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My friend Claudia’s son wants to be Link from the video game Zelda for Halloween this year. Since I had 3 Links last year (in the game Zelda: Fourswords there are 4 Links all dressed in different colors) I told her I’d post instructions on how I made the costumes.
First, Link needs some basic clothing. White or tan pants - you could probably get away with khakis if your kids aren’t sticklers for detail like mine, or the pants from a karate gi would be perfect. Link also wears a long-sleeved shirt under his tunic - a lighter color than the tunic. I ended up getting my green Link an XS shirt from the women’s area at Target - light green is not an easy color to find for a boy - but a less picky Link could probably even wear a white turtleneck.
For the tunic I just measured from the front of one hip, over the shoulder to the back of the hip and cut a piece of fleece to the same length. The width was slightly larger than the measurement across his shoulders. This piece of fabric was folded in half and I cut a 6″ slit and the rounded it in the back and made it a v-neck in the front.
The only sewing I did for this costume was one straight line for the hat. This would have been really easy to do by hand, or staples or safety pins would also work. I measured Link’s head circumference and made a triangle with that measurement as the bottom leg of the triangle and the approximate height of the hat as um, that line that would go from the point of the triangle down to the line, I can’t remember what it is called! Anyway, just sew the two non-head-circumference sides together and trim the brim as needed to even things up.
As you can see from the back of this shield it isn’t high tech and requires no fancy materials. There is a piece of funky foam under the duct tape handle to make it comfortable and stable. All three shields are still going strong after a year of use, so no complaints about durability either. Making the handle off center makes it easier for Link to hold in front of himself, and these handle will also allow the whole wrist to go through - Link has a candy bucket to carry too, you know!
The shields are about 18″ tall and 12″ wide. First I cut the cardboard and spray painted it red (I actually had this darker red color from another project.) Then I put duct tape around the edges - half of the width of the tape is on the front and half is on the back - which makes the edge nice and neat. The swirls were drawn with a silver sharpie, the triangles are funky foam attached with white glue, and the eagle/bird/alien/whatever is cut out of white paper and glued on. Since I had plenty of time to let these dry I painted the whole front with mod podge to seal it, but that’s totally optional.
The sword is one of the free paint stirrers you get when you buy a 5 gallon bucket of paint. We had a lot of those around here, right Scott? Anyway, it is spray painted silver and the handle and hand guard are funky foam (glued on.)
Looking again, I realize I did a bit more sewing. The boots are basically brown legwarmers - so just tubes - with a shoe-top flap on them the shoe flaps were attached to their shoes with rubber bands. As I tell the kids over and over - it is going to be dark, we can relax on the finer points!
My kids are very particular when it comes to their costumes. They like all of the details to be just right, so a couple years ago when they wanted to have a Mario themed birthday party I started making prototypes of the hats that we’d give the guests as favors. After a few unsatisfactory attempts I finally came up with this version - which happily turned out to be the easiest to make. We ended up making 16 of these one evening. The kids were able to help tracing the circles and cutting them out, I just had to supervise and sew.
Polyester fleece is one of my favorite costume making materials. Like felt, there is no right side or wrong side and it doesn’t fray so raw edges are fine. But unlike felt, fleece is stretchy and elastic, so measuring and sizing can be very casual. Since it’s kind of thick it holds shapes really well and even really messy sewing gets blurred in the fuzz. My sewing machine usually needs to be cleaned after I work with fleece, but washing the material first gets rid of a lot of loose fibers. Sewing by hand is also a reasonable option for this project, and as crazy as it sounds safety pins or staples would also work.
Two hats can be made from half of a yard of fleece (1/4 yard will be too narrow.) These hats will fit anyone from a toddler to an adult.
Fold the fleece in half so that you are cutting out two pieces at a time. I use the lid from a 5 gallon pail to trace a circle on the fabric. (I use whatever marker I have around, it won’t show.) You don’t have to use a lid, you just need to make a circle with at least a 12″ diameter.
Cut out the two circles and keep the corner that is left over - this is going to be the bill of the cap.
Round off the corner and cut off the thin ends.
On one of the rounds, trace a smaller circle. It should have about a 4.5″ diameter. This is going to be the head hole. It seems small, but fleece is stretchy, remember?
These are all the parts cut out.
Sew the two rounds together about 1/2″ from the outer edge. Sew along the outer edge of the bill.
Turn both pieces inside out.
Place the open edges of the bill along the edge of the small circle and stitch all 3 layers together.
The hat is now ready for the finishing touches.
I like to use white funky foam or fun foam - whichever you call it - to make a circle for the initial - trace the lid from a can of frozen juice concentrate if you want to keep the lid theme going . I use a safety pin to secure it in place, if you make the safety pin come out and go back in through the letter it will be almost invisible.