This is the Cutest Truffula Tree Shirt From The Lorax

Hey Cuties,

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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt


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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Truffula Tree Stems

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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Destuffing the bunny

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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Furry Pieces

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

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Time to stuff

I put some of the stuffing in the middle and pulled sides up first. My thinking was to make it look like a dumpling.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Sewing in progress

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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Balled up

The shape came together rather easily. I had to stuff some of the stuffing in as I pulled the thread but that was it.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Ball placement

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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt


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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

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.

DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

This is a picture of me reading to LittleCuteLips and her friends for Read Across America.

Read Across America

MimiCuteLips reading Dr. Seuss

Do you have a favorite Dr. Seuss book? Chat with me in the comment below or FB, IG or Twitter.



DIY Truffula Tree Shirt

Article written by:

Mimi Robinson is the Lifestyle Media Correspondent and editor behind MimiCuteLips®. She is a wife and mother of two. You can find Mimi working media at your favorite events, traveling and trying out new adventures, or working on a dope DIY project.

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  1. Joanae

    You are the DIY DIVA! I LOVE THIS! MCL looks adorable!💕

  2. Angela

    This is too cute! My nieces would love this. I’m not that artistic, but this seems simple enough for me to do. How did you wash the shirt?

  3. Michelle Thames

    Awww I love this! So creative and cute how you made the shirts 🙂 Your daughter is so cute!

  4. Aija

    You’re great at DIY, this would look totally different if I had to do it. Great job. ❤️❤️

  5. Stacie

    Mimi, you’ve done it again! Your daughter has to be the cutest thing in her class!

  6. Tanya Barnett

    I love this! Your baby girl got all that one-of-a-kind stuff. She is a little trend setter.

  7. Jazz (@JazzOnTheRun)

    Now that is too cute!!! And something that doesn’t take a lot of money to accomplish. You’re so creative!

  8. Jonna

    Now this looks like the kinda DIY I would do! She looked so cute too! I guess Green Eggs and Ham is my fav.

  9. Rashida

    I’m taking notes on everything! I want to be able to do all kinds of fun stuff with Baby D once she gets a little older. This seems super easy.

  10. Elle (CleverlyChanging)

    She looks so cute in her original Lorax shirt. It’s pretty cool to have a mom that makes you one-of-a-kind apparel.

  11. Paula Bendfeldt

    These Truffula tree t shirts are gorgeous. I love how you used some old stuffed animals to get the job done. Good job Mimi!

  12. Tomi C

    Too cute. This would be such a GREAT idea for Dr. Seuss Day. So stealing this idea. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Amber Myers

    Oh my gosh, this is the cutest shirt! I might have to make my daughter one during Dr. Seuss week next year.

  14. Lori Vachon

    Being a non-crafty gal I appreciate how simple you make this project looks. You can tell she’s really enjoying her custom shirt!!!

  15. Kim

    so cute…that shirt would be perfect for the Dr Seuss Day we do at my school in March:)

  16. Lori Bosworth

    You did a great job with this DIY shirt. Your daughter looks adorable in her shirt.

  17. Jenny

    Aww, what a great idea for Dr. Seuss fans! I am glad it survived and that she got to enjoy it.

  18. Sheri

    Oh how cute is this? She looks adorable. I would have never known how to make this.

  19. Nancy L.

    Love the shirt, Mimi! Now I know what I can do with all of those little stuffed animals that the children have outgrown. My nieces will love this! I want to make a few for the hair, too!
    I love all the Dr. Seuss books and have so many favorites: Green Eggs & Ham, One Fish, Two Fish (which I think I see in your lap – lol!). 🙂

  20. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I thought of the Lorax before I even read the post. What a super cute craft idea this is!

  21. Kita Bryant

    I had to giggle at the destroying of the stuffed animals. This is SUCH an adorable shirt!

  22. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen

    This is way too cute. I love this idea for Dr. Seuss’ birthday. What a fun way for kiddos to participate in activities and get excited about reading. Love this!

  23. Christine Boulware

    Dr. Seuss! One of my al time favs! Oh the places you Will Go!

  24. Donna Ward

    What a great project, DIY Truffula Tree Shirt with a how-to from you – I agree the furry stuffed animals do look creepy without their stuffing! 🙁

    It was all worth it when you get a look at LittleCuteLips modeling and with her headband!

  25. Sandy N Vyjay

    This is a cute and innovative idea. The truffulatree shirt is really so cute. Will try this out.

  26. Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    Oh, how simple is that to make! That’s my kind of craft, when it comes to shirts, simple! The design turned out too cute!

  27. Eloise

    Ha! what a great way to use the over-fill of stuffed animal collections, they add up so fast! I love the craft idea to making a cute tee! my daughter would love this ; )

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