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Baby Blue Macaw - Homemade costumes for babies

Blue Macaw Trick-or-Treating

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Photo #1 - Blue Macaw Trick-or-Treating Photo #2 - Bodysuit Fitting without wings Photo #3 - Tail Feather Construction Photo #4 - Helping mommy with sewing Photo #5 - Backside of costume
Costume type:  Costumes for Babies
Categories:Halloween Costumes, Animal Costumes

This homemade costume for babies entered our 2012 Halloween Costume Contest.

A word from Clarissa, the 'Baby Blue Macaw' costume creator:

My son Benjamin who is 19 months, has watched the movie Rio almost daily and sometimes 2-3 times a day sice he was 6 months old. He loves the vivid colors of the birds and the music in the movie. We decided that with his love for the movie and the birds, he would go as a blue macaw for Halloween. Due to the climate where we lived, we also needed something that would keep him warm and not be bulky so that he could walk for trick-or-treating.

Since no costumes or patters are available, we made modifications and created our own costume. We used Simplicity pattern 2788, pattern A for the bodysuit (cutting it shorter at the knees), the hat and the shoe covers.

The bodysuit is made with a blue rosette material. We used a zipper instead of velcro for the back closure so it would lay flat. We sewed snaps onto bias tape to use for the crotch closure so we would have easier access for diaper changes. Instead of the sleeve band, we used 1/4" elastic for the wrist and also for the bottom of the bodysuit so that it would stay above his knees.

The wings, we measured from the middle of his back stretch out to his arms and from the upper part of his back down past waist line. We used these measurements and cut out a triangle from cardboard to create the wings. We used the rosette material for the backside and inside we used a blue broad cloth. We sewed the wings onto the back part of the sleeve and the bodysuit.

For the tail feather we used the rosette fabric and used pipe cleaners to make the shape desired. We cut out two pieces. We made small casings to slip the pipe cleaners into so that we could shape the tail feather. We sewed it to the back of the bodysuit just below the waistline.

For the foot covers we used charcoal fleece and made them a size bigger so that they would slip on over his shoes. We didn't sew the back of the covers completely, but used hook and eyes for closures. We used Jiffy Grip for the bottoms so that he wouldn't slip and fall.

For the hat, we used blue fleece for the outer casing. We cut a slit in the top and using a feather shape, used the rosette material to make a single feather for the top. We again made casing and used pipe cleaner so that we could shape the top feather and it would stick up. We used blue broad cloth for the inside.

For the pants, we used Simplicity pattern 2561, which we already had from a previous costume. We used blue fleece for the pants and 3/4" non-roll elastic for the waist.

Total cost that we spent for materials was around $35. We had some of the materials like elastic, snaps, and hook-n-eyes already in our sewing box. We have material left over that we will more than likely use on a quilt for him at a later date.

Rating: 4.5 of 5. Votes: 35

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#1 comment by Clarissa October 24, 2012

Aboslutely love the blue birdie...and perfect for this age!!!

#2 comment by Anji October 24, 2012

Absolutely adorable and so creative and original. Love it!!

#3 comment by Jessica Allen October 24, 2012

Love that he "participated" in the construction with his momma. The costume is adorable & took into account the weather. He looks comfortable in his costume. A for making a costume that is cute as a button, yet completely paractical at the same time!

#4 comment by Lucinda October 24, 2012

What a cutie!!! Momma did a wonderful job on the costume.

#5 comment by Barry Ferguson October 24, 2012

Now that's one cool blue bird!!!

#6 comment by Becky October 24, 2012

I still can't believe how great this turned out! When I have children, I am so having you design and create their costumes! And Benjamin looks oh so very adorable in it!

#7 comment by Robert Kay October 24, 2012

He is definitely the Blue Bird of Happiness as he has brought joy and happiness to his parents.

#8 comment by Debbie October 24, 2012

I agree with Anji, very creative and original. Might have to copy that for next year ;)

#9 comment by Donna October 25, 2012

Very creative costume. Good work.

#10 comment by Jeff Blankenship October 25, 2012

Perfect for a little guy!

#11 comment by Larry Lewis October 25, 2012

Great Dudes / Wish I had one.

#12 comment by Theresa Wooden November 1, 2012

Perfect costume from his favorite movie "Rio". Creative gene and talent from her Grandma Recz, I'm sure she was smiling down on her while Clarissa worked lovingly on this perfect costume for little Benjamin. He sure does like wearing it.

#13 comment by Lois Popa November 1, 2012

Very cute ,nice to see a home made costume, Mother deserves alot of credit

#14 comment by Wendy November 1, 2012

absolutly adorable, Very crative momma

#15 comment by Donna November 1, 2012

Benjamin has such awesome attitude as he carries his candy bucket. I love this little home made costume.

#16 comment by Rhonda November 1, 2012

Love it, and also the fact that mom took the time to make.

#17 comment by Angela November 5, 2012

I may be biased since he is my nephew, but I love how original his costume is!

#18 comment by Viola November 7, 2012

Absolutely love the creativity of this costume! Benjamin looks cozy and comfy in this wonderful costume.

#19 comment by Benjamin November 17, 2012

Way too cute, creative and in love with the little birdie

#20 comment by AmyJo November 17, 2012

You did a great job on this costume...

#21 comment by Julie November 18, 2012

Absolutely adorable and so creative mommy.
You did a great job!

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