How to make a turkey costume for children

Updated February 21, 2017

Homemade costumes can save you time and money when it comes to dressing your child and with proper supervision your child may even be able to help you with a costume project. Children may need to dress as a turkey for a play, for a class presentation or for a fancy dress party. With a trip to your local crafting supply shop and some careful cutting and sewing, you can create a turkey costume for just such an occasion.

Measure your child's height from shoulder to knee. Double this measurement and cut out enough brown fabric for the double measurement. You will drape the brown fabric over your child, so it must be long enough to cover the front and back.

Fold the brown fabric in half. At the fold, cut a hole large enough for your child's head.

Drape the fabric over your child. Pin the two halves of the fabric together just below each armpit. Remove the fabric from your child and, leaving enough room for the arms, sew the two halves of the fabric together. The stitch style does not matter, so long as the stitch will hold as your child moves around.

Stand your child up straight and hold a piece of poster board or cardboard behind him. Measure a half circle from the board, so that you can see the top over your child's head and the sides past his shoulders. Cut this half circle from the board.

Glue brown fabric to both sides of the board with craft glue, fabric glue or hot glue; any of these will hold the fabric in place. While the glue dries, cut feather shapes out of red, orange and yellow fabric. Glue these feathers onto the back of the board, and on the top and sides of the board that extend beyond the child's body. Allow all glue to dry before continuing.

Attach Velcro strips to the back of the brown body fabric and to the blank part of the poster board. Attach the board to the body fabric.

Cover the bill of a baseball hat with yellow fabric; cover both the top and bottom. Cover the rest of the hat with brown fabric. Use adhesive tape to hold the fabric in place.

Cut two large circles out of white fabric; the circles should fit next to other on the front of the cap, just above the rim. Draw black circles in the centre of the circles with black permanent marker to form eyes. Attach the eyes to the hat.

Dress your child. Dress him in yellow or white trousers to imitate the turkey's legs. Drape the brown fabric carefully over the child's head; make sure the poster board is secure against his back. Put the hat in place to form the turkey's head.


Use a cap that you do not need again, as the material will be glued to the hat.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Brown fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread or sewing machine
  • Cardboard or poster board
  • Glue
  • Red, yellow, orange and white fabric
  • Velcro pieces
  • Cap
  • Adhesive tape
  • Black permanent marker
  • Yellow or white trousers
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Samantha Volz has been involved in journalistic and informative writing for over eight years. She holds a bachelor's degree in English literature from Lycoming College, Williamsport, Pennsylvania, with a minor in European history. In college she was editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and completed a professional internship with the "Williamsport Sun-Gazette," serving as a full-time reporter. She resides in Horsham, Pennsylvania.