What You'll Need:

1 yd. Skull and Crossbones Fabric
4 yd. Pack Red Single Fold Bias Tape
1 yd. 3/4" Black Elastic
1-Red T-Shirt
1 yd. Black Pleather
1/4 yd. Skull Red Black Satin Burnout
Foam Pirate Hat
Foam Pirate Sword and Patch
Foam Pirate Stickers
1 Pair of Pants
Hot Glue Gun
Fabric Pins

Diffculty Level: Beginner
Approximate Time: 60 Minutes

How to Make a Pirate Costume

Arr, matey! You won't need all hands on deck with this no-sew Pirate costume! Create the perfect swashbuckler outfit complete with skull and crossbones pants, a vest, an eye patch, a pointy hat and the pirate's trusty foam sword and hook.

You can find the templates for the Pirates pants and vest right here!
  • 1 Create the pirate's pants

    1. Fold the child's pants in half at the center of the waist and pull out the crotch seam so they lay completely flat lengthwise from waist to ankle. Lay them on top of the pattern with the outside edge of the leg seam lining up with the straight edge of the pattern. Trace around this "half of pants" outline while adding 1" in width to the inseam of the log, crotch and the center seam up to the waistband. Add 2" above the waistband to finish making your pattern. Cut out this "half of pants" paper pattern.

    2. Fold over the skull and crossbones pants fabric inside out at one end of the yd.

    3. Align the pattern on top of the folded fabric edge with the straight leg edge and pin the pattern onto the fabric to secure. Cut out the inseam edge, ankle edge and waistband edge, leaving the folded outside edge uncut and folded.

    4. Repeat step 3 with another inside out folded piece of fabric for the other half of the pants.

    5. Glue the inseam of each pant leg.

    6. Turn one pant leg right side out. Slide the right side out leg down into the other leg so that the right sides of the fabric are touching.

    7. Match up the inseams and glue along the entire crotch length to form a U-shaped seam. Pull legs apart and turn them right side out.

    8. Fold the waist under to the inside about 1.5" and glue along the edge. Leave a small opening to slide the elastic through.

    9. Cut a strip of elastic to the length of the child's waist size (Do not stretch), add 1" for an overlapping seam and feed the elastic through the opening. Glue the ends of the elastic with a 1/2" overlapping seam. Glue the opening closed.

    10. Cut a jagged edge at the bottom of each pant leg.

  • 2 Create the pirate's vest

    1. Use the patterrn to create the vest out of the pleather - open the top shoulder seams on both sides and then pin the non-woven vest flat onto the back side of the black pleather fabric.

    2. Cut out the fabric then glue the shoulders at the top edges with the right sides together.

    3. Starting at the center of the back on the outside of the vest, hot glue the bias tape around all edges and the arm openings by capturing the edge between the two sides of the bias tape.

         TIP: Only glue about 3 inches at a time and glue around the outside first, then wrap the bias tape around the edge and then glue around the inside.

    4. If desired, stick a skull and crossbones foam sticker on one side of the vest.

    5. The 1/4" yd. of red and black skull satin burnout can be folded length wise in half and tied around the waist as a sash to hold the foam sword.