Angry Bird Costume





Introduction: Angry Bird Costume

Here is an Angry Bird costume made for my two and a half year old. This was inspired by a Nemo costume my son wore last year. I liked the style of costume but couldn't find anything comparable so we set out to make our own. This was a group project with my wife and mother, I think it came out great.

Cost was about 40-50 dollars. We bought more material than needed so I can only estimate. The sewing was pretty straight forward but having an experienced sewer(?) on the team was most helpful and really what made this project a reality. To me difficulty seemed to be 3 of 5.

Step 1: Starting With a Pattern

We found a pattern for a pumpkin costume from Simplicity. It was the style of costume we wanted and so set out to make it an Angry Bird. We bought everything at Jo Ann Fabrics to make the costume with. We made it out of fleece and fiber fill with a satin lining.

Step 2: Making the Bird

We used an Angry Bird plush toy as our guide for the proportions of the costume. We set the beige trim on the bottom and built the face off of that. Following the pattern we made the shell first in a size 4T. Yes, for my two year old. 1, because he is Amazon size for his age and 2, we are going to stuff the costume a little more to try and get a nice round (ish) bird shape. We sewed the breast panels together and then added the beige panel on the bottom. We opted to double up the bottom for durability instead of cutting out the red under the belly. Fiber matting was sewn in during this process. 

Step 3: The Face

The face came together starting with the eyes and moving to the brows and finally the nose. It was a lot of tracing bowls and cups to get the size of the eyes and nose right. The eyes and brows were ironed on with some kind of transfer paper and then embroidery stitched on. The nose took a couple attempts to size right and was then hand stitched on. This step was arguably the hardest and most tedious part of the costume. It really set the look of the costume and we got what we were aiming for. This stitch is very hard to do especially on a thick project like this and may be the only way you can tell it's a hand made costume, I really give my mom credit for pulling it off. Tail was added for extra realism.

Step 4: Back to the Body

The body was finished up after the face. The costume is double stuffed. We sewed a fiber fill lining into the shell, attached the satin lining and then stuffed the bird. We had to play with the amount of stuffing to get it right. The satin lining is sewn around the edges and the poly fill is loose in the body. It worked perfectly to get the shape we wanted. The lining was a nice touch as it lets the costume glide on and off very easily. Velcro was sewn into the shoulder straps and the fit holds the costume in place.

Step 5: Detail Shots

This is to show some of the detail work on the finished costume. The hat was made per the plan and only differs slightly for the feathers on top.

Step 6: Action Shots

Costume in use. Allows plenty of movement.

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    Thank you so much for sharing this - it was by far the best Angry Bird costume I found on the internet so I chose it for my 2-year old daughter's Halloween costume this year (thanks to my friend Gordana who is a sewing champ!) Here's how it turned out:

    Victoria - Angry Bird costume.JPG

    Absolutely adorable - so authentic and original. I am not sure how to sew, but I will do my best to mimic your idea ... the best one on the web!

    I love this can not wait to make it for my son for Halloween this is the only Angry bird costume I like...the others seem uncomfortable this looks comfortable

    Oh my gosh! I love it! this year i am entering the Petco costume contest and wanted to do angry birds! I found a pig costume for my cat and now this! Thank you! It is really cute. how long did it take you to make it because i only have one week, and with school. 9- 3:30 is when school goes on. and exactly how much fabric did you actually use for the certain parts?

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    Glad you like the costume! It took about 3 days to make working on it off and on. That is with an experienced sewer leading the project. As for the material, I'm not sure exactly how much it took. We followed the directions on the pattern in step one and bought the recommended amount for the size costume we were making. We also bought more fabric than needed for other projects we are working on so I can't really say exactly what was used. The only deviation from the plan (other than the colors) was making the face. That was custom and we bought black, white and yellow fleece to do that. 1/8 yard each black and white, 1/4 yard yellow. Hope that helps.

    Good luck in your Petco contest!

    it's ok, you're safe. I'm in Australia, so it's to much effort to travel to the U.S just to throw a child

    tmilne1m, jennie92248 Thanks!

    We have entered the Easy Halloween contest, if you like it please vote!

    This costume is fantastic. And the kid is adorable!

    I love his expression in the first photo - "Explain it to me again - I'm dressed like your favourite game because...?"