How To Make A Dragon Costume
How to Make a Dragon Costume for Two Persons
Would you like to dress up as a dragon with your friend? Learn how to make a dragon costume for two persons!
Things You’ll Need To Make A Dragon Costume:
- Styrofoam Block
- Craft Glue
- Red Pants, 2 Pair
- Red Fabric
- Green Fabric (preferably felt or fleece so it doesn’t frey)
- Fiber fill
- Styrofoam-Safe Paint And Brush
- Bicycle Helmet
- Needles And Thread
- Craft Knives
- Red Dragon Feet Slippers, 2 Pair
Cut out a spike strip from the green fabric about 3.5 feet long by 7 inches tall. This will make the spikes along the back of the dragon, and the spikes should differ from 3.5-6 inches in size. Cut out another spike strip from the green fabric about 2.5 feet long and 7. inches tall. This will make the spikes along the tail of the dragon, and the spikes should be smaller, 2.5-3.5 inches in size. The spike strips need to be made in a thick fabric. If the fabric you use is soft, you could glue two identical spike strips together to make them more solid. If the fabric you use freys, you should also make two identical spike strips both for the back and tail, and sew them together along the spike line.
Cut out two large identical cloth rectangles from the red fabric. The rectangles should be about 3.5 feet long by 2.5 feet tall. These rectangles will form the main body of the dragon.
Cut off one corner on each rectangle to form a large curve. Make the curve on each rectangle as identical as possible. This curve will be the top of the rear end of the dragon.
Place one of the the red rectangles on the table, and lay it face up. Pin the large green spike strip to the top edge of the rectangle. Pin the largest spike to the front end of the rectangle. Next, put your second rectangle so the right sides are together, with the spike strip in the middle. Sew the rectangles and spike strip together, then sew the rectangles together in the back and front, leaving gaps large enough to act as a head hole in the top front and as a tail hole in the top back. The main body of the costume should fit over the front wearer like a poncho and should come down far enough on both wearers that only their legs are exposed.
Carve a dragon head out of a Styrofoam block and paint it. This can be as realistic or stylized as you like. Carve a shallow hollow in the underside of the head for attachment to the rest of the costume.
Glue the hollow bottom of the head to the top of a bicycle helmet.
Cut out another 2 feet by 4 feet cloth from the red fabric to make a cylindrical shape to attach to the end of the dragon head’s neck to make sure the parts from the neck down is covered too.
Cut a hole in the front of the cylinder for the front wearer to see through, and trim up the back as needed to prevent it from bunching up.
Cut out two identical cloth rectangles from the red fabric. The rectangles should be about 2.5 feet by 13 inches. Place the red rectangles on top of each other, and lay them face down. On one end you’ll measure 5.5 inches from each side. The two inches left will be the tip of the tail. Measure 4 inches along the sides on the other end. Draw a line between the two points to make a diagonal on both sides. Cut off the triangular sides and throw them away.
Place one of the tail pieces on the table, and lay it face up. Pin the small green spike strip to the tall side of your tail piece. Pin the smallest spike to the tip of the tail. Next, put your second tail piece so the right sides are together, with the spike strip in the middle. Sew the pieces and spike strip together. Sew a slight curve as you go around the tip of the tail. Leave about 5 inches unseen to leave a hole for turning the tail right side out.
Cut out a square about 9 inches by 9 inches. Fold it in fourths, and cut a curve from fold to fold to make a circle 9 inches in diameter.
Pin your circle fabric (with the right side facing into the tail) around the tail opening, and sew the tail together.
Turn your tail right side out, and stuff it with fiber fill. Once your tail is stuffed to your liking, close up the hole underneath and sew it to the rear end of the main body of the costume.
Wear red pants (to match the color of the costume) and red dragon feet slippers. This applies to both wearers.
How To Make Dragon Wings
Things You’ll Need To Make Dragon Wings:
- 2 metal hangers
- Fusible Adhesive, like Heat’n Bond Ultra
- Wire Cutters
Print pattern, or draw your own, and cut it out. Lay the pattern on the fusible adhesive and cut out the wing set. You can download the pattern HERE.
Cut out two rectangles from the fabric. They should be about 12 inches by 35 inches.
Lay the fusible adhesive (rough side down) on the wrong side of one of the rectangles and iron on. Cut the fabric around the fusible adhesive wing pattern.
Use the wire cutters and cut the metal hangers. Clip off the hanger piece. Then bend the hanger to make the shape of an «M». Lay the hanger on the dragon wings and bend it more so that it aligns with the top edge of the wings. This doesn’t need to be exact. Clip the other hanger into 4 pieces for the «bones» of the wings.
Lay out the wing set with the adhesive up, and remove the paper from the adhesive. Layout the hanger pieces. Lay the second rectangle on top with right side up and iron. Then cut out the dragon wings.
Sew around the edges of the wings, and alongside the inside «bones». Sew the wings to the main body of the dragon costume.
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Trouble In Camelot
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