I didn’t think I would be able to top last years Cat in the Hat with Thing 1 & Thing 2. But I think I was wrong!
I showed you the twins costume last week… but the cherry on top was the baby parrot in the pirate stroller. We got just as many or more compliments then we got last year. A lot of people said the they wanted to dress their little one up as a parrot but there are very few costumes to buy and no patterns to make one.
So not only am I sharing pictures but links to a similar free pattern I based my costume on as well as what I did to make it from a penguin into the cutest little parrot ever!
First pictures of all 4 kiddos with a few extra of the little parrot. I made everything but the black pants my oldest son Zander is wearing & the ship stroller covered was made by & borrowed from my friend Jenn.
SUPPLIES: (for an infant size)
1 yard red fleece
1/2 yard yellow fleece
Green, Blue & White Scraps
All my self drafted pattern pieces…
The body of the parrot was constructed the same way as this adorable penguin costume. Just using different colors.
For the wings I measured from little man’s shoulder blade to his wrist & cut out a square of paper that size… I then free handed my feathers & traced a pattern for each color. I also made a similar pattern for the tail. (see picture above)
In order to prevent bulk I cut each layer so that it was 1/2″ taller then where the slits of the feather from the row above it. The blue fleece is the only color that is 1 layer. The rest of the colors have two layers that sandwich the layer below. I then used marching thread and sewed a straight line across the top of the feather slits. Sorry I didn’t get better pictures but this should give you the general idea. My feathers were about 2″ long by 1.75″ wide at the top/base of the feather.
When finished I attached a small ring if elastic on the tip of each wing. I then put the body on little man and the hooked the wing on his wrist to find the placement spot and pin them in place and sewed them down. I then repeated the process for the tail!
For that hat I just made my own based on his head measurements, but anything will do. I then cut out 2 nose peices sewed them together, turned it right side out, stuffed it and hand sewed it on. I didn’t quite love the nose but it was still cute. I also cut out white eyes and sewed them on finally using hot glue to attach the giant Google eyes the 4 big kids insisted he had to have.
I just used a self drafted pattern on hand, but you can easily just trace a pair you have on hand.
I used the tutorial from the penguin costume again, except I skipped the stuffing.
Then all you need is on cheeky boy (or girl) to put it on! It’s extra cut watching him crawl in it! I hope this helps someone out in the years to come.