For Halloween, I was thinking that Ella could be Minnie Mouse – she already had the ears from our summer trip to Disney, so I was planning to make her costume. Nothing is more fun for me as a mommy than being able to do special things for my kids especially the crafty and creative stuff. THEN, I saw this idea on the web of a sushi costume – brilliant! It was adorable, original and fairly do-able to make myself. I told the Hubby about it, showing him pictures from different DIY moms who made their toddlers a sushi costume for Halloween and he was all for it. After researching the many different ideas on the web and the different materials used, I decided that 1) I wasn’t going to do any sewing but only use my handy dandy glue gun and 2) I am going to use materials that are comfy for Ella and my niece Addy, both 2 years old. Some of the sushi costumes that were out there, although super-cute, looked quite uncomfortable for the little ones – some were made of cardboard, were incredibly huge (and heavy looking) making it hard for them to take a sit-down breather from all the trick-or-treating. I wanted the sushi costume to feel comfortable and light, like they were wearing a pillow back-pack (but on the front side of their bodies), allowing them to maneuver easily as they go trick-or-treating.
I used a white towel material (terry cloth) for the sushi’s “white rice”. I used felt for every thing else. Note: Felt is so easy to work with especially when using a glue gun, and it’s fairly on the inexpensive side. I used batting to stuff the costume elements and give it some dimension. And I purchased plastic head bands (about an inch wide) for the head piece. In total, this costume may have taken me about an hour and a half to two hours, but since I split up the creation in two days, it’s kind of a guesstimate. In total, I probably spent about $25 (which accounts for TWO costumes).