I love the costume my son wore for Halloween last year so much it has been hard to top this year! Last year Bugaboo, who was 2 years old, went as a knight in shining armor. My daughter went as a baby dragon and they looked adorable together! I had so much fun making his costume but never got around to sharing it last year. I was definitely working on this one right up until our zoo’s trick-or-treat day that we go to every year.
When Bugaboo told me he wanted to be a knight in shining armor, I immediately jumped on board! Earlier that year he had received a sand box as a birthday gift and it came with a small knight and princess. He really liked the knight and started telling me he wanted to be a knight for Halloween that summer. We went to the library for research and found an amazing book by Usborne Books, one of my absolute favorite children’s book publishers!
In this book, Knights and Castles Things to Make and Do, there was a great tutorial for making a paper helmet and a cardboard sword and shield. These tutorials were perfect and I used them as a jumping off point for all of his knight accessories. I looked through the other books we checked out and came up with the basic design for the rest of the costume. I created the pattern for the tunic, “chain mail” cowl and belt. All of the gorgeous gold fabric and trim came from my fabric stash. The blue and green velvety fabrics came from Joann Fabrics, as well as the silver confetti dot fabric.
The helmet is definitely my favorite part. The Usborne book goes through making it out of paper. I did that first and fit it to Bugaboo’s head. Once I was happy with the fit, I created it out of grey felt. To add some sparkle, I used Silhouette heat transfer material in silver glitter. I don’t have a Silhouette machine (maybe one day!) but I have still managed to have fun using their products! I love this heat transfer material and had a lot left after the knight costume so I have been using it here and there – including the black cat treat bag I just made Jellybean.
The sword and shield were my son’s favorite. I made the shield so it would be easy for him to carry on his arm without him having to think about it too much. He held the shield the whole time, which surprised me! I created a loop on his belt for the sword to easily hang from.
This costume was so fun and I loved how excited my son was to wear it! It’s so interesting to see what he wants to be each year and then go out and create it. This year he wanted to be a fireman and I am just about finished with that costume. I’ll be sharing it soon! Next year my daughter should be old enough to tell me what she wants to be and I can’t wait!
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