How to sew peacock feathers onto a dress

Updated April 17, 2017

Peacock feathers are vibrantly coloured and long. Male peacocks use the flamboyant feathers to stand out from the crowd and attract a mate. The feathers are typically coloured turquoise with blue or purple accents. They can be used to decorate a dress or any other fashion accessory, including earrings, hairpieces or purses. A dress decorated with peacock feathers would be a standout outfit for a formal dance or for a costume party.

Glue one bead to the quill end of one of your peacock feathers by placing the feather's end inside of the bead and adding a small dab of hot glue, without covering the entire hole. Repeat with each feather and allow the glue to cool completely before proceeding. These beads will give your dress a finished look, rather than having bare quill ends sticking out on your garment.

It is a good idea to have a plan before sewing on the feathers. Place your dress on a work surface and arrange the feathers on your dress the way you want them. This method will allow your feathers to dangle across your dress, giving movement to the garment.

Sew a feather onto the dress by passing the thread through dress in the place you want to secure the feather, then through the bead several times. You may need to gently pierce the glue with the needle if you accidentally covered the bead's opening in Step 1. Sew the bead onto the dress, knotting securely with the first end of thread. This will allow the feather to swing freely and help avoid breaking the feathers when you move or sit in the dress. Repeat with each feather.


You can add as many feathers as you like using this method, from a few simple flourishes to a dress completely covered in feathers. Pick the look that you like before purchasing any feathers, so you don't end up with too many or too few.

Things You'll Need

  • Peacock feathers
  • Beads
  • Hot glue gun
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Dress
  • Scissors
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