Maybe you are the type of parents who won’t settle for the run-of-the-mill Dora or Disney princess costume this year. No son of yours is going to be stuffed into a brown sack with some white stitching and be called a football! You are determined to have your child’s first Halloween costume to represent his or her unique style. Well, nothing says nontraditional baby costume like dressing your kid up as a piece of sushi!
Materials: It seems like a lot of materials, but I promise you will spend more time in line at the fabric store than actually creating this costume!
- 1/4 yd. of black felt*
- 1/4 yd. of bright green (color of grass) felt
- 1/4 yd. of pink felt (or 1 piece of fabric swatch if available)
- 1/4 yd. of light green felt (or 1 piece of fabric swatch if available)
- 1/4 yd. of white felt (or 1 piece of fabric swatch if available)
- 1/4 yd. of salmon colored duck cloth
- 1 small bottle of craft fabric glue
- 1 black head band
- 1 white onesie
- black leggings
- 10-15 safety pins
*1/4 yard was the smallest piece of fabric our store would allow us to purchase. You may need much less and should make adjustments accordingly if possible.
Salmon piece with lines (duck cloth and white felt) + seaweed wrap (black belt): Take the duck cloth and fold it into a rectangle approximately 7″x 4″ (adjust the exact size to fit your child’s torso length). The weight of the duck cloth will give it just the right amount of girth to look like a piece of sushi. Pin the rectangle in the back to hold the shape. Now cut asymmetrical thin strips of white felt. Place these strips at a slight diagonal across the sushi about 1/2″ apart. Once you determine their locations, run a strip of glue along each piece to secure in place. Let dry over night. In the meantime, cut a black strip of felt 20″-25″. When ready, use this piece as a belt to secure the salmon to your baby. Pin or tie the black felt to itself to secure it around your child’s back. Production Time: 15 minutes
Rice (onesie) + sushi grass (green felt): Cut two large rectangles of green felt (approximately the length or the onesie from shoulder to hip. On just one long side of each rectangle cut away triangle shapes of felt and discard. Once completed, secure (with glue or safety pins) the straight edge of each rectangle to the back of the onesie so that the green points away from your baby and are visible from the front. Production Time: 10 minutes
Ginger (pink felt) + wasabi (light green felt) + headband: Cut a very small 3″x3″ square of both the green and pink fabric. Create a rosette (twist the fabric from the center of each square to form a rose). Secure the rosette with a small safety pin and then secure each piece to the headband (place the rosettes close together). Production Time: 5 minutes
In just 30 minutes you have created an adorable, unique and memorable Halloween costume for your little one!
Just think, dressing your little one as a piece of sushi for Halloween might just set your child’s life on a path of individual style and creativity. We think this DIY costume is fresh alternative to the typical infant outfit, so my husband and I took the risk and embarked on dressing our daughter as one of our favorite foods and we were the chefs!