I'm a piece of Sushi! {Halloween Costume DIY}

November 01, 2014

I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY

I'm usually the only one in my department to dress up for Halloween. So, I always opt for an easy way out by deciding my costume based on items I already have in my closet. Yet, this year, everyone at work received a formal email telling us that there will be prizes for the best costume. So, it looks like there's a need to put in extra thought and effort to my costume compared to my last minute ones.

I don't know where I got this idea from but I decided to dress up as a piece of sushi. Everyone loves sushis and so do I! It just seems fitting for a self-proclaimed foodie like me. It not only matches my style but is also more fun than dressing up as the same old boring Halloween characters.


I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY

I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY
I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY
{A headpiece with sushi condiments, wasabi, ginger, seaweed and a pair of chopsticks}

I was lucky enough to find a discounted piece of orange fabric from Fabricland. It has a nice sheen to it and it cost me $3 for a metre. What a score! This will be perfect for my shrimp sashimi. And thank goodness for my sewing skills that I learned from Family Studies class back in high school, it's a bit rusty now but at least I still remember how to work the sewing machine. It is also very crucial for me to accessorize with all the sushi condiments to complete the look, so I made a headpiece with wasabi, ginger and seaweed out of felt.

I wish my shrimp sashimi is larger, it looks so much smaller after I tie it to my back. Ideally, it should be almost the same width as my shoulders and same length as my torso.

Here is what you'll need to make your own sushi costume:

{What you need}  - Shrimp sashimi

  • An orange fabric for salmon or shrimp (unless you want to go as a Tuna sushi, then you'll need a burgundy colour)
  • White felt - 1 pc
  • Cotton stuffings
  • Thread and needle (or a sewing machine)

{Instructions}



I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY
  1. Download this shrimp template
  2. Trace and cut out 2 pieces of the orange fabric using the template with an inch extra border
  3. Cut out strips of white felt approximately 0.75" wide to form a V-shape pattern
  4. Secure strips with pins onto one of the cut-out orange fabrics (the sheen side) and stitch them in place with a sewing machine
  5. With the right (sheen) sides facing each other, stitch the pattern following the traced line with the sewing machine, leaving a small opening for stuffings (approximately 4 inches)
  6. Reverse the fabric from the opening and stuff cotton stuffings evenly inside
  7. Hand stitch the opening with thread
  8. Done!
I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY - shrimp
I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY

Headpiece (wasabi, ginger and seaweed)

  • Green felt - 2 pc
  • Dark green felt - 1 pc
  • Pink felt - 1 pc
  • Wooden chopsticks
  • Glue gun
  • Hair clip

I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY - headpiece

I followed the tutorial from here for the wasabi part. I cut 8 circles (approximately 3" in diameter) from the green felt and folded each circle 2 times and secured onto the base.

As for the ginger, I cut out long strips of pink felt and folded them two times like the picture shown above, then I formed these folded pieces into a fan shape and secured them with glue gun. I cut out a long zig zag pattern using the green felt, this will be the seaweed. I glued wasabi onto the hair clip, and ginger at an angle beside the wasabi. Then I glued the seaweed at the back so it looks like a crown. I tied my hair in a bun and clipped the headpiece in front of my bun then inserted a pair of chopsticks at the back to finish the look.

For the rice part, it's fairly simple. Wear a white dress or shirt and pair with black leggings and secure the shrimp cushion with a black belt. Now, you're a walking sushi!

I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY
{Business in the front}


I'm a piece of Sushi! Halloween Costume DIY
{Party in the back!}




I was thrilled to find out I actually ended up winning the best costume as a piece of sushi at work! Especially when there were a lot of good costumes in the office that day. Thanks for everyone who voted for me. But like I said, everyone loves sushi  ;)

Happy DIY-ing!

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2 comments

  1. Very imaginative costume! What's your favorite sushi roll? Share it with us on your besty list! http://www.thebesty.com/everylittlething

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