Monday, July 25, 2016

Magic School Bus Ms. Frizzle Costume


The Magic School Bus was a fun and wonderful part of my childhood. I was absolutely delighted to find the show on Netflix and I introduced it to my older daughter when she was about 5. Now, a few years later, Ms. Frizzle is as much a part of her childhood as it was apart of mine. When I asked her what she wanted to be for Comic Con this year and she said Ms. Frizzle, I was delighted. We had a lot of fun making this dress and costume together. 


You will need: 


Cricut has a really awesome set of planets in their image library and I used those for all of the major planets. You can find them here. I simplified most of them to be just two layers because I wanted to conserve vinyl. You can turn off a layer in Design Space by clicking on the eye in the layers section on the far right side of the screen. Simply click the eye on what you don't want to cut and it will take it off your screen without completely deleting it.

To make this dress, head over to the Explore site and select the great big blue, Create a New Project button. Hit the Insert Images button and then search for the different planets that you want to add.


Make your images different colors and your Cricut will know that you plan on cutting them out of different colors and place them on different mats when you hit cut. It will separate your planets into two pieces so you can cut them out of different colored heat transfer.

When you make projects with more than on top of each other one color of vinyl is called layering heat transfer and it is surprisingly easy and just needs a little patience. You will need to cut two layers for each of the sun, one in yellow, one in orange. Two layers for the Earth in green and blue and two layers for Mars and Jupiter. The stars are just white heat transfer and only need the one layer. I copied and pasted the stars over and over again on my screen and then enlarged some and shrunk others to have different sized stars.

Heat Transfer goes onto your mat with the shiny side down. Set your machine to iron-on and then hit the go button. Remember when cutting heat transfer with a machine, you always need to be sure to flip/mirror your images or you text will be backwards when you iron it on. For this project is isn't crucial to flip the images, but I do anyways.


Weed the all of the negative parts of the design away, leaving just the pieces you need. Always start with the bottom layer on your shirt with the carrier sheet up. Place the other sheets on top of the bottom design until it is positioned how you want. Peel the other sheets off the shirt leaving just the bottom layer.

Iron directly onto the carrier sheet with the bottom layer in each planet for about 15 seconds. Peel the carrier sheet off, leaving the design on the dress. 

Line up the top of the planet over the the piece already ironed down and  iron down for 15 seconds. Peel the carrier sheet off. Make sure the entire design is always covered by a carrier sheet or a piece of parchment paper. This will keep the black from sticking to your iron.

 Iron over the entire design for about 30 seconds, so the entire design has been ironed for 30 seconds, not 30 seconds total. Flip over and iron from the back for an additional 15-20 seconds.


The planets and some of the stars go on the front of the dress and then stars of all different sizes go on the back as well.


After your dress is done, you can start work on Ms. Frizzle's headpiece. Paint all of the Styrofoam planets as the box directs you. When they are dry, make a circlet of thick wire that fits on the head of the person who is going to wear the costume. Close the circle by twisting the wire together. Stick a piece of wire a couple inches long into each planet. Secure the wire with hot glue. Twist the other end of the wire around the large circle of wire, creating a planet head piece.

It seemed the most comfortable way for the head piece to be worn was with the smallest planets surrounding the face and the larger ones in the back. Finish off the costume with Saturn earrings, and a little Liz for the shoulder.

Since my daughter is going to wearing this at Comic Con, we are buying her a school bus bag to go with the costume so she doesn't have to carry the bus in the photo around. 

What are your memories of The Magic School Bus? 


Navy Blue Dress
Heat Transfer Vinyl
Solar System Kit
Thick Jewelry Wire
Saturn Earrings
School Bus Bag


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