DIY How to Train Your Dragon group costumes

Halloween sewing recap 2019

Bring in the Dragons!

We mostly stuck to the 1st movie with the exception of 2 of the dragons: Cloudjumper (from How to Train Your Dragon 2) and the Light Fury (from movie 3).

First, Cloudjumper.


My guy mimicking Cloudjumper’s underbite

Someone at church gave us this great dinosaur costume. For this project, we decided it would be the perfect base for Cloudjumper.

My husband made a PVC harness which I covered with a large set of wings from brown fleece. He can actually flap the wings!

There’s a smaller set of wings I made to go under the arms.

The crest and brow is the most recognizable feature of Cloudjumper. I made the brow from French terry and felt, and the crest pieces from Bosal bag interfacing. All the facial features are made from felt too.

The custom painting on these pieces with acrylic was really fun but also took FOR-E-VER to dry! The crest and brow attach to the costume with safety pins.

Pink Deadly Nadder

I would have liked to have made Astrid’s dragon, Stormfly for my daughter. But I ran into 2 problems:

1)she really, really, really loves pink and Stormfly is turquoise

2)I found a perfect pink dino hoodie that fit her for $1. I couldn’t walk away from it.

DIY How to Train Your Dragon costume

So I decided to make Stormfly’s type of dragon–the Deadly Nadder

Since Deadly Nadders come in a variety of colors, I thought, what the hey, let’s make it pink!

To the hoodie base, I added eyes, teeth, nostrils, so many spikes, and a horn all from felt.

The wings were my absolute favorite. I freehand cut them from pique knit fused to Peltex interfacing and backed with felt. I wrote up some tips for sewing without a pattern for freehand cut projects just like this one.

Painting them with nadder’s mottled look was the best part of this process. I used straight acrylic paints. I didn’t heat set the paints, but if I ever need to wash them, I will do just that. Learn how to heat set fabric in How to Block Print Fabric. The wings affix with velcro on the back of the hoodie, and there’s foldover elastic straps so she can flap her wings.

I topped everything off with chenille boot covers with dragon toes.

Toothless and the Light Fury

In the middle of this project, my 3rd son gave me a personal throwdown–turn our beloved toy dachshunds, Popcorn and Pumpkin into Toothless and the Light Fury respectively.

I’ve always made costumes for my animals from when I was little. When I was teaching, I had a turtle puppet named Tilly who taught my kids about music history. One year Tilly had full scuba gear inside of an aquarium I made for her while Saint-Saens’ Aquarium from Carnival of the Animals was blasting on loop in my classroom. Another year? She was Baba Yaga and I made a popsicle stick hut when we were studying Pictures at an Exhibition. She was quite literally In the Hut of Baba Yaga. (So.much. music.nerd.)

So I picked up this challenge happily.

I used baby hoodies as a base. Both of them needed extensive fitting to fit the dogs’ torpedo shape.

My only annoyance was that Toothless’ hoodie was black with white spots. I added so many layers of black paint to try and get him to a solid black without getting all the way there.

Toothless got leather wings.

It was also really fun to recreate his tail prosthetic that Hiccup builds him, complete with the Viking skull.

The tails of both hook onto each dog’s tail with a loop of elastic. Popcorn also has elastic loops on his ears on the inside of the hood. That way you can flap his wings without his hood coming off.

Just like the other dragons, all the extra bits are felt, though I did make the ears from other jersey.

So that’s all of my Halloween sewing. I can’t say that I’ll jump into such a big project next year, but who knows!

Do you sew costumes for Halloween?

snakeskin faux leather

For my November sewing: I’m half way through a jacket cut from this faux leather. It’s top of my list in these 8 Great Fall Fabrics to Sew.

4 thoughts on “Halloween sewing recap 2019”

  1. The costumes are so amazing! I remember the wonderful costumes my mother made me as a child, and you have created some fantastic memories for your kids!

  2. This is fantastic! I didn’t sew my kids’ costumes this year, since I wasn’t sure how quickly I’d be able to get back into sewing with a newborn. But my boys both wanted to be Incredibles, so we just found pjs that looked like the outfit so they can get our money’s worth out of it. And the baby got a secondhand Monsters Inc onesie. We go out with one of my long time friends and her kids every year, and they also had homemade Toothless/ Light Fury costumes this year.

    I’m hoping that I can swing the family costume next year, since Halloween will be on a Saturday and my husband expressed an interest in going trick or treating with us then. Getting him in costume will be the tricky part. But I told him I’d be willing to do ninja turtles or something else that he likes.

    Also, that turtle puppet music teaching story is fantastic!

    1. Oh Incredibles + Monsters Inc are too fun! A family Halloween definitely comes with a lot more planning, but it’s definitely a fun thing. The Doctor Who theme was really popular the last two years at Trunk or Treats that we went to, and I think it makes all the individual costumes stronger when they’ve got that extra context of going with all the others. Ninja turtles would be a good one! And yes, Tilly was quite the engaging Music History professor in her day, though I’m pretty sure my current violin students would think I lost it if I pulled her out, LOL!

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