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DIY Strawberry Costume…a tutorial, plus one to GIVE AWAY!

Ooooooh, I’ve been having so much fun planning costumes and gathering supplies!  My mind is spinning in circles….so forgive me if I jump from one costume to another.  Remember how we voted a week ago on what costumes you’d like to make?  Well, the results showed that you guys are really wanting to try your hand at “mermaids” and “How To Train Your Dragon” characters.  So, yes, you’ve got it……those are in the works!  But, because I really need to purge this idea so that I can move on to something else, I just had to make this strawberry costume real quick.  (And if you’d like to own this costume…I’m giving it a way.  More info below!)


Yes, that’s the beautiful thing about this costume……it’s definitely a “quick” one!  Chloe has changed her mind about what she wants to be for Halloween a trillion times and in a previous post, I mentioned how she told me one day that she changed her mind and wanted to be a strawberry for Halloween. I don’t think she was all that serious but the idea stuck in my head and I just knew it would be cute! :)


So even though it didn’t win the vote (it wasn’t in last place either), there was still some interest, so I went with it…..and made a sweet little Strawberry Costume!



And ha, it turned out even better than my brain imaged!! Especially that cute little leafy head piece!



There are no zippers, button holes, or finicky loop closures.  Just an elastic casing at the top (for easy on and off)……


…..and more elastic at the bottom, to kind of pull the berry in and give it some shape.



The arm holes are very basic (no sleeves…yay!) and the whole thing is stuffed loosely with some fluffy batting.  Because a happy berry is a plump and juicy berry!

Definitely a fun costume to make!



When I finished this berry costume, Chloe was so excited to try it on and take pictures with me!  This child has so much spunk and is always making us laugh.  After a few darling poses, she decided she wanted to be a strawberry from Fruit Ninja (a game on my phone) and starting slicing the air with her razor sharp imaginary swords.  Hi-yaaaaaa!




Okay, back to sweet berry….whew!



When we were done taking a few pictures, Chloe asked if she could go put this costume in the dress-up bin…..but I reminded her that this costume wasn’t going to stay at our house (heaven help us—we have so many dress-ups!).  I told her that maybe another child who lives far, far away has been dreaming of being a Strawberry and would like to wear this costume trick-or treating!  She liked the sound of that…..and told me to make sure that it goes to a 4 year-old girl, just like her! ;)



If you don’t sew, don’t have time to sew, or would rather not sew…….this costume is up for grabs!  It would work for a 3 year old (and would be longer) up to probably a 6-7 year old (and would be a little shorter).  And no, you don’t have to be 4 and a girl to win this costume — as requested by Chloe! ;)

If you’d like the costume, leave a comment below (make sure you leave your email address in the comment form, not inside the actual comment, just the form) and let me know who you’d like this costume for! :) Hopefully it will work out for one of you!  ****Giveaway closes Monday September 14th, 11:59 p.m.



However, if you’d like to make your own Strawberry Costume — let me show you how!



  • Red Minky Dimple Fabric FOUND HERE (amount varies depending on size, but I used about 3/4 yard)
  • Red Fleece fabric FOUND HERE (you need the same amount as the minky fabric)
  • Green fleece fabric FOUND HERE (1/2 yard is all you need)
  • Hot Glue
  • Headband
  • Batting FOUND HERE (for plumping the strawberry)
  • Elastic cording
  • sewing supplies (here’s a list of my favorite sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas) 

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.



First of all, you need to decide how big to make your costume.  Measure from the top of the shoulder (where the costume will begin) down to the point where you’d like the costume to end on the leg.  Add 3 inches to that length.  Then, measure around the largest section of the body (most likely the shoulders). Write down that number.  These are the 2 dimensions you need to cut a FRONT and BACK piece from your minky.

For example, I wanted this strawberry to be about 22 inches long (if it’s stretched out flat, it’s actually a little longer than 22 inches….but the bottom pulls in and under a bit, but the 3 inches includes some to make up for that).  So I added 3 inches to that 22 inches, which is 25 inches.  And then the circumference of Chloe’s shoulders, was 22 inches.  So, I cut 2 pieces of minky fabric (a FRONT and BACK piece) that were 22 inches wide and 25 inches long.

Then, I placed the 2 pieces of minky together, with right sides together, and sewed along the sides (the 25 inch length), with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  HOWEVER, you need to leave an opening at both sides, for the arm holes.  To determine where to place those arm holes, place a measuring tape at the neck where the costume will start and determine how far down your arm hole will need to start.  Be sure to add 1/2 inch for the seam allowance that you’ll be sewing later on at the top of the costume.  So, I wanted my arm hole to start at about 4 inches from the top……but I marked a pin (the top black arrows below) 4.5 inches down on both sides for the arm hole to start.  I placed another pin 10.5 inches down from the top edge on both sides (the bottom black arrows below).



Repeat the exact steps from above with the red fleece fabric… that you have 2 identical tubes of fabric with arm hole openings. 

Now, slide the red fleece tube of fabric inside the minky tube of fabric, so that the RIGHT sides of the fabric are facing each other and match up the side seams from both tubes of fabric.



Also, be sure that the arm holes are matched up.



Then, sew around the upper edge of fabric (the edge that’s closer to the arm holes), attaching the minky tube to the fleece tube….using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  However, leave about a 1-2 inch opening (see the star below) along the top edge (doesn’t matter where), so that you can add elastic later on.  (Also, be sure you’re sewing around the top edge in a circle, so that a head can fit through here, not straight across closing off the entire thing.)



Then, turn the fabrics right side out, slide the fleece so it’s down inside of the minky fabric……and line up the sewn edge, right along the seam.  Pin in place, and then sew all the way around, using a 1 inch seam allowance (the dotted line below).  You’ll also see that 1 inch opening from the last step…..which is now the opening for your elastic casing.



Now, locate one of your arm hole openings and line up the minky and fleece fabric along the side seam and pin in place (just to keep it from shifting).



Along one side of the arm hole opening, fold the fleece edge up and over 1/2 inch…..



…..and then fold the fleece edge down and under 1/2 inch, and then sandwich the folds together, enclosing the raw edges for both fabrics.



Continue all along the edges of both fabrics (along this one edge of the arm hole opening) and pin in place.



Repeat with the other edge of the arm hole opening.



Sew along the folded edges, in a narrow rectangle shape, completely closing off and raw edges.  Repeat with the other arm hole opening.



Next, cut some basic leaf shapes from your green fleece fabric…..making sure the one edge is a straight line.



Then, pin them to the upper edge of the costume (the edge you just made the casing for), overlapping each leaf as you attach them.  Pin them all the way around this upper edge, matching up the straight edge of each leaf with the upper edge of the red fabric.



Sew the leaves in place using a 1 inch seam allowance (which will sew right on top of the existing seam from when you created the casing seam).



Now, line up the bottom edges of the costume and tucked under the the raw edges of the minky fabric towards the fleece 1/2 inch.  Fold the fleece up toward the minky 1/2 inch.  (This will enclose the raw edges of fabric.)  Sandwich them together and pin in place (similar to what you did with the arm hole openings).



Repeat all the way around the bottom edge of the costume, making sure the folded edges are even with each other before pinning.



Then, sew along the very bottom folded edges, all the way around the bottom of the costume, leaving a 4-5 inch opening.  Then sew another line, parallel to the first one, 3/4 of an inch from the first seam….also leaving a 4-5 inch opening.



Here’s the opening….which you will use for stuffing your batting inside.



Next, thread some of your elastic through the top casing of the costume (under the tops of the leaves).



Pull in the elastic so that it’s tight enough to cinch in the strawberry but still loose enough to fit over your subject’s head.  Tie the ends of the elastic in a knot, trim off the ends, try to stuff the ends into the casing, then sew your casing closed.



Next, start stuffing pieces of batting in through the bottom opening, trying your best to evenly distribute all the way around the costume.  (It doesn’t need to be firm and super stuffed.  Just add enough so that it puffs out the costume just a bit.)



Now, you’ll need to close off the upper seam of the casing, which will enclose the batting area.  But notice you don’t sew the other line of stitching closed.



Through the remaining opening, thread another piece of elastic all the way around the base of the costume, cinching it in just a bit (so that the strawberry pulls in a bit at the bottom)……then tie the elastic ends in a knot, stuff into the casing, and then sew the casing closed.



For the head piece, you’ll need a headband and some tin foil to wad up and shape into a stem shape.



Cut a circle from your green fleece, glue the center to the top end of your stem and then glue down the edges to the foil.



Then cut a rectangle slightly longer than the stem piece and start wrapping it and gluing your fleece to the stem.



Then cut some different sized leaf pieces from your green fleece……



……and then pleat the base a bit and glue in place.



Cut a circle from your fleece to use as the base for your leaves……..and then start gluing your bigger leaf pieces to the base.



Keep stacking and alternating sizes.



Then, place the stack of leaves onto your headband (trying it on your subject is helpful) and then use glue to attach the base of the leaves to the headband.



Then, place the raw edge of the stem down into the center of the leaves with hot glue.



To help keep the leaves from shifting or flopping around on the headband, cut another circle of fleece, place some hot glue down, and then place this 2nd circle right on top.  Press firmly.



To add vines, cut out a circle from your fleece, then cut the circle into a spiral…….



……so that when you pick it up, it’s kind of curly.



Then, if you pull on the fleece, it will stretch out and get more curly and a little more authentic looking.  Make several vine pieces.



Glue one end of your vine pieces to your head piece, hiding under a leaf here and there.



If you’re having problems with the head pieces slipping off your hair, add some lines of hot glue and let dry completely.  This will help stick to the hair a little better.



And that’s it!  A little strawberry costume all ready to wear!!!






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Want a few more costume ideas??

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Baby Cow Costume…with UDDERS!

Mary Poppins, Bert, and a Penguin


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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  1. Jess says:

    My little one would love it and would look lovely.

  2. Jennifer says:

    This costume is soooo cute! We love strawberries and love to go strawberry-picking and my 5-year old would be absolutely adorable in this!
    Can’t wait to see what else is on your website! :-)

  3. Mya Haupt says:

    Would love this for 3 little girls that I watch!!

  4. Amie says:

    I could say that I would love to have this for my 4 year old daughter -Andi, for the reason that her mom has absolutely zero talent in sewing. But the first reason is that she took a peak over my shoulder while I’m checking your blogsite, and she insisted that she should have it. To quote her,”I haf to haf it mummy. Say yes.”

  5. Joanna says:

    This is so cute!! I have a girl who is about to turn four. She would flip for this.

  6. Sally says:

    This is BERRY cute! ;-) So hope we win; my daughter would love it! Thanks!

  7. Talitha says:

    My 4 year old daughter Melody would love this costume berry, berry much! Thank you for the chance!

  8. theresa says:

    Fingers crossed! My kids would have a blast with this!

  9. Rachel S says:

    My daughter would love this.

  10. Richard Tulle says:

    I’ve never seen before. Amazing!

  11. Aurora says:

    We voted for the strawberry costume! My 6 yr old daughter specifically asked to be a strawberry or watermelon slice. Haha! Thank you for the tutorial too. :)

  12. Farheen says:

    Love, love, love the costume.

  13. Jody Wolski says:

    We made the flamingo last year and it was beautiful and we received many compliments. We would love to win the strawberry all ready done. My granddaughter LOVES strawberries!

  14. Kati M says:

    I love it! I have a five year old that would love this.

  15. Jenny Yagow says:

    Adorable!! Would love this costume! My two daughters would probably fight over it (so I’d have to sew another with the tutorial lol)!

  16. Elisa Schaub says:

    I’ve always loved strawberry shortcake and to have my daughter as a strawberry would make my dreams come true!!!! :)

  17. Swapna says:

    My daughter would love this costume,its really very cute.

  18. Swapna says:

    My daughter would love this costume,its really very cute.

  19. Brenda Clark says:

    My 3 granddaughters would love this costume, ages 8, 3, and 1.
    Thanks so much

  20. angela ga says:

    So cute! Would love my little girl to have this costume!

  21. Mary says:

    This strawberry costume is so adorable. My 3 year old niece would look so cute in it!

  22. Amanda says:

    My daughter would LOVE this! She’s 2 1/2 but really tall for her age, so I think it would probably fit just fine! :)

  23. Kim says:

    I have an a 4 year old daughter that has been requesting to be a strawberry (started out as wanting to be strawberry shortcake – but thought just a strawberry would be more fun) for Halloween :) this is awesome!

  24. Sara says:

    I have a four year old girl who would love a strawberry costume (only the bestest fruit ever ;) according to her)

  25. krista says:

    i think my niece would LOVE this costume!

  26. Laurel says:

    My four year old daughter would love this too! It’s so cute!

  27. Amna says:

    I am a pre-k teacher and I’m definitely making this costume “for me” to wear to school Friday before Halloween :)

  28. Colleen Bell says:

    My niece is turning 3 on Halloween and this would be a great present for her. She is sassy and sweet like your little berry

  29. Sorahart says:

    My little 4 year-old girl would love this!

  30. Artemisa says:

    Lovely. My daughter is more for princesses and dresses, but this strawberry costume is very very cute

  31. Melinda says:

    I have a 4 year old that would look adorable. I need to make one for my one year old too! Way cute!

  32. Debra says:

    One of my granddaughters loves strawberries – and Strawberry Shortcake! Her recent birthday party was themed Strawberry Shortcake. She would love this!

  33. Gretchen says:

    Oh my gosh…this is absolutely adorable! My almost 3 year old would LOVE it!

  34. Debbie says:

    Love this sweet strawberry ! I’d love to win this for my 6 yr old first grader granddaughter ! Amazing costume and tutorial !

  35. Carrie B says:

    I, too, have a 4 year old who loves dress up and LOVES playing Fruit Ninja on mommy’s phone. She would be thrilled to have a new costume!

  36. Ashley R says:

    My daughter is 3 and her favorite fruit is strawberries, so this would be perfect for her! But even if we don’t win this, I’m definitely making it for her. Thanks for the best costume tutorials! I always look forward to these posts :)

  37. Jane says:

    Strawberries are a favorite oF my grandaughter. I would love to win for my “berry” favorite girl!

  38. Poodle says:

    I would give it to a sweet little kindergartener at my church!

  39. Emalee Zehnter says:

    I sure wish I could sew things up the way you do. I aspire to be able to someday. For now though, the luckiest I could get is to win this adorable costume for my 3 1/2 year old little girl.

  40. Heather Smith says:

    I would love to see my little girls dressed as cute little strawberries. I have four girls but one is a little too big for this costume. The others are 6, 4, and 1 and also live in Oklahoma and would get tons of use out of this so I’d probably have to make a couple more. Maybe I could make a raspberrry and a blackberry.

  41. Elisheba says:

    My six year old daughter would be so cute as a strawberry! Strawberry angel food cake is my favorite!

  42. Alison says:

    I was just thinking that I need some girl dress-up clothes (my youngest is a girl after three boys), so this would be perfect!

  43. Pamela says:

    Would love to win this for my granddaughter! It is simply the sweetest little strawberry I have ever seen! Thanks for the opportunity.

  44. Julia says:

    My 4yr old daughter would love this! Super cute!

  45. Jen says:

    My little girl will be 4 this Fall would LOVE this adorable strawberry costume!

  46. Stacy says:

    I have 2 little girls at home that would LOVE this!

  47. Natalie says:

    I would love to win this for my little girl! Kate is four, and loved being Strawberry Shortcake last year – she really wants to be Supergirl this year, but I bet she’d love to be a strawberry too!

  48. Mutti says:

    I’d love this for my youngest granddaughter, Livy, who would LOVE to be a Strawberry! She’s not quite 4 but she has shoes like your little model except Livy’s are aqua!

  49. Tara E. says:

    Ohhhhh my daughter is in love with this!!! What a great idea!!

  50. Alix anderson says:

    My little girl would love this. She isn’t 4 but she does have blonde hair (lighter than Chloe’s) but still blonde!

  51. Sandra :) says:

    Oh heavens she is such a cute little strawberry – very delicious, lol! Thank you for such a fantastic giveaway – I’d love to win this for my neighbour’s little girl Adrijana, who turned 4 at the end of August :D (I’m in Canada though, so the shipping might be prohibitive) Thank you for the tutorial – I might actually make this for her for dress-up :)

  52. Christy C says:

    My 5 year old daughter saw this costume on your cute daughter and she said that she wanted to be a strawberry too. I hope we win!

  53. Cortney Hall says:

    My little 4 year old dark blonde Ellie Bea would LOVE this!

  54. Emily says:

    So cute! My girls would love it!

  55. Kendra says:

    I would love this for my spunky 5 year old!

  56. Kindra S. says:

    My daughter is 5 and would love this! I have a costume already for her baby sister and it’s a strawberry too. She wants to match. It will be baby sister’s first Halloween to trick-or-treat.

  57. Alyce R says:

    OMG! Love this squishy little strawberry costume! My son (3) and daughter (almost 2) would both LOVE wearing this! One of their favorite books is The Big Hungry Bear and The Red Ripe Strawberry!

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