Starfish Costume

This project I made to be UCLA Family Commons starfish mascot.  It could also be a great big giant pillow for a kids room or a play room if you leave out the hole for the face and don't double the foam.

What You'll Need:

4 ft. x 3 ft. piece of egg crate foam
4 ft. x 3 ft. piece of 1/2 inch flat foam
4 yards velvet
4 yards organza
7 yards fusible interfacing
Embroidery thread and a big needle
Hot glue gun

1.  Measure and cut out your star shape.  I used a ruler to make sure all my points were even.  I also cut out circular pieces of foam to layer on top for height.  Use foam glue or hot glue to stick on.  2. Place all your foam pieces in a position to make the starfish bumpily textured.Use foam glue or hot glue to stick on. 

2.  Sew points around the bumps to keep them in place with embroidery thread.  I sewed three to four, tied them off, then left a couple inches thread loose.

3.  Trim excess velvet around the edges but leave enough to wrap around the sides.

4.  Cover with a layer of organza.  Trim excess.

5.  Sew points to keep the organza in place to the velvet.

6.  Glue gun velvet around face hole if you are making a costume and not a pillow.

7.  Iron fusible interfacing to the back side of the flat foam and inside of the corrugated foam leaving excess around the edges.

8.  Cover back with organza and trim edges.

9.  Sandwich the two stars together, organza out.  Whip stitch edges together turning all the fabric in.

Here is a close up of the inside of the starfish.  Here is a gap for the arms and there is another gap for the body to fit in to the costume. 

The finished costume about to be pounced on.


Anonymous said…
do you have a picture of anyone wearing a costume? thanks for posting detailed instructions:-)

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