Directions for Making a Loin Cloth

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Loincloths are rectangular shaped pieces of cloth that cover the genital region. They have flaps in the front, and sometimes the back, held together with a belt. Loincloths can be made from a variety of material such as leather or fabric. Native Americans sometimes wore the loincloth with leggings to cover and protect the legs; today you may need one for a play, costume party or just for fun around the house.

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Things you need

  • Material of choice
  • Scissors
  • Strip of leather or cloth for waist
  • Needle
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Measure the waist of the person who will be wearing the loincloth. Cut a strip of leather or cloth to tie around the waist. Cut a couple of inches longer than the waist so that it can be tied.

  2. 2

    Cut the material of choice into a rectangle shape as wide as half the circumference of the waist. If making a front and back, two of these pieces are needed.

  3. 3

    Lay the strip of leather or cloth over the cut pieces of material, and fold the material over. Stitch the strip to the rectangular piece (s).

  4. 4

    Place around the waist and tie the leather strip in place. Tie it so that it is comfortable but does not expose the genital region.

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