How to Make a Friar Costume

by Derek M. Kwait
Friars are simple men with simple uniforms.

Friars are simple men with simple uniforms. Images

Not every costume has to be fancy or expensive to be effective. Not only can homemade costumes be as well made and convincing as store-bought ones for a fraction of the price, but their educational value can make them truly priceless. Making a friar costume together with your child not only provides an excellent bonding opportunity but also teaches him sewing skills and the values of thrift and self-sufficiency that will benefit him throughout his lifetime.

Items you will need

  • Brown or red cloth, at least 8 feet
  • Tunic pattern
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins
  • Rope
  • Crucifix necklace, the bigger the better

The Robe

Step 1

Fold the cloth in half and put the tunic pattern over it so that it fits its length and the sleeves fit the width exactly. Pin the pattern in place so that it does not move. Guides for tunic patterns can be found online (see Resources, below).

Step 2

Cut along the tunic pattern on both sides of the cloth.

Step 3

Sew the halves together. Hem the edges to make them stronger.

Hood and Accessories

Step 1

Cut no smaller than a 1-by-2-foot rectangle out of the remaining cloth.

Step 2

Fold it in half to make one square of fabric.

Step 3

Sew together one of the edges next to the fold.

Step 4

Align the seam of stitched edge of the hood with the center back of the neck hole.

Step 5

Sew the two ends of the hood rectangle to the left and right sides of the neck hole. If it is too big, add pleats.

Step 6

Hem the front of the hood.

Step 7

Tie the rope around your waist to use as a belt.

Step 8

Don the crucifix necklace to complete the look.

About the Author

Derek M. Kwait has a Bachelor of Arts in English writing from the University of Pittsburgh and has been writing for most of his life in various capacities. He has worked as a staff writer and videographer for the "Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh" and also has training writing fiction, nonfiction, stage-plays and screenplays.

Photo Credits

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