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My 3 year old son was crazy about How To Train Your Dragon last year and insisted on being Toothless for Halloween. I didn’t have the time to make an entire costume and instead opted for converting bought sweatsuits into dragons. 10x easier! In fact, the hardest part was probably finding solid-colored sweatsuits devoid of any markings (here’s a good option on Amazon).
The Making of Dragons
The sweatsuits I found were fleece so I went with the same material to make all the extra pieces. I made a basic horn shape for both of the dragons’ heads and attached them to the hood by hand. The eyes are from the lenses of thrifted sunglasses that were painted and glued in place.
The removable wings are from the awesome tutorial over at I’m Feelin’ Crafty. It’s a great step-by-step tutorial that even includes a pattern!
It’s hard to show you the detail of the Toothless’ tail because of the color. You’ll get the basic gist from the red dragon example in the picture above. The back ridges and tail piece are all one piece that are stuffed and sewn in place to the back of their sweatshirt. All tail accessories (white horn and Toothless’ tail wings) are made separately and sewn in place by hand.
For Toothless, I left the main tail piece (attached to the back) open at the tip and sewed/stuffed a separate cap from a piece of faux leather. The tail wings were attached by pinching the edges of of the leather cap. I then sewed the wings in place with a thick zig-zag stitch. The whole tail tip was then attached by hand.
Dragon Costumes for the Win!
The tail took a bit longer than I expected but it was my absolute favorite part of the entire costume! Kids who were fans of the movie knew exactly who he was the second they saw that tail!
In case you’re wondering how well the costumes have stood up. The kids have enjoyed playing with these costumes for an entire year! In fact, the boys wore them again to a Halloween festival this past weekend. Their costumes for this year are still in production (aka. I haven’t even cut the patterns yet!)
I only have one complaint about these costumes. Because they’re made out of fleece, they collect every single dog hair in a 10 mile radius. Seriously, Golden Retrievers and fleece costumes do not mix!
And here’s the happy family…two dragons and their viking trainers! 😀 Hope you enjoyed this tutorial on how to make a dragon costume from a sweatsuit. Let me know if you have any questions!