How to Make Armor Costumes


For both adults and children, there is something captivating about the legends of knights in shining armor. Children who enjoy playing dress up can let their imaginations run wild in homemade armor costumes and will love hearing about the legends of King Arthur. Armor costumes are simple and affordable to make with felt, in both adult and child sizes. You can quickly complete the knight costume by adding a cardboard sword and shield.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Colored felt in 2 contrasting colors
  • Scissors
  • Fabric Glue
  • Needle and thread (optional)
  • Sew on Velcro (optional)
  • Measure the width of the intended wearer's shoulders and the length from their shoulders down to the bottom, mid thigh or knee (depending on where you want the armor to end).

  • Fold the main color of felt in half. Mark the measurement for the shoulder width along the fold, and the length from the fold down. Cut out the rectangle, starting from the fold, working down.

  • Measure 2.5 inches in from the edge of the fold on either side. At these points, cut downwards from the fold in a straight line around 2 inches long. Cut across the fold from one slit to the other, to create an opening for the head and neck.

  • Cut an applique with the contrasting colored felt to for the front of the armor. A cross is simple and looks authentic. Alternatively, you could make your own coat of arms from felt simply by cutting out your initials from the main felt and sticking them onto a shield shape from the contrasting colored felt. Use fabric glue to attach your applique.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you wish to create straps to hold the front and back parts of the armor securely in place on the wearer, do so using rectangles of scrap felt in the same color as the armor. The length of the straps should be a little larger than the wearer's front to back measurement. Sew on the straps and use Velcro to create and easy fastening.

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