It was Book Week at school and G1 had to dress up as a book character. He wanted to be the Strawberry in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2.
Just in case you’re wondering, the strawberry in Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 is actually a boy and its name is Barry. Also, the movie has been novelised so it is also a book now (we have a copy so I would know).
Barry the Strawberry costumes haven’t caught on yet so we had to make our own. This is what G1 and I made:
It is hardly the most amazing strawberry costume you ever laid eyes upon but it is quick and easy to make and you can even get your child to help out.
How do you make a strawberry costume?
What you will need:
- red felt to make a poncho for your child
- green felt to cut a strawberry leaf-shape large enough to sit on top of your child’s head
- red cap or elastic
- yellow adhesive felt to make the strawberry spots
- double-sided tape
- needle and red thread
- snap buttons or velcro
Constructing your strawberry costume
I took a piece of red felt 60cm x 70cm and folded it in half. We cut a 30cm slit at the center of the fold to fit G1’s head through so he could wear the felt like a poncho. I sewed snap buttons to the sides to keep it in place. G1 drew circles onto the yellow felt with a pencil and a 50 sen coin and cut them out. Then he stuck them on randomly on to the red felt poncho (see instructions).
The strawberry cap was a plastic red hat we found in Daiso with a green piece of felt cut out into the shape of a green strawberry leaf and stuck onto the red hat with double sided tape. I attached a small piece of green felt to the top for the strawberry “stem”. If you don’t have a red hat, you can use a piece of elastic to strap it under your child’s chin so it stays on your child’s head.