You know how much I love sushi! I am not exactly crafty and I’ve never used a sewing machine before but I was determined to dress Isla as a piece of salmon sashimi (our favorite) for her first Halloween. I considered dressing her in some fluffy animal costume but I really wanted to make her very first costume by hand, even if it’s not the fanciest thing in the world. My mom, the creator of the best Halloween costumes on the planet, gave me some ideas for how to make the salmon pillow and it was so easy I wanted to share it with you. So here goes … Oh but first, please forgive the pictures. I did this at 10 p.m. after Isla was sound asleep so the light was pretty crappy.
SUPPLIES – I was able to buy everything I needed at Joann Fabric and A.C. Moore (except the shower poof, which is from Target)
1. filling for the pillow
2. 1/2 yard orange and white chevron fabric for the salmon pillow (I bought a whole yard because it was less than $5 but I used less than a quarter of it)
4. 1/4 yard of black, shiny, stretchy fabric for the seaweed (you could also use a scarf or other long, narrow, black fabric)
5. 1 piece pink felt
6. 1 green shower poof
7. stitch witchery
8. white elastic for headband
9. fabric glue
How-to: Salmon Pillow
step 1: cut fish fabric into a rectangle and remember that you’re going to fold it over to make the pillow so make it twice the size (lengthwise) that you want your pillow and leave an inch to spare on each side (for ex. if you want an 8″ x 5″ pillow, cut your rectangle to 17″ x 6″)
step 2: place two pieces of stitch witchery along the edges of two of the three openings and fold the fabric over so it’s inside-out
step 3: place a damp cloth over the edges and iron on “wool” for about 10 seconds on each side (until the fabric seals together) — be sure to leave one side of the pillow open
step 4: let the fabric cool for a few minutes until you’re sure the stitch witchery will hold, then turn your fabric right side-out and stuff with as much filling as you need
step 5: fold the edges of the open side in toward each other and place a piece of stitch witchery between them, then repeat the ironing process
Voila! Salmon sashimi!
I don’t have pictures the making of the seaweed because all you need to do is cut a long piece of your black material, then tie the pillow on the baby and cut the excess.
Now for the headband …
How-to: Ginger/Wasabi Headband
step 1: cut elastic to desired length (I cut about 16″ but Isla has a tiny head!) and use fabric glue to close the circle
step 2: cut 1 or 2 long strips off the felt and cut a piece off of the poof
step 3: arrange the strips of felt so they loop around and look like a pile of ginger, then sew onto the headband; repeat this process for the shower poof (not pictured)
And there you have it!