I came up with the idea of a Peanut Butter and Jelly costume so that my daughter and son would be a good match. For the basic shape of the costume, I purchased an old soda can costume sewing pattern from eBay. More importantly, I looked at the various brands of PB and J in the store, to see which would be most recognizable and most easily re-produced freehand.
The actual Jif label came with me to the fabric store so the colors could be matched exactly. I created the word Jif by making patterns of the letters with pieces of cardboard, traced onto the white fabric. The fine writing below the label I used fabric paint and did freehand. The lip of the jar I used ribbon that had the fine ridges.
As for the jelly, I simplified and incorporated a few different models of the Welch’s jelly labels. The fine writing under the Welch’s is purple fabric paint. The grapes were my favorite. I went to the quilting section of the store and bought three different shades of purple in the pre-cut squares. One was splotchy, one glittery and one solid, to try to give the illusion that the grapes were damp with dew. I also used 3 similar, but different household objects to trace the shape of the grapes. I used a quarter, the end of a child’s toy, etc. The edge of the jar cover was a smooth purple ribbon. I had also brought the Welch’s label with me, so that I could copy the colors exactly.
The costumes truly had a timeless appeal to everyone, and were so much fun, as they were something everyone could relate to.