How to Make Armor Costumes

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How to Make Armor Costumes
Become a knight in shining armour with this simple costume craft. (Medioimages/Photodisc/Photodisc/Getty Images)

For both adults and children, there is something captivating about the legends of knights in shining armour. Children who enjoy playing dress up can let their imaginations run wild in homemade armour costumes and will love hearing about the legends of King Arthur. Armour costumes are simple and affordable to make with felt, in both adult and child sizes. You can quickly complete the knight costume by adding a cardboard sword and shield.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Coloured felt in 2 contrasting colours
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Sew on Velcro (optional)

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  1. 1

    Measure the width of the intended wearer's shoulders and the length from their shoulders down to the bottom, mid thigh or knee (depending on where you want the armour to end).

  2. 2

    Fold the main colour of felt in half. Mark the measurement for the shoulder width along the fold, and the length from the fold down. Cut out the rectangle, starting from the fold, working down.

  3. 3

    Measure 2.5 inches in from the edge of the fold on either side. At these points, cut downwards from the fold in a straight line around 2 inches long. Cut across the fold from one slit to the other, to create an opening for the head and neck.

  4. 4

    Cut an applique with the contrasting coloured felt to for the front of the armour. A cross is simple and looks authentic. Alternatively, you could make your own coat of arms from felt simply by cutting out your initials from the main felt and sticking them onto a shield shape from the contrasting coloured felt. Use fabric glue to attach your applique.

Tips and warnings

  • If you wish to create straps to hold the front and back parts of the armour securely in place on the wearer, do so using rectangles of scrap felt in the same colour as the armour. The length of the straps should be a little larger than the wearer's front to back measurement. Sew on the straps and use Velcro to create and easy fastening.

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