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Homemade Dr. Seuss costumes

Updated July 20, 2017

Dr. Seuss has created some of the most memorable, lovable and unusual creatures and characters in children's literature. His books have inspired the imaginations of thousands. It is easy to make your own Dr. Seuss costumes; all you need is some basic equipment and a lot of imagination.

Fun and Funky Fabric

To make great Dr. Seuss costumes, you need great fabric. Faux fur, fleece, terrycloth, felt and minky fabric in a variety of colours and animal prints all work for most Dr. Seuss character costumes. Fiberfill is important for stuffing and quilting. Boas make great furry stripes or rings around the arms or body. Tie thick ribbon into bows and use as embellishments.

Easy Costumes

Use striped leggings or stockings in bright colours can on the legs and arms. Colourful gloves, and ties or bow ties, add to the effect, as do wigs in a variety of shapes and colours or wigs that can be dyed. Footed sleepers/onesies come in adult and children's sizes, and these are particularly helpful for characters such as the Grinch, Thing One and Thing Two, and the Cat in the Hat. Just decorate and add accessories to basic footed sleepers/onesies to create fast Dr. Seuss character costumes.

Character Costume Ideas

Besides the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and Thing One and Thing Two, there are plenty more characters; it can be a party challenge to get others to guess who you are. Daisy Head Maizie is an easy costume to make--all you need is a silk daisy and a pretty dress. Other characters include Sam, from "Green Eggs and Ham"; Horton; the fish from "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" or "The Cat in the Hat"; a Sneetch, the Lorax, Yertle the Turtle, Foo Foo the Snoo, or even a Zizzer-Zazzer Zoo.

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About the Author

Rena Rossner has written many articles for "The Jerusalem Post" and "The Jerusalem Report," and has been writing professionally since 1996. She has written and managed content for many websites. She has a cookbook coming out later this year with Gefen Publishing. She holds an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in writing seminars and a master's degree in history from McGill University.