Instructables
Picture of 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)

Shirt
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.

Hat
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.


Gloves
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.

Backpack
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!!!!
technicgeek1046 minutes ago

OOOOoooooh! Now that makes perfect sense! Thanks!

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.

pizzidave (author)  technicgeek10yesterday

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

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!

pizzidave (author)  technicgeek102 days ago

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!!

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 ....

pizzidave (author)  erhart.samantha7 days ago
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 !
KLAM121 month ago

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

KLAM12 KLAM121 month ago

*AND

pizzidave (author)  KLAM1216 days ago

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!!

mejaka116 days ago

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)  mejaka116 days ago

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!

OMG ABOUT TIME I COULD FIND A TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE THIS COSPLAY! :D YOU ARE AWESOME PIZZIDAVE!

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

thatoneloser9 months ago

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)  thatoneloser9 months ago

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.

ptierney111 months ago
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
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pizzidave (author)  ptierney111 months ago
Awesome!!! Glad to be of help.
Awesome! My older brother wants me to make him an Ash jacket for a you tube clip and this is perfect. Thanks! :)
pizzidave (author)  jschwippert1 year ago
Cool! Please post a link of the clip, I'd like to see how it turns out.
ch4ng1 year ago
Thanks for the clear instructions. Made recreating this a breeze!
pizzidave (author)  ch4ng1 year ago
Glad I could be of help! Hope you're having fun with the costume.
karenf391 year ago
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.
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pizzidave (author)  karenf391 year ago
Glad to be of help. I hope he enjoyed it.
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...
piezkool3 years ago
Awesome! My older brother wants me to make him an Ash jacket for Halloween and this is perfect. Thanks!
pizzidave (author)  piezkool3 years ago
Glad I could help!
love it!!! i want to try to make it for my little brother when Halloween comes around! 5stars
pizzidave (author)  lovely_jessye3 years ago
Awesome!, I'm sure he'll love it, I made it for a family friend.
wilgubeast3 years ago
That looks great. Could have been a still from the live-action Pokemon film that was never released.
pizzidave (author)  wilgubeast3 years ago
=) thanks!!