DIY How to Train Your Dragon Toothless Baby Costume for $12
How To Train Your Dragon is one of my family’s favorite movies and my husband and I thought it was quite fitting that our 9-month-old (who has no teeth yet!) dress as Toothless the Night Fury for Halloween. My husband and I went as Astrid and Hiccup from the movie as well (not pictured.)
I couldn’t find a plain black body suit anywhere so I bought a 9-12 month body suit from the thrift store ($1.50), cut along all seams and made a pattern from it! I used one yard of stretchy cotton fabric, (sale bin, about $3) thread (already owned), and a 7-9″black zipper ($2) for the body suit.
I bought one yard of black felt (on sale, $3) for the wings and tail (which ended up being way more than I needed). I looked online at pictures of Toothless for reference drawing the wings and tail onto the fabric in chalk before cutting. I cut out the wings and tail and sewed the decorative “webbing” of the wings. I used Velcro (I already had some but it’s $1 to buy) on the back of the body suit and wing structure so that I could attach/detach the wings while baby was in her car seat.
I purchased two small squares of felt ($0.36 each) for the red tail and green eyes, similarly I looked to the online pictures for reference.
Finally, I used fabric paint that I already had for the last details, I drew random scale shapes on the hood, shoulders, and wrists in black and I drew the skull emblem on the tail in white.
The reactions I have gotten from this costume have been amazing. We took our daughter to the Texas Renaissance Festival in her costume and could hear people around us throughout the festival saying “Oh my God, it’s Toothless!” Most people have asked where I bought the costume and are blown away when I admit I made it myself. Multiple people have asked to take pictures of our baby in her costume and I even had someone ask if I could make them an adult-sized version for ComicCon.
My mom made all of our costumes growing up and they were the best. I was a bit nervous that I wouldn’t measure up to her skills with my own baby so I kept baby’s costume a secret (in case everything went wrong and she ended up a ghostly sheet with two eye holes, haha.) That said, this costume turned out better than I ever could have hoped. I do not consider myself a seamstress by any means and usually when I sew things there is a LOT of trial and error…but with this costume I worked very hard and took my time and, with a tremendous amount of luck, everything worked out perfectly for my baby’s first Halloween costume and I look forward to the years of costume making ahead.
How to Train Your Dragon Family Costumes
It started the day after Halloween last year, when my fiance thought of the idea to make our daughter a dragon rider with a dragon to ride on while trick-or-treating.
As this Halloween drew near, we made various trips to craft stores to gather our supplies…mainly faux leather, styrofoam, modeling clay, and hot glue, lots of hot glue! We started with Stoick and Valka, as we had an adult party to attend the weekend before Halloween. Our first night we learned that air dray clay needs 48 hours to dry (we had to substitute plastic horns for the clay made ones) and that self-adhesive velcro does not adhere well to faux leather, we lost a belt medallion and a skirt, haha!
Round two, Halloween trick or treating we learned from our previous outings and carried extra safety pins/supplies with us! We only lost 2 spikes and a styrofoam skeleton from our 2 year olds’ outfit! Not bad.
Stoick – green fabric to make a tunic, brown faux fur attached at the shoulders for the cape, shoulder medallions and belt medallion made out of air dry clay over styrofoam discs with designs carved in then attached with fabric, belt and forearms made from faux leather and metal studs affixed with hot glue and velcro, helmet made from foam sheets and air dry clay.
Valka – skirt made from faux leather and fur hot glued and velcro, belt made from faux leather and fabric, faux hair ponytail with colored elastics added.
Astrid – belt made from faux leather, metal spikes added and hot glued, skulls carved from styrofoam and glued on, headband from faux leather, metal studs, and velcro, shoulders carved from styrofoam balls painted, studded, and distressed.
Toothless Dragon stroller – store baought children’s costume cut and fitted around stroller, stuffed with polyfill and wooden dowels to keep its shape, felt and additional fabric sewn in mouth and body.