I've always been the one to scramble for a last minute costume at the local Halloween Costume store. Last year I was so proud of myself for giving myself enough time to make a thoughtful, fun costume that my three-year-old son Cole loved - a train engineer! For my daughter Isabelle this year, I was inspired to make a sushi costume that I saw in a Pottery Barn Kids catalog. I was surprised at how easy it was to make, especially since I have little to no sewing abilities. Read on to find out how I put the costumes together and for other ideas to awaken the Martha Stewart in you!
The Cole-Train Costume
If you give yourself enough time to see what you already have and then find the rest, you can pull this look together with minimal effort.
Overalls - Cole wore pin stripes but any overalls would do (could be shorts or pants)
A long-sleeve baseball shirt; a plain white or blue shirt works too
Workboots - we got his is from Carter's but you can find boots in most stores at this time of year and then use throughout winter
Red bandana - I couldn't find one at the last minute so I just cut up an old red shirt and pinned it together
Conductor's hat - they're cheap on amazon.com
Whistle - optional, but a great prop!
The Shark-Bait Sushi Costume
This year, Cole wants to be a shark, which is beyond my sewing abilities. So I focused on a homemade costume for Isabelle - sushi! If you include the time to go to the craft store (Michael's is my store of choice), this could take you only 3 hours to make. I put it all together while the kids were napping. If any of the materials below aren't available, improvise!
Materials I Used:
A black stretchy headband
Lime green felt
Light pink felt
White long-sleeved onesie
A sheet of black Duck Tape (you can also get the roll if the sheet is not available)
Goldfish Beanie Baby or some other kind of fish stuffed animal
Needle and thread
Putting It All Together:
For the ginger slices, cut the pink felt into four rectangles. Take one piece of the rectangle and gather it together in the middle. Pull a needle and thread through a few times to hold the gatherings together. Then sew the "slices" onto the headband. If you mess up, you have 3 other pieces to practice on!
For the wasabi, take the lime green felt and cut out a 3x3 square piece. Start with one corner of the square and gather along the outside of the square until two corners meet. Sew where the felt gathers to hold them together. (NOTE: This doesn't have to look perfect, just capture the effect of a blob of green stuff!) Sew the wasabi onto the headband.
For the sushi, place your fish in the center of the front of the onesie. Depending on how big your fish is, cut a 3-4 inch wide piece of Duck Tape and place it across the onesie, holding the fish in place. Sew the nose of the fish onto the onesie if needed. Cut another 3-4 inch wide piece of Duck Tape to go across the back of the onesie.
Viola! Sushi is served! :)
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