Novelty Project

How to make a Red Crayon Costume


A few weeks back for World Book Day my son announced that his favourite book was The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt (with beautiful illustrations by Oliver Jeffers) and that he was going to go to school dressed as his favourite crayon…Although it took several days to establish which of the crayons was his favourite, we did eventually, finally (pass me the wine) settle on RED Crayon. (Seriously, I wish my daily decisions were that of a 5 year old.)

Anyway, here’s how I made it, if you’d like to have a go…

You will need:

  • Approx 40 x 150 cm of basic red polyester fabric (usually the roll width is about 150 cm) or whichever colour crayon you are making
  • 2 square pieces of black craft felt approx 40 x 40 cm
  • fabric scissors
  • pinking shears (optional)
  • matching sewing threads (red and black)
  • paper scissors
  • A2 piece of thick red card
  • sticky tape
  • 50cm thin elastic
  • sewing machine

Approximate time needed: 2 hours

1. Start by cutting from the red fabric a very basic ‘tabard’ shape with the width being a little wider than your child’s shoulders (I did 40cm) and the length so it goes to just below the knees front and back. (approx 140 cm)

2. Cut a hole for the head to fit through by folding the laid out piece of red fabric in half and cutting a semi circle on the fold so, unfolded, you have an even circle. If you use pinking shears here you won’t have to worry about sewing this raw edge down.

3. Sew the hems at the sides by folding down 1 cm, fold 1cm again, pinning as you go, then sew.

4. Do the same for the bottom hems front and back with a bigger hem (fold 2 cm, fold down 2 cm again, sew)

5. Cut from the black felt 2 rectangles with a zig-zag top (see picture) that will fit on the front and back bottom of the crayon outfit. Pin and sew into place. Do the same to spell out the colour crayon – in this case RED. I did this cutting roughly by eye, not bothering to trace, keeping in the style of the illustrations by Oliver Jeffers. Pin and sew these into place too.

6. To make the hat, cut 2 pieces of matching coloured card approx 45 x 13 cm. Take one piece of card and bend it round, slightly overlapping the edges, and tape into place, this is the bottom part of the hat. With the other piece, bend and curl it into itself to create a shape like the tip of a crayon, tape into place then place inside the bottom part and tape them together.

7. Using a sharp pencil pop a hole on each side of the bottom part so you can thread through some elastic to fit your child’s head.

Your crayon is now ready!




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