How to make a Hobbit costume

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How to make a Hobbit costume
Make your very own homemade Hobbit costume (Getty editorial images)

Hobbit costumes consist of many parts but they are easy to put together. A Hobbit's costume includes brenches, suspenders, shirt, vest, coat and cloak. This costume is a fun to wear for anyone who likes The Lord of The Rings.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Old dress pants
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Suspenders
  • Button-up shirt
  • Vest
  • Large suit jacket
  • 2 yards gray, woven material
  • Decorative pin

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Find a pair of old dress trousers that are brown, black or grey. These trousers must be made out of a woven fabric like wool or cotton. If you do not have a pair, try finding a pair at resale stores or charity shops.

  2. 2

    Mark a line on the trousers 5 cm (2 inches) below the knee.

  3. 3

    Cut the trousers across the line on both legs.

  4. 4

    Hem the costume.

  5. 5

    Buy a pair of suspenders. If you can, go for an authentic Hobbit look and buy suspenders that attach with buttons. Sew buttons onto the pants for the suspenders.

  1. 1

    Buy or find an old white button-up dress shirt. Any cotton or polyester shirt is fine.

  2. 2

    Cut of the top half of the Hobbit shirt's collar. This leaves part of the collar sticking up.

  3. 3

    Hem the collar.

  4. 4

    Check at thrift and resale shops for vests to make your Hobbit costume. Look for warm colours like brown, green and yellow. Avoid vests with patterns.

  1. 1

    Find a large suit jacket that is long on you. The jacket's length must reach the middle of your thigh. Look for soft fabrics and warm colours.

  2. 2

    Hem the grey fabric around the edges.

  3. 3

    Wrap the fabric around your shoulders.

  4. 4

    Pin the fabric at the neck to hold it in place.

Tips and warnings

  • Hobbit feet and ears can be found at online or local costume stores.

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