'SMACKIN' ON THAT STRAWBERRY BUBBLE GUM!'
If you can’t be a Unicorn, then be a Strawberry! I’ve actually had this idea floating around my head for over a year now. I was unsure of what to actually be the day of Halloween, since I had a long list of possible costume choices. Good thing I checked my sketch book, and was reminded of this design I had conjured up in my head at the wee hours of one night. Below you will find a brief description on how I created the costume. It was very inexpensive, and incredibly fun to wear out! Enjoy.
- Red body suit, or you can op to fabric dye one with Rit Fabric Dye
- Green Felt
- White Puffy Fabric Paint
- Polyester Fiberfill
- Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
- Fabric Pen or Marker
1) The Body Suit: I had a creme colored vintage body suit that I purchassed at the thrift shop a few years ago. Since creme does nothing for my complexcion I decided to fabric dye it for the costume. I used the Rit Fabric dye which you can purchase at Michael’s, Joann’s Fabric, or Walmart ($2.99). Once your suit is dyed, and dry, take your white puffy paint, and begin to draw the strawberry seeds throughout the body suit, leave to dry. If you would rather skip having to fabric dye anything, I suggest you look at American Apparel’s body suit inventory, they carry a few different styles already in red.
2) The Leafy Top: For the green top part of the body suit, I op to use Fabric felt for the texture and the fact that it’s so cheap. I simply created a line of waves, with the fabric folded in half, doubled up for thickness. I then cut out my wave form and hot glued the top and bottom to each other. Once my bodysuit was all dry and good to go, I hot glued the leaves part to the top of the body suit throughout. If you have time, then I suggest you sew it onto the top of your body suit.
3) The Top Hat: First thing you need is a thick plastic headband, you can find several ones for a dollar at the Dollar Tree Store. I used a clear white one and covered it using green strips of my fabric felt. For the steam design of your hat, again take your green felt and double it. Draw out a steam onto the felt and cut it out, remember, it’s doubled, so cut the bottom part as well. Now, take your top and bottom steam cut outs and begin to hot glue the edges together, but remember to leave a good size opening on one side. Once your edges are glued together, grab some of your fiberfill (stuffing) and begin to stuff the steam until it’s completely full. Once it’s full, hot glue the last little opening shut with your hot glue. Now for the point of the hat: take a long strip of felt, that has the height you would like your point to measure. Now begin to fold that together into a circle and glue down the edges together, clip off any excess fabric felt. Now take your rectangle circle of felt and hot glue one of the edges down to another small piece of felt, this will seal the top of your point. Once the glue is dry, cut the excess fabric around the circle top of the point. Once again take some of your fiberfill and begin to stuff the top until it’s full. Once it’s full, hot glue the open end point down onto the center of your already stuffed steam. Once you have your two pieces assembled, then hot glue them onto your headband.
That’s pretty much all I did for the costume. If you guys have any specific questions please feel free to leave a comment or shoot me a message.
Ps. I created an ‘Organic Sticker’ using my fabric felt to add some humor to my costume! Completely optional….
Hope this brief description helps. Happy Crafting!
XOXO - Drea