DIY Halloween Chicken Costume For Toddlers
I have the cutest Halloween costume idea you can easily make! And bonus: This chicken costume for babies or toddlers requires minimal sewing. I love love love love LOVE this super cute chicken Halloween costume I made for my daughter when she was only 16 months old! It is for sure one of my proudest DIYs.
Instructions below, and a special video surprise at the very end of this post! This chicken costume was easy to make, inexpensive, and — I must say — A-DOR-A-BLE!
It all started because I wanted a mommy-and-me Halloween costume that we could wear together trick-or-treating. I had the idea of me dressing as a farmer and then her dressing as a chicken. In the end, I went out costume-less… as usual. But my daughter? She STOLE the show!
We trick-or-treated around a friend’s neighbourhood that was bustling with kids, and nearly everyone who walked by squealed with glee at her cuteness. Strangers asked if they could take photos. She was definitely the centre of attention that night!
The costume was really easy to make once I hunted down all of the supplies. The hardest things to find were the white hat (I used a fitted baby hat with straps) and yellow leggings (I was looking for WEEKS for yellow pants, and in the end, Old Navy saved the day — I found one random pair hiding amid their winter clothes).
Here’s how I made it…
- A white baby hat (I picked one that had straps to prevent my daughter from ripping it off)
- Red felt
- 2 white boas (I bought mine from the dollar store)
- A white long-sleeve shirt
- Yellow pants or leggings
- Bristol board
- Yellow felt
- A glue gun
- A threaded sewing machine (or a hand-sewing needle and thread)
- Cut two pieces of red felt in the shape of a chicken’s comb, making sure the lower edge is curved so it will follow the curve of the head.
- Sew the pieces of red felt together at the top edge (including the front and back), leaving the curved bottom portion open.
- Stuff the chicken’s comb with batting and pin it to the top of the fitted baby hat.
- Sew around the bottom edge of the comb to attach it to the baby hat. This was the hardest part of the entire costume. It required a lot of maneuvering, a lot of patience, and one pass with the stitch ripper. 🙂
- Lay your shirt down and run one boa across the front of the shirt to determine its placement. Because of the size of my daughter’s shirt and the length of the boa, I was able to start at one cuff, go up the sleeve, do a “W” pattern across the chest, then go down the other sleeve to the other cuff. It was a perfect fit!
- Attach the boa to the shirt using a sewing machine (or a hand-sewing needle if you’d prefer to do it by hand). I used a zigzag stitch on my machine to sew about 8 to 10 stitches in the same spot across the hard centre of the boa through the shirt fabric. I did this at specific points on the shirt where I wanted the boa connected: at the cuff, at the shoulder, at the centre of the shirt (the middle peak of the “W”), at the other shoulder, and at the other cuff. See? Easy!
- Repeat Steps 5 and 6 for the second boa on the other side of the shirt.
- For the feet, draw the pointy shape you want, and cut that out of bristol board and yellow felt.
- Glue the yellow felt on top of the bristol board
- Cut two thick rectangles of felt that will wrap around your child’s shoes.
- Glue the centre of one long edge of each rectangle to the not-toe-part of each chicken foot.
- Sew velcro onto the short ends of each rectangle, so they can attach once wrapped around your child’s shoes.
- Enjoy! And please tag me in a pic! I’d love to see how yours turns out!!
I made this costume for my daughter when she was just learning to talk, so I took the opportunity to catch her first Halloween words on camera. Watch here…