Ruffled Feathers Owl Costume

Ruffled Feathers Owl Costume

Crafting Time:
  • Weekend Project
Skill Level:
  • Intermediate
Project Courtesy of: Dritz
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Additional Information

  • Dritz® sewing notions:
5/8” Fold-Over Elastic
Liquid Stitch™
Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Felt square, dark brown
  • Felt square, walnut brown
  • Felt square, cashmere tan
  • Felt square, cream
  • Felt square, gold
  • Printer for PDF pattern
  • Sewing Machine*
  • Basic sewing supplies
*Dritz® Liquid Stitch™ or a hand needle and thread can be used to assemble.
  1. Print and cut out the paper pattern pieces. Cut felt as follows:
Dark Brown – 1 each: 4” x 3/4", 3” x 3/4", & 1-1/2” x 3/4"
Walnut Brown – mask base, 2 ears
Cashmere Tan – 2 eye circles
Gold – beak
Cream – 2 strips: 3” x 1/2”
  1. To create the scalloped “feathers” for the forehead, cut each strip of dark brown felt with a scallop pattern that is approximately 3/4” wide.
  2. Trim one long side of cream strips with pinking shears. Then, with regular scissors, carefully make a 1/4" snip in between each point.
  3. To assemble, start by centering the longest dark brown scalloped piece at the top edge of the mask base, followed by the ears. Pin in place. Using a short zigzag machine stitch, attach the three pieces.
  4. Next, position the other two scalloped pieces on the mask base. Center and tuck the 3” piece slightly under the top piece; pin. Center and tuck 1-1/2” piece just under the middle piece; pin. Stitch or glue into place.
  5. Position tan circles on mask base, aligning eye holes. Pin in place. Next, pin the pinked cream pieces under the bottom portion of the tan circles and bend to shape around the circles. Clip as needed to shape. Stitch around the circumference of the circles to attach.
  6. Stitch eye hole layers together with a satin zigzag stitch that overlaps the edges.
  7. Cut a piece of elastic to head size and stitch ends to the sides of mask. Glue on beak, and allow to dry. And for an added detail, attach a little bow for girl’s mask.
  • Dritz® sewing notions & tools:
3/4” Non-Roll Elastic
Tape measure
Rotary cutter and mat
  • 4 yds tulle*
  • Omnigrid® ruler
*Our tutu is 14” long and fits a size 4T. For a larger and/or longer skirt, add at least one more yard of tulle.
  1. Determine the length that you want the tutu. Multiply this by 2. This will be the length you will need to cut for each strip.
  2. Using your rotary cutter, ruler and mat, cut the tulle into strips that are 6” wide, by the length determined in step 1. We ended up with 72 strips that were 6” x 18” for a 14” tutu.
  3. Cut elastic to waist measurement minus 1”. Overlap each end by 1” and zigzag together, creating a waistband. Or, for a quick no-sew method, add 2” to the waist measurement, cut and tie it in a knot. Then trim the excess.
  4. Stretch elastic waist over the back of a chair to make it easier to tie strips onto elastic. You can also loop it around your leg.
  5. Fold each tulle strip in half, forming a loop. Position loop behind the elastic.  Fold loop over the elastic, to the front. Then pull the ends through the loop to secure strips to elastic around the waistband. When you’re done, evenly distribute strips on waistband. Trim any uneven strips if desired.
  • Dritz® sewing notions & tools:
      5/8” Fold-Over Elastic
Styling Design Ruler
Straight pins
Tape measure
Fabric marker
Fray Check™
  • 1/2 yd 36” felt*
  • 1/4 yd fabric for cape ruffle row #1*
  • 1/4 yd fabric for cape ruffle row #2 *
  • 1/3 yd fabric for cape ruffle row #3*
  • 1/2 yd fabric for cape ruffle row #4*
  • 1/2 yd fabric for cape ruffle row #5*
  • 1/2 yd fabric for cape ruffle row #6*
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Basic sewing supplies
*Our cape is 16” long when complete and fits a size 4T.
1.  Fold the felt in half widthwise to 18” x 18”.  Hold one folded corner, and fold it again diagonally, so folded edge and length edges meet. Pin the folded point. This point will be the neck.
2.  Mark 3” from the neck point on both edges of felt. Use the Styling Design Ruler as a guide to mark a nicely rounded line.  Cut along line and through all 4 layers of felt for neck opening.
3.  Measure down 15” from neck opening in several places. Connect marks by drawing a curved line for lower edge of cape with design ruler. Cut along line to form cape and set aside.
4.  For ruffles, cut fabrics into strips that are 3” x fabric width. Piece them together to create one long continuous strip per fabric design. Use the following chart for number of strips needed per row:
      Row #1 - 1 strip + 8-10” (top row at neck)
      Row #2 - 2 strips
      Row #3 - 3 strips
      Row #4 - 4 strips
      Row #5 - 4 strips
      Row #6 - 5 strips
5.  Begin with row #6. Stitch two basting rows, 1/4” apart, along the top of ruffle. Mark center of cape along back fold and center of fabric strip. Pin the center of the fabric strip to the center of felt cape.
6.  Starting at one end, gently pulling the two bobbin threads together to gather ruffle. Work the gathers towards the center pin, until the ruffle fits and extends 1” past the bottom edge of cape. Repeat on other side. Evenly space gathers and pin ruffle to cape.
7.  Stitch the ruffle to the cape, by stitching between the two basting rows. Remove basting stitches. Repeat steps 6-8 for the remaining ruffles. Overlap each row 1”.
8.  To finish neck opening, find the center of fold-over elastic and pin it at the center back of the neck. Fold and pin elastic over the neck opening to encase the raw edges; stitch along edge to secure. Apply Fray Check™ to the ends of the elastic tie.
FELT FEATHERED CAPE ALTERNATIVE: for feather portion only. See cape above.
  • Feather pattern
  • 1 yd felt* for feathers
  • Dritz® Liquid Stitch™
*This can be divided by various colors. Yardage is determined by a 36” fabric. Otherwise, you will need a total of 55-60 4” x 3” squares.
1.  Print and cut out the paper feather pattern.
2.  Using the pattern as your guide, cut out felt feathers in various colors.
3.  Starting at the bottom edge of the cape, glue a row of feathers by overlapping them approximately 1/4”.
4.  Glue on the next row, by overlapping and alternating the points of the feathers between the points on the previous row. Continue until the cape is covered. Allow to dry.
5.  To finish neck opening, find the center of fold-over elastic and pin it at the center back of the neck. Fold and pin elastic over the neck opening to encase the raw edges; stitch along edge to secure. Apply Fray Check™ to the ends of the elastic tie.
Disclaimer: Please read and follow all manufacturers’ instructions for all tools and materials used. Provide adult supervision if children participate in this project.
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