It’s just my luck that Lil’ Man decided to have a growth spurt the month of September and outgrow his Haunted Mansion Butler costume that he wore to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party. This last weekend I took him down to the mall to look for another costume. We headed straight to the Disney Store where his options were somewhat limited. Not all little boys want to be super heroes or stormtroopers. There were a couple of Toy Story and Peter Pan costumes, but the stock was pretty thin and nothing in his size was available. Then Lil’ Man saw the Mad Hatter hat, and he knew right then what he wanted to be for Halloween. It dawned on me at that moment as well that I would be DIYing a kid’s Mad Hatter costume that afternoon.
Lil’ Man just loved meeting the Mad Hatter at the Grand Floridian’s 1900 Park Fare, so I’m not surprised he ended up choosing to be him for Halloween (although Pokemon’s Ash Ketchum was a close second). The Mad Hatter was a lot of fun, and he wasn’t as rushed as some of the other characters you meet at Disney’s character buffets.
While we were able to purchase the Mad Hatter hat, I had to figure out how I was going to put the rest of the costume together without breaking the bank. I was relieved to discover a tweed blazer from last year still fit Lil’ Man (I always buy the next size up for him when purchasing clothes). We are reusing the white collared shirt and dress shoes from his Haunted Mansion Butler costume. In the end, I just needed to make him the vest and the outrageous bow.
While I know he wanted to look exactly like the Mad Hatter he met at 1900 Park Fare, he is quite happy with what we pulled together from items around the house. Some of my inspiration for his look was drawn from Marissa Meyer’s Heartless, a book written as a prequel to Lewis Carroll’s original story. In her novel, we meet the Hatter before he has gone mad and we see that his creations are not only flamboyant, but somewhat magical for the wearer.
The No-Sew Mad Hatter Vest
I wanted Lil’ Man’s costume to look outrageous, yet elegant. We chose a fabric similar to this crushed panne velvet for the front of the vest. If I’m being honest, I could have lugged out the sewing machine to put this together, but I just didn’t feel like it. The one perk of my laziness is that I can demonstrate how to make a great looking vest for those who are without the ability to sew.
Things You’ll Need
- 1/2 yard or more Crushed Velvet fabric (I like to have extra in case I mess up!)
- Gold Buttons
- Liquid Stitch or HeatnBond Iron-on Adhesive
- Glue Gun
- Fabric scissors
- Measuring Tape
- Old T-Shirt (preferably neutral in color
- I used this DIY t-shirt vest tutorial from Clarks Condensed to make the base of the Hatter’s vest. I also used Lil’ Man’s Haunted Mansion Butler vest as a template for sizing. I had him try it on several times and made adjustments as necessary.
- Using the t-shirt vest as a template, I used a washable marker to outline the front pieces on the back of the crushed velvet fabric. This part is tricky! Your t-shirt vest won’t lay perfectly, so make the outline a little larger to allow for a margin of error. You can always trim it down later. Remember to place the front of the vest to the back of the crushed velvet fabric when tracing as this is how the two pieces will be attached.
- Cut out your front vest pieces from the crushed velvet fabric.
- You can use the Liquid Stitch to attach the front pieces like I did in the Haunted Mansion Butler DIY. I couldn’t find my Liquid Stitch, so I used HeatnBond which made for a sturdier vest. If you use HeatnBond, simply use the pieces you cut from the crushed velvet and trace around them and cut the pieces out. You’ll then iron the HeatnBond to your crushed velvet first. Peel the backing off of the HeatnBond and iron it onto your t-shirt vest. Iron both sides to make sure you have created a permanent bond.
- Since I didn’t use a neutral color t-shirt, I added some black fabric to the back. This was a pain and I recommend just using a neutral color t-shirt.
- Now to add the buttons! This is a no-sew project, so you will use hot glue to add your buttons. (If you really want to, you can sew them on.) While your glue gun is heating, space out your buttons evenly. Lil’ Man’s vest only needed 4 buttons, but larger sizes will require more. Glue each button into place.
Congratulations! You now have a great looking vest that didn’t require a needle and thread. Now, the Mad Hatter is a rather stylish guy. That means he needs a bow tie and not just any bow tie. He needs something noticeable!
The No-Sew Mad Hatter Bow Tie
Things You Will Need
- Liquid Stitch
- Organza Fabric (I bought a yard of this fabric as it is difficult to cut straight. You’ll want to have plenty of extra fabric for mistakes.)
- Fabric Scissors
- Sticky Back Velcro
Once again, I’m going to direct you to a tutorial from someone much more talented than myself. I used this bow tie tutorial from Jamie Sanders over at Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. I of course made some adjustments because the Hatter just can’t have a regular bow tie.
- Jamie cut her bow tie fabric at 10.5 x 7.5 inches. For Lil’ Man’s tie, I added an extra 2 inches to each side.
- For the tails of the Hatter bow tie, I doubled the bow tie measurements. You’ll cut the fabric for the tails at 22 x 15 inches.
- Follow Jamie’s instructions, but use the Liquid Stitch instead of sewing. Try not to use too much glue or it will stain the organza fabric.
- I pinched the fabric of the tail together and glued it in place to create the pleats. I did the same with the bow. I first wrapped the center loop fabric loosely around the tail and glued in place. I glued the back of the center loop fabric with liquid stitch. Then I ran the bow through the loop and hot glued in place.
No-Sew White Rabbit Costume for Pets
Let’s face it cat owners, there just isn’t much out there in the way of costumes for our feline friends. Over the years I’ve purchased dog costumes of various sizes for my fur babies, but of course those never fit quite right. So I came up with this quick, simple White Rabbit costume for our Angel.
Things You Will Need
- White Craft Felt or Fleece
- Red Craft Felt
- Lace (3 inches or wider)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Liquid Stitch
Angel is 13 lbs. and approximately 17 inches long from her head to the base of her tail. I was able to use an 18 x 12 inch piece of craft felt. You can usually find this material in the kid’s section of your local craft store. The amount of felt/fleece you need will be dependent on the size of your pet.
- For Angel, I cut a hole 1/4th of the way down in the center of the white felt. I made sure that I could comfortably fit two fingers in the hole while she was wearing it.
- Remember folding paper in half lengthwise and cutting out hearts in elementary school? Well, that is exactly what you are going to do here, but you will be cutting it out of the red craft felt. I made a smaller heart (3 inches tall) for the front and a larger heart (4 inches tall) for the back of her tunic.
- Center your hearts on the tunic and then glue in place with Liquid Stitch.
- With your hot glue gun, attach lace to the collar of the tunic. Pinch the lace together as you glue it in place to create a ruffled look.
Now we won’t be adding white rabbit ears to Angel’s costumes as her patience will only go so far. She draws the line at head wear! Still, she makes a pretty darn cute White Rabbit!