Beekeeper Costume Headpiece

by JOANN |

Item # 302113338P31
Beekeeper Costume Headpiece is rated 3.0 out of 5 by 2.
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Intermediate Varies
  • Sewing machine
  • White thread
  • Iron
  • Pencil
  • Chenille Stems, 12", Multipack: Stripes, 1, 25pk: Black, 1
  • Pom Poms, 1", 40pk, Yellow, 1
  • Quik Grip, Contact Cement, 2oz, 1
  • Wire, 20 Gauge x 3yds, Black, 1
  • Wire cutters
  • Cardstock, 12"x 12", White, 1
  • Netting, White, 1yd
  • Bias Tape, Extra Wide Double Fold, 1/2"x 3yds, White, 2
  • Felt, 9"x 12", Black: 1, White: 1
  • Sun Hat, 17 1/4"x 17 1/4", 1
  • FolkArt®, Acrylic Paint, 2oz, Titanium White, 2
  • Brush, 2" Chip, 1
  • Palette
  • Cardboard, 18"x 18", 1
  • Rotary cutter & cutting board
  • Quilters rule, 2'
  • Utility knife (optional)
  • Pliers, needle nose (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Blue Painter's Tape, 1
  • Fabric clips or clothespins

  1. Support for brim: Lay brim of hat down on cardboard. Trace around brim. Cut cardboard 1/2in inside of traced circle. Cut out a 7½in circle from paper. Lay the 7 ½in circle close to center on the cardboard. The brim is not a perfect circle. Trace and cut out the 7 ½in circle. Place the cardboard on the underside of the brim of the hat. Cut away an additional ¼in - ½in around the center circle so the circle is away from the edge of hat that will touch the head.
  2. Paint the top and the edges of the hat and both sides of the cardboard with the Acrylic paint. Let dry.
  3. Make the bees:
  4. Body: Cut one black and one black and yellow stripe chenille stem in half. Take one of each and twist the ends together ¼in then fold the sharp ends over the twist. Spiral the two joined stems around a pencil. Start with the folded end around the point of the pencil. Slide the spiral off the pencil. Slightly widen the unfolded end by inserting a finger inside and spinning gently the opposite direction of the spiral.

  5. Head and antennae: Take a black chenille stem and cut into 3 pieces, 4in each. Fold over the ends 1/8in to remove sharp points. Take one stem and twist tightly around the center of one pom pom. Place glue on the open spiral end of the body. Press the head in place.

  6. Wings: Cut wings out of white cardstock. The folded edge will fit between the first and second spiral from the head on the body. Open the spirals and place one drop of glue. Place the wings in place with the notch below the spirals and the center lined up with the center of the antennae. Open the wings as various angles. Press the spirals together around the wings.
  7. Repeat to create 35 honeybees (30 for the headpiece, 5 for sweatshirt).
  8. Netting: Iron the netting if necessary. Use a pressing cloth. Press the two lengths of bias tape. Use a rotary cutter to cut two pieces of netting 18in x 40in. Take the dry piece of cardboard cut for the hat and place at one corner of the netting. Line up the curve with one short side and one long side. Cut the curve on the netting. Repeat for the other end of netting on the same long side. Repeat.
  9. Sew the bias tape around one short end of netting, ease around the curve, down the long side, around the second curve and back up the second short side. Sew slowly laying the netting inside of the tape. Sew close to the open edge of tape. Cut the tape and use the remainder to sew on the last edge. Start tape right next to the first line of tape. If it is slightly shorter than necessary to cover the raw edge it will not show when project is completed. Repeat.
  10. Find the center back of the hat along the back edge of the brim, mark with a pencil. Find the center of one length of netting along the long straight side (fold in half to find). Match the two centers. Clip the bias tape edge to the ½in folded edge of brim on the underside of the hat. The netting should face away from the hat. The outer edge of the bias tape should lay flush with the edge of the brim. Starting at the center, place glue a few inches at a time under the tape and press. When the netting is secure measure the distance between the ends of the netting. Mark the center between the ends on the front of the outer edge of brim. Find the center of the second piece of netting. Place and glue same as the back netting. This panel will overlap the first on both sides. Use fabric clips or clothespins to hold until secure.

  11. Place the hat with netting hanging down. Apply small swatches of Painters tape to indicate locations for bees. Cut black felt triangles from template, one for each bee that will be applied to the netting. Apply glue to one side of a felt triangle. Place the triangle behind the netting, glue toward the netting. Immediately place the body of a bee against the glue on the triangle.
  12. For bees on the hat place glue on the underside of the bees and press in place. For the bees that are flying off the hat: Cut a few spirals length of wire. Keep the wire spiraled. Place one end of wire through the body of a bee from the tail. Wrap the wire up and around the head, back through between the antennae and back through the body to the tail. Twist the end of wire to the length going into the body of the bee. Tuck the sharp end into the body of the bee. Adjust the spirals of the wire. Fold over the cut end of wire 2in. Place the folded end of wire through the weave of the hat. Bend the wire inside the hat into a circle. This will help provide support. Use tape to hold the wires temporarily. Cut small pieces of white felt to glue over the wires on the inside of the hat.

  13. Gently flip the headpiece over to expose the underside of the brim. Move the netting away from the brim. Locate the proper position for the cardboard ring. Mark lines on the brim and the cardboard to register the pieces properly. Apply glue to the cardboard ring and press in place. Use clothespins along the outer edge to hold until secure.
  14. Cut two ¾in x 12in strips of white felt. Glue the strips along the inner circle of cardboard and on to the hat. This will eliminate the sharp edge of cardboard and further secure the cardboard to the hat.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to make and cute! This was quite easy to make for my daughter for Halloween. She got so many compliments! For the person who had trouble printing the instructions and was upset... you could have copied and pasted the instructions into your “Notes” folder on your phone or another file on your computer and then printed it from there, rather than giving up.
Date published: 2020-11-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Awful project! Could not print this project! Was so disappointed. I bought all the materials from JoAnns, got home and could not make this costume. I could not print this project from my computer. Not sure what I'm going to do now that I wasted all this money. :-(...
Date published: 2020-10-27
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