Easy DIY Knight Costume (No-Sew Tutorial)

Diy knight costume - Make a super easy knight costume for kids in a really short time. No sewing involved! Also, grab the free emblem template! 

diy knight costume
See how to make an amazingly practical knight's costume that your kids will absolutely love - plus get a free emblem template! It's a great match to this 10-minute diy knight cape tutorial

I'm splitting the free tutorial into 3 parts, so it will be easier for you to find exactly what you need. Please also note that this post includes affiliate links for your convenience. Thanks for your support!

  • DIY knight tunic tutorial
  • the knight emblem tutorial (and a free template for you)
  • accessories. 

And have I mentioned I'm just crazy about making tutorials like these? There's more costume tutorials at AppleGreen Cottage, check them out:

Now, off to the tutorial:

Diy Knight Costume


You'll need:

    • a piece of grey(ish) felt  
    • small pieces of felt for the knight emblem (your choice of colors!)
    • scissors
    • glue 
    • the Free Knight Emblem PDF Template (Sign up for my free newsletter HERE and get access to the file once you confirm your subscription! If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.

    1) Cut a piece of felt that is approximately 1 by 3 in measure.
    • Width: the knight tunic I made for our kid is 12 inch wide (measure your kid: the tunic piece should extend from shoulder to shoulder, maybe a bit less)
    • Length: approximately 3 times  the width (the tunic can also be made longer if you like)

    knight costume diy

    2) Place the knight tunic piece on an even surface, fold it lengthwise and crosswise and make a mark at 3-inch from the center. (Because folded, you need to cut at the 3-inch mark! When you unfold it, you'll have a 6-inch circular opening for the knight's head.)

    diy knight costume

    Now you've made an approximately 6-inch wide hole for the knight's head in the center of your tunic piece. And don't worry if the opening is not evenly cut, kids won't bother.  ;)

    {And about the circle that's left from cutting the hole: don't throw it away yet, you'll see why!}

    diy knight costume

    3) To make the knight's costume even easier to put on, you can cut a slit down the neck (several inches should do), but only if your felt is not very soft. To do this, you'll need felt that is sturdy enough not to tear, but not too thick as it needs to be wearable. If you need more guidance on that - check out my post on how to choose the right felt for your creations. However, no matter where you get your felt, it's good to check thickness, material and stiffness before buying it!

    diy knight costume

    As I promised: no-sew, no emptying your wallet, no complicated patterns. And as easy as it can get!

    Wondering where you can get the incredibly cute sewing tape measure from the above photo? I got it from a dear friend of mine {thank you N, it's sooo cute and handy!} Unfortunately, I can't find the same model in shops to link to. But since, I've also gotten myself one designed with Lori Holt's fabric - you can find those on Etsy.


    It's not really necessary, but chances are you'll want to embellish your DIY knight tunic by a knight's emblem. I'm here to help you out :)


    • a small piece of felt or other glue-able material in a contrasting color (think red or black or .. anything actually) 
    • a template for the knight's emblem (see below)
    • glue

    I used a simple fleur-de-lis stencil and used it as an embellishment. A similar one was already on the kid's knight helmet we had bought some time ago, so it seemed the thing to go with.

    If you choose to do so, use one of the simpler versions of the flower emblem. Off course, there are tons of really beautiful, elaborate royal versions on Pinterest, but do yourself a favour: make it simple. It'll save you time and nerves ;) I drafted one by hand, but you don't need to lose time and nerves. You can use a free template I made for you, it's easier :)


    Sign up for my free newsletter HERE and get access to the Free Knight Emblem PDF Template once you confirm your subscription!If you’re already a subscriber, you can access the pattern with the password in each newsletter, in the resource library.


    1) Use the template to outline the knight emblem on a piece of felt in a contrasting color.

    homemade knight costume

    2) Then cut it out.

    childrens knight costume

    3) Glue the 'fleur-de-lys' to the chest area of the knight's tunic.

    To make it prettier, you can add an extra layer of felt in a contrasting color. Or two. I added a white layer to serve as background and the grey circle (the leftover from cutting the opening in the knight tunic). Makes your emblem look like a real one, doesn't it?

    diy knight costume

    Done :) You can be sure the homemade tunic will become your kid's favorite piece of garment for pretend play!

    homemade knight costume

    3) Knight Costume Accessories

    homemade knight costume

    You can simply go through your child's wardrobe and toys to get the remaining accessories that will make your homemade knight costume just perfect to wear at any time:
    • a belt  to go with the knight's tunic (As an alternative, you can sew together two equal stripes of felt using a zigzag stitch. I did this, it will only take you a minute. Easy peasy.)
    • sword (I made a soft sword using fabric scraps. Promise to make a nicer one someday - and a tutorial for you, off course :)

    Knight Helmet

  • helmet This kid's knight helmet could be a good fit if you want one similar to the one pictured. We bought the first one and then later diyed just the cap part.
  • Here's another great idea if you'd like to DIY your kid's knight helmet: I used one of the hat patterns to make this one.
    diy knight costume and helmet
    What you see is our son's (third) DIY knight outfit. It's soft, and what I love is it takes not space to store! (Definitely preferring the sewn version to the bulky store-bought ones!) Helmet is based on this pattern.

    Feel free to check out some of my PDF patterns  in my pattern shop. You can use the earflap beanie pattern as a helmet - feel free to check it out here:

    sewing pattern for an earflap beanie hat for kids

    As for the rest of the kid's costume - the simpler the better, right? Search through your child's closet: they'll be best off with a shirt and pants in grey or (even better!) black. But if you really want to make special pants for your kid's knight outfit, you'll be best off with a simple pattern. If you want to, check out this free (pajama) pants tutorial I made for my readers a while ago!

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    I hope you've enjoyed the DIY kids knight costume tutorial and more importantly - that your kids are happily jumping around in their brand new outfits!

    There are two more tutorials that you can use to make great Halloween costumes - in the last minute. Feel free to use them.

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    Or feel free to check out some of my PDF patterns  in my shop. You can use the earflap beanie pattern as a helmet - feel free to check it out here:

    sewing pattern for an earflap beanie hat for kids

    diy knight costume - helmetdiy knight costume - helmet

    Our son's (third) DIY knight outfit. Helmet is based on this pattern.


    1. That knight costume is so adorable! And I really love the new blog design. Cute! :)

      1. Thank you, Sandra.
        It makes me proud to hear that from a designer like you ;)

    2. No sewing involved - great for me :)

    3. What a cute outfit! It looks so simple to make too.

      1. And it IS simple! It's intended for that last minute craziness when you are still brainstorming for Halloween ideas when should already be putting your costume on... Hope it helps!