Tina Made a Shark Costume

I’m pretty apathetic when it comes to Halloween, so “Happy Halloween!” would be a fake greeting on my part. More like, “MEH. Halloween.”

I know I’ve mentioned somewhere on this blog that I’m working part-time (I just couldn’t bear the responsibility of being fully unemployed. SO MUCH PRESSURE. Of people asking, “What are you doing with all your time…?” and me having to come up with an answer other than, “Sleep……………..?”). So about a month ago I started working part-time in pediatric OT– same population of special needs kids, different setting (in a clinic).

Anyway, so work sprung on us pretty last minute that this week would be SPIRIT WEEK. I ain’t spirited about Halloween, damn it. Thankfully, I’m only there 3 days a week. Monday was “Sports Day,” and I fudged it by wearing a UCLA sweatshirt and saying that the Bruins were my favorite sports team. My boss, who happens to be a close friend, gave me this face: -___- and said it didn’t count. Wednesday was “Crazy Hair/Crazy Hat Day.” I brought a Minnie Mouse hat, just so I wouldn’t get the -___- face again, but boss-friend didn’t have crazy hair OR a crazy hat, so I was off the hook.

Unfortunately, I also work Thursdays. Thursday the 31st. Sigh. I decided a few days ago that I would have to at least try, so I threw together a costume that: 1) I’d be able to wear and actually treat kids in (my job is super physical), 2) wouldn’t require me to leave the house to purchase anything (I’m lazy).

Clearly, the best option was to be a shark. By wearing a shark hoodie. The idea was inspired by a friend’s costume from a few years ago, though if you do a simple Pinterest search you’ll find various takes. Here’s mine:

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Yup. Tutorial below, for anyone who still needs a costume and has a hoodie, felt, and 1.5 hours on hand.

Materials needed:

  • sheets of 9″x12″ felt in red, black, and white
  • needle + white thread
  • scissors
  • grey hoodie
  • tacky glue
  • hot glue gun (optional)

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I love it when I have already have all the materials on hand for a given craft project. Felt can be bought at Joann’s or Michael’s for about a quarter a sheet. My plain grey hoodie is from American Apparel.

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Cut 2 strips of white felt 12″x3″ (lengthwise down the sheet of felt). Cut 2 strips of red felt 12″x1.5″ (lengthwise as well). Glue the red strips onto the white strips, lining up the edges.

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Cut out an eye shape from a piece of paper– mine was about 4.5″x2.5″, but obviously you can customize size and shape. If you want your shark to look more menacing (as menacing as a hoodie shark can look), cut the eye into a flattened-“U” shape.. like a smile. Trace your stencil x2 onto your remaining piece of white felt. Cut out two black circles for the irises, and two U shapes from the white felt to add some dimension to the eyes. Tacky glue it all together.

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Measure and mark every 2 inches down the red piece of felt (so it’s divided into 6 equal segments). This measures the base of each tooth. Measure the midpoint of each of the six 2″ segments and mark at the top edge of the white felt. These marks will guide where you cut the triangles for the rows of teeth– start at each of the points on the outer edge of the white felt, and cut diagonally into the felt, stopping at the marks you drew by the red felt (see picture on the right). Repeat for both strips of felt.

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Left picture shows what your finished strips should look like. You want the two strips to be one long continuous strip, so flip the strips over and line them up. Use a scrap triangle from the teeth you just cut out and use it as a “sticker” to glue the two strips together. I ended up using hot glue because I didn’t want to wait for the tacky glue to dry. Impatient.

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Left: The pieces you should have so far! Right: Figure out where you want the eyes to be placed by wearing your hoodie, slapping the felt eyes on your head, and gingerly taking it off while keeping the eyes in place. Sew eyes onto hoodie with a simple running stitch.

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Line your strip alongside the inner edge of your hood, with the red side obviously facing out. Left: The teeth should be lined up in such a way that when the hood is on, white triangles are showing from the sides. Sew your strip, again with a running stitch, into the inner part of your hood. Because I was using white thread, when I get to the red portions, I sewed into the bottom layer of the white felt only (like a blind stitch) so the thread wouldn’t show.

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ALL DONE! Left: side view. Right: Top view.

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What it looks like on!

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Clearly the scariest shark in all the land. Duh-Nuh…Duh-Nuh…DUH-NUH-DUH-NUH. (Jaws music, get with it).

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Or not.

Anyway, nothing fancy but definitely work-appropriate and easy to work in. If you’re into dressing up in costumes that end with “ho” (e.g. nurse…ho, angel…ho, cowgirl…ho), then I guess you can wear it with a short grey skirt and zip it up only halfway. Shark……ho. Just sayin.’

Will end this post with the cutest costume ever. My niece… dressed up as a stalk of corn.

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‘Til next Halloween…

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