How to Make Medieval Knight Costumes

Updated February 21, 2017

Give your son or daughter the coolest Halloween costume ever by making a medieval knight costume. Use recycled materials, such as an empty milk jug and an empty wrapping paper roll, for the knight's accessories, and you will have a costume that is inexpensive and simple to make. Don't be surprised if, once the costume is done, you start seeing a knight around the house, even when Halloween is far away.

Measure the width of the knight's chest, from arm to arm, and his height from the top of his shoulder to mid-thigh. Cut two rectangles of fabric that measure the width of his chest by his height.

Fold the long sides of both fabric pieces in 1/2 inch and press. Fold the sides in another 1/2 inch. Press and pin in place. Stitch along the edge of the sides.

Fold the short sides of each fabric piece up 1/2 inch and press. Fold up another 1/2 inch. Press, pin in place and then stitch along the edge.

Place the two rectangles of fabric on top of each other with the right sides together. Pin the top short sides together, leaving about 6 inches open in the centre. Sew the top sides together. Make sure you leave the centre open for a neck hole.

Cut the contrasting fabric into a shape of your choice, such as a cross or a circle. Pin the cut out shape to the right side of the centre front of the fabric. Sew the cutout to the costume, using either the sewing machine or a running stitch sewn by hand.

Measure the height of the knight's head, from the base of the skull to the top. Cut the top off of a milk jug so that it matches the knight's head measurement. Cut the handle of the jug off as well so that there is a large opening in the front that the knight can fit his head into.

Cut out four 6-inch diameter circles of aluminium foil. Place the end of the empty wrapping paper roll in the centre of the circles and trace around it. Cut out an opening in the centre of the aluminium foil circles.

Draw a large diamond or an oval on the cardboard and cut it out. Cut out a small, 1-by-6-inch rectangle as well.

Move outside or to a well-ventilated area and spray paint the cardboard shield, wrapping paper roll and milk jug silver. Let dry overnight.

Center the cardboard rectangle on the back of the shield and secure it in place with tape, glue or staples. Slide the aluminium foil circles onto the wrapping paper roll until they are about 6 inches from the end.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • Scissors
  • 2 yards cotton fabric
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Straight pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • 1/4 yard fabric in a contrasting colour or pattern
  • Empty gallon-size plastic milk jug
  • Aluminium foil
  • Cardboard
  • Empty wrapping paper roll
  • Silver spray paint
  • Tape, stapler or white glue
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Based in Pennsylvania, Emily Weller has been writing professionally since 2007, when she began writing theater reviews Off-Off Broadway productions. Since then, she has written for TheNest, ModernMom and Rhode Island Home and Design magazine, among others. Weller attended CUNY/Brooklyn college and Temple University.