Thomas the Tank Engine

The rise of the machine, I.

It seemed every child we knew at this age, boy or girl was obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine. I surprised him with this costume and he was stunned for the first 2 minutes when I showed him. Then he put it on and raced around the house.

I did think to make this using something that lots of people would be able to get their hands on - a regular bankers box. Then I turned to my trusty craft felt to make the "cover" which slipped on and off the box to pack away after halloween. It was all felt, cardboard for shaping, and odds and ends I had around the house. The face was made using one of those tin take out dishes, and covering it with felt and some hand sewing to draw out the face. We have this awesome shop down the street that sells over-runs and donated parts from companies so anything I didn't have I was able to get from Urban Source.

  • What I used
  • Bankers box, craft felt, straps for shoulders, craft foam, cable organizer tube.