The DIY Watermelon Costume has the most elements out of all the costumes in TTF’s 1st Annual DIY Food Series, with the rind, seeds and hat.
But overall, I was able to finish this in just a few hours and sewed everything by hand. So not impossible. This one probably was the one I got the most compliments for. Everyone LOVED the hat and this is another WOW costume that you can see from a distance.
Just be warned that when you wear this one, everyone will be licking their lips…from jealousy.
1 red/pink t-shirt
1 fabric covered headband
2 sheets of black felt
1 sheet of light green felt
2 sheets of dark green felt
10 stuffing balls (I just used my leftover felt balls but cotton balls can work too)
Black thread (I ran out of black so I just used red)
A sewing needle
1 safety pin
8 mini binder clips
Hot Glue Gun
To make the hat:
- Cut two circles, 4” in diameter out of the dark green felt.
- Cut 4 thin triangles out of the light green felt and arrange them on the circle with the acute angle pointed into the center. Make sure the triangle is 3” in length so that it hangs over the circle. Let the opposite end of the triangles hang over the edge.
- Sew the triangles on to the circle.
- Once you have them sewn on, cut off the extra over hanging felt from the triangles to make the whole piece a circle.
- Sew together that circle with the other corresponding circle halfway.
- Fill the half circles with felt balls and if anything overstuff the hat. Keep sewing up the circles and stuff a few extra felt balls into the hat towards the end before you completely close it up.
- Cut 1/2” felt square out of the green felt. Pinch together the square on one end, and then sew the square standing up in the center of the circle to make it look like a stem.
- Using the hot glue gun, glue the piece to the headband.
To make the shirt:
- Measure and cut out a 3 inch strip of the darker green felt that measures the lower length of the shirt.
- Using the binder clips to secure the felt to the bottom of the shirt. and with the green felt, sew the top half of the felt to the shirt. Leave the lower end of the felt to sew afterwards.
- Measure and cut out a 2 inch strip of the darker green felt that also measures the length of the shirt. Secure the new felt with the clips. Sew on the darker green felt, starting with the top end to the shirt. Seal off the bottom of the shirt, by sewing across the seam of the bottom of the shirt. This will act your outer rind.
- Cut out about 15 1″ teardrop shapes out of the black felt. These will be your seeds
- Securing the seed with the safety pin. With the red thread, sew the seed to the shirt. Repeat those two steps and intersperse the rest of the seeds all over the red portion of the shirt, focusing more seeds towards the bottom of the watermelon slice.
Easy version: Using the hot glue gun, you can glue the seeds to the shirt. But go easy on the glue! But don’t skip trying to sew on the rind. It’s going to make the bottom portion loosey goosey which is the opposite of what you want because the rind is what pulls the whole ensemble together.
Be sure to check out the rest of the yummy costumes from TTF’s 1st Annual DIY Food Series!