Thing 1 & Thing 2--The Costume

8:44:00 PM

Well, I had a couple of people guess what the twins are going to be for Halloween based on the $2 Blue Wigs I made last week—Thing 1 and Thing 2 from Dr. Seuss’ The Cat and the Hat.

So far, we’ve created a wig for each of them using a dollar store knit hat and a feather boa for each of them. If you recall, one of the challenges I gave myself was that I be able to reuse the material I had as much as possible, so I just stitched on the boa. That way I can just snip a few threads and reuse the boa and the hats. You could also use a glue gun to attach the boa if you aren’t interested in reusing the materials—you’re only out a few bucks for each wig.

Now, on to the rest of the outfit. I have been planning on these costumes for a couple of months now. The pants were actually quite easy—I already have two pairs of red pants that the girls use on a regular basis. However, I don’t know if you shop for kids much, but it’s actually a challenge to find plain red shirts to repurpose into a costume—most have some kind of decal or pattern. I know I could probably find little shirts with Thing 1 and Thing 2 on it, and it’d still be cute for them to wear out after Halloween, but then what would I blog about?

But the key here is planning ahead. I looked at all the consignment sales in my area—I was already there shopping for fall clothing for the kids. And amazingly, I found 2 solid red long sleeved t-shirts. The only difference between the two was that one had a hood. And actually, this is ok because it allows us to tell them apart from the back—remember, my twins are identical!

Even better, each of these shirts were in good shape, and only cost a dollar each. If you are shopping for a little girl at a consignment store or sale, remember to look in the boys’ section—that’s where I found these shirts.

I created a little graphic in photoshop--a circle about 4 inches in diameter with a cool font:

I then went to A.C. Moore and picked up a piece of white felt. Felt is pretty economical. When it isn’t on sale, it’s around $.30 each, and I had a 15% off my entire purchase coupon, so I got one sheet for about a quarter.

The nice thing about felt is that it's a little translucent.

So I took a fine sharpie and traced the graphic.

And then I colored it in, and cut it out. I just tacked it onto the shirt with some black thread, so it could be easily removed. and that's it!

So in case you’re wondering, this is my run down on the amount spent for 2 costumes

2 hats @ $1 each: $2
2 boas @ $1 each: $2
2 red shirts @ $1 each: $2
1 sheet of felt @ $.25
2 pairs red pants: on hand
Thread: on hand
Sharpie: on hand
Total spent: $6.25 for 2 costumes, including the wig, and the shirt, pants, hat, and boa should be able to be used for other things. Total time spent: about 3 hours, including photoshop time, wig making, and shirt decorating.

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  1. What a great & cute idea. Makes me ALMOST want twins. Thanks for linking up at Glued To My Crafts Thursday Obsession post. Hope you have a great weekend!

  2. these
    are absolutely adorable
    and perfect for your twins

    stopping by
    from ATPF
    and would love for you
    to share this post
    at Fridays Unfolded!


  3. What an adorable idea! I found you at The Picket Fence. I'm your newest follower. Megan

  4. Love the idea and the photos are going to be great! We call my cat and my son Thing 1 & 2. I tried to make them t-shirts but my cat wasn't very happy about wearing it :)

  5. This is super cute..... I wish my kids were still little so I could copy you.....
    Hope copying is OK.....!


  6. Great idea! I totally agree when thrifting for basics like red tees the boys area is your best bet. I tried to keep Halloween thrifted/reusable this year too, with toddlers it's really the way to go!

  7. Cute and so simple! Would love if if you linked up on my blog hop Also let me know if you'd like to follow each other!

  8. cool costumes! I'd love for you to share this and any other crafts at my new linky party, Submarine Sunday. I hope you'll stop by!


  9. I had considered doing Dr. Seuss for Halloween. YOu did a great job for it.

  10. This is so cute! They'll be nice and warm if it's cold outside. The wigs you made are fun, warm, and not itchy (I'm guessing).

  11. I guessed correctly!!! They are gonna be SOOOO cute!!

    My sister and I host a joint party and we'd love for you to join us. Remember, when you link up at one site, it shows up on both my blog and my sister's blog too...double exposure!!

  12. Cute! I hope you will link this up to The CSI Project starting tonight. The challenge is DIY Halloween Costumes. You just might win!!!!

  13. I featured your costumes today! Thank you for linking up to my Halloween Linky!

  14. Cute! I love the wigs. I'm doing things one and two for my (non-twin) boys. I found solid shirts and pants at Target for $5 and $7 each. I copied a Thing 1 graphic on to an iron on transfer paper and ironed that onto my felt then basted onto the tee shirts. We're using paint on hair dye instead of wigs. My dollar store doesn't have feather boas, or I might be tempted to take back that hair dye! You were definitely thriftier than I was with your costumes :)

  15. Hopping over from SITS. Cute idea! I'm a twin, and we were often called Thing 1 and Thing 2 by friends and family alike (we don't look identical, though). :)