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For Halloween a few years ago I made a flamingo costume for myself and a parrot costume for my best friend. With Halloween just around the corner once more, here is a tutorial to get the bird costume inspiration flying!
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Step 1: Brainstorming

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Choose your bird!
Flamingo, parrot, toucan, imaginary technicolor falcon! The possibilities are as endless as your imagination.

Choose your colors!
The easiest way to do this is to research your bird. Look through photos to help figure out the main colors that you will be using.
After looking at photos of flamingos I decided to use a light pink as my main color plus a darker pink, red, and white for the other feathers. For the parrot costume, I looked at photos of scarlet macaws which helped me to choose colors and see the placement of those colors on the wings.
At this point, you can also read about your bird for added costume enjoyment! Learn about where your bird is from, what it eats, and how it behaves in its' natural environment so that you can truly get into character once you're all dressed up!

Choose your fabric!
The edges of the feathers and wings are left unfinished, so try to pick something that won't fray too much. When looking at fabric, imagine how it will look as a finished wing. You will probably want something that moves, flows, and flaps nicely. Also, try not to choose anything too heavy since you will be sewing many layers of feathers to each wing.
For my costumes I bought inexpensive, lightweight polyester in bright colors with a satin finish.
KarenC34 months ago
Thank you so much for your post. I followed your steps and made fabulous owl wings!
phlogistonly7 months ago

Approx how much material did you use in total?

mduncan81 year ago

I used these for part of my owl costume.. I will have to get you the photo

I love these costumes! Thanks for sharing! :)
mantill1 year ago
I love this! I'll wear it 24/7 and not just on Halloween! You should make an etsy and sell them ;)
Earthlove1 year ago
I love this! I have looked literally for years for a pattern for wings like this!! Thanks! :)
Love these!
poofrabbit2 years ago
Congratulations on being a finalist in the Halloween contest!!! Can’t wait to see if you win! Good luck!
I tried it! LOVE IT! THANK YOU!
blossom92832 years ago
Is the base fabric a triangle or a quarter circle?
NattyJaneSews (author)  blossom92832 years ago
Sorry for the late reply to your question! When making the wing base you want to start with a triangle, but after deciding the measurements you can change the hypotenuse of the triangle to be curved for a better wing shape.
Sherlock692 years ago
This is a great project! It would be perfect for my daughter. She's only 1 right now and it wouldn't be to bulky and she could just wear a pair of footie pj's to stay warm on halloween. Thanks for the great idea!
grt572 years ago
I love these costumes... they reminded me of ond of the greatest films ever made? (LOL ? mark intentional)

grt57 grt572 years ago
Seriously, you two look like you had great time! Which is what good work is all about!
Dezri2 years ago
Cool! Sewing is not my strong suit, this should help me get started!
mnc2 years ago
You may change it into sorceress from he-man
Very nice. You could use these and make a bird costume from the Rio movie.
PitStoP2 years ago
Me like!! Pretty colors... Looks like you two where having fun wearing this. Now fly!! =)
mikeandre2 years ago
Just beautiful!
Carleyy2 years ago
YAY! I love this costume! I'd love to see V2 with fiber optics or LEDs!!!!
wicked and beautiful, :)
rrkrose2 years ago
What a cool costume idea! I'm having a very hard time not switching costumes with all these other wonderful ideas that I have seen on this website.
What a fantastic idea - love the colors. Those are gorgeous wings. :D