Make an easy homemade pirate costume for kids really quickly, using three things: a few items from your closet, my free pirate accessories template and the best: the free pirate vest pattern! Scroll down and get it now.
If your kid hasn't got a Halloween outfit yet and you're looking for pirate costume ideas, this tutorial will give you an idea for an easy homemade pirate costume.
No time to sew now? Save it to Pinterest to have at hand when you need it:
The idea for this homemade pirates costume came from our toddler, half an hour before a visit from a friend of his. He suddenly asked to be a pirate for that year's Mardi Gras carnival. 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? 🙂
Ever since the day I sewed it, it's become a really popular piece of clothing for our kid's pretend play throughout the year. So I figured, why not post the idea! And probably help my readers to an easy diy pirate outfit. Now, let's get to the HOW-TO:
easy homemade pirate costume for kids
1) Grab an old shirt
The first thing that I pulled out was 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) Make a SIMPLE VEST (using my free pattern)
I used some warm, soft felt to cut out something close to a simple vest. It has 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 😉
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2) Accessories: Cut an Eyepatch and Skull - FREE TEMPLATE HERE
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?
3) ... make a PIRATE HAT
Use my free PDF template for pirate skull! I haven't got to publishing the free hat pattern, but it's coming soon! For now, I'll just describe how I made it, hopefully, this will do for the time being:
See the hat in the photo below? 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 finished, 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 should remain loose.
To make the hat, I began by cutting two random pieces from black fabric and kept sewing and cutting 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 craft-foam. (Craft foam, I love you!) Our kid put his new homemade pirate hat straight to use because the doorbell was ringing at the moment I finished it.
Another (pirate) boy was at the door, and a play-date could begin. (And both the mom and the kid were happy!)
What I did was trace the hat, added some seam allowance and saved the template for later. It's still waiting for me to scan it and save somewhere you could all download it from!
So, this is the hat. If you feel like - and if you have a spare half-an hour, make a pirate pouch to store some gold foiled chocolate coins - perfect for little pirates! I used this coin purse pattern from my pattern shop.
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 🙂
I finished it rather quickly. I only needed half an hour for the hat and half an hour for the vest - including trial and error! Now you've seen the photos, I bet you can make this even much faster than I did!
Make sure to save the project for later when you need a last-minute pirate costume:
If you need more, there are other diy Halloween ideas you might like: