How to Make a Cheshire Cat Costume

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If you want to dress as the mischievous and mysterious Cheshire Cat from Alice in Wonderland, create the costume yourself with some easily found items. You may already have some of the materials in your home, and everything else is readily available in stores. Novice crafters can handle this project, and no sewing is involved. This clever costume is gender-neutral, and it works well for any age.

The Cat Suit

Recreate the Cheshire Cat's pink and purple stripes with a sweatsuit and duct tape.

Things You'll Need

  • Pink sweat pants or leggings
  • Matching pink sweat shirt or long-sleeve T-shirt
  • 20-yard roll of purple duct tape, 1.88-inch
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric glue

Tip

  • Alternatively, you can use a purple sweat shirt or long-sleeve T-shirt with purple pants or leggings and pink duct tape.

Step 1

Lay the pants face up on your work surface. Beginning at the left ankle, measure the width of the pant leg. Cut a length of duct tape to that measurement. Then place the duct tape horizontally on the front of the pants at the spot you measured.

Step 2

Measure up 2 inches from the first piece of duct tape. Measure the width of the pant leg at this spot. Cut a piece of duct tape to that length and place it on the pants.

Step 3

Continue placing strips of duct tape on the pant leg at 2-inch intervals until the entire front of the pant leg is covered with horizontal stripes.

Step 4

Repeat the process on the right pant leg, lining up the stripes to be even with those on the left leg.

Step 5

Measure up 2 inches from the top stripes on the pant legs. Measure the width of the pants at this spot. Cut a piece of duct tape to this length and apply to the pants.

Step 6

Finish covering the front of the pants with duct tape stripes at 2-inch intervals.

Step 7

Turn the pants over and repeat the process on the back of the pants. Line up the stripes on the back as evenly as possible with the stripes on the front.

Tip

  • If you find that the duct tape is not adhering well to the fabric, use a few drops of fabric glue to help it stick.

Step 8

Lay the shirt face up on your work surface. Beginning at the left wrist, measure the width of the sleeve. Cut a piece of duct tape to that length and apply it to the shirt.

Step 9

Continue placing strips of duct tape at 2-inch intervals until the entire left sleeve is covered with horizontal stripes.

Step 10

Repeat on the right sleeve.

Step 11

Measure the width of the shirt at the hem. Cut a piece of duct tape to that length, and apply it horizontally to the front of the shirt.

Step 12

Continue to place strips of duct tape at 2-inch intervals until the entire front of the shirt is covered with horizontal stripes.

Step 13

Turn the shirt over and repeat the entire process on the back. Line up the stripes on the back as evenly as possible with the stripes on the front.

Accessories for the Costume

Wear pink or purple fuzzy slippers. Make a pair of cat ears and a cat tail to finish off your costume.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic headband
  • 1 sheet paper, 9-inch-by-12-inch
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric marking pen with disappearing ink
  • 2 sheets pink or purple craft felt, 9-by-12-inch
  • 1 1/2 yards pink or purple faux fur trim
  • Hot glue gun
  • Safety pin

Step 1: Make the Pattern for the Cat Ears

Fold the piece of paper in half lengthwise. Measure the width of your headband. Make a mark on your paper this distance from the fold. Draw a 3-inch horizontal line at this mark, parallel with the fold of the paper. This will be the bottom of the triangle that forms the cat ear. Draw the rest of the cat ear shape to look like a rounded triangle. Extend the vertical lines of the triangle down to the fold of the paper. Cut out the pattern through both layers of paper, leaving the fold intact.

Step 2: Cut Out the Ears

Lay the two sheets of craft felt on top of each other. Open the paper pattern at the fold, and lay it on flat on the craft felt. Trace around the pattern with the fabric marking pen. Cut out the shape through both layers of felt, creating both ears.

Step 3: Assemble the Headband

Wrap the felt ears around the headband. Place a few dots of glue under the felt where it meets the headband to secure the ears in place. Glue the two layers of felt together.

Step 4: Trim the Ears with Fur

Measure the distance around each ear, and cut two lengths of the faux fur trim to this length. Glue the trim around the edge of each ear with the hot glue gun.

Step 5: Attach the Tail

Decide how long you want the tail to be, and cut a length of faux fur trim to this length. Attach the tail to the back of the pants with a safety pin or a fabric adhesive.

The Cheshire Cat's Smile

Things You'll Need

  • Black face paint
  • 1 sheet white card stock, 9-by-12-inch
  • Black permanent marker
  • Jumbo craft stick, 6-by-3/4-inch
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1

With black face paint, paint the tip of your nose black.

Step 2

Draw a line from the base of your nose to the top of your mouth. Paint your lips black.

Step 3

Draw several dots above your mouth on either side of your nose. Draw three whiskers on each cheek.

Step 4

Draw a small curved line on the outside corner of each eye to look like cat eyes. Draw large, high-arching eyebrows.

Step 5

Make a prop for the Cheshire Cat's smile. On the white card stock, use the black marker to draw a large crescent shape to look like a smile. Draw a horizontal curved line in the center of the smile from corner to corner to separate the rows of teeth. Draw several evenly-spaced vertical lines to create the teeth. Cut out the smile and glue the craft stick to the bottom. Hold the smile in front of your lower face.

Tip

  • If you don't want to draw the smile, find an image you like, print it out and glue it to the card stock. Cut it out and glue to the craft stick.

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