How to Make a Medieval Tunic Costume From a Pillowcase

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The medieval tunic in its simplest form has a rectangular body shape and either simple slits or slightly U-shaped openings for the neck and arms. Not all tunics have sleeves, and the sleeveless variety is by far easier to make — it's a no-sew costume.


Depending on the height and size of your child, a standard pillowcase may be big enough. If your child is taller, purchase a pillowcase made for a body pillow.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillowcase
  • Scissors
  • Iron-on fabric
  • Fabric paint
  • Choose a pillowcase for the tunic. Surprisingly, quite a bit of color was used in medieval clothing, particularly for festivals. If desired, choose a red, blue or purple pillowcase in a hue similar to what might be created from plant dye, or choose a muted earth tone.

  • Create a sleeveless tunic, suitable for use as a costume with a shirt under it. Fold the pillowcase lengthwise so that it forms a long, thin rectangle. Position the pillowcase so that the long, folded edge is facing away from you.

  • Cut armholes through both layers of the pillowcase, on the side opposite the fold, through the sewed together ends of the pillowcase. Make one cut through both layers starting about 2 inches in from the top corners and extending about 3 inches down the long side in a half "U" shape.

  • Unfold the pillowcase. Draw a neck opening in a half-oval shape on the sewed top edge of the pillowcase. Cut on the line through both layers of fabric to create the head opening.

  • Add a medieval themed design to the tunic using fabric paint or iron-on fabric. Use images such as a cross, a shield, stripes or a dragon.

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