Introduction: Ash Ketchum - Pokemon Costume

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Materials- what I used and where I got it or you can get it

2 -button down shirts (one blue- sleeve length doesn't matter , one white short sleeved) (thrift shop or your closet)
Yellow double fold quilt binding 7/8" wide (sewing or craft shop)
Red and white trucker hat (ebay)
Backpack (thrift shop or your closet)
Green medium booksox (office supply or dollar store)
Lt. green gardening gloves (hardware or dollar store)
8" Pikachu (ebay, thrift shop or your closet)
Green acrylic paint (craft or dollar store)
Logo stencil (logo printed on cardstock and cut out with an xacto knife) (copy center for 1 piece of cardstock)
Foam brush (craft or dollar store)
Thin carboard (2"x2" piece) (anywhere)
Pencil ( you should own one)
A US quarter( you should own one)
Needle,pins, thread and / or sewing machine. (craft or dollar store)
Scissors(you should own one)
Eyeliner (optional)
Pokeball (Many say never optional) (you should own one, ebay or thrift shop)

Cut the collar and sleeves off the white shirt, leave excess on it for sewing. Carefully cut the collar and sleeves off the blue shirt,get as close as you can to the edge, set aside, you'll need it later. Turn the blue shirt and the white sleeves and  collar inside out. Pin the sleeves and collar to the shirt. Sew them on! Make sure the bottom of the shirt is straight and not curved. If curved, cut straight. Using the yellow double fold quilt binding, trim the bottom, pin and sew.  Cut 2 - 5 inch pieces and pin and sew at angle on each side on the front . Grab that blue sleeve scrap, cut a 1 1/2" x 3"  piece, pin and sew it under right side of collar. Using the pencil trace the quarter on to the cardboard. Using the scissor, cut out the circle. Unfold a 2 inch piece of the quilt binding wrap it around the cardboard and sew to make a button. Sew the button on to the blue tab under the collar.

Get the logo on the internet, do an image search. Print the logo onto the cardstock, cut a stencil out of cardstock. Put the stencil on the hat, stipple the green paint with foam brush, build up the color. Remove stencil.

Cut the fingers off the green gardening gloves. Using the booksox, make a pair of fingerless gloves. Use the sewn edge, cut a 4" x 4" piece, sew the side (should be a pouch), cut slits for finger holes and slip onto the gardening gloves while you are wearing them.

Sew Pikachu onto backpack by his bottom, ear and tail.

Optional - Anime expression lines   - Use eyeliner and draw sideways lightning bolts in under eyes at cheekbones.

Grab your Pokeball and go!!!!


pizzidave (author)2016-10-12

Sounds like a cool idea, I'll look into it!

lisad181 (author)2016-10-04

Thanks for the guide, i am planning to dress like pokemon therefore its gone helpful for me. i have done my almost shopping from amazon ,i bought beautiful pokemon plush keychain for office use. you may buy this From

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RadleyM (author)2016-07-11

If i had any kind of craftsmanship i would totally make this and wear it while playing pokemon go! Looks amazing!

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HugoS20 (author)2015-10-13

i was also ash but i used a pikachu kanji mask to really bring the look together , i want poke balls i can clip to my belt but i can't seem to find any :// also would love to have all 8 kanto region badges

pizzidave (author)HugoS202015-10-21

Looks great!!! The extra touches you want to add will really make it stand out!

rbulow (author)2015-07-28

making this for my 6-year old for Halloween this year! I found the Ash hat already with the logo on it for less than $5 on eBay. FYI for future peeps who wanna be Ash!

pizzidave (author)rbulow2015-07-28

That's awesome!!! Thanks for the heads up on the hat!

kaitatonix (author)2015-06-29

I'm DEFINITELY making this!! It'll be my first cosplay, and I plan on making a Fem!Ash Ketchum cosplay right after this !! thank you so much for this, I'll comment the finishing results when I'm done ^-^

pizzidave (author)kaitatonix2015-06-29

That's awesome! Can't wait to see!

Gary_The_Guru made it! (author)2015-02-03

Was a joy to make. I love it. it was my first cosplay, and it got good reception at Ohayocon. Thanks!

pizzidave (author)Gary_The_Guru2015-02-03

THAT'S AWESOME!!! Glad to be of help! Thanks for commenting with pics.

LegendB (author)2015-01-29

I am so doing this! I now know my next Halloween/everyday wear project Lolz!

pizzidave (author)LegendB2015-01-29

Awesome!! Please comment with a pic of your finished costume when you make it.

LegendB (author)pizzidave2015-01-30

Sure thing! It'll go great with my Latias coming from the home country of Pokemon! (Japan)

I'll have to get Pikachu though. xD

danny.serga (author)2015-01-26

Probably the best instructions I could find thanks a lot

pizzidave (author)danny.serga2015-01-26

Glad to be of help!!

tenderbrew (author)2014-11-01

Just made this will post pic later. My wife went as Squirtle and I went as Ash. Only thing I did different was that I didn't cut off the white sleeves and collar and sew on. I just hot-glued the two shirts together with the entire white shirt underneath. Definitely a short cut, but it works!

pizzidave (author)tenderbrew2014-11-01

Awesome! Can't wait to see it!!!

erhart.samantha (author)2014-10-27

I made it, but it wont let me post a picture comment ...
Thanks for the tutorial!! Made it super easy !

Yay!!! Hope they enjoyed it! Umm, see if you can add an image in a reply. I'd love to see your results!

SwaggerFul Swellow (author)2014-10-20

OOOOoooooh! Now that makes perfect sense! Thanks!

SwaggerFul Swellow (author)2014-10-19

Thanks for the answers! I will also hopefully be able to post a picture of the finished product, once my camera is fixed. Also I have one last question. Where did you find the blue vest? I have searched the Internet, my brother has gone through the local Goodwill, (FWI GREAT place to find ties for cheap prices) I think I've searched everywhere possible but no good blue vest.

What blue vest? The blue, is the blue shirt that was trimmed and sewn on to.

SwaggerFul Swellow (author)2014-10-18

Great instructions! I am a HUUGE Pocket Monster fan and when I saw this I knew I would make this! The pictures are clear, the instructions are extremely detailed, all in all, great Instructable Pizzidave! Though before I start construction I have a few questions. #1 The blue shirt with the white sleeve, that's two separate shirts right? #2 Did you simply sew on yellow strips to look like pocket openings? #3 (And final) The very bottom of the blue shirt(s), did you do the same with the pockets and the yellow strip? Once again GREAT Instructable! Luckily I have most of the materials so it shouldn't take long. Thanks for posting this for us Pokefans!

Here are your answers...

#1- Originally 2 shirts(1 white &1 blue) combined to make 1 shirt

#2- Yes

#3- Yes

Thanks for the kudos! Please post a pic as comment to see your finished costume!!

erhart.samantha (author)2014-10-13

Did the Blue shirt have a pocket on the front? If so, what did you do with that?

I havent been able to find a blue shirt without a pocket ....

I honestly do not remember, but in the past I have had to take pockets off. Use a seam ripper, it's pretty simple. You wash the shirt after and the sewing holes will close up.

Oh okay, thanks!!! I'll do that !

KLAM12 (author)2014-09-06

I googled trainer red costume ABS I G0T ASH ALL OVER THE PLACE THAT MEKES ME SOOOO MAD >:(

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pizzidave (author)KLAM122014-10-04

Which Gen?? Just use a red shirt instead of blue. Use black and white quilt binding. Black for the bottom edge and white for the center. No pocket trim. The instrcuctions are still the same to make it. Go for it!!

mejaka1 (author)2014-10-03

Thanks for this! I'm usually totally into the costume construction, but I just had surgery and I'm not sure when I'll feel up to things. You've saved me a lot of time. I have 5-yr-old twin boys who say they want to be Ash and Charizard, and I know if Ash's costume isn't SUPER AWESOME, I will end up making a second Charizard or a Squirtle at the last minute. This instructable helps make many strides toward an Ash costume cool enough to compete.

Have you ever noticed that very large fishing bobbers look a lot like Pokeballs? :)

I will come back with pics when Halloween's a bit closer!

pizzidave (author)mejaka12014-10-04

Speedy recovery!! I'm glad to be of help to be of help in making the costume an easier task.

LOL on the bobbers. Those and some old school bbq grills remind me of Pokeballs.

Looking foward to the pics!


Thanks!! Post a pic if you make one!!!

thatoneloser (author)2014-01-19

I would seriously buy this from you if i could- it looks so casual, less like a costume and more like "oh that looks familiar" (if you were only wearing the shirt of course)
I wish i had the patience/skill to even complete this simple project. Very cool!

pizzidave (author)thatoneloser2014-01-19

Thanks for the comment! This costume and instructable has brought many people joy. Hopefully you'll get inspired to complete it in the future and if you do, post a pic.

ptierney1 (author)2013-10-31

An inspiring how-to, thanks! When my son wanted to be Pikachu, I knew I had to be Ash. This was the perfect answer. I used green wool gloves with felt highlight, but otherwise the same! Well, except for the eyes... 0.0

pizzidave (author)ptierney12013-11-01

Awesome!!! Glad to be of help.

jschwippert (author)2013-04-02

Awesome! My older brother wants me to make him an Ash jacket for a you tube clip and this is perfect. Thanks! :)

pizzidave (author)jschwippert2013-04-02

Cool! Please post a link of the clip, I'd like to see how it turns out.

ch4ng (author)2012-10-27

Thanks for the clear instructions. Made recreating this a breeze!

pizzidave (author)ch4ng2012-10-27

Glad I could be of help! Hope you're having fun with the costume.

karenf39 (author)2012-10-24

Your instructions on how to make this costume are awesome. I made one for my adult son to wear to a Halloween party and I couldn't have asked for clearer guidance, Your idea to use the double fold quilt binding for the trim was genius. You saved me a lot of money and a lot of time. Thank you.

pizzidave (author)karenf392012-10-25

Glad to be of help. I hope he enjoyed it.

CluainnFhada (author)2012-10-01

This is something I've been meaning to do for my brother for a while-it's become kind of a joke that he both looks like and shares a birthday with the man himself.

If you every saw a picture of him...

piezkool (author)2011-09-27

Awesome! My older brother wants me to make him an Ash jacket for Halloween and this is perfect. Thanks!

pizzidave (author)piezkool2011-09-27

Glad I could help!

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