Strawberry Shortcake (2003) Preschooler’s Costume

Yay!  I’m finally doing it!  I finished this costume over a month ago, and I’m finally posting it!  Trust me to procrastinate until the weekend before Halloween to post this.

I was a big Strawberry Shortcake fan as a little kid, and back in my day (gosh, that makes me feel old), Strawberry Shortcake looked like this:


Now, she looks like this:


I don’t like the new one.  I think that she contains everything a girl is pressured to be and fuses those gender expectations into some kind of giggly, unattainable standard of “perfection” that we force onto little girls.  That might just be me overanalyzing it, but the 2003 Strawberry Shortcake is cuter anyway, and my sister likes her, so that’s what the costume is based off of.


The first component of the costume is the hat.


I modeled the shape after one of my sister’s hats, which looks like this:


and I just traced the different sections onto pieces of cardstock for stencils.

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The crown of the hat is divided into six sections, while the brim is divided into four sections.  You could probably make the brim out of just two, or even just one, but my felt sheets were too small.

After cutting out the stencils, cut the required number of pieces out of pink felt.


Sew the center six pieces together to make the crown by blanket stitching the sides together, like so:

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until all six end up in a chain.

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Sew the center parts together and flip the whole dome inside-out.

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After that, put the brim together, which pretty much just means blanket stitching the four pieces into a ring.

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Attach the brim to the crown by blanket stitching the outer edge of the crown to the inner circle of the brim, wrong sides together.

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Flip it inside out, and you now have a hat!


(Note: at this point, the sun set, so the next few pictures are in ugly yellow light.)

Afterwards, cut out a simple stencil for a strawberry out of cardstock.


Make as many of these as you think you need to decorate your hat (I made ten),


and evenly distribute them around your hat.


I attached them by sewing a straight line in red thread down the middle, like so:


Once you’ve done that, sew a red ribbon around the hat in a ring.


Make a bow out of green ribbon…


and make a little strawberry to attach to that bow.  Make stencils out of cardstock,


Cut out two of the body pieces and one leaf piece,


sew seeds onto the red piece that will go in front,

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Sew the two pieces together, remembering to add some stuffing before sewing it closed.

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Sew the leaf piece on, and attach the entire strawberry to the center of the green bow, and attach the whole bow to the hat.


Now, using thin ribbon, add straps to the hat.

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It’s now ready to wear!


For the Strawberry Shortcake shirt, prepare some fabric paint.  I got fabric spray paint at first, but it clogged after the second spray and I couldn’t unclog it, so I just stuck with normal paint.  Also get a plain white shirt, scissors, thick masking tape, some brushes, and some scrap fabric.  Find two pieces of cardboard and a container for your paint, as well as a marker of some sort.


Test your paint, to make sure it works.


Now, cut a piece of cardboard to fit the inside of your shirt, so your paint doesn’t seep through both layers.  I did the body and the sleeves separately.  In hindsight, I should’ve put cardboard in both the sleeves and the body, because having to move the sleeves every time I flipped the shirt over ended up being a big hassle.

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Now, add masking tape to your shirt.  There should be three stripes on the body and three stripes on the sleeves.


Now, paint!


Repeat the same process with the sleeves.  There should also be three stripes for the sleeves.

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After about thirty minutes, take the tape and cardboard out, and let dry for three to four more hours.  After at least three days, turn inside out and wash.


The shirt is done!

Now just pair with a pair of plain blue jeans…


and tie a red jacket around the waist, and you’re done!

My sister’s red jacket was in the wash, so she doesn’t have it in these pictures.

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Yeah, there’s nothing in that basket.  But isn’t she cute?

Good luck with your Halloween exploits, and don’t be that one jerk who dumps the whole candy bowl into your candy holder!


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3 thoughts on “Strawberry Shortcake (2003) Preschooler’s Costume

  1. Absolutely awesome work with the hat! I am actually old enough to remember an even earlier version of Strawberry, who wore an outfit similar to the new one, but was all the way less dolled up, and … ehr whatever it is they think girls should look like now. Unobtainably fake & plastified?


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