Halloween is just a week away so you know what this week at Mom Inc Daily is all about… I have some AMAZING costumes to share with ya’ll so keep tuning in these next few days… This year I decided to make Zilla a sushi costume. It’s not exactly random…his share nanny is Japanese, we just love her and how she brings little seaweed treats for him. He’s a picky eater but will wolf down ten cooked salmon maki rolls in the blink of an eye. Seaweed has been my saviour and the highlight of Halloween this year. Was I up until about 4am a few nights? You bet. Was it as taxing as last year’s Zilla Costume? It took only half the time thankfully and is quite an easy costume to craft with lots of creative variability. I’ve included a little tutorial below…
above: The cost of this costume was under $25. Do you have scraps of fabric laying around the house? You will only need a 5×5 square of each. I bought faux pleather for the nori, light blue felt for the fish and 1/2 yard of fleece fabric for the rice.
above: I am showing my initial attemps to fashion a fleece “rice bed” apron for Zilla. When I went to try it on him he wasn’t having it so I resorted to buying a plain $10 white button shirt at the store instead. But the apron is easy to make…requiring only scissors and a hole cut out for the head. The shirt makes it even easier. I bought wood beads and copper orange glitter for the roe.
above: The wood beads were glittered and then glue-gunned to the hat I found on clearance. My plan B shirt was easy to prep. I cut out the collar and reversed the shirt. For the fish, I cut out scales and the eye from the my scraps. I found having a silver brocade fabric really helps to give the fish a little shine. The remnant scales were glued around the collar. The original fleece apron was cut into a square “rice bed”, lightly stuffed and then sewn to the shirt. The nori wrap was sewn in several places and then I velcroed the back so that it could be adjustable.
I tested it out at a pre-Halloween event Saturday and Zilla had a great time running around using the fish as a landing pillow whenever he fell. Another Halloween and somewhat sleepless week trying to balance work and life but ever so grateful I get to craft something and celebrate with my boy. And there you go…Sushi Baby!