How to make a no-sew mummy costume

Updated April 17, 2017

Of all the frightening and ghoulish costumes to dress as for a horror-themed fancy dress party or Halloween, the mummy is one of the most traditional and sinister. Instead of heading to the shops and shelling out money on a generic mummy costume, making your own is cheaper and more fun. A mummy costume is easy to make, even for people who can't sew.

Begin by tearing the muslin or other light coloured fabric into strips that are about 10 cm (4 inches) thick. To make the cloth look aged and dirty, dip the fabric in 500 ml (2 cups) of water with the same amount of coffee and 1 ml (1/4 tsp) of black paint. Immerse for 10 seconds and let it dry.

Put on your long underwear and find a friend to help you out. Wrap the strips of muslin around the legs of the trousers, using glue to secure the fabric as you go. Keep the muslin fairly tight, but allow room for movement. When the trousers are completed, move on to the shirt by continuing to wrap muslin around it.

Use the glue to attach some muslin to the gloves. To complete the mummy look, wrap some strips around the head. Attaching the strips to a hair band is a good way to make the strips more stable and less likely to unravel and fall off.

Practice your creepy mummy walk.


Old, tattered bandages make a realistic addition to complete the mummy look.

To be a really convincing mummy, use a sponge applicator to add some dark make-up around your eyes and mouth.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.8 to 3.6 metres (2 to 4 yards) muslin or white/tan fabric
  • White knit gloves
  • Long underwear or white track suit
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue or hot glue gun
  • Coffee
  • Black acrylic paint
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Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.