Kids love to emulate what they see in movies, and all of the buzz surrounding Universal Pictures’ latest animated move The Lorax ensures it will be no exception. Here’s a fun DIY cape costume that’ll get your little one in the spirit of the lovable Lorax.
Tools and materials
• Sewing machine
• Paint brush
• Straight pins
• 1-1/2 yards drop cloth fabric
• 8 fat quarters fabric of your choice in Lorax-friendly patterns
• Ribbon for ties
• Kraft paper
Grab your drop cloth and two shades of orange paint. I chose Bright Orange and Tangerine by DecoArt. Mix the paint with fabric medium (also by DecoArt). Paint roughly 3 square feet of fabric per paint color. Once you have applied two coats of paint, set the drop cloth aside to dry.
Next, cut roughly 20 scallop-shaped pieces of fabric using the fat quarters of your choice. Now your paint should be dry–cut roughly 25 scallop-shaped pieces using the painted drop cloth.
Create a pattern for the cape in the size of your choice by cutting a half-circle (with a small cut-out for the head) out of Kraft paper. Pin pattern to drop cloth, then cut out the pattern. Using an ironing board, fold back roughly an inch around the entire cape and iron flat.
Next, gather your pre-cut scallop-shaped pieces of fabric and pin them to the cut pattern, starting at the neck. Top-stitch the scallops row by row. You will have roughly five rows when complete.
Pin ribbon to top of the neck inside the cape on both sides. Top-stitch ribbon–make sure to backstitch. Trim excess thread and fabric with scissors.
Flip cape right side-out and iron. I made a quick mustache mask using yellow wool and string–you could also use the mustache from our DIY Lorax Mustache on a Stick tutorial.
Have fun watching you little Lorax support a greener planet!
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