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No Sew Thing One and Thing Two Costumes

Updated on February 28, 2012

Originally appearing in Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat (1957), Thing One and Thing Two have regained popularity in the last few years with the PBS show The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That. Like in the original book, Thing One and Thing Two are always around when the Cat in the Hat needs a helping hand... though they often cause a lot of laughs with their fun and mischievous antics.

This fun and inexpensive, no sew costume is perfect for fun-loving siblings, best friends, twins, couples, librarians, bibliophiles and more.

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You Will Need...

  • Red Shirt & Pants - No need to buy new ones. Just check the closet for red leggings or sweat pants and a red tshirt or sweat shirt you no longer wear. If the shirt has screen prints on one side, simply turn it inside out.
  • White Material - Flannel, tshirt material, non-pill fleece, etc.
  • Black Fabric Marker or Paint - A thick black sharpie will work in a pinch.
  • Fusible Interfacing
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Red Knit Gloves - Not only will they finish off the costume, but they provide extra warmth while trick-or-treating on cold Halloween nights.


  1. Prewash clothing and material. Use a bowl or round bucket to draw a circle on your white material. The size of the circle will depend upon the size of the person wearing the costume.

    Infants/Toddlers 4-5"

    Most Children 5-7"

    Adults 7-10"

  2. Boldly outline the circle with a black fabric marker or paint. Inside write THING 1 or THING 2.

  3. According to manufacture's directions on the fusible interfacing, iron the interfacing onto the back side of the white circle. Trim away excess interfacing.

  4. Place the fabric circle onto the red shirt. Make sure the words are straight and the circle is near the top center of the shirt. Follow manufacturer's directions on the interfacing to adhere to the circle to the shirt.

  5. Wear shirt with red leggings or pants and red knit gloves.

Face Paint

US Toy Face Paint Sticks Costume
US Toy Face Paint Sticks Costume

* Pale cream foundation or white face paint base.

* Draw a large white dot on the tip of the nose with red lipstick or face paint.

* Small amount of light pink blush on the apples of the cheeks.

* Black or dark brown eyeliner and mascara. Also use to darken eyebrows.

* Red lipstick.


Thing One and Thing Two Wig

Elope Dr Seuss Thing 1 Thing 2 Blue Fuzzy Wig For Women & Men
Elope Dr Seuss Thing 1 Thing 2 Blue Fuzzy Wig For Women & Men

Don't have a crazy bright blue wig? Wrap a bright blue feather boa around your hair and bobby pin in place. The feathers will keep your head warm on even the coldest of Halloween nights.

Or hot glue blue fun fur (found in any craft store) to an old stocking cap.


Apparently even scarecrows like to dress as Thing One and Thing Two for Halloween.

The Cat in the Hat Costume

Cat in the Hat Accessory Set
Cat in the Hat Accessory Set

If you have three kids or want to dress up, too, try this fun and easy Cat in the Hat costume.


Thing Two's Name

In the 2003 Hollywood adaptation of Dr. Seuss's classic book, the Cat in the Hat (played by Mike Meyers) explains that even though Thing Two is called Thing Two it no way implies he is in anyway inferior to Thing One.

Who is your favorite Dr. Seuss character? - Have you ever dressed up as him/her for Halloween?

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    • tfsherman lm profile image

      tfsherman lm 5 years ago

      What a nicely done lens! I've added a link to in on my lens about character costumes. Thanks!

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      BarbaraCasey 5 years ago

      Creative idea for a home-made costume (ours were always home-made).

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      Wendy Henderson 5 years ago from PA

      My favorite Dr. Seuss character is Horton. I love everything Dr. Seuss. Nice lens.

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      Brandi 5 years ago from Maryland

      Very cute idea! ;)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Most excellent idea! Everyone loves Dr. Seuss, Thing One and Thing Two. These costumes really would be a lot of fun!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have a feeling there are going to be many more Thing 1 and Thing 2's for Halloween and just for fun, no sewing is a nice surprise!

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      Shelly Sellers 6 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      Fun ideas! I love the blue wigs :)

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      Pam Irie 6 years ago from Land of Aloha

      The cat in the hat in that movie creeped me out. yikes!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Boo! Haven't dressed-up in years since we had a small store but the Thing One and Thing Two costumes would be a great idea. :)

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      Amy Stephens 6 years ago from Missouri

      Love it. Wears your costume? lol

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      Angela F 6 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Love Dr Seuss - clever costume (and lens) idea.

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      Toni Grundstrom 6 years ago from Minneapolis, MN

      Thing One and Thing Two since this is what our children's nick names are. Nice lens, too.

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      @Diane Cass: I think I'd vote for Horton too, but don't want to dress up as an elephant.

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      Diane Cass 6 years ago from New York

      My favorite Dr. Seuss character has always been Horton in "Horton Hears a Who". He's my hero.

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      ChrissLJ 6 years ago

      @Joan Haines: I love the Sneeches, too. I was talking with someone recently who had never heard of the Sneeches. They know not what they're missing.

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      Joan Haines 6 years ago

      The concerned fish from the cat in the Hat and the Star Bellied Sneetches are too cool. I have not dressed as either one.