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Roast Turkey Costume




You can create viewer Isabelle Ortley's fun and adorable baby Halloween costumes at home. Although the general process to create Isabelle's original costume follows, no two costumes are exactly alike. In the end, any costume you design will be memorable and guaranteed to be loved by your friends, family, and, of course, baby!

Tip: Be sure to use nontoxic paint and glue in this project, as some babies like to chew on the costumes. When placing your baby on a table, be sure that the sides of the table are protected, and always watch that your child does not roll. When using berries and other garnishes, be aware of any choking hazards.

More Halloween Costumes: Lobster Costume, Green Salad and Pie Costumes.


  • Muslin fabric
  • Pencil
  • Roast turkey template
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Cotton stuffing (acrylic or plastic bags also work)
  • One 6- to 8-inch piece of Velcro
  • Acrylic paint (light brown, darker brown, yellows, beige, and orange)
  • Lace trim
  • Sponge paintbrush
  • Old toothbrush
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Silk flowers
  • Fake vegetables
  • 1/2 yard 1-inch-thick foam
  • 1/2 yard pant weight fabric


  1. Step 1

    For the breast: Trace the roast turkey template. Cut out, creating two heart shapes of equal size. Place finished sides of fabric facing each other. Pin pieces together. Sew all around leaving a 2-inch opening. Turn inside out. Fill with stuffing or plastic bags. Sew the opening closed by hand.

  2. Step 2

    Using a sewing machine, sew a straight line from the pointy end of this heart-shaped piece to the point at which the two curves meet, straight down the center. Using a needle and thread, tuck the point under about 1-inch to make this end less pointed. This finishes the main turkey breast, creating an indentation.

  3. Step 3

    From a doubled piece of 8-by-8-inch pant-weight fabric, cut out two 8-by-8-inch tabs (see template). Sew the rectangles onto the middle of each side of the breast; these will hold the top of the costume to the base.

  4. Step 4

    For the drumsticks: Trace a drumstick shape from the template on a piece of muslin fabric folded in half. Repeat. Cut out and sew together, leaving a 1-inch opening. Turn inside out, stuff, and hand-sew the opening. Hand-sew these drumsticks to the body.

  5. Step 5

    Paint the turkey deep brown. Use more than one color to add texture, such as orange, yellow, or beige. Dilute the paint with a little bit of water and apply paint with a sponge or old toothbrush. Flick some paint from the toothbrush to create speckles on the breast. Let dry overnight. Attach lace trim around the skinny end of each drumstick for added realism.

  6. Step 6

    For the platter: To create the foam platter base, cut 1-inch-thick foam into an oval shape, about 16 by 24 inches, which will serve as the padding for the baby. With the pant-weight fabric, cut two of the same oval shapes, each about 1 inch larger in size around.

  7. Step 7

    Cover the back of one of the pieces of fabric with Fabri-tac glue, leaving one inch around on the fabric with no glue. Apply this piece to the foam. Let dry.

  8. Step 8

    With the second oval fabric piece, pin it to the foam-fabric glued piece, right sides facing. Sew all around, leaving 4 to 6 inches open so you can turn out, inside out. Iron the piece to flatten. Hand-sew closed. Paint the plate the color of your choice, or paint a design on it.

  9. Step 9

    After all parts of the turkey are complete, measure your baby to determine how to fit the top of the turkey breast to the base. Make sure that the baby's head sits comfortably on the plate. Sew one of the two square tabs to the platter. Sew one piece of Velcro onto the tab with the opposite side of the Velcro running vertically.

  10. Step 10

    Finish the costume by decorating the plate with silk flowers, leaves, and fake vegetables, which can be applied with hot glue.

The Martha Stewart Show, October 2006



Reviews (48)

  • loriconley 28 Aug, 2011

    Love, love, love this..... too cute!

  • magnoliarose 26 Oct, 2010

    I made this costume for a friends baby, and then my own 6 month old last year for halloween and when I tell you people LOVED this costume I am not exaggerating in the least. At least 10 people stopped us in our little town to TAKE PICTURES WITH US! These were strangers mind you... It was such a hit that I retrofitted it so my toddler can wear it again this year. My husband and I dressed up as pilgrims!!!

  • gabzillarules 20 Jun, 2010

    this is friggh'n AWESOME! All you moms out there writing up your "omg, gross" comments, your kids don't want to be princesses anymore! Hal to those keeping originality in holidays!

  • 86thetomato 27 Oct, 2009

    Wow! This is freakin adorable! If I had a baby (my child is 9) I would use this costume! I'm probably going to print it for possible future use :D

    Geesh people! Its a Halloween costume! I don't think it needs to be removed. If you don't like it, don't look at it. Easy solution!

  • Jeodtilo 25 Oct, 2009

    i have sense of humor but this seems to cruel... :o/

  • kszush 22 Oct, 2009

    Good grief people... It's funny. Some people have no sense of humor (and probably no personality). I mean, what people are so shocked about. Do you secretly want to cook your baby in a turkey or something... what's wrong with you guys? It's a costume?

  • JohnHedtke 22 Oct, 2009

    Hey, I love it. If it's getting a bunch of people really hoiked up, it's even funnier.
    (And this would be NOTHING AT ALL like those little hot-dog bun outfits that so many dachsund owners use--including some neighbors of mine--for Halloween, I'm sure.)

    I agree with SusanMc that someone's thinking needs to be adjusted, but probably not who's she thought. :)

  • PottyMouthMommy 22 Oct, 2009

    Wouldn't it be cool if there was a RAW turkey costume too- then you could do a photo shoot with "before" and "after" photos... bwahahahahahahaha

  • xenophile 22 Oct, 2009

    Good to see the "I Take Life Way Too Seriously" contingent is alive and well and ready to comment their outrage to death over at Martha Stewart.
    I wonder how these folks feel about Anne Geddes?

  • SassySusie 19 Oct, 2009

    Wow. Some of you have waaaaaaaay too much time on your hands. Anonymous internet bullying is still bullying. Get some tangible friends, guys.

  • hananielsgirl 15 Oct, 2009

    Seriously people...I think its cute...get over it!

  • blaster 14 Oct, 2009

    I too think this is really wrong. It's gross and looks very uncomfortable. Glad they didn't use a real baby in the video.

  • childofhistory 14 Oct, 2009

    Ummm....does anyone else thinks its a bit odd to dress your child as a dead cooked bird?

  • glazinglor 14 Oct, 2009

    I find this very disturbing. Completely inappropriate.

  • h202blonde 14 Oct, 2009

    why would anyone think it's cute to dress a child to make them look like it's carving time? whoever came up wtih this gem is seriously a tower candidate.

  • earulana 13 Oct, 2009

    Pretty weird...

  • Paisleybooks 13 Oct, 2009

    This is the worst thing I've seen in a long time. What moron came up with it?

  • otxmas 13 Oct, 2009


  • Glommie 13 Oct, 2009

    This is shocking and grotesque, Who can think like this? Please have a thorough review of how this passed into the public's view.

  • DebbieDurham 13 Oct, 2009

    This is horrible! However, I am pleased so many others feel the same way I do! PLEASE REMOVE IT!! Disturbing - a definate thumbs down on this one.

  • kellirobinson 13 Oct, 2009

    Morbid. Sorry, Martha. You missed on this one.

  • SusanaMc 13 Oct, 2009

    Bizarre! Someone's thinking needs to be adjusted. Agree with all other comments.

  • Arlene10 13 Oct, 2009

    This is so disgusting it's hard to look at. Remove it, please.

  • anjade 13 Oct, 2009

    How could anyone think that this is cute? It's beyond bad taste. Please remove it from your website.

  • raylene 13 Oct, 2009

    come on martha....this is cute??.....your people need to rethink their word.....DISGUSTING.....

  • PhotoGal 13 Oct, 2009

    I think the last one was the Lobster costume...also yukky.

  • karene 13 Oct, 2009

    This appeared about a month ago with similar negative comments. Why run it again? It's a really sick idea. No one with a baby would do this.

  • jvandix 13 Oct, 2009

    What is happening to Martha? This is sickening......

  • GramercyGal 13 Oct, 2009

    This is the funniest and yet most disturbing costume idea I've ever seen.

  • knittingbouvier 13 Oct, 2009

    if i see another baby trussed up as food, i'll be unsubscribing. very inappropriate and just plain creepy.

  • sallythomas 13 Oct, 2009

    That is disgusting.

  • docmom1 13 Oct, 2009

    This is really disturbing. What would make someone want to do this?

  • Kbart 13 Oct, 2009

    Disgusting. There is nothing cute about this. Whoever thought this one up is a sicko.

  • cnicklaus 13 Oct, 2009

    This is really a dreadful idea! What were you thinking...?

  • pas_non 4 Sep, 2009

    HAHAHAHA this is brilliant. oh man, if only that baby could walk.... lol!!

  • zinnia11 4 Sep, 2009

    what's with all of the creepy baby as food costumes this year? A baby should be cute at halloween, not scary and edible

  • hnweiss 3 Dec, 2008

    poor baby!

  • betsyrisch 15 Nov, 2008

    Kinda creepy!

  • LunaP 3 Nov, 2008

    I think it's great!

  • REV 12 Sep, 2008

    super weird.

  • javadiva 4 Sep, 2008

    I saw this one when it was in the magazine and thought, wow, any kid who ends up in this costume is going to need years of therapy!

  • egoward 4 Sep, 2008

    When I have a baby, this cosume is SO getting made! I love it!

  • hbiedron 16 Aug, 2008

    Um, maybe it's me but this is kinda sick.

  • AnnByrd 16 Aug, 2008

    Yikes! My Thanksgiving would never be the same if a family member did this! Just a little too creepy...more like a Halloween joke.

  • Archangel 28 May, 2008

    Far too cute for words

  • toni48 7 May, 2008

    I think this is most creative! It takes "Strawberry Shortcake" to new heights.

  • stopsallystop 21 Feb, 2008

    It scares me. My dogs like turkey quite a lot!

  • anjade 21 Nov, 2007

    Is anyone else disturbed by this idea?