I’ve been getting a lot of requests to reveal how my burger costume was made.
Now, I must warn you — like all things do-it-yourself, this costume takes lots of time and careful work — but whatever you put into it, you’ll definitely get out of it. So if you’re looking for a quick and easy do-it-yourself, either look elsewhere or try to work with what you have.
I had my friends Stephanie and Jeffrey help me since they both have formal training and experience with textiles and design. I’m guessing it took a total of 9 hours of work and about $30 of fabric and materials, but that’s probably because we had to start from scratch. You, on the other hand, are in luck because we’ve already taken care of figuring out a functional and comfortable design.
HOW TO MAKE A BURGER COSTUME
These measurements determine your comfort and mobility inside the burger. You’ll need to take measurements of the following:
- length from shoulders to upper thighs (bun diameter)
- width neck
- width of shoulders
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine
- Surger machine if you have access to one, but it’s not completely necessary
- Fabric scissors
- Needle and thread in colors that match your fabrics for hand-sewing
If you live near a fabric district like the one in Downtown, L.A., you’re in luck for some great materials at super affordable prices. Here’s a list of the materials we used, how much you’ll need and estimated cost. These fabrics are mere suggestions; find similar fabrics or ones that work best for you.
|bun||tan velvet||1.5 yd||$7|
|ground beef||dark brown crushed velvet||2 yd||$4|
|tomato||shiny red satin||2 yd||$4|
|cheese||hard yellow felt||1 yd||$3|
|lettuce||sheer light green polyester lining||1 yd||$2|
|sesame seeds||neutral muslin cloth||.5 yd||<$1|
|filler||polyfill||1 large bag||$5|
Remember, it pays to get more material than you’ll need — and really cheap material you can practice on — to leave room for error. You don’t want to make multiple trips to the fabric store. My total was around $27 for fabric and filler.
These burger design illustrations and steps were crafted by the amazingly talented Stephanie Ferdin for this blog post. Thank you, Steph!
I’ve also included some process photos from last year, reference photos and some snaps of seams.
The costume will fit like a jumper without a bottom for easy toilet access. Meat straps will go over your shoulders and on your sides. I wore a dark brown maxi dress, dark brown tights and black leather Chucks with my burger.
NOTE: The measurements below are tailored to my body — I’m 5’3″, 110 lbs. If you’re close to my body type, you can use these measurements!
ANOTHER NOTE: To make a perfect circle for your buns, fold your future buns in quarters and mark the center (on the wrong side, of course). Then cut a piece of string to the diameter you want, leaving some slack. Tape/tie your marker/chalk to the string and pivot the marker from the center with your finger. Viola!
For those of you who take on this fun project, I’d love to hear about it and see your results! Reply to this thread or email photos at: firstname.lastname@example.org