot.
      • Fold a strip of tulle in half.
      • Slide the folded tulle under the waistband so that the folded side is on the top.
      • Grab the dangling ends of the tulle and pull them through the loop.
      • Continue to tie slipknots of tulle on the waistband until the entire elastic waistband is covered with tulle.photo

While I have pictures here on how to tie a slipknot, this step can be tricky. I made a short video on how to tie a slipknot in case you need some more detailed instructions.

Step 4: (optional) Decorate your tutu

1. Attach decorations: Tulle is very forgiving and you can use hot glue to add all kinds of fun things to your tutu. Here are some optional items you can add:

  • White pom poms to a red tutu for a Minnie inspired look
  •  A bow to the back of your tutu for a princess inspired look
  • White stars on a blue tutu for a super hero inspired look

Step 5: Wear your tutu!

Congrats! Your tutu is ready for the race! I recommend taking it for a test ride before the day of the race just to make sure you are comfortable with the length and the feel. You can experiment with what works best to wear under your tutu. Running skirts, shorts, capris, leggings, and yoga pants can all be worn under tutus. Choose what makes you feel the most comfortable.

I hope this tutu tutorial helped you make a magical race costume! I’d love to see your final product! You can send us your awesome tutu pics on twitter @runsintutus

-Christine