Monday, September 5, 2011

Homemade Angry Birds Costume for under $7!

I just finished making an Angry Birds Costumes for my son Micah who is completely obsessed with the game (I'll post pictures from his Angry Birds themed birthday party soon). I took some pictures along the way. Hopefully it will help anyone interested in making one themselves. I used the instructions on The Clock Blog and just tweaked a few things. Remember I made this for my 5 year old son, so an adult may need to change things a bit.

First I folded a piece of red felt in half and laid it on top of an old crib sheet (if you don't have an old sheet buy the cheapest muslin you can find), traced a circle and cut it out. You should now have 3 identical circles (2 felt, 1 sheet/muslin).

I then sewed one of the red felt circles and the sheet together, leaving a small hole for stuffing.

Next, I cut a hole for face and arms and hand stitched the two layers closed. To do this I pulled the seems of the two layers together and stuck my arm up in the hole I left for stuffing to stitch the layers together. For the face I traced the smallest saucer I have and it was still way to big, so be careful. The arms are just 6 inch slits.

Then, I cut out 2 identical thingamabobbers for the top of his head in red felt. Sewed the two layers together and stuffed it. Leaving the bottom open. In retrospect I wish I had just made this part of the body the way The Clock Blog did. It would have eliminated a few steps. I also cut the tail out of black felt. I should have stuffed this as well because no amount of spray starch seems to make it stand up. Be sure to leave a little tab on both so you have room to sew it.

Then I pinned the thingamabobber and the tail inside the two layers of red felt. Make sure you have the bad side of the fabric on the outside.

Sew the two layers together and flip it inside out (or right side in).

Next, cut out and sew the white belly onto the top layer of fabric. Leave a little extra fabric hanging off the end. You don't need to stitch this part yet though.

Now for the fun part sketch and cut the facial features.

If you haven't used iron on adhesive before your missing out! I never hem anything anymore. I love this stuff!

Simply cut the shape you need...

...and iron it on!

Stuff it! I have a loveseat thats seen better days and is heading to the dump very soon so I used the stuffing from the cushions. If you've got some old pillows that would work great too. Be creative because polyfill is expensive!

Fold the excess white felt under and sew.

The finished product!

Here's the cost break down...
1 1/4 yard red felt $3.12 (with 50% off coupon)
1/4 yard white felt $.62 (with coupon)
3 sheets of felt $.90 cents
Old sheet free
Stuffing from couch free
Iron on adhesive $2.25


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing! My 4 year old is also obsessed and want's to be an angry bird for halloween. Will definately use your instructions. Oh I and love your blog title and description! Jeanette in Austin, TX

Anonymous said...

What size circle did you use for the red material? I was trying to figure out sizing. Thanks!

Tricia said...

awesome! If I get my rear in gear we may have a whole family of Angry Birds!

Debbie Gaydos said...

This costume is SO adorable! I made the mistake of showing it to my 8 yo, and now I have to make one too! (LOL) I'm really impressed at how finished your arm/face holes are. I've been trying to figure out how you did that and just re-read and I think I get it, just hope I can execute the vision as well as you did! :)

Shana said...

Thank you all so much! To the person who asked about the size of the red circle...I don't really have the exact size. I folded the material in half (so I would have two circles) then I free handed a circle using as much of the material as possible (so basically 1/2 the width of the felt).

Anonymous said...

i just started making my 7 yr olds angry bird costume, i will let you know how it turned out thanks for all the help by posting this!!

Anonymous said...

thank you for sharing this...I bought already a couple of materials before I came across to your blog...!!! my husband and I are making 3 costumes for us, because my 3.5 year old son is so in love with Angry birds....

RachelG said...

This costume is sold out, so I had to make one for my grandson. I googled "angry bird costume diy" and came across this post. Thank you so much for sharing. I'm very new to sewing and this turned out awesome. And I can't believe how easy and quick it was to do! Thanks again. :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for the step-by-step details!! My 5 year old son really wants to be an angry bird for halloween and stores, and everywhere online, are sold out...they're going for $100 on ebay! Crazy! I'm going to attempt this. Thank you!

SmithFamily06 said...

My husband put this idea in my 4 year old son head and now he wont let go... HE HAS to be an angry bird PIG for halloween. I bought a really cool pirate costume (which he used to want to be) and now I am taking it back and my husband is out looking for green felt.. THanks for the instructions.... aaaghhh what mothers do for their children!!!

Anonymous said...

I was so excited when I came across this and started the process of sewing it, ONE BIG snafoo-after you handstitch the face and arm slits it makes it IMPOSSIBLE to flip it back from inside out to right side to avoid seams being shone and to get facial features one bird. I am very frustrated but look fwd to the END product!

Nikki said...

Thanks for posting this. My son's costume came out SO CUTE!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the post! We just found out we are having another boy (due in early September) and we are going to be an angry birds family! Can't wait to start making the costumes!

Sherri said...

LOVE this idea!!! My boys are both pretty much obsessed with Angry Birds, so I am thinking this would be great for Halloween this year. I am definitely going to let the followers of my blog know about your blog and your wonderful idea for the Angry bird costume! Thanks!

Becky Cox said...

does anybody know if red fleece would work in place of the red felt? unless i drive an hour to the nearest craft store, all we have is a small walmart that doesn't sell felt by the yard :/ i have everything to make it except the red :/

Anonymous said...

I wish I knew how to sew. My son wants and angry bird costume.

Anonymous said...

Instead of ironing on the face pieces you could also hot glue them on. I say that because I have hot glue on hand:-) love this! I'm going to try and make my son the angry bird pig. Wish me luck!

urban craft said...

our kids had the same idea, only it took me forever to make mine, wish I had found your tutorial sooner!
very awesome

Anonymous said...

Hi - just wanted to let you know that I used your tutorial as inspiration to make a Humpty Dumpty costume for a school play! Thank you so much for your post and the step by step instructions! I searched high and low for Humpty Dumpty costume tutorials on the internet and was coming up empty handed. Somehow I came across your post and knew right away that this was something I could use. It turned out great. Thanks so much for sharing!

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Peter said...

Wow - this Angry Birds costume and tutorial is simply incredible! You've definitely got lots of talent.

In case you (or your readers) are interested, there is a creative costume contest over at and there is a $250 grand prize.

Well, thanks again for the awesome tutorial and costume idea!


Unknown said...

Hello, this is what I've been looking for. My niece wants an angry bird costume for halloween and thanks to you I can now make one for her. Thanks a lot!

I also feature some DIY halloween costumes. Feel free to check out my post featuring homemade halloween costumes too for more ideas and costume options. I hope they may help :)

Happy Halloween!
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Mary Jo said...

Thanks for your helpful tutorial! I used it to help me with my Angry Birds Star Wars Chuck "Ham" Solo costume for my son. Thanks again!
Here's the post if you want to see:

Lisa said...

I will be making this for my 5 year old son today! (I know I left it late :) I am hoping that it's as easy as you make it look! Thanks for the great tutorial. I will let you know how it turns out.

Unknown said...

I was browsing about Halloween costume ideas and I found your blog which is quite interesting. I do hope it's okay with you if I pin them on my Pinterest board. Thanks for sharing!

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