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Halloween costumes

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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. 
  • 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

Bird Mask

Elaborate masks worn at Venice's famed "Carnevale" inspired these avian creations. The long nose on this papier-mache mask becomes a bird's beak, surrounded by crepe-paper plumage in gray or yellow. This mask calls for two types of crepe paper: thick florist crepe paper in gold, and regular (or fine) crepe paper in the remaining colors.
  • Papier-mache mask,
  • Foam brush
  • Acrylic paint in a base color (gray or yellow) that matches the feathers to be added,
  • Gold florist crepe paper, black crepe paper, and gray crepe paper, and
  • Glue stick
  • Broad scallop scissors
  • Scissors
  • 2 ribbon ties to replace elastic (we used twill tape)
  • Bird Mask template

No-Sew Costume: Raven Bird Costume

A bib, a bustle, a beak, and thou: Wearing this plumed raven costume, you'll be poised to swoop all night.
  • Black felt
  • Hot glue
  • Grosgain ribbon
  • Coq feathers
  • Black satin ribbon
  • Heavy black tulle
  • Stapler
  • Safety pin
  • Velour paper
  • Construction paper
  • Hole punch
  • Black eyelets (optional)
  • Black shoestring elastic
  • Feather and felt raven costume template

Raven Costume

Our stark yet stylized bird costume is easily put together with just a few simple embellishments attached to an ordinary black hoodie. The hooked beak is made of stiff black felt, as are the mischievous eyes. Feathery fringe sewn on the arms creates tufted wings; feathers arranged around the eyes give the raven a tousled look.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • Stiff black felt
  • Yellow felt
  • White felt
  • Feathered fringe
  • Fabric glue
  • Plain black hooded sweatshirt
  • Dark pants and shoes
  • Beak Template

No-Sew Witch Costume


Cat and Kitten Makeup


Detective and Hound Costume

The detective and his trusty hound follow the scent to the next crime scene. Their matching plaid capes (modeled after the attire of Sherlock Holmes) are sewn from inexpensive suiting fabric with a simple pattern. Earflaps made from cloth and bias tape transform a pair of black baseball caps into a deerstalker hat.
  • Basic sewing supplies
  • About 2 yards of suiting fabric
  • 1/2 yard fusible webbing
  • 1/2 yard black felt
  • 10 yards of 1/2-inch black bias tape
  • Disappearing-ink fabric pen
  • 2 plain black fitted baseball caps
  • Tailor's chalk
  • Fabric glue
  • Magnifying glass
  • Child's cape template
  • Dog's cape template
  • Collar, bill, and ear flap templates

Motha Costume

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Halloween, Halloween makeup
With a flutter of silk chiffon wings, a dazzling apparition emerges from the shadows to seek her place in the spotlight. Thanks to her platinum-blonde bob wig, flirty feathered lashes, and enigmatic smile, this chic lepidoteran is naturally luminous.
  • Foundation
  • Blush
  • Black eyeliner
  • Matte gold eyeshadow
  • Rust-colored eye shadow
  • Smoky-brown eye shadow
  • Black contact lenses
  • Neutral lipstick
  • Eyelash glue
  • Flase eyelashes
  • Motha wing clip art
  • White heavyweight white matte paper
  • Pheasant feathers
  • Small scissors
  • 1 1/2 yards 36-inch-wide faux-fur fabric
  • Collar template
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine and supplies
  • Button or ribbon
  • 8 yards 44-inch-wide silk chiffon
  • Cape template
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Scallop stencil
  • Waterproof map paper
  • Fabric spray paint
  • Pins
  • Ribbon
  • Buttons

Fairy GrandMartha Gown

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Bluebird Halloween Costume

Everyone loves the cheerful bluebird. This costume captures the complexity and beauty of the bird's plumage with simple creases, stitching, and snipping. Moreover, it slips on and off easily and won't restrict a baby's motion. Dressed for trick-or-treating, your fine feathered baby can stretch his wings.
  • Costume templates
  • White long-sleeve snap-bottom shirt
  • White tights
  • Blue pilot cap
  • 18-inch square of white felt
  • Two 18-inch squares of sky blue felt
  • Two 18-inch squares of blueberry felt
  • One 36-inch square of medium blue felt
  • Fabric glue
  • Velcro
  • Elastic
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Iron
  • Sewing supplies