How to Make an Inflatable Suit

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An inflatable suit can make you the life of the party, the ultimate prankster, or a hip-hop mogul-in-waiting. Why settle for suits that don't inflate, when you can easily craft one in your own home with only minor supplies and effort? If you are looking to wow your friends with an outfit that is both bombastic and fantastic, an inflatable suit is the best way to puff up your ego, without deflating your wallet.

Things You'll Need

  • Air-tight material (plastic bags, latex, rubber)
  • Sutures (rubber bands, tape, elastic)
  • Scissors
  • Adhesive (duct tape or rubber cement)
  • Air pump

Preparation

Design a rough idea of what your suit will look like. Popular versions of inflatable suits are sumo wrestlers, ninjas, giant babies or generic males or females.

Break the design into four pieces: top front, top back, bottom front, bottom back. It is best to allow extra space in the design, for thicker, stronger seams. Decorate the exterior of the air-tight material according to your tastes, and then use the scissors to cut according to your design. Latex sheeting can be purchased online or at certain novelty stores.

Mend the quarters of the suit with the tape along the inside seams. Tape the bottom half together, then the top half.

Put the inflatable suit on and mend the top and bottom halves together with the tape or rubber cement around your waist, leaving a small opening for the air pump's nozzle. Apply the sutures around your feet, wrists and collarbone to prevent air from escaping.

Have a trusted friend start pumping air into the opening at your waist. Use the tape to plug any unexpected holes. Adjust the sutures for efficiency and comfort.

Tips & Warnings

  • A homemade inflatable suit is likely to lose air slowly. Keep your tape and air-pump with you at all times to prevent deflation. Sitting while wearing the suit will likely break the material. Avoid chest-bumping and contact sports, also.
  • Do not use an electric compressor to inflate the suit. Most air compressors have a pressure of about of 100 psi, which can break the skin. Use a hand-pump instead.
  • Water, sweat, heat and dirt will quickly damage latex clothing.
  • This costume presents a choking hazard.

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