How to Make a Fat Tummy Costume

Things You'll Need

  • Two sweatshirts

  • Needle and thread or sewing machine

  • Cotton batting or plastic beads.

Fat bellies complete many costumes.

When most people dress up as Santa or another fat character, they usually stuff a pillow under the stomach part of the costume. A more realistic approach is to make a fat suit. The process is very straightforward if all you need is the tummy portion. The suit can be lightweight or heavy -- depending on the stuffing you use.

Step 1

Purchase two sweatshirts -- one that fits and another that is one size larger.

Step 2

Cut the sleeves off the larger sweatshirt, then pull it over the fitting one.

Step 3

Sew the bottom hems of both sweatshirts together. Also sew the sides together, from armpit to hem on both sides -- this prevents the stuffing from shifting to the back.

Step 4

Stuff the belly area between the sweatshirts with cotton batting up to the pectoral region. You can also use plastic beads for more realistic movement -- the kind kids use to make necklaces, available in most craft stores. Using beads, however, will result in a much heavier shirt.

Step 5

The pectoral lines mark the bottom of the pecs, close to the nipples.

Sew the fronts of the two shirts together along the pectoral lines.

Step 6

Stuff the pecs, letting them droop slightly past the sewn lines.

Step 7

Sew the sweatshirts closed at the neck and shoulders.


Wear this universal fat suit under any costume.