As some of you may know, this Halloween I decided to do my own CostumePalooza and make costumes for four nieces (plus one best friend) and my nephew, as well as my own boys! One niece requested Green Arrow (Alice in Wonderland inspired; superhero cape; with Captain Hook and Wendy; Anna, Elsa, and a simplified Olaf to come!). At the end of this post, I have a quick tutorial for the quiver I made.
Now there are as many different versions of Green Arrow as there are shows, spin-offs, and artists. After looking at all sorts of different pictures, we decided the base the costume mostly on this picture.
I spent probably two weeks debating fabric for this costume. That is not normal for me – I’m usually fairly decisive when it comes to my fabric choices. You can read the whole story or just skip this paragraph ;) Our town is fairly rural. My closest JoAnn’s used to be 1.5 hours away – which meant a three hour round trip, plus a stop for lunch, plus a visit to Costco – because it might as well be worth it – all with a 1 and 3 year old in tow! When I say “used to be” it’s because we finally got our own JoAnn’s at the beginning of this month (happy dance! I’ve already been about eight times…)! I started searching in September and after comparing fabrics from about four different places online and trying to judge shades on my screen I decided to trust my luck and wait for our store to open. Fortunately for me, they had the perfect shade of jewel green in the performance knit section and I decided to make my life simple and use black instead of trying to find a different green for the contrast. And if you’re still with me after all that rambling, you are a good person!
So I started with the Omni Tempore shirt. I added a separating zipper to the front and pieced the sleeves with a white knit to get the look of the green bracers, while still making it warm enough to wear trick or treating. Admire the sleeves again, please. They took two hours of my life! For the oversized hood, I knew I wanted to use the Bimaa hood. Of course it only goes up to a size 6 (although I’ve heard rumors that larger sizes are coming!), so I ended up adding about three inches to the height. In case you need to know, the size 6 Bimaa hood fits almost perfectly into the size 10 Omni Tempore neckline!
The pants are the Aviator Pants made from black sweatshirt fleece. I’d considered using leggings for the pants, to get the more form fitting look of the inspiration picture, but Ali is not a leggings girl, and I wanted to make her something that she would wear again. I also love the cargo pockets on them and knew she’d love a place to stash all her stuff! I used the green knit for the triangle contrast at the bottom to mimic the look of the green boots. You can just barely see it in some of the pictures, but I used the green for the front pockets and the back welt pockets, too. Welt pockets + performance knit = never again, no matter how cool they look!
The belt is very simple and made from sweatshirt fleece. I made a long strip and sewed on functional 3D cargo pockets, loosely based on the Aviator pockets. I made the “G” with some freezer paper and some gold paint. It velcroes in the back.
Ali had so much fun with these pictures! I used face paint for the mask and she worked so hard to stay in character for these! You can still see her grinning in some of them :) The best part is that, if she wants, she can wear everything after Halloween!
On to the quiver! I’m writing this tutorial while recovering from food poisoning, so if anything doesn’t make sense, please let me know!
I used leftover scraps of the sweatshirt fleece, so I don’t have exact fabric requirements, but it wasn’t much! You could use a lighter fabric, but I would recommend using heavy weight interfacing on all the pieces (except the straps) to make sure it stands up correctly. You’ll also need two D-rings. Use 1/2″ seam allowance throughout, unless stated otherwise. The quiver ends up about 2-2.5″ in diameter and 8″ tall. The arrows are just dowels with green feathers hot glued to the ends.
First, cut two 3″ circles and two 9″x11″ (hxw) rectangles from sweatshirt fleece. Depending on how much interfacing you want to do, cut the same from interfacing. I used one piece of heavy, sew-in interfacing and basted it to the outer quiver. I didn’t bother interfacing the bottom circle. You’ll also need two straps with the finished measurements of about 1.5-2″ wide by 15″ long. For a smaller child, they can be shorter, for a larger child, they may need to be longer. These fit an average size 10 year old with extra to spare. I’m not including the straps in the tutorial since it was getting longer than I had planned (plus I didn’t take pictures!), but they are very simple to make using any strap tutorial.
Interface as desired. I basted it to the outer quiver piece. Sew the short sides of the outer piece together.
Evenly pin the bottom circle in one end of the tube. Before stitching, slide one raw end of one strap about an inch from one side of the center seam (the strap is between the green arrows – get it? I crack myself up…).
Stitch 3/8″-1/2″ from the edge. It’s easiest to have the quiver part on top while stitching, occasionally setting the needle down, lifting the presser foot, and readjusting the fabric to minimize the wrinkles. Although to be fair, most kids aren’t going to care about a wrinkle or two ;)
Repeat for the lining, but leave a 3-4″ section unstitched on the quiver (between the pins).
Trim the seams around the bottom circle to cut down on bulk.
Slide the lining inside the outer, right sides together. Slip the raw end of the second strap (so the strap is in between the quiver layers right now) about an inch away from the center seam on the opposite side as at the bottom (this will help the quiver lay better). Sew around the edge.
Once you take the pins out, you may want to go over the stitching again to make sure it’s all even. It gets a little tight in there trying to sew and not get poked!
Pull the lining out and turn everything right side out through the hole you left in the lining.
You can hand stitch this hole or machine stitch with a very shallow seam allowance (which is what I did).
Push the lining inside the quiver and topstitch around the top, making sure the straps are out of the way.
Slide your two D-rings on the upper strap about three inches. Fold the excess back and stitch.
Slide the other strap through and you’re done!