Today is Dr. Seuss Birthday, also known as National Read Across America Day. It is an annual event created by the National Education Association to promote reading. A lot of the schools have kids dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss character or a character from their favorite book. I will be reading a couple of Dr. Seuss books to LittleCuteLips and her daycare class. I also picked up a couple of goodies for them. The first National Read Across America Day was held on March 2 in 1998.
Our weekend was busy and LittleCuteLips and I forgot to decide on her Dr. Seuss character. Monday night we pulled out all of their Dr. Seuss books so she could see her options. After some help from the Man Child we decided on a Truffula Tree from The Lorax. I didn’t know that was the name of it, I just knew the speck lived on it. I felt confident in our choice and now I had to figure out how to execute it quickly.
Tuesday evening LittleCuteLips and I ran out to the nearest shopping center in the pouring rain. They didn’t have a craft store but they had Five Below, Wal-Mart and The Dollar Tree. We hit all three of them searching for items that we could use. We lucked up with a shirt from Wal-Mart and four stuffed animals from the Dollar Tree. I felt like I was on a secret game show and I had to use random items to create this look. Don’t judge me, I have a vivid imagination.
Wednesday evening I had an event to cover and she needed her costume for Thursday. No pressure… before leaving for my event I began to prep my materials. I laid the shirt out and found some yellow ribbon I already had. I placed the ribbon on the shirt at varying heights and secured with them straight pins.
I grabbed my stuffed animals and busted them all right down the middle and took the stuffing out. I want to use as much of the body as possible. They look a bit creepy without the stuffing.
I had a plan to get my desired result so I just went for it. There is no turning back now and I didn’t have back up stuffed animals to use. I needed this to be final and I was confident
I put some of the stuffing in the middle and pulled sides up first. My thinking was to make it look like a dumpling.
I ran a few quick stitches in and I kept going, you don’t have to try and be neat. It is hard to see exactly what you are doing because the fur is so soft and the threads get lost. The sides are done, I did the same thing with the ends.
The shape came together rather easily. I had to stuff some of the stuffing in as I pulled the thread but that was it.
The green ball was the stuffed frog and it was smaller than the blue and pink bunnies so I put that one on the shortest tree. I finalized the placement of each ball.
I’ve stitched my balls on to officially be tree tops. I put black paint on my thread marks so you can’t even tell. That was the last thing I needed to complete my DIY Truffula Tree Shirt.
LittleCuteLips wanted a headband so I used the extra ball and stitched it to some leftover ribbon. Babe snapped this picture of her at the end of the day. All of her Truffula Trees survived the day at daycare.
This is a picture of me reading to LittleCuteLips and her friends for Read Across America.