(Almost) No-Sew DIY Thing 1 and Thing 2 Halloween Costumes for Baby and Toddler

You don’t necessarily need to know how to sew to make Halloween costumes for your kids. In fact, my sewing skills are quite limited. But even so, I was able to make these easy, almost no-sew Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes, inspired by Dr. Seuss’s classic The Cat in the Hat, for my baby and my toddler in a matter of hours.

All you need are a couple of pairs of red footed pajamas, some felt, and a little ingenuity to pull these off. I’ll show you how I put them together and (as always) will wax a little poetic about why dressing up for Halloween is the best and why handmade Halloween costumes make it even better!

Supplies for a no-sew costume

These no-sew Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes are so easy to make because all I had to do was embellish a pair of red footed pajamas. I ordered ours from Primary, which is an excellent source for other no-sew or low-sew Halloween costumes. I got the cherry red ones.

I should have checked the sizing chart before ordering because the size 2 footed pajamas I bought my two-year-old were way too long (he’s on the smaller side of things). But a quick return and reorder saw a new set of PJs here in plenty of time.


  • Red footed pajamas
  • Sheets of white felt and black felt
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Velcro (The kind you buy determines whether this is a low-sew or no-sew project. If you don’t get the self-adhesive kind, you’ll also need a needle and thread.)

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Optional but helpful supplies:

  • A pot lid for tracing circles
  • Ruler
  • Stencil for making letters
  • Fabric pencil or chalk
  • Pins (if not using self-adhesive velcro)

Making your Thing 1 and Thing 2 Halloween costumes

Assembling your no-sew Thing 1 and Thing 2 costumes is easy once you’ve gathered all of the supplies. It’s also easy to put together in stages. I picked mine up and put it down in 5 and 10 minute blocks without losing much ground. This can be super helpful if, like me, you are constantly interrupted by your, ahem, Thing 1 and Thing 2.

Step 1: Make the emblems

To make the Thing 1 and Thing 2 emblems, simply trace a circle on the white felt using a pot lid or a bowl or anything else you can find. I made mine about 6 inches in diameter. Cut them out, and start making your letters.

I used the ruler to get my letters to be uniform height, but then I just free-form drew block letters with my fabric pencil on the black felt. The “Gs” were the only tricky ones, and I had to try a couple of times before getting ones I was happy with (but I tend to be a bit of a perfectionist about these sorts of things). My letters are about 1.5 inches high. I made the numbers a little bigger, at 2.75 inches high.

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Now, I absolutely love sewing felt. I don’t know why, but it is so satisfying. So you could totally sew the letters on if you like. But I am guessing that if you are making Halloween costumes for a baby and toddler, your time is probably at a premium. Mine is. Enter every crafter’s secret weapon: the hot glue gun!

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Once your letters and numbers are all cut out and your kiddos are in bed or otherwise occupied, plug in that hot glue gun and start gluing! Lining the letters up is easy if you start with the I at the top, then glue H and N on either side, then finally T, and G on either side and the number in the middle. Ta dah! You now have your emblem ready to affix to your footed pajamas.

Step 2: Attach your emblem

While you’ve got the hot glue out, turn your circle over and glue two strips of velcro (I suggest using the scratchy side) to the back. Be sure you line the velcro up parallel with the I on the opposite side of your circle. I used 3.5-inch strips placed about 2.5 inches apart.

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Next, line up the other side of the velcro on either side of the zipper on your footed pajamas, the same distance apart (about 2.5 inches). The velcro will allow you to attach the Thing 1 and Thing 2 emblems over the zipper once your trick-or-treater is inside.

I opted to sew mine on using quick, loose basting stitches so that they could be removed later and the pajamas added to our rotation, but you can certainly hot glue these as well if sewing isn’t your thing. Or, you could also get self-adhesive velcro, but I already had the regular, sew-on kind, so that is what I used.

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Step 3: Admire your work

Now dress up those little Things 1 and 2 and plop them on the porch with a pumpkin for some adorable snapshots! (Dads in Cat-in-the-Hat hats optional).

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The magic of a handmade Halloween costume

My mom made all of our Halloween costumes. I still remember the magic of waking up on Halloween morning to find what I, at age four, thought was the most beautiful purple fairy costume. Complete with cardboard cutout sparkly star wands, my sister and I, she in her matching pink outfit, felt bedazzled and transformed. It was magical.

I’m pretty sure my mom stayed up all night sewing those and countless other Halloween costumes for the four of us kids over the years. And I’m pretty sure my dad helped her by making our props (such as sparkle star wands and such). In today’s culture of cheap, throwaway costumes, people would probably think their efforts were crazy, futile even.

But it mattered a lot to me then and it matters a lot to me now. Even though my sewing skills are limited, I want my kids to have the same magical experience that I had on Halloween as a kid. I want them to know what it feels like to be transformed, to be unique, to see themselves from a new perspective. Halloween costumes may feel disposable, but when we put a little effort into them, they can teach our kids some incredibly valuable lessons about thrift, creativity, and imagination, all while bringing them a little Halloween thrill!

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