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‘Pop up’ Cat In The Hat costume idea for school dress-up days

My 5yr old son wearing a 'pop-up' Cat In The Hat costume for school dress-up day
1) … where are the cats?

Young boy wearing a 'pop-up' Cat In The Hat costume - with hat open
2) Ah… there they are!

Close-up of cats in 'pop-up' Cat In The Hat
3) Cats A, B and C!

My boys love Dr. Seuss, so when their school had a ‘literary character’ dress-up day, I grabbed the opportunity to make a Cat In The Hat costume. And because a Cat In The Hat costume isn’t a Cat In The Hat costume without cats in the hat (breathe!) – I decided to add some ‘pop up’ ones, as you can see above!

My first attempt had a manually opened lid. It was cool, but I wanted something with a bit more POP. So I went back to the drawing board and added a pull-cord mechanism. This meant revealing ‘Cats A, B and C’ was as easy as tugging on a ring at the back of the hat!

How to make your own ‘Pop up’ Cat In The Hat costume

I’ve provided instructions for making a simple hat, with a hinged lid the kids can open and shut by hand, as well as the more complex pull-cord version. For the latter, I’ve had to condense the instructions somewhat – so perhaps that version is for those wanting a bit more of an engineering challenge!

You can also print out the artwork (link below) for the bow and the cats, they were drawn freehand by me, based on Dr. Seuss original drawings, I’m not taking any credit for them!

Easy to follow hand drawn instructions for making a 'pop-up' Cat in the Hat costume

Download printables and instructions›

1) Collectable instructions – they look great stuck on the fridge!
2) Printable artwork – for those who don’t want to draw!
207 downloads so far, thanks everyone!

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I’ve been banging on about my book quite a bit recently, so I’m very pleased to bring your attention to someones else’s – Red Ted Art: Cute and Easy Crafts for Kids.

Cover of Red Ted Art book

It’s been written by Maggy Woodley – the prolific crafter behind the massively successful Red Ted Art blog. Maggy has been a great help to me over the last couple of years, so it’s a real privilege to give her lovely new book a big shout-out!

Please go check it out, it’s full of truly cute craft projects that make use of materials you’ll find lying around your house – except for the googly eyes, you’ll need to buy them (but they are worth it)!

Please check out her great book and blog.

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10 thoughts on “‘Pop up’ Cat In The Hat costume idea for school dress-up days

  1. I bought the book while on holoday with my boys and we’ve been using the weekends since to do bits and pieces. Wonderful work. Well done!

    • Hi Michael, Thanks for buying my book, I’m really pleased to hear you are finding it useful – that makes it all worth it! All the best. Scott :)

  2. Do you have a downloadable version of this book? It cost too much at the book store because it was imported……….

    • Hi Lee, At the moment the book is only available in physical form, sorry! In what part of the world do you live? Scott :)

  3. I love your site and am addicted to your ideas. I am not an trained artist (just a stay at home mum and sometime blogger), but anyone who says your site is too busy is crazy!! I spend my days doodling and creating to raise funds for charity and school and voluntarily (yep, unpaid slave, that’s me!) teaching art, craft and DT to infant school children. I particularly loved this project, which I will keep in mind for next year’s book day at school, where I failed miserably to dress up at last week’s book event (too busy creating two costumes for my own school age kids and forgot to make myself anything!). Could I ask, which fonts do you use on your site? I’d like to use something similar in some cartoon ideas I have for our school. Thanks so much. Keep up the inspiring work!

    • Thanks so much Charmayne, that’s such a delightful comment – I hope my downloadable artwork will help speed things up next time!

      PS I’ll email you my “What I Made” font as soon as I get a spare moment. Scott :)

  4. I love your site in general, but this project made me laugh and then start gathering supplies. As a school librarian, I am excited to make and wear this hat next March for Read Across America Day!

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