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