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A Half-Baked Costume Idea with a DIY

The hubby and I are going on a cruise at the end of February, and because it’s not just any cruise, there’s a costume party night! The past few cruises we’ve done, we haven’t participated in the costume part but this year is different. Mostly because we thought of a pretty decent idea for costumes.

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I’ll be going as Brian, the overly-expressive but loveable stoner played by Jim Breuer (mainly because my hair pretty much works better for the part).


So, now, to assemble my costume!

  • I own jeans and sandals. Check, check.
  • I borrowed a tie-dye shirt from a coworker. Check.
  • I ordered a $2 yin yang necklace from eBay, because even though I’m sure I used to have one JUST LIKE IT in the mid-90s, I have no clue where it would be if I still had it. Check anyway!
  • I went to Goodwill looking for a fanny pack, but had no luck there so I am planning on improvising with a belt and a small zipper pouch that I have on hand.


And lastly, I needed that final touch…Jerry Garcia in a pouch. If you’ve seen the movie, you know what I’m talking about. And if you haven’t seen the movie, well, even if I did try to explain it to you, it probably wouldn’t make any sense so let’s just say I needed a small, brown, fringed drawstring pouch that I could wear around my neck. The original appears to be leather, but of course I’m not looking to spend any money so I’m using what I have at home…tshirt!

The sleeve was perfect, since it already had a seam that I could feed the drawstring through.

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I sketched, cut and sewed by hand along the side, leaving the end open. Then I turned it outside out so I could sew along the bottom of the pouch and create fringe by cutting small strips along the bottom. I also cut a long piece of shirt for the drawstring and the necklace portion.

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After doing all my cutting, I started randomly knotting some of the fringe and the drawstring, and added decorative beads and charms to make it a little more interesting. Voila! Jerry Garcia in a pouch!

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I’ll try to remember to update this blog with a photo of both of us in our Half-Baked costumes after we’re back on the main land. I have to say, I’m pretty proud of my efforts and the fact that I only spent $2 for this costume!

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