The thing is, my children's costumes weren't complex. They certainly weren't made from scratch. What took me so much time? After the fact, I realized I was doing a lot of hand stitching and I was fussing with all the little details way too much. So I decided to give myself a challenge. Could I make a sweet DIY costume in 30 minutes? Well, if you have read the title of this post you already know that I didn't quite make the 30 minute mark. (I even timed myself to be sure.) However, I wasn't that far off either!
|Inspiration Costume from Fiskars|
First, I assembled my supplies...
You can see above that I used felt, but any no fray fabric will do. Old t-shirts would work great. I also used a set of thermals for my t-shirt and pants, but you should use whatever you have handy. All of this stuff was already laying around my house. No midnight run for craft supplies required.
Next, start cutting the pieces for your bird's face and feathers. To save time, fold your fabric in half, and cut two pieces at a time. This is especially easy with felt. Knit fabrics, like old t-shirts, can take longer to cut because they move around more.
I used a square for the beak, folded along the diagonal, and then glued in place. I left my beak partially open, but you can glue it completely or just use a triangular piece to begin with.
|Bird Eyes, Beak, Chest Feathers, and Ribbon Piece for Chest|
Next, cut a length of ribbon that will go across the wingspan of your long sleeve t-shirt. This piece should be long enough to go from sleeve cuff to sleeve cuff when the sleeves are spread out in a "T" shape. Cut another piece of ribbon that will span just the chest of the shirt, from armpit to armpit.
Now get your feathers, and start hot gluing them to your ribbon any way you like. I made the feathers for the wings bigger in the middle and get smaller towards the cuffs of the sleeves. For the chest feathers, I glued the first row to the ribbon and then each layer after that was glued to the layer before it.
Lastly, safety pin your ribbon in place. You can do this by flipping the feathers up and safety pinning the ribbon from the outside of the shirt. This way there won't be any pesky safety pins rubbing against someone's skin and the pins will still be hidden from view.
There you have it. A spanking costume in under an hour and no sewing! This method doesn't just work for birds either. Bats, butterflies, pterodactyls…you name it. Happy no sew Halloween to you. You're welcome.