Easy DIY Pirate Costume

Make this DIY pirate costume for a quick and easy Halloween costume. It’s perfect for a toddler boy with a big imagination, and uses stuff in his closet!

Use clothing in your child’s closet and add some simple items that you can sew or glue for a complete DIY pirate costume. These things are great for a Halloween costume, but they are also great for playing dress up and imagination. This costume would be great for a little girl or little boy wanting to be a pirate.

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One of my son’s favorite shirts is a pirate boat shirt so I thought I would make him a pirate halloween costume that he can also play dress up with. It has definitely sparked some adventures so far and will keep his imagination going.

If you are looking for other Halloween costume ideas, you can also make a vampire costume, ghost costume, and a werewolf costume. These are all costumes my son has worn on different Halloweens as he’s gotten older.

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The hat makes me think of Napoleon Bonaparte surveying the water. He ended up not liking the beard so he ended up wearing it around his neck like a necklace. I think it makes the costume even cuter.

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His sword is soft which means he can swing it around all he wants. I love letting him play without having to monitor everything he does.

Wouldn’t this be a great costume to pair with a sibling mermaid costume! It would be so fun to see them together!

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DIY Pirate Costume


  • Black felt and gray felt
  • Stiff Interfacing
  • Blue and red faux leather
  • Elastic
  • Polyfil
  • Pirate Pattern Pieces – You may need to size them larger or smaller to fit your child
  • Sewing tools

Cutting Out

Cut a strip of vinyl for the belt that fits around your child’s waist. Cut a thin strip for the sword’s sheath. Using the hat pattern piece, cut two pieces of black felt on the fold. Using the beard pattern piece, cut two pieces of gray felt. Using the sword pattern piece, cut two pieces of blue faux leather and one piece of stiff interfacing. Interface one piece. Cut two handles from black felt and a hand protector from the vinyl.

DIY Pirate Dressup Tutorial

Sew the sides and top of the hat.

Pin the two beard pieces together and sew around the perimeter. Add decorative beard lines in the middle.

Make two small buttonholes on the corners and add elastic measured to fit your child’s face.

Sew on Velcro to the ends of the belt. Sew the sheath to the middle of the belt.

Sew around the perimeter of the sword and the sword handle. Add decorative stitching to both.

Sew around two sides of the handle, trim, and turn right side out.

Sew the edges of the hand protector to make a cone.

Stuff some polyfil into the handle.

Insert the sword into the handle and slide the hand protector in place. Sew across to combine all three pieces.

DIY Pirate Dressup Tutorial

Put the pieces on your child and let their imagination of adventure and pirates come alive.

If you make something using this sewing project, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!

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What a fun idea! I like the belt and sword. Was Henry's hair dark when he was born? Mine both started with really dark hair and went blond.

I die of cuteness!!! Adorable Heather, especially the brother/sister shots:)