Hot Dog, Ketchup + Mustard Halloween Costumes

October 12 2019

Most creative and most adorable group costume ever! Our friends from the blog, Pretty Little Life, created these kids costumes and we couldn’t love them more. If you’re looking for an original DIY costume, look no further. Time to start dyeing, but first you might need a quick hot dog. These costumes are making us hungry!

  • Rit All-Purpose Dye: Tan, Cherry Red, Lemon Yellow
  • Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative
  • White Cotton Sweatshirt
  • White Cotton Sweatpants
  • White Canvas or Cotton Shoes
  • Brown Faux Suede (or other brown fabric that won’t fray)
  • Felt: Red + Yellow
  • Glitter: Red + Yellow
  • Mod Podge Fabric Medium + Brush
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
  • Polyfill
  • 2 White Cotton Crew Neck Sweatshirts
  • 2 White Cotton Sweatpants
  • 2 Pairs of White Tennis Shoes
  • Silver Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • Red Heat Transfer Vinyl
  • 2 Metal Pie Tins
  • 2 Paper Mache Cones
  • Red Spray Paint
  • Yellow Spray Paint
  • Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
  • Craft Cutter or Scissors
  • Hole Punch
  • String
  • Stainless Steel Sink/Plastic Container
  • Metal Tongs
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Table Cover
  • Measuring Spoon
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  1. Cover table with plastic and gather your supplies.
  2. Prewash shirt, pants and shoes to remove any finishes that may interfere with dye absorption. Leave damp.
  3. To protect the soles of your shoes from getting dyed, cover the soles with electrical tape. Remove the laces and set aside.
  4. You will need to create three separate dye baths. One for the ketchup costume (Cherry Red), the second for the mustard costume (Lemon Yellow) and the third for the hot dog bun (Tan).
  5. Fill a large stainless-steel sink or plastic container with 3 gallons of very hot water. Temperature should ideally be 140F.
  6. Add ½ cup Rit All-Purpose Dye in Cherry Red to the first dyebath. Shake bottle before pouring. Stir well. Add ½ cup Rit All-Purpose Dye in Lemon Yellow to the second dyebath bath. Add ½ cup Rit All-Purpose Dye in Tan to the third dyebath.
  7. Add 1 teaspoon of dish detergent to each dyebath to help promote level dyeing.
  8. Test dye color by dipping paper towel in the dyebath. If color is too light, add more dye; if color is too dark, add more water.
  9. Wearing rubber gloves, lower the clothing and shoes into their respective dyebaths. The hooded sweatshirt will go in the tan dyebath. The crew neck sweatshirts will go in the lemon yellow and cherry red dyebaths. The first 10 minutes are the most critical. Stirring helps to ensure an even color with no splotches.
  10. When desired color is achieved, remove clothing and shoes from the dyebath. Fabric will look darker when wet and will dry lighter. Squeeze out excess dye.
  11. We recommend using Rit ColorStay Dye Fixative immediately after dyeing and before washing to enhance color, increase color retention and prevent dye from bleeding into white areas. Follow package instructions.
  12. Rinse in cool water until the water runs clear.
  13. Wash in warm water with a mild detergent, rinse and dry.

How to Make the Hot Dog Costume:

  1. Cut a large piece of brown felt into a hot dog shape. The length and width will depend on how tall/wide your child is and how large you would like the hot dog.
  2. Cut a circular hole near the top of the brown felt for the face, leaving at least 1 inch of fabric around the hole.
  3. Attach the brown hot dog piece to the sweatsuit at the face hole using a hot glue gun and glueing around the outer rim of the hood and attaching the hot dog to it at the face hole. Only attach with glue around the hood and not at the neck.
  4. Cut a piece of red felt and yellow felt to resemble a squirt of ketchup and mustard. Length will depend on the length of your hot dog.
  5. Once cut, apply a layer of Mod Podge Fabric Medium to the ketchup and mustard lines, using a paint brush. Sprinkle glitter onto the Mod Podge. Let dry completely.
  6. Attach ketchup and mustard lines to the hot dog fabric using hot glue.

How to Make the Ketchup + Mustard Costumes:

  1. Using a craft cutter, cut the words “ketchup” and “mustard” out of silver and red vinyl. If you do not have a craft cutter you can do this with scissors, or purchase iron-on letters.
  2. Iron-on the vinyl design on its corresponding sweatshirt. Red will go on the mustard sweatshirt and silver will go on the ketchup costume.
  3. Flip over pie tins so the bottom is facing up. Attach a paper mache cone to the center of the pie tin using hot glue. Let dry completely.
  4. Spray several coats of red spray paint on one hat and several coats of yellow spray paint on the second hat. Let dry completely.
  5. Punch two holes on opposite sides of the hat and attach a string. This will help keep the hats on their heads!
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