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Lobster Baby Costume

You can create viewer Isabelle Ortley's fun and adorable baby Halloween costumes at home. Although the general processes to create Isabelle's original costumes follow, no two costumes are exactly alike. In the end, any costume you design will be memorable and guaranteed to be loved by your friends, family, and, of course, baby!

Materials

  • Muslin fabric
  • Pencil
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Cotton stuffing (acrylic or plastic bags also work)
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Velcro
  • Fabric paint (light red, darker red, brown, and black)
  •  Puffy paint 
  • Sponge
  • Assorted ribbons
  • Silk flower
  • Hot glue gun
  • Fake vegetables
  • Serving platter
  • 1-inch foam
  •   1/2 yard pant weight fabricSmall butter container  
  • Glue
  • Small butter container

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Trace a shape of the lobster body, two claps, and six long, skinny legs on double-folded muslin. Cut these pieces out. Sew each side together, leaving space to turn each piece inside out.

  2. Step 2

    Stuff the pieces with cotton or plastic bags, and hand-sew the opening closed.

  3. Step 3

     Trace horizontal lines on the body of the lobster and sew them with the sewing machine to add shape and further dimension to the body. 

  4. Step 4

    From a doubled piece of 8-by-8-inch pant-weight fabric, cut out two 8-by-8-inch rectangles. Sew the rectangles onto the middle of each side of the lobster body; these will hold the top of the costume to the base and create some height to the costume.

  5. Step 5

    Apply a layer of red paint to all of these pieces. To add texture, sponge on a darker shade of red, some brown, and black all over these pieces. Let dry overnight. Add details with puffy paint.

  6. Step 6

    Hand-sew red pipe cleaners to the head of the lobster for the antennae.

  7. Step 7

    For the platter: To create the foam platter base, cut out an oval shape from the 1-inch foam, which will serve as the padding for the baby. Using 1/2 yard pant weight fabric, cut out two oval shapes, each about 1 inch larger in size around.

  8. Step 8

    Cover the back of one of the pieces of fabric with Fabri-tac glue, leaving one inch around the perimeter of the fabric with no glue. Apply this piece to the foam. Let dry.

  9. Step 9

    Take your second fabric oval and put it together with the foam-fabric glued piece, right sides facing each other. Sew all around, leaving 4 to 6 inches open so you can turn inside out. Iron the piece to flatten. Hand-sew closed. Paint the plate the color of your choice, or paint a design on it.

  10. Step 10

    Finish the costume by decorating the plate with silk flowers and fake vegetables. To create the butter sauce, fill a container with a small amount of stuffing. Mix white glue with yellow acrylic paint. Pour in a thin layer, about 1/4 inch on top of the stuffing. Let dry for two days.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show

Reviews (15)

  • damonello 10 Sep, 2009

    I agree with you pas_non ... lighten up people!

  • pas_non 4 Sep, 2009

    but it's not disturbing at all. come on people, quit being so uptight! LOL!! "repulsive and macabre"??!? oh good lord...

  • pas_non 4 Sep, 2009

    why would you have the baby's head coming out of the lobster's butt?

  • KPang 4 Sep, 2009

    yeah, this is just a bit creepy for me....

  • jpnlpinlove 4 Sep, 2009

    That really is disturbing!

  • junkgrl48 4 Sep, 2009

    That is really creepy.

  • joypete 4 Sep, 2009

    Why would anyone do this to an innocent baby? All of these are really bizarre.
    You've gone too far with these.

  • anjade 4 Sep, 2009

    This is just as repulsive and macabre as the baby turkey costume.
    There are so many other options for costumes.
    Just delete it.

  • tinkonthebrink 4 Sep, 2009

    Okay, I think this is hilarious. But the baby definitely needs some butter sauce.

  • Halla 4 Sep, 2009

    All trussed up?!?
    I'm sorry - but this is not up to Martha's usual classy stuff.

  • Snapperdoodle 4 Sep, 2009

    Thank goodness I'm not the only one who is weirded out by this!

  • zinnia11 4 Sep, 2009

    I agree, karene! how about as a bowl of gravy, or maybe as a hamburger. this is creepy scary, martha!

  • 812SAL 4 Sep, 2009

    Is it just me, or is this creepy???

  • karene 4 Sep, 2009

    I think it's bizarre. In this genre you could also dress up your baby as a stuffed pig, too. It looks too much like food.

  • Archangel 28 May, 2008

    Adorable :)