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My 3 year old son was crazy about How To Train Your Dragon last year and was insistent about being Toothless for Halloween. Since this time of year is always busy (especially for bloggers!), there was no way I was going to have 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 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 were made from the lenses of thrifted sunglasses that were painted and glued in place.
The removable wings were made with 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 Toothless’ tail because of the color but you’ll get the basic gist from the picture above. The back ridges and tail piece are all one piece that were stuffed and sewn in place to the back of their sweatshirt. All tail accessories (white horn and Toothless’ tail wings) were 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 and sewing them in place with a thick zig-zag stitch. The whole tail tip was then attached by hand.
In case you’re wondering how well the costumes have stood up…the kids have enjoyed playing with these costumes for an entire year and they’re still going strong! In fact, the boys wore them again to a Halloween festival this past weekend because their costumes for this year are still in production (aka. I haven’t even cut the patterns yet!)
The only thing I have to complain about these costumes is that 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!