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CraftingCon: Lulu & Celeste

It’s time for CraftingCon’s Mario month and we could not be more excited to have Ula from Lulu & Celeste as our guest blogger today. Ula makes the most adorable clothes for her little girls, and just recently made them a cute stuffed fox as well. 

For this season of CraftingCon we are having a sew along! We’re running it in our Facebook CraftingCon group and is open to anyone who wants to join in (and if you don’t like this month’s theme, you’re more then welcome to join now and play along with a future theme!) The linky is at the end of the post, and is open to entries without a blog post attached. 

Hi everyone! It’s Ula here from Lulu & Celeste where I blog about the sewing and craft projects I make for and with my two little girlies. I’m here today sharing my Tanooki Mario look for Crafting Con’s Mario month!

Tanooki Mario inspired outfit sewn by Lulu & Celeste

in all her blurry glory!


Tanooki Mario was like an improved version of the Raccoon Mario from Super Mario Bros 3. I’m probably dating myself (but who cares!) but I loved playing Super Mario back in the 90s in my teens. I usually played the Princess (in every version of the Mario games where you could play the Princess, I was the queen of Princess Peach) but Mario was my second favourite character to play. My parents had actually bought us the Japanese version of Super Mario 3 which was more difficult but more fun. (Like if you had a raccoon suit and got hit, you shrank all the way to little Mario, in the American version you would lose the raccoon suit but still be big Mario). Anyway, I’m totally digressing, again.

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When I was googling images of Tanooki looks for inspiration everything that I could find was basically a full-on costume, so I decided to change things up slightly. I made two pieces that work together as an outfit but can be worn separately as well.


For the top I decided to use a hoodie pattern from my stash that I’ve always heard awesome things about but had never actually gotten around to sewing up yet. The Bimaa hoodie! I modified the hood a bit to add the ears on. (Emmylou BeeDoo, the designer of the Bimaa, has a great tutorial for adding ears but I wanted mine to face forward more like a raccoon’s ears).

Then instead of a making a removable tail, which granted would have probably gotten use in the dress-up box, I decided to make the leggings have stripes to emulate the stripes in the Tanooki tail. I happened to be testing the perfect pair of leggings to get the look I wanted, the soon-to-be-released Dressage Leggings from Jennuine Design, so I used those. These leggings are pretty awesome and sew up almost as quick as regular pair.


Tanooki Mario is doing something to the Goomba here

Did you know that 18-month-olds who normally love wearing hats and hoods don’t like wearing hoods whenever you want to take a picture? Yeah, I knew I should have used Silly Bean as the model, she would have been slightly (just slightly) more cooperative!


Anyway, I hope you liked my outfit! I wish little Miss V liked having the hood up long enough for pictures, it’s sooo cute. You can stop my blog and check out some of the other pictures I took and read a little more detail about the patterns and fabrics I used. Thanks so much for having me, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of the contestants are sewing up!

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