How to make a knight costume

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How to make a knight costume
Become a chivalrous knight with your own homemade fancy dress costume. (estt/iStock/Getty Images)

Despite the complex looking metal armour and chainmail, a medieval knight costume is much easier to make than you might think. Creating your own costume is often much cheaper than buying or hiring one from a fancy dress shop. Assembling simple pieces such as a white T-shirt, trousers and a few accessories can produce a realistic knight costume.

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Things you need

  • White shirt
  • Red felt material
  • Black trousers
  • 1.8 metres (2 yards) of brown fabric

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Buy an oversized white shirt that is one to two sizes larger than your usual size. Wash the shirt before beginning work on your costume.

  2. 2

    Create a cross on the white shirt. Take a large piece of red felt material and trace a cross on the material with a pen. After you have traced the desired shape, use scissors to cut out the cross.

  3. 3

    Glue the cross to the shirt. Lay the shirt flat on a table and choose where you would like the cross to be. Use a glue gun to stick the cross to the shirt.

  4. 4

    Choose a pair of black trousers to finish the costume. Select a pair of snug-fitting black tracksuit bottoms.

  5. 5

    Create a sash. Buy around 1.8 metres (2 yards) of brown fabric to create a sash for your waist. Measure your waist, and make a sash that is twice as long as the measurement. For example, if your waist is 75 cm (30 inches), cut a sash that is 150 cm (60 inches) long and about 12.5 cm (5 inches) wide.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a few simple accessories to for your knight costume. You can find a knight helmet, faux chain mail tabard and sword at your local toy or arts and crafts shop.
  • When sticking the felt to the white shirt, make sure to handle the material with care. Glue guns can get very hot.

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