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Making a Flamingo Costume Is Easy
I Don't Even Sew that Well
This costume idea came out of my head. My daughter adores the Flamingos at our local zoo, so I decided after making her a pink tutu, it wouldn't be that hard to repurpose it into a costume of our favorite pink feathered friend.
- First, cut a piece of elastic so that it fits comfortably around the costume wearer's waist. then use needle and thread to sew it together- or knot it if you hate to sew.
- Next, buy two rolls of tulle if you are making this for a toddler. My gal is 2 years old. You'd need more if your making this for someone larger.
- Cut the tulle into uniform strips. All of mine were about 7 inches long or so. This doesn't have to be too exact.
- Knot the tulle around the elastic.
- Next, I bought some crushed panne fabric from the material store (on sale!). I had way too much. I think I bought a yard of it.
- I looked at some pics of Flamingos and then free hand cut some wings. I folded the fabric in half with right sides together and cut. Then used this set I cut for first wing to cut the second wing.
- I had some quilt batting laying around so I cut it in the same shape as the wings, but a wee bit smaller.
- I used a sew machine for this...but you could do it by hand if needed. Using pink thread that matched the material, I sewed each pair of wings around the edges with about a 1/2" seam allowance or less. Leave an open side on each wing.
- Stuff the quilt batting into the opening of each wing. It might bunch up a bit...this is ok. Straighten it out as much as possible.
- Then sew some curvey lines down each wing to give the illusion of feathers. I just did one on each bc I knew if I pressed my luck my sewing machine would mess up or something as always!
- Now sew the wings shut and use needle and thread to take them onto each side of the tutu. Leave room in the very front for the flamingo's head.
- Next (and I'm no artist believe me) I freehand cut a flamingo's neck and head. I did this on a folded piece of fabric and left one side against the fold so I'd have less sewing to do.
- Leave the bottom of the neck open, but sew all around the edges leaving a small seam allowance. I cut out my pieces with zig zag scissors so I wouldn't have to worry about it fraying and I wouldn't have to make a neat hem. Like I said, I am a want to be sewer, but I'm not very good YET! Haha.
- Stuff your flamingo head full of cotton batting and close up the neck. Sew the bottom of the neck to the front of the tutu.
- Use some embroidery thread to satin stitch on the black beak and add some button eyes.
- Safety pin the flamingo's head to your child's shirt. Wala, you are done.
Other ideas I had while making it:
1. Had I been a better sewer and had more time, I'd of made a puppet out of the mouth and velcrod (not a word I know) on the head to her shirt. She could have taken it off and made it talk and move about.
2. Ella loves gloves, so I thought of making the head a big glove, but wasn't sure if the Flamingo would look wopsided.