How to Make a Kids Bird Costume for Halloween

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A children chook costume that even essentially the most unexperienced crafter could make. Actually! It’s really easy.

On the subject of DIY Halloween costumes, I nearly all the time wait till what looks as if the final minute to make one. Anybody else?

This children chook costume, nevertheless, was a little bit totally different. Positive, I used to be engaged on it till the final potential minute (like 10 minutes earlier than he put it on to stroll out the door). BUT this time, I began making it a lot sooner than the day of. I’d hand sew a little bit bit right here, glue a little bit bit there. Simply every time I had a couple of minutes to spare.

I solely point out that to say, that if you wish to make a children Halloween costume and really feel such as you don’t have time to make it, I’m proper there with you. I simply realized that if I began earlier and labored on it for little snippets at a time, I would really get it carried out. And guess what? I did! And you may too! If you wish to. Should you’re not into DIYing one thing, no stress! 

ANYWAY! In complete, this do-it-yourself costume concept took lower than two hours to make. And you can get that point down even additional should you go the no sew route. Which I’ll share within the tutorial. Click on via to see how I made this DIY chook costume for my toddler.

Pink and yellow fluffy handmade bird costume (and tutorial).

Earlier than I get began, I’ll point out… I initially got down to make a cat costume as a result of that’s what Hayes requested to be for Halloween, however chook was the second alternative and it appeared the simpler of the 2 for me to make.

So I grabbed some leftover scrap cloth I had from a faux fur pillow venture and set to work on a do-it-yourself costume that turned out fairly rattling cute. IMO.

Can I modify this costume to make a unique animal?

YES! I really feel like you can modify this method to make SO many alternative animal costumes. Cat, canine, bear, panda, sheep, mouse, and so on.

Child wearing pink and yellow homemade bird costume

Pink and yellow fur fur with scissors stacked on top.

Supplies for Child’s Chicken Costume

  • 1/2 yard of fake fur cloth (for base colour)*
  • 1/4 yard (or much less) of fake fur cloth (in contrasting colour)*
  • scissors
  • scraps cardboard (for use for wings and beak)
  • needle and thread OR stitching machine
  • scorching glue gun
  • iron-on adhesive and iron (non-compulsory – solely wanted for no-sew model)
  • children hat (non-compulsory)

*Cloth yardage might differ relying on dimension of the kid. I made mine for a two 12 months previous. You don’t have to make use of fake fur, however I discovered it to be an especially forgiving materials, because it’s so fluffy. So should you’re not a stitching knowledgeable (which I’m not), you may nonetheless make a fancy dress that appears actually cute {and professional}.

Tips on how to Make a Chicken Costume

Pink and yellow faux fur with scissors.

Reducing the Physique and Stomach Cloth

(Physique Cloth)

Begin by slicing the principle physique cloth piece all the way down to dimension. To be able to get the measurement, I measured my son from shoulders to knees (for size) AND throughout the shoulders (for width). Then added 3 inches onto every of these numbers. Then, I doubled the size measurement and depth the width measurement the identical. That new measurement is the measurement I used to chop the piece of material down.

Ex: If I made that complicated, right here’s an instance: If my son was 20 inches lengthy from shoulders to knees and 15 inches huge from shoulder to shoulder, I’d lower a chunk of material that’s 18 inches huge and 46 inches lengthy. Added 3 inches onto size earlier than doubling and added 3 inches onto width.

Observe: My precise measurements for the material I lower for the physique (making a fancy dress for a two 12 months previous), was 17 inches huge and 40 inches lengthy.

(Stomach Cloth)

Subsequent on on listing of cuts could be to chop the oval stomach, from the contrasting colour cloth. Minimize an oval form that would be the stomach of your chook. Mine is 12 inches lengthy and seven inches huge (on the widest half).

Pink fur fur being made not a bird costume for Halloween.

Pink faux fur being made into a bird costume.

Create the Chicken Physique

Flip the material over, unsuitable aspect dealing with up, and fold it in half. Then discover the middle on the fold and lower slits to make a gap for the pinnacle. I simply made a horizontal lower throughout the fold after which a vertical lower on one aspect to make the pinnacle gap massive sufficient for a toddler’s head to suit via.

Subsequent, fold the underside of the material over by about an inch and scorching glue the underside edges upward. This will provide you with a completed edge on the backside on each side.

Now, utilizing a needle and thread or a stitching machine, sew the edges 2/3 of the best way up beginning on the backside. Leaving the highest 1/3 open for the arms to undergo. I triple knotted every finish (originally and finish).

You possibly can see that I did a reasonably tough job on the hand stitching. I used to be going very quick, however wow – not cute! Fortunately, you received’t see any of those when it’s completed. So it doesn’t actually matter what the stitching appears to be like like.

Set the physique apart to work on the wings…

Cutting bird wings for a Halloween costume.

Reducing Cardboard Wings

Wing dimension will rely upon the scale of your little one. For my two 12 months previous, I used two rectangular items from a cardboard field that had been every 12 inches lengthy and 6 inches huge. Then I lower a triangle off of 1 aspect of every wing. See photograph above.

Reducing Wing Cloth

Subsequent, I laid each items of cardboard onto the remaining physique cloth and lower the material down round it, leaving (roughly) an additional inch all of the wall round.

Do the identical factor yet one more time with a brand new piece of material. So that you’ll have a complete of two items of material, one for every wing.

Pink faux fur and glueing cardboard to wings for bird costume.

Connect Cardboard Wings to Cloth

Subsequent, take one piece of cardboard and scorching glue it to 1 aspect of 1 piece of wing cloth. Fold the leftover aspect cloth over the cardboard and tote glue that down.

Then, glue the opposite flap to the cardboard to fully cowl the cardboard in fake fur. You possibly can tuck in and scorching glue any edges which might be nonetheless unfinished.

Repeat this course of with the second cardboard wing and second piece of material.

Add Stomach Cloth to Physique

Flip the finished physique proper aspect out so that you see all of the fluffy components once more. Now it’s time to connect the stomach piece.

I used a mixture of scorching glue and hand stitching to get the stomach hooked up very well to the physique piece, ensuring to repeatedly fluff up the fake fur, so the fur might masks an imperfections within the slicing/ attachment.

Connect Completed Wings to Physique

This half is non-compulsory, however for my toddler, having the wings hooked up was vital.

So, I simply used a needle and thread once more to connect the wings to the physique on the shoulders, in 4 evenly spaced components of the shoulder, because it wraps across the arm gap.

It’s possible you’ll need to connect small elastic loops to the inside wing that your little one can put on round his or her wrists too, for added wing assist.

Image of faux fur being made into wings for Halloween bird costume.

Making the Chicken Head and Beak

I sewed many of the items collectively for this half. However an alternative choice could be to discover a actually cheap children hat and scorching glue the material and beak straight onto the hat. Needed to throw that on the market earlier than sharing how I made mine.

But in addition, I began to expire of time, so I don’t have many pictures of this a part of the method. Let me know in case you have any questions although. Comfortable to reply!

Making the Chicken Head

Utilizing scrap cloth from the physique, I created a chook head with extra fluffy fake fur. I lower two triangles that every had one lengthy aspect and sewed the 2 brief sides collectively, inside out. See photograph.

Then I flipped them again and tacked them down with some stitches at totally different components onto a hat. I used a knit hat, however you may simply as simply use a baseball hat.

Making the Beak

To make the beak, I lower an extended and sort of huge triangle from cardboard right into a beak form. After which coated it within the stomach fur colour, because it was yellow. I hooked up the whole lot with scorching glue, equally to how I did the wings.

To affix the beak to the chook head, I used a needle and thread once more to sew the 2 collectively. Ensuring the beak was centered earlier than I began stitching.

Image of a homemade kids Halloween costume (of a pink bird).

Making Furry Chicken Toes

Final however not least, use a number of the cloth scraps from the chook stomach to create shoe covers that may  appear to be furry toes. I lower every pf the 2 toes items down to eight inches huge and 9.5 inches lengthy (for a toddler dimension 7.5 shoe).

I simply grabbed my child’s sneakers and wrapped cloth round, earlier than slicing, to make certain every bit would match. Connect the 2 ends along with a button or velcro to make the furry chook toes straightforward to tackle and off, on the ankle.

Fast observe… Final minute, I ended up hand stitching the foot items round his sneakers (see picture for again view) final minute, as an alternative of utilizing velcro to make them actually safe. So there are many choices for this half.

Child wearing handmade bird costume, playing in the backyard.

Can this costume be tailored for a child?

For positive! Baby costumes are a lot enjoyable to make as a result of they’re teeny tiny and the whole lot appears to be like cuter when its tremendous small, proper? I’d simply connect the headpiece to a cheap beanie after which possibly simply glue the chook physique straight onto a onesie.

It’s possible you’ll want to switch the design to verify it’s protected for a child. Like ensuring nothing covers their face in any respect with the headpiece, and so on. Aside from that, I feel int could be actually simple and straightforward.

Do I’ve to make use of a furry cloth?

Nope! You need to use no matter cloth you have already got. However one of many the explanation why  love the furry cloth is as a result of it appears to be like like and strikes dwell feathers AND it’s extraordinarily forgiving. You possibly can’t see any of the glue traces OR botched hand stitching as a result of the furry texture hides just about any mistake.

To me, that makes this venture sort of fool-proof and ideal for any ability stage. Child wearing a DIY Halloween costume of pink and yellow furry bird.

Child wearing a kids bird costume for Halloween, flapping his wings.

Child wearing pink kids bird costume for Halloween, walking.

Tips on how to Make a Chicken Costume

A do-it-yourself Halloween chook costume that even essentially the most unexperienced crafter could make. Actually! It is really easy. Plus, you may completely modify it to be an grownup costume if you do not have a kiddo.

Price: $20

  • 1/2 yard of fake fur cloth for base colour *Cloth yardage might differ relying on dimension of the kid (or grownup if modifying method)
  • 1/4 yard or much less of fake fur cloth (in contrasting colour)
  • scissors
  • scraps cardboard for use for wings and beak
  • needle and thread OR stitching machine
  • scorching glue gun
  • iron-on adhesive and iron non-compulsory – solely wanted for no-sew model
  • children hat non-compulsory

Reducing the Physique and Stomach Cloth

(Physique Cloth)

  • Begin by slicing the principle physique cloth piece all the way down to dimension. To be able to get the measurement, I measured my son from shoulders to knees (for size) AND throughout the shoulders (for width). Then added 3 inches onto every of these numbers. Then, I doubled the size measurement and depth the width measurement the identical. That new measurement is the measurement I used to chop the piece of material down.

  • Ex: If I made that complicated, this is an instance: If my son was 20 inches lengthy from shoulders to knees and 15 inches huge from shoulder to shoulder, I’d lower a chunk of material that’s 18 inches huge and 46 inches lengthy. Added 3 inches onto size earlier than doubling and added 3 inches onto width.

  • Observe: My precise measurements for the material I lower for the physique (making a fancy dress for a two 12 months previous), was 17 inches huge and 40 inches lengthy.

(Stomach Cloth)

  • Subsequent on on listing of cuts could be to chop the oval stomach, from the contrasting colour cloth. Minimize an oval form that would be the stomach of your chook. Mine is 12 inches lengthy and seven inches huge (on the widest half).

Create the Chicken Physique

  • Flip the material over, unsuitable aspect dealing with up, and fold it in half. Then discover the middle on the fold and lower slits to make a gap for the pinnacle. I simply made a horizontal lower throughout the fold after which a vertical lower on one aspect to make the pinnacle gap massive sufficient for a toddler’s head to suit via.

  • Subsequent, fold the underside of the material over by about an inch and scorching glue the underside edges upward. This will provide you with a completed edge on the backside on each side.

  • Now, utilizing a needle and thread or a stitching machine, sew the edges 2/3 of the best way up beginning on the backside. Leaving the highest 1/3 open for the arms to undergo. I triple knotted every finish (originally and finish).

  • You possibly can see that I did a reasonably tough job on the hand stitching. I used to be going very quick, however wow – not cute! Fortunately, you will not see any of those when it is completed. So it does not actually matter what the stitching appears to be like like.

  • Set the physique apart to work on the wings…

Reducing Cardboard Wings

  • Wing dimension will rely upon the scale of your little one. For my two 12 months previous, I used two rectangular items from a cardboard field that had been every 12 inches lengthy and 6 inches huge. Then I lower a triangle off of 1 aspect of every wing. See photograph above.

Reducing Wing Cloth

  • Subsequent, I laid each items of cardboard onto the remaining physique cloth and lower the material down round it, leaving (roughly) an additional inch all of the wall round.

  • Do the identical factor yet one more time with a brand new piece of material. So you will have a complete of two items of material, one for every wing.

Connect Cardboard Wings to Cloth

  • Subsequent, take one piece of cardboard and scorching glue it to 1 aspect of 1 piece of wing cloth. Fold the leftover aspect cloth over the cardboard and tote glue that down.

  • Then, glue the opposite flap to the cardboard to fully cowl the cardboard in fake fur. You possibly can tuck in and scorching glue any edges which might be nonetheless unfinished.

  • Repeat this course of with the second cardboard wing and second piece of material.

Add Stomach Cloth to Physique

  • Flip the finished physique proper aspect out so that you see all of the fluffy components once more. Now it is time to connect the stomach piece.

  • I used a mixture of scorching glue and hand stitching to get the stomach hooked up very well to the physique piece, ensuring to repeatedly fluff up the fake fur, so the fur might masks an imperfections within the slicing/ attachment.

Connect Completed Wings to Physique

  • This half is non-compulsory, however for my toddler, having the wings hooked up was vital.

  • So, I simply used a needle and thread once more to connect the wings to the physique on the shoulders, in 4 evenly spaced components of the shoulder, because it wraps across the arm gap.

  • It’s possible you’ll need to connect small elastic loops to the inside wing that your little one can put on round his or her wrists too, for added wing assist.

Making the Chicken Head and Beak

  • I sewed many of the items collectively for this half. However an alternative choice could be to discover a actually cheap children hat and scorching glue the material and beak straight onto the hat. Needed to throw that on the market earlier than sharing how I made mine.

  • But in addition, I began to expire of time, so I haven’t got many pictures of this a part of the method. Let me know in case you have any questions although. Comfortable to reply!

Making the Chicken Head

  • Utilizing scrap cloth from the physique, I created a chook head with extra fluffy fake fur. I lower two triangles that every had one lengthy aspect and sewed the 2 brief sides collectively, inside out. See photograph.

  • Then I flipped them again and tacked them down with some stitches at totally different components onto a hat. I used a knit hat, however you may simply as simply use a baseball hat.

Making the Beak

  • To make the beak, I lower an extended and sort of huge triangle from cardboard right into a beak form. After which coated it within the stomach fur colour, because it was yellow. I hooked up the whole lot with scorching glue, equally to how I did the wings.

  • To affix the beak to the chook head, I used a needle and thread once more to sew the 2 collectively. Ensuring the beak was centered earlier than I began stitching.

Making Furry Chicken Toes

  • Final however not least, use a number of the cloth scraps from the chook stomach to create shoe covers that may  appear to be furry toes. I lower every pf the 2 toes items down to eight inches huge and 9.5 inches lengthy (for a toddler dimension 7.5 shoe).

  • I simply grabbed my child’s sneakers and wrapped cloth round, earlier than slicing, to make certain every bit would match. Connect the 2 ends along with a button or velcro to make the furry chook toes straightforward to tackle and off, on the ankle.

  • Fast observe… Final minute, I ended up hand stitching the foot items round his sneakers (see picture for again view) final minute, as an alternative of utilizing velcro to make them actually safe. So there are many choices for this half.

Need extra DIY costumes like this one?

And that’s it! Comfortable Halloween everybody. Let me know in case you have any costume questions I can reply.



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