The Man in the Yellow Hat

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It’s Quinn’s third Halloween and this is my favorite costume yet: the Man in the Yellow Hat, Curious George’s famous keeper. George is number one in our house, so Quinn was crazy-excited to get to dress up as his best pal. He asks to wear the costume every day!

I found the boots, belt, and yellow pants on Amazon; I bought a second-hand white button-down shirt and dyed it with RIT lemon yellow dye; I ordered the yellow tie on Amazon and painted on the black spots with fabric paint; and I made the yellow hat from scratch. I’m talking a hat mold carved out of styrofoam, painfully stretched wet felt, hat stiffening glue, “swirling” the Petersham ribbon… I’m basically a milliner now. I spent an inordinate amount of time making the hat (and this is actually version 2.0–the first model didn’t quite fit his head!), but I’m not sorry–the hat makes the whole costume! And Quinn loves it. He can’t wait to wear it trick-or-treating.

The kid also loves a pumpkin patch. October just might be my favorite month of the year…

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Happy Halloween to all!

 

  • Johanna

    Can I buy the hat from you? Or how did you make it? I want my 1yr old to be man I the yellow hat and my 4yr old is curious George this year- I’m just missing the hat and I bought foam to do it but the curve at the top….ReplyCancel

    • Renee

      I love the hat.y grandson has yo dress as a book character. He picked the man in the hat. Do you make and sell the hat ?ReplyCancel

    • Hi Johanna! As I recall, I carved a mold out of styrofoam, covered it with plastic wrap, wet the felt in hot water, and then slowly stretched it over the mold, pinning around the circumference with stick pins every couple inches to hold things in place. Then I covered the whole thing with a glue-and-water solution and let it dry before taking the pins out and removing the mold. If you search for hat-making how-tos, I think you’ll find pics. Best of luck!ReplyCancel

  • Mae

    Hi Emily, That little model Quinn makes this costume, so cute.. Could you please just give me the measurements of the hat? Brim ? Height of hat? Hope you have the time to get back with me….thank you ….ReplyCancel

  • Christy

    Is the yellow all one piece or is the brim sewn on?ReplyCancel

  • Anthony

    Can you email me the boots I can’t seem to find a good one anywhereReplyCancel

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