How to Make an Israelite Bible Costume

Written by matthew huntington
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Biblical Israelite costumes are often needed for church pageants, live nativity scenes and other occasions. You can make a simple costume out of materials you may already have in less than two hours. The costume can be worn by men or women.

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Things you need

  • Three bed sheets in neutral or earth tones
  • Four feet of rope or decorative cord
  • Long stick
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread

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  1. 1

    Fold one sheet in half and cut a hole at the centre of the fold large enough to fit over the head of the person who will be wearing it.

  2. 2

    Put the sheet on and pin around the sides and arms in order to form a close-fitting garment similar to a nightshirt. Leave the sleeves long and make the hem floor-length. Remove the sheet and cut and stitch.

  3. 3

    Make a kaftan, or loosefitting tunic, to be worn over the primary garment, by folding another sheet in half and cutting it vertically from the hem to the fold. Place the sheet around the model's shoulders with the cut side in front. Pin the sheet along the sides and around arms, marking where to cut the sleeves, which should be short. Remove the sheet and cut and stitch.

  4. 4

    Take the third sheet and roll it up lengthwise to make a bedroll. Fold the bedroll lengthwise and tie the ends with a piece of rope.

  5. 5

    Put on the primary garment and tie a piece of rope around the waist in the form of a belt. Place the kaftan on top of the primary garment. Place the bedroll across the chest, resting it on one shoulder. Finish the costume with a walking stick and sandals.

Tips and warnings

  • The kaftan can be made from an old bathrobe rather than a sheet.

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