A few of my friends are expecting little ones and while it’s easy to just buy something off their gift registry, I thought it would be fun to pick a few essentials and present it in a unique and different way. My friend suggested we make these cute sushi bento boxes using washcloths and socks; basic items every newborn needs. All my friends love sushi so I knew this would be a perfect gift! Ready? Let’s get started…
++ Blue washcloth set (includes three washcloths and a sponge) – octopus
++ Pink washcloth set (includes three washcloths and a sponge) – starfish
++ Baby girl socks (three pairs)
++ Baby boy socks (three pairs)
++ Rubber bands
++ Ribbon (you can reuse the ribbon that comes with the washcloth sets)
Step 1. Remove all the tags and separate the items. First we’ll make the sushi rolls using the socks. Roll each sock into the colored ankle band as shown in the photo above. (You will need six total sock rolls for one sushi bento box). Next, cut a strip of white felt (about 1.25″ width) and black felt (about 1″ width), or approximately the same width as the socks. The white felt will be the rice in the sushi roll, and the black felt will be the nori (seaweed).
Step 2. Using three of the sock rolls (orange, white and green), gather them together and wrap it with a rubber band. Wrap the white felt strip around the sock bundle and secure with a piece of tape. Then wrap the black felt strip around the bundle and tape. Repeat using the remaining three socks to make another sushi roll.
Step 3. Using one of the colored washcloths, lay it flat and fold it into thirds. You should have a long strip. Starting with one end of the washcloth, roll it to the other end and secure it with a rubber band. Wrap the white felt strip around it and secure with a piece of tape. Then wrap the black felt strip around the bundle and tape.
For this sushi roll, the colored washcloth should be peeking out from the white and black felt. Repeat using the other colored washcloth to make another sushi roll. You will have one white washcloth leftover. Save this, as we will place it underneath the sponge when we put all the items inside the bento box.
Step 4. The next step is to make the ginger (cream felt), wasabi (lime felt) and grass (green felt). To make the ginger, cut a piece of cream felt about 1″ wide. Set aside. Cut a piece of lime felt about 2″ wide. Fold it in half so you end up with a 1″ long strip. Starting with one end of the strip, roll it to the other end and secure it with a rubber band. To make the grass, cut a piece of green felt about 1.5″ wide. Then cut a zig zag pattern on one side.
Step 5. Now it’s time to arrange all the items inside the bento box. Feel free to be creative! I placed all the sushi rolls on one side and the sponge on the other side, separated by the grass. And don’t forget to use the extra white washcloth; place it underneath the sponge. Add the ginger and wasabi.
Step 6. We’re almost done. Once you’ve added all the items inside the bento box, close the lid. Using the ribbon that originally came with the washcloth set, tie a bow around the box. For an added touch, you can also place a pair of chopsticks on top of the cover (secure with tape, or place under the ribbon to hold it in place). Voila, we’re done!
Aren’t these the cutest little baby sets? I can’t wait to see my friends’ reactions when they see this gift. Happy crafting!
Craft & Photos by Zha Zha Liang