I’m about a month late, but I thought I’ll post some pictures from this year’s Halloween!
I dressed Pon Pon up as salmon sushi. Yes, sushi! Does this depict Asian stereotype? Perhaps. But I’ve been wanting to dress her up in this costume ever since I came across a random picture of a sushi baby a few years ago (even before she was born)! This is Pon Pon with her dad, at the Mom Expo in Calabasas.
We were there with our friends Kerry and Carmela, fellow new parents, and their four months old, Baby E! Pon Pon and Baby E both dressed up as salmon sushi (because sushi always come in two pieces), and we called them the Wild (salmon) Pair! They were a hit at the Expo, and they received mini pumpkins for having the cutest costumes!
Making the costume was pretty easy, even though it took couple attempts to perfect it.I made a boxed, rectangle cushion and stitched on twill tapes evenly on the front to make it look like a delicious piece of fresh salmon.
Here’s a quick tutorial on how to make the salmon sushi costume, if anyone is interested in making this for next year’s Halloween. You can change the fabric color and turn it into any kind of sushi, like red for tuna and yellow for egg. You can even dress up your pet dog with this!
Cut the Fabric
Cut out the following panel pieces from your favorite orange cotton fabric:
- Panel A (make two): 9” (width) x 15” (length)
- Panel B (make two): 9” x 3”
- Panel C (make two): 3” x 15”
You can adjust boxed cushion size based on your baby’s body size. I recommend making it slightly bigger, for the gag effect.
Sew the Panels Together
Sew on all the panel pieces together, right sides together, except for the back panel (the second Panel A), leaving a three-inch opening on one side between Panel A and Panel C. This allows you to turn the pillow inside out when you sew on the back panel. I used a quarter inch sewing allowance.
Sew on the Twill Tapes
I used twill tapes to create the white lines on the salmon sushi. I picked it up at a local JoAnn’s but you can purchased it online too. I used Wright’s Wide Twill Tape (4 yards, 0.25 in wide).
Mark the center of the sushi with a erasable fabric chalk or pen and sew on the tapes, on an angle, on one side. I used a zig zag stitch and sewed on both top and bottom of the tape for security.
I found that gluing the tape first before sewing it on the fabric was extremely helpful. I tried using pins but that was too much of a hassle and the tape never stayed on straight. I used a regular glue stick because I don’t own the one made specially for fabrics and it worked well.
Sew on the other side of the pillow with twill tapes.
Here’s what mine looked like after I sewed on the tapes.
Sew on the Back Panel
When you’re done with sewing on the tapes, sew on the back panel all the way around Panels B and C, right sides together. Snip off each corners (careful not to cut off the sewed on parts) and turn the pillow inside out. Iron the pillow and get rid of any wrinkles.
Fill the pillow with your favorite cotton plush filling, and hand stitch the opening closed. You’re done with sushi! Yippeee!
Make the Nori Belt
Now, it’s time for you to make the Nori (seaweed) belt. Measure your baby’s girth using a measuring tape. Make sure to place the finished sushi pillow gently on his / her back before you wrap the tape around so you can get the accurate measurement. Pon Pon was 32 inches, and I made the width five inches.
Fold each end of the fabric twice and sew on the fold, to eliminate any annoying loose threads coming out of the fabric.
Sew on the Velcro
Cut the long velcro strips into three, three-inch pieces.
Sew the “hook” pieces on the right side of the fabric, placing each strip evenly. Sew on the “loop” pieces on the wrong side of the fabric, also placing each strip evenly.
That’s it! Dress up your baby in a white outfit and you got yourself a little sushi baby!
I regret not taking pictures along with way to provide better instruction but I hope you found this to be helpful. I think there are other wonderful tutorials on the web so definitely check them out by searching, “baby salmon costume,” or something along the line.