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How To Make… Thing 1 and Thing 2 costume

October 16, 2013

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Last Friday saw schools up and down the country celebrating National Book Week by asking children to dress up as a character from a storybook. Roo’s school asked this of their school children, however in order to be eligible for the dress-up competition you had to have a handcrafted costume. Wanting to do something a little different Niamh’s mum (Roo’s best friends mum) suggested Thing 1 and Thing 2 from the Dr Seuss books. Fabulous idea!

We decided that the girls could wear black leggings and a long sleeve top with a red t-shirt sporting ‘Thing 1‘ or ‘Thing 2‘ along with blue wigs. I was put in charge of making the t-shirts and I was surprised at just how easy it was to make.

How To Make… Thing 1 and Thing 2 costume

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What you will need:

  1. Red T-shirt (x2 one for each ‘Thing’)
  2. Plate or lid to draw around
  3. Black fabric pen or felt tip pen
  4. White fabric paint
    You will also need your iron to seal the fabric paint
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Step One:

  1. Place the plate or lid in the centre of the t-shirt, as I had different sized t-shirts I decided to leave the same sized gap between the neckline and the top of the circle.
  2. Carefully draw around the plate or lid using the fabric or felt tip pen, you might find it easier to do this in short strokes so that the fabric does not crumple as you draw across the fibres.
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Step Two:

  1. Carefully fill in the circle using the white fabric paint (shake the fabric paint pot before use), don’t worry about going right up to the black pen line as you will be able to tidy up the edging later.
  2. If adding a second layer of paint ensure that the first layer is dry and has been heat sealed using a hot iron, also heat seal the second coat.
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Step Three:

Using the black fabric or felt tip pen carefully outline the circle, you want to make the outline 5mm think so that it can be seen when you stand away from the t-shirt.

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Step Four:

  1. Add ‘Thing’ along the top curve of the circle using the black fabric or felt tip pen
  2. Add the corresponding ‘1’ or ‘2’ underneath, including the relevant flick marks along the lower half of the curve.
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Finally, add two cheeky children wearing black leggings and long sleeved top (not required in the warmer weather) and blue wigs.


Disclosure: I received a selection of Dylon Fabric paints/pens FOC in order to assist my book week costume making.

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