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Chicken Costume

A first costume should be as cute and cuddly as the wearer, and one made of feathers, wool, even scales, when sewn in quilted felt, will be just that. 

Introduction

Why did this baby chicken cross the road? To get to the Halloween party, of course. Her costume is made from two tickly feather boas, ordinary kitchen gloves, yellow tights, and a pilot's cap that's crowned with a felt comb. Under the plumage, two leotards are stuffed with batting for extra plumpness. Appropriate for children ages 3 and older.

Materials

  • Comb and Ear templates
  • 2 white long-sleeved leotards
  • One bag of loose wool batting
  • 2 heavyweight white feather boas
  • Safety pins
  • Two 8-by-10-inch pieces of red wool felt
  • White pilot's cap
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Yellow rubber gloves
  • Sneakers with a heel tab

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    For the bodysuit, place one leotard inside the other; stuff batting between them, and sew together at necklines and leg holes. With your child wearing the bodysuit, drape boas across and around the body; safety-pin in place. Remove costume from child, and hand-stitch in place every 4 inches.

  2. Step 2

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    For the hat, use the comb template to cut two pieces of felt. Stitch combs together with a 1/4-inch seam allowance, leaving the bottom open. Turn right-side-out; stuff peaks with batting. Stretch hat over a ball or other round object; attach comb using hot-glue gun on a low setting.

  3. Step 3

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    For the feet, stuff fingers of gloves with batting. Slip sneaker into glove, palm side down. Pull glove taut so fingers arch up (to prevent tripping); cut slit in center of glove from tongue of shoe to heel tab. Pull end of slit beneath heel. Snip extra cuff, leaving 2 inches; cut a notch at each corner. Fold sides in; secure with hot glue. Fold bottom up and top down; glue.

Source
Halloween 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004

Reviews (26)

  • Rebecca Wenck 26 Jul, 2014

    I would also love to make this costume for Halloween this year and am very frustrated that I can't access all of the directions. Can someone please help?

  • merylhenningsen 13 Oct, 2013

    I would like to make this costume. Could someone please tell me how to get all of the directions.

  • Pukita 6 Mar, 2012

    Hi I have adjusted this Chicken costume to Purim (Jewish Halloween) and it fantastic! my little one 15 months old look so adorable.... thanks :)

  • brigitte1981 29 Oct, 2011

    Oh crap! I'm STILL working on the lamb suit! Will I be done in time! Not a great last minute outfit! But it sure is looking cute.

  • jencrisler 27 Oct, 2011

    Does anyone have any insight on what exactly across and around entails for the spring chicken costume? Seems so simple but i cannot figure this out.

  • bmolsen 26 Oct, 2011

    The leotard the lamb costume calls for is a bit more than what I want to spend on a costume so I improvised with a white T shirt, replacing sleeves using the legs of footless black tights. The bottoms are black sweatpants. I made a white beanie cap to attach the ears because I couldn't find an already made hat. I already had batting around. Thanks to having a stash of fabric for making the ears and hat, and having batting, the other supplies only cost me about $8.

  • kateness 17 Aug, 2011

    We made the lamb costume today.. took 3 of us 5 hours!! End result very much worth it, it looks fantastic! We added extra fluff onto the bottoms of the leggings and a little tail out of the batting. We ended up using polyester batting as it was fluffier looking.. but very conscious of the fire hazard! Terrific costume.

  • JMACR 10 Aug, 2011

    The chicken costume is very cute, but I improvised. The leotards did not work well (or I did it wrong!) and figured there had to be a better way for what we needed. My daughter was 3 when I made this for her, and I used a white cardigan to tack the boas onto (3 of them). She wore a long-sleeve white turtleneck underneath which kept the boas from scratching. We got the cap from Hanna Andersson. She wore orange pants (Target). The sweater worked great - easy to put on and take off.

  • nicole212 20 Oct, 2010

    We found pilot's caps thru Hanna Anderson on sale and used Target's onesies in lieu of leotards to save a little money. (We did the chicken.Also, because I'm not such a great seamstress, we used "fabric fusion" glue to secure the two onesies together and also for the felt hat--saved a TON of time (and one tube of it did two costumes--we did a hen and a rooster for our little ones.) The only part we had to sew was to tack the boas in place. I LOVE this costume--I can't wait for them to wear it.

  • SherrySuzanne 14 Oct, 2010

    I'm trying to make this lamb costume. Does anyone have tips on getting the batting right? I've found that three inches extra on each side is not enough, and am about to start over witha larger allowance of batting. If anyone has gotten their batting to look as fluffy and woolly as the picture, please share your tips. I'm making it on a white onsie for a 21-month-old. Plan to cut off the onesie sleeves and sew in black sleeves to make it less hot.

  • KaitlensMommy 14 Oct, 2010

    I am thinking about trying this; it seems difficult.

  • KaitlensMommy 14 Oct, 2010

    I am thinking about trying this; it seems difficult.

  • longhornsofie 9 Oct, 2010

    The pilot's cap can be found at Hannah Anderson (they are usually only in major cities but they have a website). I got mine on sale for $6, they fit a little snug so if your child has a big head I would go a size up. My daughter is 13 months and the small fit her perfectly. I am using long sleeve onsies in leu of the leotards in an effort to spend less.

  • beachome 12 Dec, 2008

    I finally located the pilot's caps. You can find them at Hanna Andersson
    http://www.hannaandersson.com/

  • beachome 25 Oct, 2008

    This is really cute and doesn't take all that long to make. I would recommend buying leotards in a size larger than your child's normal size. I used the correct size and could barely stuff her in the costume once it had been stuffed. Figured nearly $70 for this costume. And good luck finding a "pilots cap". I ended up with a Zutano white skull cap.

  • bkwdance 12 Oct, 2008

    You can find the leotards at any specialty dance/gymnastics stores. They should have all colors and longsleeves since its fall. You can also try the major dance brand websites like Capezio or Danskin.

  • bkwdance 12 Oct, 2008

    You can find the leotards at any specialty dance/gymnastics stores. They should have all colors and longsleeves since its fall. You can also try the major dance brand websites like Capezio or Danskin.

  • crazysheepgirl 5 Oct, 2008

    The lamb is really cute, but the face paint shouldn't just be a little dot. It should cover the bottom part of their nose. It will look more real. Don't think I don't love the costume it's really adorable. Just wanted to let everyone know because I'm the crazy sheep girl :)

  • crazysheepgirl 5 Oct, 2008

    The lamb is really cute, but the face paint shouldn't just be a little dot. It should cover the bottom part of their nose. It will look more real. Don't think I don't love the costume it's really adorable. Just wanted to let everyone know because I'm the crazy sheep girl :)

  • crazysheepgirl 5 Oct, 2008

    The lamb is really cute, but the face paint shouldn't just be a little dot. It should cover the bottom part of their nose. It will look more real. Don't think I don't love the costume it's really adorable. Just wanted to let everyone know because I'm the crazy sheep girl :)

  • crazysheepgirl 5 Oct, 2008

    The lamb is really cute, but the face paint shouldn't just be a little dot. It should cover the bottom part of their nose. It will look more real. Don't think I don't love the costume it's really adorable. Just wanted to let everyone know because I'm the crazy sheep girl :)

  • crazysheepgirl 5 Oct, 2008

    The lamb is really cute, but the face paint shouldn't just be a little dot. It should cover the bottom part of their nose. It will look more real. Don't think I don't love the costume it's really adorable. Just wanted to let everyone know because I'm the crazy sheep girl :)

  • stharris007 5 Oct, 2008

    I'm having a really hard time finding long sleeve white leotards. Any suggestions?

  • catherinemccarron 30 Sep, 2008

    How cute! At first I thought they were little baby vultures.

  • catherinemccarron 30 Sep, 2008

    How cute! At first I thought they were little baby vultures.

  • abeautifulsoul 30 Sep, 2008

    Where would i find the pilot's cap?