Monday, October 11, 2010

No-Sew Knight's Tunic: Easy, Low-Cost, Costume Piece for Boys

Have you seen the price of costumes these days!? They all seem to be at least $20-$30. I know $20 just doesn't stretch as far as it used to, but I still think that's a little hefty for an outfit your child may only wear once (especially as it's made so cheaply that it will likely rip while trick-or-treating).

Today starts a week of costume blogs. Some will be No-Sew, Little Sew, or Break out the Sewing Machine... but all will be easy and inexpensive. I will also include some optional ad-ons.

This, No-Sew Knight's (or Musketeer, Peter Pan, Prince, etc.) Tunic, is super easy and quick. It's also a great option for those of us who need to fit a costume over a jacket or coat.

You Will Need:

  • 1 yard of Felt in the color of your choice (found in your local crafts/sewing store)

  • 1 piece of felt in a second color (you can find 8x10 pieces in the children's craft section of your local crafts/sewing store)

  • Scissors

  • Glue


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1.) Fold your piece of felt in half, and cut a neck hole (you may want to use a t-shirt for a guide) from the folded edge. For colder climates, don't forget to cut it big enough to fit over the jacket or coat.


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2.) Find an emblem you want for the chest. Trace it onto your Piece of Felt in the second color, and cut out. I found mine on a quick web search for "Fleur De Lis clip art".

3.) Glue the emblem to the chest of the tunic.

There is your No-Sew Tunic!

The rest of the costume can be found in your child's wardrobe: Pants and a long-sleeved shirt; a belt; and boots. You can also add inexpensive items like a sword, hat, or crown...easily found at a dollar store.

(There's a GREAT tutorial for making a crown at Bitter Betty Blogs.)

**I cut and sewed the shoulders on an angle to provide a more fitted look, but this is purely optional.

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