How to Make a Full Body Dragon Costume

Updated February 17, 2017

A dragon costume is a good choice if you want a fun character that won't take too much time to make. It's a great way to get creative because you can adapt it to be any type of dragon you like. From fierce to funny, this costume can be made for both children and adults. Your child can help you with the design, creating a fun activity for the entire family.

Create wings by laying the sweatshirt, with the arm at a 90 degree angle, on top of the material. Trace under the arm along the angle and make a quarter circle beneath it from the wrist to the bottom of the sweatshirt.

Cut out the wings and sew them to the arms of the sweatshirt so that they spread out when the wearer lifts his arms up.

Cut a large oval from the felt. This oval should be large enough to cover most of the front of the sweatshirt.

Draw scales on the oval by making rows of half circles.

Cut triangles out of the felt. These should be about one inch wide at the base and two inches tall. Cut enough to cover the back of the sweatshirt in a spine formation.

Make felt eyes by cutting a large circle of white felt and a small circle of black. Sew these onto the hood of the hoodie.

Cut a long piece of felt for the tail and sew the base to the seat of the sweatpants. This should be about 3 feet in length. It should be about 4 inches at the base and narrow towards the end. You can add a triangle to the end of the tale to give it a fiercer look.


You can choose any colours or materials for this costume to create a variety of dragons for your entire family. You can make a dragon costume for a baby by using a sleeper or bodysuit instead of a hoodie and sweatpants. If you have extra time, try constructing a fierce dragon's head out of cardboard or paper mache and painting it to match the rest of the costume.


If you're doing this project with small children, be sure to supervise them around scissors to avoid accidents.

Things You'll Need

  • Matching hoodie and sweatpants
  • 1 yard material of your choice
  • Marker
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • 1/2 yard felt in various colours
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Based in Portland, Ore., Miranda Sinclair has been writing professionally since 2009. She holds a B.A. in English and theater from the University of Oregon, as well as an M.A. in English and certificate in teaching college composition from San Francisco State University. Sinclair works as a tutor and teacher of writing.