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DIY Sulley Shawl (Monsters Inc)

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Last weekend Disney and fashion lovers from all over gathered at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA for the semi-annual fan organized event known as Dapper Day. Dapper Day celebrates the tradition of “stepping out in style,” and while many guests choose vintage and vintage-inspired fashion, I always like to bring my own personal style which tends to be more modern and above all, colorful.

For this Spring’s event, I was feeling particularly blue (no, not sad…but I’ve been rocking teal hair lately and felt that dresses in the blue family would be just what I needed to compliment my new hue) and opted to disneybound on Saturday as James P Sullivan– or “Sulley”– from one of my all time favorite Pixar movies, Monster’s Inc. I picked out an adorable turquoise wiggle dress, added a purple beaded necklace (spots), and had my friend Neil paint the “Monsters Inc” logo on my round crossbody purse and I was ready to go… or so I thought.

Vince was going to be disneybounding also as the character “Boo” and I suggested that he make a tie representing her iconic door from the movie. Of course he completely nailed it (because he always does) and it took his outfit to another level (another stratosphere even) than mine. Not that it’s a competition, but it was then that I knew I needed to up my game. Long story short, the Sulley faux fur shawl was born. I got the idea from my friend Alyssa who had dyed a similar wrap purple for her Georgette disneybound on a previous Dapper Day and after a short chat with her, I got some fabric dye and a brush and I made what is to date, one of my favorite Dapper Day accessories. I was so happy with the result, I wanted to share this simple DIY project with all of you so that you can make a Sulley (or other furry Disney character) shawl of your own!

What you’ll need:

  • Rit Fabric Dye in Purple
  • Rit Fabric Dye in Aquamarine
  • White faux fur shawl (I found mine on Amazon)
  • Soft bristle brush
  • A couple towels you’re not too attached to (this can get a little messy)

What to do:

  1. Begin with the purple dye (or whatever color you are using for polka dots). In a large bowl, combine about 1 tbsp of dye for every 2 cups of hot water. Mix well (this is really important to avoid patchiness).
  2. Dip the brush in to the dye mixture and allow any excess to drip off. With the shawl laid out on a flat surface, brush the dye on in a circular motion to create your first polka dot. (The size of the polka dot is up to you and the character you are bounding, but my advice is to start small and go bigger as needed. You can always make your dot larger if needed, but you won’t be able to erase if you decide you want it smaller).
    Repeat this step several times until you are happy with the amount of polka dots on your shawl.
  3. Repeat step 1, this time using the aquamarine dye. Dip the brush as before and carefully brush around the outside of each polka dot you previously made. Continue to do this until you have filled in any space on the shawl that is still white. Allow shawl to dry completely (this can take several hours).
  4. When the shawl is dry, you might notice it has a powdery texture from  leftover dye residue. To fix this, thoroughly brush the shawl in small sections. This will return the fur to its original soft, fluffy texture.
  5. #WERK!
Photo by Jon York (@yorkinabox)