This year, my daughter wanted to be Jewel, the girl blue macaw from the movie “Rio.” I love making my kids’ Halloween costumes, so I was definitely up for the challenge!

To make Jewel’s head, I used a pattern that I had from my daughter’s costume last year, when she was a pink flamingo (she loves birds). I modified the hood to make it look like Jewel. The parrot beak that came with the pattern was much too large for my daughter and it obstructed her view, so, I modified it by making it smaller and changing its shape. I also placed the beak much higher on the hood than the pattern called for.

I made Jewel’s eyes from felt pieces. I used a picture of Jewel from one of my daughter’s “Rio” books and made a pattern for each felt piece to make the eyes look exactly like Jewel’s. Then I added feathers to the top of Jewel’s head using both felt feathers and real feathers. To complete the look, I made a pink flower out of felt and attached it to the side of the head.

The body for Jewel was made using a combination of felt, a sweatshirt, and tulle for her skirt. I wanted to make the wings look as close as possible to actual macaw wings, so I used a picture of Jewel with her wings spread and cut varying sizes of feathers from felt: small, medium, large and extra large for the tail feathers.

I arranged the feathers on the sweatshirt and glued them into place with fabric glue. I sewed a simple skirt using tulle and elastic. Then I arranged varying sizes of felt feathers on the skirt and attached them to the skirt by hand-sewing and gluing them into place.

To complete the look, she wore black leggings, black socks and black shoes. She absolutely loved her Jewel from Rio Bird Costume and received many compliments!