Introduction

A Costume for the Budding Artist

The much-loved narrow tray with ovals of watercolor paint is a part of growing up. Turn this classic childhood toy into a colorful costume. It won't cost a lot to make and there is very little sewing involved.

Step 1

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Print Pattern and Cut Fabric

The dress pattern creates a costume that is 24” long, 13-1/2” wide at the base of the armholes, and 20" wide at the bottom. Be sure to “try on” the printed pattern and make any needed adjustments before cutting. Then adjust the paint colors, paint wells and the paint tray sizes accordingly. Pin the pattern to the yellow fleece and cut to size.

Step 2

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Make Paint Ovals

Cut eight pieces 4-1/2" x 5-1/2" of HeatnBond UltraHold and iron it onto the back of each color — red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black — following the package directions. Trace the oval template onto the paper backing and cut out the paints.  

Pro Tip

If you’ve sized the pattern up or down, adjust the paint color and paint well patterns as needed.

Step 3

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Make Paint Wells

Cut out eight 6-1/2" x 5" pieces of HeatnBond UltraHold and iron onto the back of white felt following package directions. Trace the oval paint well template onto the paper backing and cut out. Use a craft knife to cut out the center oval, and save for a future project.

Step 4

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Make Paint Tray

Cut two 18-1/2" x 7” rectangles to fit on the costume front and back; if you’ve sized the pattern up or down then adjust this size as needed. Round off one corner on each rectangle to look like an interior paint box tray. Space out the paint colors and paint wells to fit.

Step 5

Place Ovals and Paint Wells

Carefully lift up the paint box tray and place on your ironing board. Peel off the paper liners of each color. Iron each paint color onto the paint box tray.  

Repeat with the cut paint wells. For each paint well, peel off the paper liner and iron onto the paint box tray. The wells should slightly overlap the paint colors underneath.

Step 6

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Place Paint Tray Front

Pin the paint box onto the front of the dress diagonally off the left shoulder.

Step 7

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Fasten Tray to Dress

Sew the paint box to the front of the dress. Repeat on the back side, laying the paint tray diagonally so both pieces meet at one shoulder.

Step 8

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Sew the Shoulders

Cut a piece of white felt to cover the straps and sew. Trim away any overhanging pieces.

Step 9

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Sew Dress Together

Sew just the dress side seams together using a 1/2” seam allowance. There’s no need to hem the bottom or sew the straps (hooray for fleece).

Step 10

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Add Fasteners on Shoulders

Try the dress on the wearer, mark where to attach Velcro fasteners to the straps and sew in place.

Step 11

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Cut and Sew Beret Pieces

Cut two circles using the hat pattern. The pattern is sized to fit a 20” head. Cut the donut out of one circle and stack them on top of each other. Sew the outside of the two circles together, wrong sides together, using 1/4” seam.

Step 12

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Turn Right-Side Out

Turn right side out and finger press the seams to look like a puffed circle.

Step 13

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Cut Beret Rim

Cut a 23" x 2-1/2” felt strip and sew the short side together with a 1/4” seam.

Step 14

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Fold Beret Rim

Fold the strip in half lengthwise, wrong sides together.

Step 15

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Pin Rim to Beret

Pin the rim to the inner donut circle with raw seams matched up together.

Step 16

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Sew on Rim

Sew the rim onto the hat using a 1/4” seam. Remove pins before sewing over them.

Step 17

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Create Top Loop

Cut a small rectangle 2-1/2” x 1/4”, fold in half and hand sew onto the top of the hat. You can stuff the hat with tissue paper to help hold its shape while trick-or-treating.

Step 18

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Paint "Paintbrush"

Spray paint the noodle red and let dry. Place painter’s tape and a piece of paper where you would like the silver to begin; ours was 10” down from the top. Spray paint the top part of the noodle silver and let dry. Peel off the paper.

Step 19

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Add Bristles to Brush

Stick pipe cleaners into the top of the noodle. Use as many as you like to create a full-looking brush.

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Put it All Together

If needed, trim the red end of the noodle to the proper height.