I was craving sushi one afternoon while figuring out what to make for Charlie’s Halloween costume. As I surfed the web, my subconscious made me Google sushi and costume and among the first things that came up were little toddlers and babies in adorable sushi costumes. Then I thought, since Charlie is my furry baby, I decided to make a sushi costume for him.
So I took a trip to my local Jo-Ann fabric and craft store to pick up some felt fabric to make a shrimp (nigiri) costume for him. I decided to use three colors for the costume: orange for the shrimp, black for the seaweed (nori), and white for the shrimp stripes and rice. I ended up buying a 1/4 yd for each color, which was on sale for $2.99/yd. Therefore, the materials for this costume was less than $3 not counting taxes and labor of course!
Starting with the white felt, I used the reversible cape pattern to recreate the rice portion. Then, I folded the orange felt in half and cut out the shrimp shape. Once I was satisfied with my fat shrimp piece, I cut another piece in the same shape for the bottom. Next, I cut out V-shapes from the leftover white fabric and sewed them onto one of the sides. With two wrong sides together, I sewed all the way and left about 2″ opening. Then I turned it inside out, stuffed it with cotton from a no longer used cushion and closed the opening by hand stitching it. After that I sewed the shrimp onto the rice securely then cut about 1 1/2″ width black felt for seaweed that was long enough to be tied around Charlie. Lastly, I secured the seaweed onto the shrimp so that no matter how much Charlie tried to shake the shrimp off it would stay put.
If you have extra time on your hands like I did, you can even make about a dozen of these cute Christmas ornaments with the leftover felt fabric.
Now, it’s time to make Wasabi and Soy Sauce costumes for us to accompany Charlie.