Do you want to dress up as a mummy to scare everyone on Halloween? You can easily make an amazing costume with simple items you can find at home or buy cheaply at a thrift store. Follow the simple steps in this article to make a great costume that you can wear on Halloween or maybe on a Friday, a business lunch, or any other occasion.
Method 1 of 4: Create the Mummy Bandages and Age Them
Step 1. Get some white fabric
You can use old sheets or compare some inexpensive fabrics at fabric stores. If you don't have any fabric you can use, go to thrift stores for sale items.
Obviously you will have to cut the fabric into pieces. So if you need more fabric, that's fine as long as you have enough
Step 2. Spread the fabric
Make 2-3 inch (5 to 8 cm) cuts in the bottom of the fabric. The cuts do not have to be straight. It is okay if they are not uniform. Mummy costumes look best when they are asymmetrical and full of blemishes.
Step 3. Tear the strips from the cuts along the sheet
That way, the edges of the strips will look frayed, mummy-style. These strips will be the bandages for the mummy.
Again, don't worry if you don't rip the strips perfectly. If you absolutely must, grab a pair of scissors and "reorient" the tear. Then tear the strips normally
Step 4. Dye the fabricYou want to make the mummy's bandages look dirty, dingy, and centuries-old. To achieve this look, dye the fabric with tea bags!
- Get a large pot. Fill 2/3 full with water and bring to a boil.
- Add a few tea bags. The taller the person who will be wearing the costume, the more fabric and tea bags you will need. If the costume is for a boy, a few bags will suffice. For an adult, you will need a handful.
If you don't have tea bags, use coffee diluted in water
- Stir the fabric and soak it for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Take the fabric outdoors and let it dry. If you want, take some black face paint and sprinkle it randomly. To speed up the process, put the strips in a pillowcase, tie it up, and put it in the dryer.
You need to use the cover to prevent your dryer from getting dirty. If you decide to do it, don't skip this part
Method 2 of 4: Using a Sewing Machine
Step 1. Wrap the bandages around the front of a white turtleneck or long-sleeved shirt
Although you don't need to wrap them (they won't stay in place anyway), make sure they're long enough to cover the entire shirt. Place them indifferently. You don't want to look like the most groomed at the party. Start from the bottom up and stop when you reach the chest area.
It is probably more advisable and practical to wear thermal underwear instead of a t-shirt and pants set. However, if you can't get it, don't want to spend more money, and want to wear a two-piece outfit, you can
Step 2. Sew the strips around all sides of the shirtThis is the part of making the costume that takes the most time. The good news is that the messier and more irregular the strips look than things, the better. Leave some strips open and some longer. It's a mummy costume, there's no way you're going to screw it up!
Step 3. Cut along the inside seam of each sleeve
That way, the seams will open, you can extend the shirt and see the entire sleeve. That way, you can sew the strips onto the shirt without worrying about them twisting or curling.
Just follow the procedure below! Spread the shirt well. Cut a few pieces of the bandage to be the appropriate length for the sleeves and sew them over them, layer by layer. Once you have completed both sleeves, continue sewing the rest of the strips
Step 4. Fold the shirt inside out and sew the sleeves at the back
It is important to do things from the inside to prevent the seams from showing. You want people to wonder if you looted a pyramid for the costume. Who could say otherwise?
Step 5. Rip the inside seam of your pants down to the crotch
Spread out the pants and cut the strips to cover them. Keep ripping the strips without worrying about them being even.
Step 6. Start from the bottom and sew the strips over both legs
You can stop when you get to the crotch because the shirt should cover the rest. However, you can add more bandages if you still have material. After all, there could be a gale or a limbo contest.
Step 7. Flip the pants over and sew the legs
It's okay if the stitching isn't perfect! Leave them like this. Anyway, no one will notice.
Step 8. Put on the costume
Aaaa! Ah, it's just the mirror! Uff! And now, what are you going to do with your hands and feet? A few strips here and a few there (about a pair or two of gloves and socks) and you're good to go! Read on to learn more tips on what to do with your head.
Method 3 of 4: tie knots
Step 1. Tie four or five strips together
In the end, the knots will add texture to your mummy costume and make it stand out. That way, it won't look like you did it lightly!
Step 2. Put on a long underwear or base outfit
For this costume, it is recommended that you wear a long-sleeved shirt and a pair of white pants. However, don't wear clothes that are too baggy (like cargo pants) because they aren't ideal for your mummy silhouette.
Don't forget the thick wool socks
Step 3. Begin by wrapping one leg
You can place the strips on top of each other to secure the end, or just add another knot (since you have many, it will go well together). Use straight or crisscross lines, but above all remember to cover every inch. Do the same with the other leg and the hips. When you get to the end of the strip, tie it to another, tie it over a part you've already covered, or just tuck it inside.
Wrap the pelvis with leg fabric. It can be fabric from the first or second leg. However, do not cover the upper part of the waist of the pants. You will feel like going to the bathroom after having several glasses of Halloween punch, even if you have a steel bladder. What a nightmare
Step 4. Wrap from the waist and over the shoulders
If you form an X over the breastbone and wrap the straps in the shape of straps over the shoulders, this will be easier to do. You will need to overlap several strips to cover every inch. Again, if you run out of fabric, simply tie another strap or untie the one you used to start a new one.
Step 5. Wrap your arms
If you've ever wrapped a wrist for boxing or another sport, use the same knitting technique between your fingers. If you've never done this before, weave the fabric between the fingers, around the base of the thumb, and over the wrist, over and over again. In case the fabric runs out, start with your fingers and work your way up to the shoulder.
Method 4 of 4: Add the finishing touches
Step 1. Cover your face with additional bandage cloth
The scarier you want to look, the more you will have to cover your face. If you want to look like a cute, harmless, smiling mummy, just cover the chin, the area above the head, and a bit of the forehead. If your goal is to scare all of your neighbors, just leave room to see and breathe.
- Ask a friend to help you with this part. You will be able to apply the bandage, but it will be difficult to secure it, especially if you have limited vision.
- If you have a balaclava and want to cover your entire face, you can use it as a base to wrap your head.
- Using a safety pin, hairpin, or other restraint can go a long way. Just tuck it into a different layer of bandage to keep it from being exposed.
Step 2. If you want your face to be visible, add a little makeup
Your eyes should be sunken and your cheeks gaunt. If you put some white as a base and black around your cheeks and under your eyes, you will have a more ghostly appearance. Add some baby powder to your body to give the costume the effect of an ancient mummy and voila!
Use gel around a blemish or on your face to make you look like a runny, rotten mummy. Pull some hair out of a spot or two and mess it up for a creepy look
Step 3. Go trick-or-treating in your new costume.
You can also sit on your porch until the kids come. Stand still and jump at them suddenly! LOL!
- If you don't have coffee or tea, you can use dirt.
- Save old sheets that you no longer use to make costumes like this.
- If you had any pieces of bandage left over, you can wrap stuffed animals like mummies for display at home. "Teddy bear mummies" are good decorative objects that you can place in your window.
- You can also dye the fabric with brown, gray, and red spray paint. Red is for the saaablood.
- If you are going to tie knots, tighten them well!