My husband, being a long-time avid Nintendo fan, noticed that our 20 month-old son could look a lot like Young Link from The Legend of Zelda. A Halloween costume project was born! I have to say, this didn’t take nearly as long to piece together as I had expected. After putting together the costume, we went out for a fun little photo session in a nearby park. My husband then added some Photoshop wizardry to bring some of the other fantasy bits to life.

You can view the entire photoset here: http://eric3dee.deviantart.com/gallery/33299409

We also made a screen test for fun which you can view below:

Supplies Needed:

- Green fabric for the tunic (I only needed a yard for my munchkin)

- faux leather upholstery for the shoes, belt, and sash, a buckle from the fabric store

- 1/2 yard of fleece (really, you need less for the hat, but I wanted to make sure to have plenty since I knew I’d probably mess up the first time)

- a lime-green long sleeved shirt (we found one at Wal-Mart and turned it inside out so the graphics on the shirt wouldn’t show)

- girly white cotton tights (hopefully this fact doesn’t scar our son for life) ;)

- measuring tape

- fabric scissors and sewing machine

- Velcro (peel and stick)

- Thor sword from Target (it comes with a shield, but we didn’t use that shield, though you could if you wanted to modify it)

- various acrylic and krylon paints for the shield and sword

- craft rivets

- masonite hardboard for the shield

- jigsaw

- Liquid NAILS

Step 1: TUNIC

I began by looking online to find a tutorial, and found a great one which doesn’t use a traditional sewing pattern here:
The following is the section of the tutorial that I used to make an easy and adorable tunic. She made a sample tunic before she made the actual one out of nicer fabric. I decided to just dive right in. Some tips about using this tutorial: make sure to cut the neck hole big enough to fit “Link’s” head through if you’re using non-stretching fabric (my green fabric had no stretch). Also, I made mine too long the first time and had to cut some off once I tried it on my son. Thankfully, my mom has a serger sewing machine, so she finished off the edges for me. This way, I didn’t have to put a hem in the fabric and that saved me a lot of time.

--From meowaboutcosplay.com:

Green Tunic

I got about a yard and a half of cheap fabric to make a sample with. I folded the fabric in half and laid an oversized T-shirt across the fabric so only half of it was on the fold. I used a permanent marker to trace where the neck, shoulders, and bottom of the shirt were on the fabric. The sleeves will be a separate piece, so I didn't trace those.

After tracing and cutting out the front and back of the shirt (the front has a "V" shape cut into the front), I sewed the sides and shoulders together. I made a few adjustments to the T-shirt - I made it longer, and flared the sides out slightly below the waist. At this point, the garment looks like a long, shapeless vest. Adding the belt helps give the tunic most of its shape.
If you want to make a really fancy Link tunic, you can make the basic tunic two separate pieces - the shirt part for the top, and a gathered "skirt" for the base. The skirt part should be a very wide strip of fabric (at least twice the width of your waist), which you'll gather and sew to the top. This will give you a more flared-out base, but you'd run the risk of making it look too much like a dress. The simplest way to make this is to do a one-piece tunic.
The collar was a little more difficult to make than the basic tunic. Using the "V" cutout in the front of the shirt, I drew the collar shape on another piece of scrap fabric and cut it out (1). Then I cut out another one, mirror flipped (2). Finally, I put these next to the "V" shape and cut another piece of fabric for the back of the collar that was the remaining space between the two collar front pieces (3). I sewed these three pieces together to make one big collar piece, then I sewed that to the "V" of the main shirt.”
<p>this is too cute!</p>
<p>Where did you find the buckle?</p>
<p>We got the buckle at a craft/hobby store in town.</p>
So cute!
This is amazing!!! You got references from toon link right?
Thanks for this awesome Instructable! We made one for our son. Check it out here. <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Link-Costume-1/" rel="nofollow">http://www.instructables.com/id/Link-Costume-1/</a><br> <br> <br>
Wow! Nice Instructable and KID too. <br>
The Littlest and Cutest Link ...what a cutie pie looks like my son did at that age =)
i now know what my little brothers halloween cosume will be
It's a very sweet costume! Time for a Ganon one!
He's so cute!
AWW...this is soooooo cute!! Legend of Zelda FTW!! XD
This is clearly going to be the winner in the Halloween photo contest. It's a great project, but an even better main photo.
Thanks so much! Thing is, I don't know if it was even entered/eligible for the Photo contest. I only got a &quot;Thanks for Entering!&quot; email for the &quot;Easy Costume&quot; category. It may be too late to do otherwise? Any Instructables personnel listening?? ;)
You haven't scarred your son for life; you've made his life more EPIC.
You forgot to mention the fact that you WILL need a cute little Link~!<br><br>~Zero
Just a tip. If the fabric content of the tights is natural (a.k.a. cotton) they can be dyed a color to match or complement the outfit. Mine came white and got a great green color for either Robin Hood or Peter Pan outfits. Great instructable!!
Freaking awesome!
This is BEYOND awesome :)
Okay, without reading the instructable at all, THAT is the most ADORABLE thing I've seen in a while.
you cant imagine how jealous i am of that boy
HOLY SHENANIGANS! This costume is the most adorable little thing ever!<br><br>Can't wait for next year when my little guy is able to go Trick-Or-Treating!<br><br>The entire family will dress up as 8-bit characters
Guess what my children will be for Halloween? :P<br><br>I love it!
AMAZING! ^.^<br><br>You should get three of his friends and make costumes in red, blue, and purple for them. Four Swords! ^.^
Sooooooooooo Cuuuuuuuuute!!! &gt;&lt;
love it
This is so adorable! I'm so glad you posted it!

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