How to make a PIRATE costume for kids - last minute DIY

 Here it is, a last minute Halloween costume for your toddler. If your kid still hasn't got a Halloween outfit, this tutorial might give you an easy idea for a last minute DIY PIRATE costume. Since I made it, it's become a really popular piece of clothing for our kid's pretend play throughout the year. Have a look!

 

kids pirate costume - a last minute DIY


The idea came from our toddler, yesterday. Half an hour before a visit from a friend of his. He suddenly asked to be a pirate for this year's Mardi Gras carneval. We actually do not go out and celebrate on the streets, but kids, friends, families visit each other the weekend before, all kids dressed up in costumes. At first I intended to...
take the easy way out and talk our kid into using the baby frog costume from last year. To be honest, I was happy to get a last minute chance to avoid it. It wouldn't be quite fair, would it? :)

 Now, let's get to the HOW-TO:

1) ... make a PIRATE HAT

It took me a hasty half an hour, pulling out my sewing machine and torturing a piece of cotton fabric until a pirate hat came out of the machine. It did not look like a pirate hat at all, until I added that white skull I cut out from some craft-foam. (Craft foam, I love you!) The home-made pirate hat went straight onto the pirate's head because the door bell was ringing at the moment it was finished. Another (pirate) boy was at the door, and a play-date could begin. The day was saved. (And both the mom and the kid were happy!)

See the hat in the photo? It's that simple form  - resembling a toy car chassis (at least how I see it) Just cut out two of them and sew the top and the sides together. Make sure the bottom is wide enough - when sewn, the bottom part of the hat needs to be several inches wider than the circumference of a child's head. What keeps it on the head is not the tight fit, it's the bumpy (central) part you see on the top of the hat. The sides will be loose, and that's how it's supposed to be.

pirate costume for kids - If your kid still hasn't got a Halloween outfit, this tutorial might give you an easy idea for a last minute DIY PIRATE costume.

It was only today that I pulled out an old white-red long-sleeve shirt from my 'recycle'-pile (actually any color would do). It is not useful for every-day life, but it will surely do for a pirate costume for kids.


2) Use a shirt and make a SIMPLE VEST
 Then I used some warm, soft fleece to cut out something close to a simple vest, with a snap fastener attached to the front. (You could also use some velcro, or even two small pieces of thin rope.) I added another white skull I cut out from craft-foam to one side of the pirate vest. It's easy, especially if you use materials like fleece that do not need any hemming work. You may use your toddler's t-shirt as a guide for size -  but it's even better if you make the vest a bit wider than you would usually. It's easier to put on, the pirate won't mind the comfort and he just might want to reuse it next year ;)

pirate costume for kids - If your kid still hasn't got a Halloween outfit, this tutorial might give you an easy idea for a last minute DIY PIRATE costume.




3) Accessories: EYE PATCH

To complete the pirate costume, I used black foam for my pirate's eye patch. It's simple: cut out a round-ish piece of craft foam and add the thinnest piece of elastics you find at home. Really, the thinner the better. As for the pirate pants - well, regular black pants will do just fine. The simpler the better, right?


4) BONUS HINT:
And if you remove the white skulls after Halloween is over, the vest and the cap might even be reused for another costume next year :)


DIY Pirate Halloween Costume for your toddler. If your kid still hasn't got a Halloween outfit, this tutorial might give you an easy idea for a last minute DIY PIRATE costume.

Not much time was needed (half an hour for the hat and half an hour for the vest - including trial and error!), so I think it's a good solution for you too. Now you've seen the photos, I bet you can make this even much faster than I did!



If you need more, there are two of my DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUMES:

   


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13 comments:

  1. Easy and very effective. Love it!

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  2. What a great looking costume!

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  3. Fabulous pirate costume, Damjana and looks easy to make, too.

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    1. Pam,
      thanks, it sure is simple and easy, that's how things go with last-minute projects - no time to make it complicated :) Have a great day, Damjana

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  4. This is awesome! Such a great idea!

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  5. Thank you!!! We were just notified that playgroup is pirate themed tomorrow. I'm so glad I found this! You have saved the day (and my sanity) :)

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    1. Oh, that's great, glad to help! (Not really an awesome thing, being notified on the playgroup theme that late, I can relate) Have a great day, Damjana

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  6. Tommorow my sis has a pirate play that shes performing in at school. We were really struggling to come up with things that we could make but this sure helped us come up with some ideas. Cheers for sharing your creativity

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