How to Make a Spiderman Suit


Bitten by a radio-active spider, Spider-Man appeared for the first time in August 1962, in a comic titled "Amazing Fantasy" number 15. Peter Parker became "like a spider" after the infamous bite. Since his transformation, Spidey is seen in several movies and comics of his own. In the movie "Spider-Man 2," there are 36 costumes alone. The original Spider-Man features a suit of red and blue in his crime fighting.

Things You'll Need

  • Red spandex shirt with hood
  • Blue spandex pants
  • Red gloves
  • Red boot covers
  • Boots
  • Needle
  • 2 yards dark blue fabric
  • Dark blue thread
  • White pantyhose
  • Scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Silver metallic fabric marker
  • Black fabric marker
  • Spider template
  • Cut two strips of blue fabric; the material should be as long as the arm of the spandex shirt and 6 to 8 inches wide depending on your arm width. Cut the fabric into 8-inch strips and pin the fabric to the sleeve. The fabric needs to cover the bottom half of the sleeve; cut off any excess material. Sew one fabric strip onto the shirt starting from the underarm and stopping at the the middle point between the wrist and elbow; repeat on the other arm.

  • Cut two 5-inch tear drop shapes out of the spandex hood. Cut two 6-inch square strips out of the pantyhose; turn the hood inside-out and glue one white strip over each eye hole. Allow three to four hours to dry. Turn the hood right-side again.

  • Use a spider template to draw the spider symbol in the middle of the chest; use a black fabric marker. Fill in the color until you achieve your desired results. Allow two to three hours to dry.

  • Draw vertical lines on the boot covers using the silver fabric marker. Space each line 1 to 2 inches apart. Draw vertical lines on the gloves, also spacing them 1 to 2 inches apart. Allow the marker to dry for two to three hours.

  • Draw intersecting horizontal lines on top of the vertical lines for each boot and glove. Allow two to three hours to dry.

  • Use the black fabric marker to outline the eyes on the hood. Trace around each eye; lines should be about 1 inch thick.

  • Draw vertical lines down the front and back of the costume, starting at the top of the mask. Keep the lines 1 to 2 inches apart. Draw the lines downward on the arms of the sleeves. Allow four to six hours to dry.

  • Draw the horizontal lines across the costume; keep the lines 1 to 2 inches apart. Allow four to six hours to dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use safety pins to attach the gloves and boot covers to the costume when drawing the web lines; this ensures the lines join together when the costume is on.

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