How to Make a Pillsbury Doughboy Costume


The Pillsbury Doughboy first popped onto America's television screens in 1965 when the Leo Burnett advertising agency created the animated spokesperson. Since then the Doughboy -- whose real name is Poppin' Fresh -- has appeared in hundreds of commercials promoting biscuits, crescent rolls and other Pillsbury products with his trademark chuckle. You can make a simple Pillsbury Doughboy costume for a child or an adult from basic clothing items and supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • White stretch pants
  • White straight-leg, elastic-waist sweatpants
  • White long-sleeve T-shirt
  • White sweatshirt
  • Polyester fiberfill
  • White sewing thread
  • Sewing needle or sewing machine
  • Chef hat
  • Blue card stock
  • White paint pen
  • Small hole punch
  • Bed pillow
  • White socks
  • White sneakers or bedroom slippers
  • White makeup
  • Blue eye shadow
  • White lipstick
  • White kerchief
  • White gloves
  • Wooden spoon
  • Whisk
  • Oven mitt

Make the Pants and Shirt

  • Slip the stretch pants inside the sweatpants. On each leg, match up the bottom edges of the two pairs of pants and pin them together. You may have to gather the hems of the sweatpants' legs to match the circumference of the stretch pants' legs. With white thread, hand- or machine-stitch the bottoms of the pants together about 3/8 inch from the edge.

  • Stuff the pants with polyester fiberfill, placing the fiberfill into the top of the pants between the two layers. When the legs are stuffed to the desired thickness, place additional fiberfill in the top portion of the pants. Match the waistbands of the pants and pin them together, gathering as necessary. Sew the waistbands of the pants with white sewing thread. Whip-stitch along the top edge to avoid stitching through the elastic.

  • Slip the long-sleeve T-shirt inside the sweatshirt. Match up the bottom edges of both shirts and pin them together, gathering the sweatshirt edge as necessary. On each arm, match up the cuffs of the two shirts and pin them together, gathering as necessary. With white thread, hand- or machine-stitch the bottom edge and the cuffs of the shirts about 3/8 inch from the edge.

  • Stuff the shirt with fiberfill. Place the fiberfill into the top of the shirt between the two layers. Fill the arms and torso of the shirt to the desired thickness. Pin the neck edges of the two shirts together and hand- or machine-stitch them together about 3/8 inch from the edge.

Decorate the Hat

  • Measure the height of the band on your chef's hat. Cut a circle from the blue card stock that's slightly smaller that the height of the band. Use a white paint pen to hand-letter "Pillsbury" in the center of the circle.

  • Make a border of holes around the perimeter of the circle with the hole punch. Leave 1/4 inch between the holes, and position them so they are about 1/8 inch from the edge of the circle. Punch a second ring of holes inside the first ring, leaving about 1/8 inch between the rings.

  • Sew the label to the brim of the hat with white thread. Whip-stitch through the holes and around the outer edge of the label. Use gentle pressure as you sew. If you pull the thread too tightly, the card stock could tear.

Assemble the Costume

  • Wear the padded sweatpants and sweatshirt. To make your tummy extra plump, place a bed pillow under the front of your shirt and tuck the bottom into your pants. On your feet, wear white socks and white sneakers or bedroom slippers. Place the hat on your head, tucking your hair inside.

  • Apply white makeup to your face and neck. Use bright blue eye shadow on your eyelids and below your eyes to create the Doughboy's round blue eyes. Apply white lipstick to your lips so they blend in with the rest of your face.

  • Tie the white kerchief around your neck and wear white gloves on your hands. To accessorize your Pillsbury Doughboy, carry a wooden spoon and whisk. Wear an oven mitt on one hand over your white glove.

Tips & Warnings

  • When you wear your costume, mimic the Pillsbury Doughboy's high-pitched voice. You'll probably get poked in the tummy, so learn to giggle like the Doughboy too.
  • Carry a tray of cookies, crescent rolls or other Pillsbury treats and share them with the other guests.
  • If the costume is for a child, consider the age of the child when choosing accessories. A kerchief can pose a strangulation danger to young children; utensils may cause injury to the costume wearer or other children.
  • To avoid allergic reactions, read the makeup manufacturer's directions and test makeup on a small area of skin before using.

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