DIY knight costume

DIY Knight Costume

DIY knight costume

A knight to remember!

This weekend has been fun but kind of emotional too. Our little guy, Max, has just celebrated his 4th birthday. Like many, we have a tradition of doing a themed party, in the past having done trains & construction, this year we are entering the world of Knights, Maidens and Castles!

Whilst at the age of four, it’s your right to change your mind as often as you like, as Max did many times when asked what kind of birthday cake he’d like. But one thing was for sure when it came to what theme he’d like to have, it was most definitely to be a knight party.

So we set about planning the day itself. 20 little people, a bouncy castle, a spot of archery, decorate your own swords (or princess crowns), some hotdogs and few iced cupcakes. Sorted…well almost.

It would have been a done deal, however Max had one of those growth spurts a few weeks beforehand and had grown out of his dressing up knight costume. And so it was that I was tasked with creating a tunic for him.

We decided, in order to make it easily and for it to be comfy to wear we’d go for a felt outfit. I opted for bright, vibrant colours, blue, yellow and red felt plus a splash of white, black and grey for the finer details.

I begin by taking the Blue felt and taking Max’s measurements, (across the shoulders and the from shoulder to waist) cut out one oblong section. This is cut long enough to go from front waist to back waist.

Taking the main body of the knight tunic and folding in half I then cut a semi circle on the folded edge, this gives an even hole big enough for Max’s head and flowing hair to get through. I cut a yellow circle section which is added to the neckline to give it a little something extra.

I really wanted to make a shield section on the front, for this I cut out 4 shaped pieces in a contrasting fabric, I chose red and white to make it stand out.

To make sure this looks even and not shift as I sew it to the front of the tunic, I join the top sections to the bottom sections with a straight stitch, trimming back the excess, then join the two halves on the centre seam again trimming back the excess.

I decided to take the opportunity to sew a white sword to the front of the shield, it’s easier to do any further appliqué in stages as you go. Of course whilst I added a shield and a sword on the front you could do anything you like, initials, a lions head, a flag, whatever takes your fancy. For instance on the back I chose to do a knights helmet complete with eye-slit and grill.

Just to finish off the knight costume and give it a bit of shape I curve the bottom corners, and dart the shoulder seams so it doesn’t sit quite so squarely. Lastly I add some elastic straps just above the waist to hold it on and stop it flying off when he’s at full charge.

I only hope he doesn’t challenge me to a duel.

Happy Birthday Knight Maximus

Happy birthday Knight Max

Matt Chapple, winner of the Great British Sewing Bee Matt x


The stitcher. A magnet for foolery & prankster at heart. Loves being creative, whether with some wood and a saw or with a needle and thread. Attempts to disguise his past time activities as manly pursuits, but is actually pretty handy at sewing!

1 Comment

  1. Diane Maslaczyk 3 years ago

    Thank you very much for sharing the knight costume. It’s great for my 5 year old son, either shown or with different colours/applique for different themes. I can use this as a basis for costumes for school charity days, special theme days, and so on. I’ve already made a few similar things, but your version looks like a better fit while still being easy to put on. Perfect.

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