Picture of Ash Ketchum - Pokemon costume
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!!!!
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rbulow1 month ago

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)  rbulow1 month ago
That's awesome!!! Thanks for the heads up on the hat!
kaitatonix2 months ago

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)  kaitatonix2 months ago
That's awesome! Can't wait to see!
Gary_The_Guru made it!7 months ago
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_Guru7 months ago
THAT'S AWESOME!!! Glad to be of help! Thanks for commenting with pics.
LegendB7 months ago

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

pizzidave (author)  LegendB7 months ago
Awesome!! Please comment with a pic of your finished costume when you make it.
LegendB pizzidave7 months ago

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.serga7 months ago
Probably the best instructions I could find thanks a lot
pizzidave (author)  danny.serga7 months ago
Glad to be of help!!
tenderbrew10 months ago

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)  tenderbrew10 months ago
Awesome! Can't wait to see it!!!
I made it, but it wont let me post a picture comment ...
Thanks for the tutorial!! Made it super easy !
pizzidave (author)  erhart.samantha10 months ago
Yay!!! Hope they enjoyed it! Umm, see if you can add an image in a reply. I'd love to see your results!

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)  SwaggerFul Swellow10 months ago

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)  SwaggerFul Swellow10 months 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.samantha10 months 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 !
KLAM1211 months ago

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

KLAM12 KLAM1211 months ago


pizzidave (author)  KLAM1211 months 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!!

mejaka111 months 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)  mejaka111 months 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!


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

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)  thatoneloser1 year 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.

ptierney11 year 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
pizzidave (author)  ptierney11 year ago
Awesome!!! Glad to be of help.
jschwippert2 years ago
Awesome! My older brother wants me to make him an Ash jacket for a you tube clip and this is perfect. Thanks! :)
pizzidave (author)  jschwippert2 years ago
Cool! Please post a link of the clip, I'd like to see how it turns out.
ch4ng2 years ago
Thanks for the clear instructions. Made recreating this a breeze!
pizzidave (author)  ch4ng2 years ago
Glad I could be of help! Hope you're having fun with the costume.
karenf392 years 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)  karenf392 years ago
Glad to be of help. I hope he enjoyed it.
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