Instructions for a Coif

Written by kelly sundstrom
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When dressing up as a medieval peasant, you can be more convincing by wearing medieval costume accessories. For example, make a coif to wear on your head like medieval peasants wore hundreds of years ago. Although it is difficult to find a fabric coif in stores, you can make your own using materials that can be purchased from a craft or fabric store. This enables you to customise the coif to fit your head size.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Cotton muslin fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Cotton ribbon, 1/4 inch wide
  • Thread
  • Needle

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  1. 1

    Cut a sheet of cotton muslin into a square measuring 24 inches on all sides using scissors.

  2. 2

    Fold the square in half diagonally to create a triangle, then in half again diagonally to create a smaller triangle.

  3. 3

    Place the triangle in front of you with the folded point facing towards you. Cut an arch across the top edge, cutting away 4 inches of muslin fabric in the process.

  4. 4

    Cut two pieces of ribbon to measure 6 inches long each using scissors.

  5. 5

    Unfold the muslin coif and sew the two pieces of ribbon onto opposite sides of it. These are the ribbons you will tie under your chin to secure the coif to your head.

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