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How to make "101 Dalmations" costumes

A Dalmatian costume from the film "101 Dalmatians" can be made for children of any age and, with its long sleeves and trousers, can help fancy dressers stay warm in cooler climates. Children can choose the name of their favourite Dalmatian and help make the spot pattern that matches that dog. Because fabric paint is permanent, only clothes you don't need any longer should be used.

Wash and dry the shirt and trousers.

Pour black fabric paint onto a paper plate.

Lay the shirt, trousers and socks on flat surface.

Dip the sponge into the black paint. Wipe off excess paint on the plate.

Press the sponge onto the fabric and lift straight up. Repeat until you have spots all over the items. Re-dip the sponge as needed. Allow one side to dry before doing the other.

Stuff the tube sock with stuffing. Leave the top 5 cm (2 inches) empty.

Sew the top of the tube sock closed. Sew the tops of the two ankle socks closed.

Sew the two small socks to the headband to form the ears.

Sew the top closed end of the tube sock to the rear of the trousers.

Lay the wide jewellery collar or ribbon on a flat surface. Paint the name of the dog on the collar using the small paint brush. Let dry.

Things You'll Need

  • White poloneck or sweatshirt
  • Circle-shaped sponge
  • White tube sock
  • 2 white ankle socks
  • Black fabric paint
  • Paper plate
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Stuffing
  • White headband
  • Wide jewellery collar or ribbon
  • Small paint brush (for drawing fine lines)
  • Fabric paint (any colour)
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Racheal Ambrose started writing professionally in 2007. She has worked for the minority publishing company Elite Media Group Inc., Ball Bearings online magazine, "Ball State Daily News" and "The Herald Bulletin." Her articles focus on minority and women's issues, children, crafts, housekeeping and green living. Ambrose holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Ball State University.