How To: An Easy-to-Make Daniel Boone Costume

by Sandra Webster
Most people think Daniel Boone wore a coonskin cap.

Most people think Daniel Boone wore a coonskin cap.

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Daniel Boone is a symbol of a true frontiersman, making him a natural dress-up choice for adventuresome boys. Although the real Daniel Boone traveled the frontier in buckskin leggings, a loose-fitting shirt made from animal skins and a wide-brimmed beaver pelt hat, most associate the name with the character played by Fess Parker on the old TV series and his outfit of fringed leggings and shirt with a coonskin cap. It takes only a few items to make a Daniel Boone costume for your child.

Items you will need

  • Brown felt
  • Scissors
  • Brown pants in child's size
  • Sewing machine
  • Brown thread
  • Adult-size brown shirt (or large child's shirt if child is small)
  • Brown cotton fabric
  • Leather belt
  • Toy powder horn
  • Toy hatchet
  • Brown yarn
  • Purchased faux coonskin cap
  • Leather moccasins or faux buckskin bedroom slippers
  • Toy long rifle

Leggings

Step 1

Cut several pieces of brown felt in half lengthwise.

Step 2

Cut slits in the felt to form fringe, taking care not to cut all the way through. Adjust the fringe size for smaller children.

Step 3

Sew the fringe strips to the outside seams of the pants along the entire length.

Shirt

Step 1

Roll up the cuffs of the shirt and stitch in place or cut to shorten so the shirt doesn't cover the child's hands.

Step 2

Cut a cape-like collar out of brown cotton fabric and stitch it to the shirt. It should cover the shoulders and fall about to the armpits in the back.

Step 3

Cut a piece of brown felt in half lengthwise, then cut each half in half lengthwise again. Make fringe strips and sew onto the shirt collar.

Step 4

Cut a few more brown felt pieces in half lengthwise and create fringe. Sew these strips to the outsides of the arms.

Completing the Outfit

Step 1

Dress the child in the fringed shirt and pants.

Step 2

Cinch the waist of the shirt with a leather belt. Tie accessories such as a toy powder horn, a toy hunting knife and a toy hatchet to the leather belt. Sewing a small drawstring bag out of leftover brown fabric and using yarn for the drawstring can also create a "bullet pouch."

Step 3

Place a faux coonskin cap on top of the child's head.

Step 4

Slide leather moccasins or fake buckskin bedroom slippers on the child's feet and add a toy long rifle to complete the frontiersman look.

Tips & Warnings

  • Purchase a pair of brown pants at a thrift store or yard sale if you child doesn't have an old pair.
  • You can find faux-fur coonskin caps online or in a costume store.
  • Most schools do not allow toy weapons. Leave these accessories home if the child is wearing the costume to school.

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