A few days ago I shared my son’s Yo-Kai Watch Jibanyan costume with DIY bell. So when little Alma was trying to decide what to be for Halloween, big brother came to the rescue with the perfect costume idea -DIY Pikachu – for his l’il Sis. What can I say? Pokémon fever has hit hard our household. And who’s the cutest one in the Pokédex? Why, Pikachu of course.
Once again, I enlisted the help of Alison from FeFiFun.ca to help be figure out how to turn 28lbs of bubbly three year old girl into a little yellow Pokémon. I will admit, I was a bit nervous about the DIY aspect but Alison took charge. I was expecting to be attempting to sew and create and stuff, but Alison sensed my hesitation and asked if I’d like her to give me a little more help than usual.
She sourced a size 4-6 duck costume from a Thrift store (called Kid to Kid Mississauga if you’re in the area) as there was no size 3T to be found. Turns out, it’s the perfect fit!
Want to create your own DIY Pikachu?
Here are the steps once you have the jumpsuit.
- Remove the existing face – take off the duck or chicken or whatever that jump suit *used* to be. Remove the stuffing if there is any.
- Create a felt face and stitch it on. Felt doesn’t wash well, so don’t gleefully toss it in the washer at the end of the night. You’ll need to be careful with it.
- Be prepared with a clothes peg or pin at the back of the next to ensure it doesn’t come down over the face.
- Stuff the top of the hood with bubble wrap or fluff (if your child will tolerate – we’re still working up to that) to raise the face so it’s facing front.
- Find or make some great ears or tail. Ours came from Alison’s supplier but you could easily fashion a DIY set.
Little miss is absolutely thrilled with the end result and I may be biased, but I’m pretty sure she’ll be the cutest Pikachu on the block.
If you need a costume, FeeFiFoFun can help, all year long. You can order finished costumes, accessories and props for adults, children, educators and cosplayers. Plus, they’ll source and coordinate supplies or add-ons for those who want to do DIY but need some assistance or inspiration. They include notes or templates to explain steps like how to apply makeup if it’s required so you can anticipate any problems before they happen.
Melanie from mommydo.com writes about parenting, food, neat stuff and the unexpected beauty in life, all while juggling work, family life and spreading awareness and raising funds for Williams Syndrome.