ANGRY BIRDS ~ Costume Tutorial and Patterns

Hi everyone!!
I freaking love how these costumes turned out.  I have been working very hard to bring you the complete tutorial before Halloween this year so that perhaps you can make your very own.

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Angry Birds Costume Tutorial and Pattern

 

Okay a few things:
Beware this post has lots of photos.
I jump from metric to imperial measurements all the time ~ sorry!
The Green Pig is sized for my husband {mens large}
The Red Bird is sized for myself {womens large}
The Black Bird is a child size 6
The Blue Bird is a child size 4
The Yellow Bird is a child size 3

**If your costume is fitting too small try adding side and shoulder paneling in a coordinating felt colour.  Simply cut pieces of fabric {approx. 6″x8″ for the sides and 4″x4″ for the shoulders on the adult costumes} and sew them into place where the sewing lines are in Step 9 of the green pig.**

Click here for three more costume sizes and variations {2012}…

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email me heatherpainchaud{at}hotmail{dot}com

Materials:
Felt is a material that I find easy to work with and comes in a wide variety of colours.  It is used mostly for crafts and not generally recommended to be put in the washer or dryer.  You could substitute a heavy cotton or muslin.  The bolt of felt I used was 70″ wide.
1 1/2 meters of green felt
1 1/2 meters of red felt
1 meter of blue felt
1 meter of black felt
1 meter of yellow felt
1/2 meter of white felt
10 meters of broadcloth {an inexpensive, lightweight cotton}
1 sheet of craft felt {found at a craft or dollar store} in these colours: orange, brown, light green, dark green and grey.
6 meters of quilt batting
1 large bag of pillow stuffing
Black fabric paint or fabric marker
Black head band {for pig crown}
Scissors
Thread
Hot Glue Gun
Glue sticks
Pins
Measuring tape
 
 

Green Pig

1.  Fold the felt into quarters and measure 16″ from the center fold.

2.  Cut a curve along your measurements to create a circle when unfolded.

3.  Your circle should measure 32″ in diameter {repeat these steps so that you have two 32″ green circles}

4.  Cut two 32″ circles out of cotton and cut your features out of felt.  Go hereherehere and here for the patterns. 

5.  Lay one green circle and one cotton circle, right sides together.  Top with a circle of quilt batting and pin together.  The quilt batting is used in the adult costumes to provided added support to the upper portion and a smoother, less bumpy look to the finished costume.  Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

6.  Be sure to leave a 4-6″ hole while sewing so that you can invert the piece, right sides out. 

7.  Repeat steps 5 & 6 so that you have two stuffed circles.  These are the back and front of the pig.

8.  Pin the back and the front together.  At this point I had Darcy try it on so that I could get the placement of his head and arms right. 

9.  Here is an example of where you are going to sew the back and front together {black lines = sew here}.  The best way to get a good fit is to have your wearer try it on.  Sew the ear pieces from the pattern together and stuff them with batting.

10.  Sew the front and back of the pig together, right sides facing, 1/4″ seam, along the black lines in step 9.  Don’t forget to sew the ears into the shoulder seam.

11.  Invert the pig so the right sides are facing out.

12.  Stuff the front and the back of the pig with pillow stuffing.  I really played with the fullness and amount of stuffing.  Stuff it then try it on to see if it is full enough for you.  Sew or hot glue the hole closed.

13.  Hot glue gun the features to the front of the pig.

 

14.  Outline the features with fabric markers or paint {paint actually worked better for me}.

15.  Sew the crown together and stuff it with batting.

16.  Wrap the end of the crown around a head band.

17.  Hot glue the crown in place.

Nice eh?

A finished pig.

Red Bird

1.  Fold the felt into quarters and measure 16″ from the center.

2.  Cut a curve along your measurements to create a circle when unfolded.

3.  Your circle should measure 32″ in diameter {repeat these steps so that you have two 32″ red circles}

4.  Cut two 32″ circles out of cotton and cut your features out of felt.  Go herehere and here for the patterns.

5. Lay one red circle and one cotton circle, right sides together. Top with a circle of quilt batting and pin together. The quilt batting is used in the adult costumes to provided added support to the upper portion and a smoother, less bumpy look to the finished costume.  Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

6. Be sure to leave a 4-6″ hole while sewing so that you can invert the piece, right sides out.

7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 so that you have two stuffed circles. These are the back and front of the red bird.

8.  Pin the back and the front together. At this point I tried it on so that I could get the placement of my head and arms right.

9. Go to the Green Pig Step 9 for an example of where you are going to sew the back and front together {black lines = sew here}. The best way to get a good fit is to have your wearer try it on. Sew the tail pieces from the pattern together.

10. Sew the front and back of the red bird together, right sides facing, 1/4″ seam, along the black lines in Step 9. Don’t forget to sew the tail into the side seam.

11. Invert the bird so the right sides are facing out.

12. Stuff the front and the back of the red bird with pillow stuffing. I really played with the fullness and amount of stuffing. Stuff it then try it on to see if it is full enough for you. Sew or hot glue the hole closed.

13. Hot glue gun the features to the front of the bird.
14. Outline the features with fabric markers or paint {paint actually worked better for me}.

A Complete Red Bird

Blue Bird{s}

1.Fold the felt into quarters and measure 9 1/2″ from the center

2.Cut a curve along your measurements to create a circle when unfolded.
3.Your circle should measure 19″ in diameter {repeat these steps so that you have two 19″ blue circles}

4.Cut two 19″ circles out of cotton and cut your features out of felt.   Go here for the pattern.

5. Lay one blue circle and one cotton circle, right sides together and pin together.

6.  Sew sides together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

7.  Be sure to leave a 4-6″ hole while sewing so that you can invert the piece, right sides out.

8. Repeat steps 5 – 7 so that you have two circles. These are the back and front of the bird.  {I created two extra, small blue bird stuffys as part of this costume ~ sorry no tute for those}.

9. Pin the back and the front together. At this point I had one of the kids try it on so that I could get the placement of the head and arms right.

10. Green Pig Step 9 is an example of where you are going to sew the back and front together {black lines = sew here}. The best way to get a good fit is to have your wearer try it on.

11. Sew the front and back of the bird together, right sides facing, 1/4″ seam, along the black lines in Step 9. Don’t forget to sew the tail into the side seam.

 
12. Invert the bird so the right sides are facing out.

13. Stuff the front and the back of the bird with pillow stuffing. I really played with the fullness and amount of stuffing. Stuff it then try it on to see if it is full enough for you. Sew or hot glue the hole closed.

13. Hot glue gun the features to the front of the bird.
14. Outline the features with fabric markers or paint {paint actually worked better for me}.

Complete Blue Birds

Black Bird

1.  Fold the felt into quarters and measure 11 1/2″ from the center.
2.  Cut a curve along your measurements to create a circle when unfolded.3.  Your circle should measure 23″ in diameter {repeat these steps so that you have two 23″ black circles}

4.  Cut two 23″ circles out of cotton {my cotton was red in this example} and cut your features out of felt.   Go here and here for the pattern.

5. Lay one black circle and one cotton circle, right sides together and pin together. Sew together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

6. Be sure to leave a 4-6″ hole while sewing so that you can invert the piece, right sides out.

7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 so that you have two circles. These are the back and front of the bird.

8. Pin the back and the front together. At this point I had one of them try it on so that I could get the placement of the head and arms right.

9. Sew the front and back of the bird together, right sides facing, 1/4″ seam, along the black lines in Step 9 of the pig.  Don’t forget to sew the top feather into the sholder seam.

10. Invert the bird so the right sides are facing out.
 

11. Stuff the front and the back of the bird with pillow stuffing. I really played with the fullness and amount of stuffing. Stuff it then try it on to see if it is full enough for you. Sew or hot glue the hole closed.

12. Hot glue gun the features to the front of the bird.
13. Outline the features with fabric markers or paint {paint actually worked better for me}.

Complete Black Bird

Yellow Bird

1.  Fold your felt in half and mark 22″ along the edge.

2.  Draw a sloped line from the 22″ mark to approx. 12 1/2″ along the bottom.  Cut out the shape and unfold to reveal a triangle.

3.  Repeat these steps so that you have two felt triangles.

3.  Cut out two pieces of cotton the same size as the felt triangle and cut out the bird features.  Go here and here for the pattern.

4.  Pin the right sides of the cotton and felt together and sew with a 1/4″ seam.

5. Be sure to leave a 4-6″ hole while sewing so that you can invert the piece, right sides out.

6.  Repeat these staps so that you have two triangles, the bird front and back.
7.  Pin the front and back together.  Try the costume on or refer to the pig step 9 for arm placement.
8.  Have the wearer try the costume on and chalk an outline where the eyes and nose should go.  Sew along the outline.

9.  Sew the front and back, right sides together using a 1/4″ seam.

10.  Don’t forget to sew the tail into the side seam.

11.  Cut out the eye hole.
12.  Invert the costume, right sides out.

13.  Stuff the costume with cotton batting.

13. Hot glue gun the features to the front of the bird.
14. Outline the features with fabric markers or paint {paint actually worked better for me}.

A complete Yellow Bird

 

An Angry Bird lineup.

 

More photos will follow as we gear up for Halloween and get a chance to actually wear our costumes.  Please send me photos of your completed costumes and I will share them with my readers!
Wondering what the heck Angry Birds are?
Here’s a quick trailer of the addicting iPhone game:

 

 

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77 Comments

  1. Stephanie says

    Wow! You went to a lot of work! These look so great! Angry birds is such a fun idea for your family halloween costumes! I have a party going on over at my blog if you want to join! I’d love to have you! Check it out under the “Stache Party” page on my blog: mylilpumpkinpatch.blogspot.com

  2. Heather H says

    Awesome tutorial! My kids decided this is what they are being for Halloween. Quick question, when I click the “here” links for the face features they are all the same thing “red bird C” Am I missing something? Anyway thanks so much for the awesome tutorial, going to the fabric store today!!

  3. ChezWhat says

    These are so great! I’m curious — do you know how wide your felt was off the bolt? The fabric store I use says it is 72 inches wide, so if your bolt is smaller I don’t want to end up with an insane amount of felt. :o)

  4. Daneilia @ Anchors Away says

    It’s amazing that a game inspired this (a game that I was addicted to until hubby cut me off haha). These costumes are awesome! You did a fabulous job and people are going to envy this costumes when you are out on Halloween 😉

  5. sebclar says

    This is great – I’m going to make angry birds for my kids this Halloween (they are both addicted), and I was looking to see if someone had a good pattern. This is wonderful, and I like the fact that there is batting inside, in case it’s cold on Halloween. Thanks for sharing!!

  6. peterson6 says

    Just what I was looking for. My 5 year old wants to be the red one for Halloween. I am going to follow your instructions for the size 6 black and make the red one. Wish we luck. He will be awesome at school. Thanks

  7. The Outlaw Mom says

    Totally awesome! And it’s great you are ready so early! Thanks for the really detailed tutorial 🙂 I’m trying to make my daughter’s costume, but it will definitely be “no-sew”!

  8. Wicked Crafty says

    Great tutorial! Thank you for sharing & including so many photos! I’m making the pig right now & will be making 2 of the birds shortly. I can’t seem to get your templates to print to full page size. I ended up copying/pasting into Word to enlarge them. Just sharing in case anyone else has the same trouble. Thanks again for posting this. I’m so excited about how the pig is turning out. Can’t wait to start on the birds. 🙂

  9. Megan says

    From what I can see, you didn’t list what exactly the crown part is and where to get it. Did I miss that part? I’m talkingn about the little circular black, pokey thing in the picture. 🙂 Which costume does that go with? I don’t play enough to know, but my son sure is excited that we are all going to be angry birds. My mother-in-law and are I making them this weekend. Thank you for the detailed tutorial. These are awesome! Wish me luck!

  10. Sam Anna says

    Thank you for a FABULOUS tutorial! I finished our 5th one tonight. 2 pigs here (I had to make my own bow for the ‘girl’ pig)…black, red, & blue birds. The boys wanted to “get” the parents. Following your plan was a LOT better than the plan in my head. 😉

    Megan: the crown is attached to the headband for ‘king pig’. 🙂

  11. Heather at Dragonfly Designs says

    Thank you for all of the lovely comments! Please send me photos of your completed costumes and I’ll share them with my readers!!! If you haven’t recieved a reply from me re. a question ~ please enable your email address on your blogger profile and I will be sure to get back to you. Yes the Pig Crown is attached to a headband {I have updated the supplies list} Thanks for visiting and Happy Halloween!!!

  12. Audrey says

    Thank you for this tutorial, it was exactly what I needed! My boyfriend’s 10 y.o. son had his heart set on being a red bird, but we weren’t keen on spending $60 at the costume shop. I knew I could make the costume if I had a pattern, but I’m not very good at figuring out how to create a sewing project on my own.

    For a (U.S.) size 14 boy I cut the circles 14″ from the center fold, in case any of your readers are working with that size and can use the reference.

  13. butterbee85 says

    My friend’s 4 y.o. son wanted to be the bomb bird for Halloween, but she didn’t want to spend the $$$ for a costume he may only wear once. She asked if I could make him one, and I stumbled upon this blog. Thanks so much! And after Halloween, the costume could easily be converted into a cute little pillow as one reader said before. Can’t wait to finish it and get pics of him! I’ll send some your way ^_^
    ~Lisa

  14. Mandy says

    Thank you so much, I used your tutorial to make the bird and pig for my 3 year old and 1 year old and they came out great. It was my first time sewing and I couldn’t have made them without your tutorial. My 3 year old is so excited to be an angry bird and I’m proud to have made their costumes. Thank you!!!

  15. Kathleen says

    My 6-yo wanted to be a black bird but Angry Bird costumes were sold out everywhere. So I found your instructions and borrowed a sewing machine – they were so easy to follow that I actually did it! My daughter wanted the costume to cover her head with her face sticking out, so I adjusted the measurements slightly and cut a hole for her face above the bird’s face. She is thrilled and was a hit at school this morning! Thank you!!

  16. WeatherGirl says

    Great tutorial! I just bought all of the materials to make three birds. My question is did you paint the fabric paint on with a brush or did you draw paint on using a tipped bottle?

  17. Ruth says

    Just wanted to say thank you so much for posting this awesome tutorial! I followed your directions and made all five (original) birds – one for each member of my family. Oh, except I had to make the red bird a girl for my one daughter. Your tutorial was very clear and easy to follow. I really appreciate you taking the time to get all of this on-line!!

  18. cathryn says

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. It was easy and easy to adapt to other sizes as well. The kids love their costumes so much they want to sleep in them at night. And they were warm and cozy enough to go trick or treating outside here in Canada! Cathryn

  19. Sarosh Ali says

    Hi,

    Really impressive, you made my day. My son’s 2nd birthday is coming on 9th December and I am planning for Angry bird theme as he is biggest fan. I was worried for costume and you solved my problem now. Thanks alot.

  20. DJ says

    OMG, people sell such patterns and you are so kind to share!!! cant thank you enough, my daughters are flipping for the costumes, I am so making and will send you a pic. I think I will use no sew iron on adhesive to attach the features!!! If you dont mind, I pinned your site to refer as I sew them.
    Take care.

  21. Deb says

    I used this tutorial 3 years ago to make my son an Angry Bird Pig. He loved it so much that he still uses it as a big pillow today!! Anyway – I’m glad this is still up, because my daughter wants to be a baseball this year and I think I can totally re-purpose this pattern! Thanks!

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