I don’t know about you, but I always wait until the last minute to make my kids’ costumes. I’m a professional procrastinator. I also refuse to buy those flimsy, expensive costumes that they sell in all the stores. We live in Wyoming and it likes to snow on Halloween around here, so I need something a little more heavy duty to keep my kids from freezing. That’s why I decided that this year, everyone was getting a sweatshirt halloween costume. That way, I could keep my kids toasty warm no matter what the weather decides to throw at us. I am in the process of finishing a wolf and a spider sweatshirt costume, but I might not get them done in time to show anyone else who might need a quick costume idea, so I thought I’d at least show everyone how I put together my last minute, easy dragon Halloween costume using a sweatshirt and some felt. I think it turned out pretty cute. Hope you like it!
Supplies for Dragon Halloween Costume:
- Sweatshirt (I got mine at the gently used kids’ clothing store in town)
- White, black and red felt
- Elastic band
- Stretchy gloves
- Fabric filling
Directions for Dragon Halloween Costume:
Step one: Cut white felt into a cone shape. It’s really easy to do if you use the corners of your felt for the cone shapes. Sew together into a claw shape and stuff some fabric filling into it. Sew onto the tip of a glove finger. Repeat for all claws. I made my thumb and pinky claws shorter to make sure my little dragon could still pick up candy with his claws. I just used a whip stitch to sew the claws on: http://www.womansweekly.com/craft/how-to-do-whip-stitch-15167/
Step two: Cut two matching pieces of felt into a tail shape. Sew it together on sewing machine inside out, leaving the base of the tail unsewn. If you want to add spikes, make sure you put the sandwiched between the pieces of fabric. Flip it inside out and the spikes should be sticking out along the top of the tail.
Step 3: Stuff the tail full of filling and then sew to the back of the sweatshirt.
Step 4: Cut out two wing shapes out of red felt and sew to the arms and sides of the sweatshirt. A simple little whip stitch works just fine.
Step 5: Cut out triangular shapes out of felt and sew on the top of the hood to be the dragon’s spikes. I just pinched the seam of the hood together and sewed my triangle on sandwiched between the seam.
Step 6: Cut out a mask in felt. Use your child as a gauge the size and to know where to make the eye holes. Sew on some triangular shapes for horns. Sew elastic onto the inside of the mask the size of your child’s head so it will stay on.
That’s it. Add some matching pants and you’re done. Putting this dragon Halloween costume was easy peasy and my four year old loves it! He hasn’t taken it off since yesterday! I love this project because it only took me a few hours to put it together and my little dragon is going to be warm and toasty and comfy come Halloween!
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