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DIY Toothless Costume…from “How To Train Your Dragon”

Okay, I don’t think it has ever taken me this long to finish up costumes because I usually try to have them complete several weeks before Halloween…..but that didn’t quite happen, Halloween is in less than a week, and I’m just now sharing Oliver’s costume.  Ack!  I’m SO SORRY if you’ve been waiting on me to use these “How To Train Your Dragon” costume tutorials for this year — but the good news, is that this very last tutorial is absolutely the EASIEST of them all!  And it’s so darn cute, that you’ll just have to whip one up really quick before the 31st!

In case you missed it, Connor’s Hiccup Costume HERE was finished up last week and he is in absolute love with it!  And is counting down until the 31st (because I don’t let them play with them freely as dress-ups until after Halloween is over)!!

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Connor is also really excited that his little buddy has now come to life…..because Toothless is DONE!  And is ready to take flight, sword fight, and find new adventures together!

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

Oliver’s pretty happy about that too.  Okay, let’s be honest….he has no clue what’s really going on, but he loves hats and thinks it’s funny that we keep laughing and gushing over how cute he is.  This child is definitely the youngest and LOVES when everyone is staring at him and giggling.  It makes him laugh—every time!

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

But come on, how cute is this little baby Toothless.  I just about die every time he puts his head down and starts walking, so that we mostly see the big green eyes….it just cracks me up!

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And while this costume isn’t quite as detailed as Hiccup, it didn’t really need to be.  But don’t worry I didn’t forget to add Toothless’ tail……and the red prosthetic wing on his tail.  (The tail is attached to a circle of elastic that you wear like a belt — nice and simple!)

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

Oh, and these feet are the EASIEST things you’ll ever make.  They only happened on accident…..but I think I’ll make costume shoes like this in the future, EVERY TIME.

And the reason they turned out this way, was because I was running out of light to take pictures, I still hadn’t made the feet that I had planned on, and then last minute my husband said, “hey, why not cover some shoes with Connor’s black church socks?!”  ((cue angels signing))  Great idea!  So these are just black socks over some of Oliver’s shoes and then tucked under his pant legs…..with little claws glued on.  PERFECT!!!

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

Those little wings are also SUPER EASY and quick to make (and would work great for all sorts of costume ideas)!  They don’t involve any sewing….and are actually pretty sturdy without being heavy.

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

And since Oliver has recently learned to walk, he thinks he’s such a big kid.  I guess he’s ready to try knocking a few doors this Halloween with his daddy!

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

A quick fleece hat + a speedy tail + a simple set of wings + some socks with claws glued on + shirt and leggings from the store = the cutest and fastest little TOOTHLESS around!!!

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

Want to make one too?

 

SUPPLIES:

  • Long Sleeve Black Tshirt
  • Black leggings (either buy some or make your own leggings HERE)
  • black fleece
  • black felt (for the ears, horns, eyes and part of tail)
  • red, green, white felt (a tiny amount of each color for the claws, tail and eyes)
  • 1 inch wide black elastic
  • 1/2 inch wide black elastic
  • Fleece Hat pattern pieces (same as the Baby Cow Costume Tutorial HERE)
  • Plastic Canvas (for the wings…..but you could also use cardboard)
  • Batting/Stuffing for the tail
  • hot glue gun (optional….you can always sew every single piece)
  • Sewing Supplies (here’s a list of my favorite sewing supplies, in case you need a few ideas) 

***Check out my Sewing Terms 101 post, for additional help.

 

 

Okay, let’s get started.  You could either buy a black stretchy beanie or you can make a really SIMPLE one out of fleece by using the pattern pieces from the Baby Cow Costume Tutorial.  The hat is sized for a 6 month old but I used it on my almost 16 month old and just make the pattern pieces longer (not wider) and the shape still worked great.

Then, if you look at the real Toothless, he has some ears, some horns, and then some little side ears or flaps of some sort.  So, I cut some really basic shapes out of felt for each ear and horn and then made each of them 3 layers.  So each little shape down there is actually a pile of 3.  This will just make them stiffer.  Then, sew around the top and side edges.  (Or, you can even glue these layers together but just leave the bottom 1/4 inch or so free from glue so that you can sew them to the hat.)

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Now, just like the baby cow tutorial above, sew the darts in your hat pieces and then attach your ear and horn pieces the same way as the cow ears and then sew the hat together along the sides.

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Now, cut some green eye pieces, some black inner eyes, and then little white circles for light reflection all from FELT and then place them on the hat where you’d like them.  You can sew around each piece but I ran out of time and just hot glued each layer down.  It worked just as well! :)

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Now, for the tail, I cute two triangular pieces that were about 4 inches wide at the top and about 1 inch wide at the bottom.  I also made sure to add an extra 1/4 inch around all the edges for a seam allowance.  (Your tail size will vary depending on the size of your subject…..but don’t overthink it.  Your tail can be more narrow and shorter or longer than mine, and will probably still look great!)  Then, Toothless has his little red prosthetic wing piece on his tail so I cut one from red felt and the other side from black felt.  But I cut two layers of each color for stability.  Then sew the 2 layers together all the way around……or, if you run out of time, you can use hot glue.  But just be sure to keep the hot glue 1/4 inch away from the edge where you’ll be attaching it to the tail.

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Now, attach these wing pieces to the RIGHT side of one of your tail pieces and line up with straight edge of each wing with the edge of the tail….and about 1/2 to 1 inch from the bottom of the tail.  Sew in place about 1/4 inch from the edge.

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Place the two tail pieces together with RIGHT sides together and sew around the edges and bottom, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

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Turn the tail right side out…..success!!!

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Stuff the tail with a little bit of batting……don’t over stuff it…..just lightly, so it’s not bulging and awkward when it’s being worn.

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Now, cut a piece of 1 inch wide elastic that is the same length as your subject’s waist.  Overlap the ends of the elastic by 1 inch and then sew together with a zig-zag stitch along both raw edges.  Then, place the edge of the tail along the bottom edge of the elastic and overlap by about 1/4 – 1/2 inch…..and then sew the tail to the elastic with a zig-zag stitch.  (I pulled the elastic a little while sewing, that’s why it  looks like it pulled in a bit and rounded out the top of the tail.)

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Now, onto the wings.  This sheet of plastic canvas is 12 x 18 inches and it was the perfect size for my wings.  But if you are making this for a larger child, you may want to buy two pieces and overlap them by a few inches and then either loop some yarn through the edges to stitch them together….or wait until you have them all cut out and then hot glue them together when you’re constructing the wings.  Also, you could always use cardboard for the wings too….however, they might get bent and won’t last as long.  But that’s okay if this will only be worn a few times.

Draw your wing shape onto the canvas.

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And then cut it out.  As you can see, I decided to make the scallops bigger……so my sketched shape wasn’t exactly helpful.  (If you had to use 2 pieces of canvas, make sure that the pieces are overlapping by about 3 inches but don’t glue together until after the next step.)

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Now, cut 2 one inch slits near the upper center that are about 2 inches apart.  This is where you’ll insert your elastic for the arm straps later on….so don’t forget this step.

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Now, hot glue your canvas wings down onto some black fleece…..making sure to not place glue over the slits that you cut into the canvas.

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Trim down the fleece to 1/4 inch away from the canvas edge.  Then cut through your fleece fabric where those slits in the canvas are, with a sharp utility knife placed over a cutting board.

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Then glue the canvas side down to another piece of fleece….also making sure that no glue gets on those slits.

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Cut the other piece of fleece down to the same size and then add more glue around all the edges, sealing the layers of fleece together.  Cut the slits through the other layer of fleece.

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Now, fold some of your 1/2 inch wide elastic in half, slide the folded end through one of the slits and then back in through the other, leaving enough elastic at both ends to loop around each arm.  Then try it on your subject to determine how much elastic to keep, put a knot in the two ends (or you can sew them together) and then adjust so that the elastic loops are even.

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Now, the feet are SUPER EASY!!!!  And I wish I would have thought of this sooner for other costumes.  But I just slid some black socks over a pair of Oliver’s shoes……

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…..and then hot glued little white felt claw shapes onto the front of the socks.  Then, when it’s time to put them on, I just pull the socks down about halfway (so that it doesn’t mess with the claw placement), put the shoe on, and then pull the sock up over the entire shoe and up onto the leg.  Then I pull the pant leg down over the sock and you can’t even tell.  (Oh, and I also used a pair of black socks that had no-slip grip stuff on the bottom to keep him from slipping while walking.  But if yours doesn’t have that, you can always add lines of hot glue to the bottom.)

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And that’s it!  Wasn’t that super quick and EASY?!?!

A simple DIY Toothless Costume...from "How To Train Your Dragon" | via Make It and Love It

 

Have fun making your little Toothless…and enjoy!

-Ashley

 

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If you’re looking for more inspiration, you can find all sorts of DIY Halloween Costume Ideas HERE.

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Ashley Johnston

Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

Comments

  1. Nancy says:

    I made this costume in 2016 and my son loved it! He wants to wear it every year. Now I’m making another one for my other son cause they are always fighting for the toothles costume. Thank you very much for the tutorial

  2. Amanda says:

    Hi Ashley – thank you so much for your article. I’ve used lots of the ideas to make a Toothless costume for my son, and really appreciate the inspiration. Brilliant!

  3. Kristy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! My son would not wear the costume I bought him and when he saw the pictures you posted on Instagram he was obsessed so I decided that I’d give it a shot and make it. Thanks to your awesome directions I was able to make this one, easy and quick, as a mother of 6 that’s what I need! He absolutely LOVED this costume and so did everyone else I got so many comments on it! Thank you Thank you Thank you!! I love your blog, keep it up!!

  4. gutscheincode says:

    I like the Toothless. The baby is soooo cute. I want to kiss him.

  5. Mary says:

    That is so sweet! Such great costumes! This made me think of my cousin, who is building costumes for kids in wheelchairs. Last year he made the most amazing Toothless costume for his son who has SMA and is in a wheelchair. Check out pictures of their projects here:

    https://www.magicwheelchair.org/

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh YES, I came across his site and shared a video of his on facebook a few weeks ago. His organization is absolutely amazing! I’m such a big fan of costumes already but to create them specifically for kids who might have a harder time to find costumes that they can wear while in their chair….it’s just beyond awesome! The whole thing is just magical! :)

  6. Dana says:

    Love it! My kids are being Astrid, Hiccup, & Toothless too!!! I went with Hiccup from the first movie ( a little easier costume) Love your blog!

    1. Ashley says:

      Oh, YAY!!!!!! They are such fun costumes to make…..I’d love to see yours too! :) And yes, during the middle of making Hiccup, I asked Connor why he didn’t want to be Hiccup from the first movie. Ha!

  7. Amy @ Serving Pink Lemonade says:

    This is adorable! I can’t wait to see what your girls are going to be. I look forward to seeing what you come up with each year for Halloween. I love how you coordinate all your kids costumes. They always look amazing.

    1. Joanie says:

      She already made them mermaid costumes :)

    2. Ashley says:

      Awwww, thanks Amy! And yeah there was no coordinating all 4 of them this year…..boo! But, the girls are paired up and so are the boys, so I still got to enjoy some mini themes!

      Here are the girls’ costumes: https://makeit-loveit.com/2015/10/diy-mermaid-costume-with-a-repositionable-fin.html

  8. Winter says:

    Adorable! So the boys are Hiccup and Toothless, and the girls are . . . . Did I miss their costumes?

    1. Ashley says:

      Yeah, I should have added little pictures in of them….I’m sure I confused others too.

      But you can see the girls’ costumes here: https://makeit-loveit.com/2015/10/diy-mermaid-costume-with-a-repositionable-fin.html

  9. Julia says:

    ACK! I can’t believe how big Oliver has gotten. I had to look twice (ok, three or four times) to make sure you weren’t just playing tricks on all of us. Adorable Toothless little dragon.

    1. Ashley says:

      I know….it’s strange to me too! He just started walking about a week ago and once that happened, I feel like he turned into a whole new kid. So crazy!

  10. Jen Richards says:

    Your costumes and kids are adorable!!! Happy Halloween :)

    1. Ashley says:

      Awww, thanks so much!

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