How to Make Action Figure Clothing

Many action figures wear plastic clothing moulded or partially moulded to their bodies, although fabric clothing is also used. While some action figures seem covered in endless layers of armour and clothing that are hard to reproduce, it is still possible to create action figure clothing using basic cut-and-sew methods. Make small tunics for desert scenes with action figures as well as capes for outfitting both hero and villain action figures.

Measure your action figure's dimensions to avoid making clothes that are too big or too small. But it is still a good idea to create clothes that are at least 1/8-1/4 inch bigger all the way around to avoid skintight clothing.

Trace a tunic shape on paper based on the measurements you took. Tunics generally look like sleeveless V-neck shirts that form a bell shape toward the bottom of the fabric. Cut the tracing out and use a pencil to trace it onto thin, tan-coloured fabric. Make two tracings out of the material, for the front and back. Cut the fabric out of the tracings.

Lay the pieces of fabric on top of one another with the outside of both fabrics facing in. Sew around the perimeter of the fabrics using whatever technique works best for you. Turn the fabric back out to complete the tunic.

Measure the dimensions of your action figure. Use those measurements to draw a paper outline of a cape. Think of drawing a cape outline as if you are drawing a rounded-edge triangle with a flat rather than pointed head. Cut the outline out of the paper.

Trace the outline onto a piece of black velvet or other fabric with a pencil. Cut the fabric out of the tracing with your scissors.

Sew a piece of gold or silver craft ribbon to the top of the cape. Use a piece of ribbon that is about 1/8 inch in diameter, although adjustments can be made based on the size of the figure you are outfitting.

Use the cape on any "villain" or action figure it fits.


Use the tunic to outfit an Anakin Skywalker action figure, like the one he wears in "Attack of the Clones." Use the cape to outfit a Luke Skywalker action figure, like the one he wears in "Return of the Jedi."

Things You'll Need

  • Action figures
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tan fabric
  • Black velvet fabric
  • Small gold or silver ribbon
  • Needle and thread
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Kent Page McGroarty has worked as a writer since 2006, contributing numerous articles to various websites. She is a frequent contributor to the health and fitness sections of the online magazine EDGE Publications and holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Saint Joseph's University.