Friday, March 11, 2011

Piggie & Gerald Party


Piggie & Gerald Birthday Party (based off of the Mo Willems series- Piggie & Elephant Books)
Ok, so my baby boy is now 7. I can't grasp that fact. It seems like yesterday... I won't digress but all those reading this that have kids I am sure you understand. Anyways back to the party... So here is the cake I made:
Piggie and Gerald Birthday Cake

I am still a cake amatuer. I only started making cakes, well 6 years ago for my son's 1st birthday. Here are a couple of my favorites over the years:
Dora Birthday Party CakeSwimming Birthday Party Birthday Cake



I also made cupcakes to take to school on his actual birthday. They turned out so cute! I got the idea from parenting.com
Piggie Cupcakes
Piggie Cupcakes
Piggie Cupcakes


So for the party I made, with the help from my sister, a pig pinata. I decided not to make it look like Piggie from the books because I didn't want the kids to hit/beat up Piggie but I thought the idea of breaking up a piggie bank sounded ok, so I fashioned the pinata after that. (This reasoning sounds logical but my 2 year old still screamed and cried that the big kids broke her pig).

Piggie Pinata
Piggie Pinata

Here is a tutorial on how I made the pig: pig tutorial

Once the candy comes out of the pig where are the kids to put it? So I made cloth goodie bags big enough to hold a bottle of bubbles, a stencil and a pencil but also candy from the pinata.
Gerald and Piggie Fabric Goodie bags

I used the freezer paper technique that I read about on http://www.dana-made-it.com/

I used my Cricut and a program called Sure Cuts Alot to cut Piggie & Elephant out of freezer paper.
Make Gerald & Piggie Goodie Bags TutorialMake Gerald & Piggie Goodie Bags Tutorial
I ironed the freezer paper on to the fabric and then applied paint.
Make Gerald & Piggie Goodie Bags TutorialMake Gerald & Piggie Goodie Bags Tutorial
After they had dried it was time to make them into bags. I took 2 rectangular pieces, one with the character and one blank and rolled under the sides so that the exposed edges were curled under.
Make Gerald & Piggie Goodie Bags Tutorial
Next I rolled down the top to the width of the ribbon I used as the drawstring and sewed across it. Leave the sides open for the ribbon.
Make Gerald & Piggie Goodie Bags Tutorial
Sew the 2 pieces together at the bottom, with the right sides together.
Make Gerald & Piggie Goodie Bags Tutorial
Next sew up the sides and flip the bag right sides out. Pull a ribbon through one way and knot. Take a second ribbon and pull through the opposite way and knot on the opposite side. Now when you pull both ribbons at once the bag pulls closed.
Gerald Goodie Bag for Piggie & Gerald Birthday Party

2 comments:

  1. Any chance of buying a freezer paper stencil from you? My son is having an Elephant and Piggie party for his 4th birthday and I want to make a shirt for him.

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  2. I love Elephant & Piggie! What a fabulous idea! I think I will have to try and persuade one of my daughter's to have an Elephant & Piggie themed birthday and try the cake & bags out. I just found you through Pinterest and think you have wonderful ideas!

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