Peacock Costume

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by Amy Hartman, A.C. Moore, Manahawkin, NJ

Peacock Costume

The most majestic of birds, your little girl can strut her stuff in style with the Peacock Costume, all with felt, tulle and a t-shirt!

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Instructions

  • 1
    Download, print and cut out project templates.
  • 2
    Using the felt, trace 34 of each of the following shapes for the tail feathers: Teardrop - Royal Blue Medium Circle - Turquoise Notched Oval - Purple
  • 3
    For the mask and head band feathers, trace templates and cut out 20 of each for the feathers, using the shape and color references for the larger feathers in Step 2.
  • 4
    Cut out the sleeves and sides of the Blue t-shirt using template for reference.
  • 5
    Cut out the neck of the Sapphire t-shirt below the neck ribbing.
  • 6
    Overlap the Royal Blue t-shirt over the Sapphire t-shirt and line up. Glue the edges of the Royal Blue shirt to the Sapphire t-shirt
  • 7
    Hide seam by gluing down Blue glitter trim on the front and back of shirt.
  • 8
    Measure waist size; cut out elastic braid, measuring a little tighter as the elastic will have some stretch to it. Sew elastic together to create a loop.
  • 9
    Cut all Turquoise tulle into 28 inch lengths. Cut Purple and Royal Blue tulle into 40 inch length strips. Tip: cut 2 lengths of foam board 14 inch x 8 inch and 20 inch by 8 inch. Use this to wrap the tulle around the board and then just cut at one end-no need to measure and cut constantly!
  • 10
    The front of the skirt will have the shorter, Turquoise tulle. Fold 2 lengths of tulle in half. Place under elastic and run the ends of the tulle through the loop, creating a Lark’s Head knot. Continue to knot the Turquiose tulle across the front, stopping in the area of the hips. Note: there will be extra Turquoise tulle to be used for adding in with remaining skirt. Tip: Place elastic loop around a chair back so it is easier to tie the knots around the entire circumference.
  • 11
    Repeat Step 10 with Royal Blue and Purple tulle, adding in Turquoise until the elastic skirt is full.
  • 12
    For the tail feathers, glue together as shown on template, finishing with a 12 mm rhinestone.
  • 13
    Using photo as reference lay out feathers onto work surface; feathers are lined up as follows from top: 2/3/4/5/7/6/7, overlapping. Starting on bottom row, lift up corners of top of feathers and glue to the row above it. Continue to the top row. You will end up with a “fabric” of feathers.
  • 14
    Securely glue top row (2 feathers) to the knots at the back of the skirt. Glue down the outside feathers of the third row to the skirt.
  • 15
    Repeat Step 12 with the smaller feathers and 7 mm rhinestones.
  • 16
    For mask, cut out template and trace onto Militia felt and cut out. Glue to front of mask. Cut out beak using template from Grey Felt. Glue on to create beak over nose part of mask.
  • 17
    Glue first layer of feathers (7 of them) along the edge of mask. Glue second layer of feathers (4 of them) in front of first layer, alternating in between the spaces of the first layer of feathers.
  • 18
    For head band, glue feathers starting with one feather and then overlapping with 2 rows of 2 feathers. Go back in and add three feathers as shown, over top the rows of 2. Use photo for reference.

Project Details

  • Level:advanced
  • Time:3+ hours

Project Supplies

  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt Sapphire
  • Gildan® T-Shirt 100% Cotton Short Sleeve T-Shirt Royal Blue
  • Nicole™ Crafts Tulle 6 inch x 25 yard Royal Blue 104187436 (2)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Tulle 6 inch x 25 yard Purple 104747015 (2)
  • Nicole™ Crafts Tulle 6 inch x 25 yard Turquoise 104747019 (3)
  • Darice® Sparkler Trim 2 yard 8 Assorted 104763079 (Blue) (2)
  • Stretchrite® Braided Elastic White 3/4 inch x 1 yard 104240237
  • New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Purple 104276447 (6)
  • New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Turquoise 104276460 (5)
  • New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Royal Blue 104276446 (9)
  • New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Grey 104276434
  • New Image Group Felt Sheet 9 inch x 12 inch Militia 104276454
  • Nicole™ Crafts Lone Ranger Mask White 104277212
  • Nicole™ Crafts Rhinestones 120 pc. Round Crystal 7 mm 104240528
  • Nicole™ Crafts Rhinestones 60 pc. Round Crystal 12 mm 104240549
  • Offray Cool Kids™ Headband Purple 104542874
  • Scissors
  • Nicole™ Crafts Dual Temperature Trigger Glue Gun 104180411
  • Surebonder® All Purpose Stik™ Glue Sticks 4 inch 50 pc. 104737928
  • Foam Board (Used to Help Cut Tulle - Optional)
Download Project Template