How to Make a Kiwi Costume

Updated April 17, 2017

A kiwi is a terrific fruit and a unique costume for any party. Using burlap helps to replicate the kiwi's natural fuzzy outer coating. A simple sleeveless tunic design with open sides allows this costume to be made quickly and fit people of varying sizes. The only sewing required is hemming the head hole and the edges along the side and the bottom. Painting the inside of a kiwi on the tunic's front is fun for all ages.

Measure from the wearer's shoulder down the body to the desired length. Fold the burlap fabric until it reaches the desired length and cut it along the bottom. Now fold the fabric lengthwise (from side to side) from left to right. At the top folded section measure 2 inches down and mark the spot with charcoal. Measure 2 inches from the fold to the left and mark the spot with charcoal. Draw a line between the markings. Cut the line. This is the head hole. If a bigger one is required refold and cut a bigger hole.

Turn 1 inch of the edge under and pin. Do this along the head hole and the sides and bottom of the tunic. Sew it on the sewing machine with a basic stitch that has 4 to 6 stitches per inch. Remove the pins.

Turn the tunic to its right side. With the front side up place newspaper or poster board between the front and back. This will keep the paint from soaking through.

Draw the kiwi fruit on the tunic's front with charcoal. Paint with a brush or sponge on the colours. Start with the green paint. To create the colours' feathering effect lightly brush the white paint into the green paint with an almost dry brush. The brown and black paint will create the seeds. Let dry completely.

Wear a turtleneck shirt that matches the kiwi's colour under the tunic.


Burlap fabic lasts longer when rolled. Do not wash this costume. Air it out instead.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Burlap fabric
  • Charcoal pencil
  • Green fabric paint
  • Yellow fabric paint
  • White fabric paint
  • Brown fabric paint
  • Black fabric paint
  • Paint brushes
  • Newspaper
  • Wet sponge
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
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Since 1993 Mona Harte's work has appeared in various publications, including "NYTimes Regional Newspaper Group," the "Calgary Sun," the "Great Falls Tribune" and the "Tahoe Daily Dispatch," as well as international magazines "Atlantica," "Portfolio," and "Open Skies." She holds an Associate of Arts in layout/design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh.