I made this simple knight costume for Mr Z’s medieval themed day at school, but it will work for any occasion when you need a quick and easy costume or fancy dress solution. You could also adapt it for Halloween.

Easy knights costume, no sew, and very practical and comfortableThis easy knights costume requires:

  • Long sleeved grey hooded top
  • White over sized t-shirt or tunic
  • Fabric pens. We used this brand of washable fabric pens (aff)
  • A shield template, or draw free hand
  • Any black or grey trousers

I bought the white t-shirt and grey hooded top from Next, and used fabric pens that we already had. I used washable fabric pens so the great thing is that after wearing the costume, you can wash the t-shirt and it’s back to a plain white t-shirt for every day use, or you can customise it again for another variation on the costume another day. The trousers were just a pair he already had in his wardrobe.

This costume is ideal for kids who won’t consider wearing any uncomfortable or scratchy costumes or anything too far out of their comfort zone, since its made out of normal every day clothes, and very comfy ones at that. If you have a child with sensory issues who won’t wear most costumes, this type of costume could be a great solution.

To make the t-shirt, we drew the shield free hand and coloured it. Next time, I wouldn’t go with the initial on the front as it gave it a bit more of a super-hero look than a traditional knight! (but that’s the good thing about the fabric pens being washable 🙂 )

Making an easy knights costumeIf you want to use a template, I have three printable templates here that you can download. One plain outline for you to design the motif, one with a basic medieval design and one with a cross design. Download the PDF file with all three templates here

Free Printable knights shield templates - Use to make a knights costume or as a work sheet for kidsIf you’re using these as a template to draw onto your t-shirt, place the print out inside the t-shirt so that the fabric of the front is directly on top of it. You should be able to easily see the outline through a white t-shirt to trace it with your fabric pens. You might want to place a piece of card or spare fabric behind the template to prevent any ink running through to the back of the t-shirt, depending on the type of fabric pens you’re using and how strong they are.

You can also use these print outs as activity sheets for kids, and let them colour and design their own knight’s shields.

plain knights shield template

For your accessories you could try this knight’s sword and shield from Red Ted Art. We have lots of play swords that we bought from visits to castles and ruins like Castle Acre Priory so those worked very well for us.

knights sword and shield, accessories for an easy knights costume

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No sew easy knight costume made from regular clothes. Easy for Halloween, World Book Day, or medieval themed dress up days. Good idea for kids with sensory issues who can't handle scratchy or bulky costumes!

My idea was inspired by this easy knights costume from iVillage