How to dye a Waldo shirt

Austin from Espresso Ninja writes:

I was Waldo for halloween this year. I got a cheap white long sleeve shirt from WalMart for 10 bucks. Then I picked up some red fabric dye from a craft store (Rit brand dye #5 scarlet). I used masking tape to mask off white stripes on the shirt and then used a spray bottle filled with the dye mixture to “spray paint” the red stripes until I got an even dye job (it’s good to stick a piece of cardboard inside the shirt while you do this so the dye doesn’t mess up the other side). Once the shirt was dry, I peeled off the masking tape and got fantastic red/white stripes. I did the same with a white beanie and then safety pinned a pom-pom I made out of strips of cut felt.

Total cost: about $20. I probably could have pulled it off for cheaper if I already had the shirt and beanie. Those both cost $17.

5 / November / 2006  DIY  Comments (6)

How to sew a Where's Waldo hat

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Deluxe, fully-lined Waldo hat sewing tutorial

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30 / October / 2006  DIY, Hats  Comments (1)

How to make your own duct tape Waldo shirt

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Start with a red shirt and white duct tape. If you are applying the tape before you put on the shirt, you should use a loose-fitting shirt because the fabric will not stretch after the tape is applied. You may use a fitting shirt if you are going to put the shirt on before you apply the tape. When using the latter method, you will have to remove the tape before taking off your shirt.

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You may also use a white shirt and red duct tape, or a shirt of any color and both red and white duct tape. In this example, I will be using a red shirt and white tape.

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Starting just under the armpits, loosely apply tape around the torso and arms individually. Leave a space below that is the same width as the tape you have just applied and apply additional rows of tape until you reach the cuffs of the sleeves and the hem of the shirt.

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For a professional look, ensure that the ends of the duct tape precisely over lap each other.

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Continue applying tape to the upper torso. If using a turtleneck, you may want to stretch out the collar to the size of your head before applying the tape.

26 / October / 2006  DIY  Comments (4)

Knit your own Waldo costume

Here are a couple of links for those who are interested in knitting your own Waldo costume:

  1. Kim Salazar’s Waldo hat knitting pattern at wiseNeedle.
  2. Yarn Mom’s Waldo sweater knitting pattern.

If you don’t know how to knit or prefer not to knit your own Waldo ensemble, you can always buy a red and white striped shirt from one of the stores I’ve bookmarked.

6 / October / 2006  DIY  Comments Off