I love making Halloween costumes. Really. It's not often that you only wear something once a year - so they don't have to be durably constructed - ha! So I make our kids' Halloween costumes the easy way - the no-sew way!
We decided that little baby X wanted to be a baby chicken for Halloween last year. I was too cheap to buy yellow pants and a white pilot cap, but I did have a pair of gray leggings already, and a blue pilot's cap that he'd nearly grown out of. Bingo!
First thing's first - once you've decided on your baby chicken's color scheme (traditional or, ahem, non-traditional), it's time to get felt sheets in those colors. I went with mainly white feathers, with a few light blue and gray felt highlights thrown in the mix. I cut a feather-like shape out of felt and used it as a template to make the rest. Once we had toooons of feathers, we used scissors to make the feathered edges. I say we because this project is actually easy enough that a 3 year old with some scissor skills can help with - S made several of the feathers on this costume!
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Next you want to take a long sleeved white onesie (bonus - you can't tell if it's stained - so we used an old stained one of S's!) and start laying your feathers at the bottom and work your way up. You can go in straight rows or wavy lines - I kind of alternated as I worked my way up. I did one single dot of glue per feather from my trusty hot glue gun at the base of the feather to give it a bit of mobility.
Once I had the front completely feathered, I flipped it over and cut some basic white wings (you can see one below the gray and blue feathers here) and attached them with a line of hot glue. I finished the wings by placing a few additional feathers over the top.
To make the cap, you'll need a fitted baby hat or pilot cap. Lay it down and cut a chicken comb based on the length and curvature of the hat. I put a line of glue down the center of the pilot cap and held the felt comb so that it was perpendicular to the hat. I needed to hold it until the glue set to ensure that it would stand straight up.
To complete the costume, we dressed little X in a snug short sleeved white onesie, then put the chicken onesie over the top. Between the two onesies we stuffed a few handfuls of polyester stuffing to give him a good fat chicken belly. We put his gray leggings on underneath the chicken onesie to give them more of a chicken leg look. :)
The whole costume took under 2 hours to make and since we used clothes we had on hand, it cost under $2 to make! Total Halloween costume win.
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