This year for Halloween, I decided to have our not-quite two year old dress up as Gimli from Lord of the Rings. I'm thrilled with how it came together, and even more so that he actually wore it! Everything except his basic fleece pants and boots is homemade.
There are five parts: the beard, helm, tunic, bandolier/belt, and treat bag.
For the beard, I scaled down this most excellent Instructable
. It is made with two colors of acrylic yarn and plastic canvas for a base. I modified it to snap on to the hat with oversized snaps. It wasn't his favorite part to wear, so I wanted to make it easily removable.
For the hat, I made changes to this free fleece knight helmet pattern
. I added chain mail-ish stitching on the back, as well as a medallion and cheek straps cut out with my Silhouette Cameo. I freehanded the designs based loosely off of movie screenshots. Finally, there's a little elastic chinstrap to keep him from tearing it off.
The tunic was based on Butterick 3244 -- a simple fireman's jacket. The sleeve pattern was chopped into a few pieces to get the look I was going for, and a faux chain mail underlayer was added.
The bandolier/belt was made from a few chopped up belts I found at the thrift store. I glued them together with industrial adhesive, then drilled holes and laced with decorative leather cord for extra reinforcement.
The treat bag is probably my favorite part. I traced a movie still of Gimli's axe and cut it out of fusible web backed felt on my Silhouette. I created an offset around the original design and cut it out of another color of felt, then mounted the first on the second. It was reinforced with cardboard from a cereal box. I used a strip of felt to gusset the front and back together, and another thrift store belt for the handle.
I had so much fun making this costume for him. I already can't wait for next year!