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Kids' 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

DIY Elvis Halloween Costume

Bring on the fans! This costume deserves it's own postage stamp. (Elvis Presley inspired the most popular commemorative stamp ever.) Underneath his cotton cape, lined in aqua lame, is a dress shirt shimmering with gloriously gaudy fake gemstones secured with fabric glue. The belt is a wide ribbon, also decorated with gems, safety-pinned at the back. For the pompadour, we slicked his hair back with gel and poofed it up; the sideburns are eye pencil.
  • White cotton twill
  • Aqua cotton lame for lining
  • Three sizes of plastic gemstones
  • Wide Ribbon
  • Fabric glue
  • Eagle template
  • A white dress shirt
  • Safety pins

No-Sew Costume: Raven Bird Costume


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

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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

Goldfish 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. Use the simple soft designs here to ensure that your little one is adorable in her new skin.
  • 60-inch-long piece of kraft paper
  • 1 1/2 yards of orange wool felt
  • 1 yard of 1/4-inch-thick polyurethane foam or one bag of wool-blanket batting
  • 4 sets of Velcro fastener dots, 1/2 yard of pink wool felt
  • White craft glue
  • Goldfish costume template

Roast Turkey Costume

  • 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

Spiderweb Mother and Sock Spider Baby Costume

Knotted black yarn pinned to a white skirt is the perfect foil for a crawling spider baby.
  • 3 pairs of men's microfiber black dress socks
  • Safety pins
  • Polyester-fiber stuffing
  • Spider template
  • Cardboard
  • Hole punch
  • 24-gauge wire
  • 5/8-inch-wide black grosgrain ribbon
  • Self-adhesive Velcro
  • Hot glue gun
  • Black fake fur
  • Velcro-ribbon ties
  • Long white skirt
  • Black yarn (you can also use white yarn if wearing a long black skirt)
  • Crinoline petticoat (optional)
  • White craft glue