Crafty Sushi-Fish for April Fool’s Day

sushifishdinnerI saw this tutorial yesterday on Cut-Out-And-Keep, and I just had to try it. The original instructions produce an adoreable sushi-fish transformer, but I don’t like it when seams show . . . so I made a few modifications in technique. The detailed pattern for the dorsal fin is also difficult to cut. I ended up cutting out just the basic shape and detailing it freehand.

What You Need:

  • Fish and Sushi Pattern
    Download the pattern from Cut-Out-And-Keep or draw your own on paper.

    Sushi?

    Is not tasty sushi?

  • Felt
    Green and White for sushi
    Yellow for fish
    Pink for fins
  • Two Small Buttons for Eyes
    Or, you can use google eyes, felt scraps, beads, etc.
  • Embroidery Thread
    White for sewing sushi
    Yellow for sewing fish
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle
    Use a needle with a wide eye for easier threading.
  • Pen or Fabric Pencil
    Note: Pen marks will show. Cut pattern pieces just inside the line.

sushidiveHow-To Make a Sushi-Fish

This is a fun project for clubs and youth groups, and a great way to learn simple sewing techniques. I hand-sew pretty well, but this is a moderately complex pattern. If you’re new to sewing projects, you could end up frustrated, but I’ve provided pictures and links that may help. Give it a shot!

Prepare the Pattern

  • Print the pattern from Cut-Out-And-Keep (or draw your own on paper).
  • Glue paper pattern on a piece of thin cardboard.
    I use cereal boxes for this. It makes pattern pieces last a whole lot longer.
  • When the glue is dry, cut out the shapes.
  • Store pattern pieces in an envelope.

Cut Out the Fish Pattern

sushipattern

  • Trace fish body on Yellow felt. Flip it over and trace again. (2 Fish Body)
  • Do the same for the fins and tail on the Pink felt. (2 each tail, dorsal, side fins)
  • Cut out all the Fish pieces.

Cut Out the Sushi Pattern

  • Cut out one Seaweed Rectangle from Green felt.
  • Cut out one Large Circle and one Doughnut from white felt.

    sushipieces

    To make the Doughnut, trace a large circle then trace one small circle in the center of it. Cut out and discard the small circle (or save it for another project).

Prepare the Thread

  • sushithreads

    Separate the Yellow embroidery thread into two strands (one with 2 threads, one with 4 threads). Use a Yellow 2-thread strand to sew the Fish Body. Use the 4-thread strand to attach the Side Fins.

  • Separate the White embroidery thread into two strands (one with 2 threads, one with 4 threads). Use the 2-thread strand to sew the sushi pieces. Use the 4-thread strand to sew on the button eyes.

Sew the Fish Body

  • sushifishbodyPlace the two sides of the Fish Body together, wrong sides out (that’s the part you drew on), and start sewing (backstitch) from the top of the mouth.
  • Place the two Dorsal Fins together and sandwich them between the fish body. The fins should be inside the body. Adjust the felt pieces as you sew to keep the edges even.  When you turn it right side out, you’ll have a nice neat seam.
  • Sew toward the tail end, then place the two Tail Fins together and sandwich them between the fish body (tail inside). Stitch edges securely.
  • Sew all the way back to the mouth. Do not sew the mouth shut.

sushiattachtopAttach Sushi Top to Fish Body

  • Turn the Fish Body right side out carefully.
  • Hold the White felt Doughnut around the fish’s mouth so the inside edge of the doughnut and the edges of the fish’s mouth line up.
  • Stitch the inside of the Doughnut to the Fish Body.

Attach Side Fins and Eyes

  • sushieyesCheck for even placement of parts and correct direction of fins before sewing.
  • Sew the Side Fins to the Fish Body with Yellow thread.
  • Attach button eyes securely with White thread.

sushisushiSew the Sushi Bottom

  • Hold the White felt Large Circle against the edge of the Green Seaweed Rectangle.
  • Sew the Large Circle to the Seaweed Rectangle. As you sew, the two pieces will form a little cup.
  • Sew up the side of your Sushi Bottom and cut away excess Seaweed.

Attach Sushi Bottom to Fish Body

  • sushiattachbottomTurn the Sushi Bottom right side out (so the seams don’t show).
  • Turn the Fish Body sewn to Sushi Top wrong side out (just enough to make sewing manageable).
  • Line up the edge of the Sushi Top with the edge of the Seaweed as shown. The seam edge will be hidden on the inside of the Sushi later.
  • Sew the Sushi Top almost all the way around the Sushi Bottom. Be sure to leave an opening!
  • Carefully pull the Fish Body right side out through the opening.
  • Stitch the hole closed. I used a ladder stitch.

sushifishHave fun transforming your Sushi-Fish!

Tips for Hand Sewing:

  • If you don’t know how to sew by hand, learn a few stitches online.backstitch
  • I used a backstitch to sew everything. It’s quite strong and simple to do.
  • Keep stitches small and even for best results.
  • Messed up? Remove the needle, then carefully pull out the stitches and re-sew.
  • Could you use a glue gun or sewing machine? Probably. Good luck.

Add Your Own Flair:

  • Green and white felt will look the most like sushi, but fish colors are entirely up to you.
  • You can use fabric other than felt. Try clean old socks or T-shirts!
  • Glamourize your fishy with decorations! Beads, sequins, paint, embroidery, etc. Just keep in mind decorations must be flat (you still need to be able to transform the fish into sushi).

8 responses to “Crafty Sushi-Fish for April Fool’s Day

  1. This is so cute! I’m bookmarking to do with my daughter soon!

  2. Thanks so much for posting this! I’ve been wanting to try out a felt food project (saw a bunch on etsy.com that I liked!) and this one looks so fun. I’m going to try this one… if you do more in the future, def post them here. Would love to see them!

  3. This looks great, thanks for posting!

  4. Wow, that’s really cool! I don’t get around to doing many non-edible crafts, but I’m really tempted to go buy some felt for this one. :-)

  5. That is so adorable. I don’t sew a lick but I am still tempted to try it.

  6. curiousdomestic

    Thanks for the comments. If you make one, I’d love to know how it goes.

  7. If I didn’t know better, I would eat iit!
    LOL
    Robert-Gilles

  8. I’m printing this & heading for the lab…BWA-HA-HA-HA!

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