How to Sew a Costume Arm Guard

Make a customized forearm guard for your cosplay
or Halloween costumes in no time at all. We’ll show you how to create a simple pattern and
then how to sew it all together. Let’s get started. For supplies you need about ⅓ of a yard
of fabric for the main fabric, lining and fusible interfacing. I’m using a faux suede
for my main fabric and then a simple cotton for my lining. You’ll also need a couple yards of leather
twine, ribbon, or elastic cord for lacing. I used 12 eyelets that are size 5/32. And
you’ll also need all purpose thread. For tools you’ll need your sewing machine,
paper, pencil, flexible tape measure, ruler, sewing gauge, scissors, pins and needles,
an eyelet tool, and hammer. You’ll need to measure your wrist circumference,
the circumference of your forearm where you want the top of the guard to be, and the length
from your wrist to the top of the guard. Write down all your measurements but subtract
at least a half inch from each of the circumference measurements to ensure there will be a gap
for your laces to go across. For the length measurement, add a half inch
for seam allowance. Draw a line on your paper that is the length
measurement. Then on one end of this line, draw your adjusted
wrist measurement, making sure the length line is in the center of this line. Repeat the process with the forearm measurement
on the other side of the length line. Lastly, use a ruler to connect the edges of
wrist line to the forearm line and cut out your pattern.
From your pattern, you’re going to cut one from your main fabric, lining and interfacing.
This is for one guard, so if you want to make two, than cut two of each. If you want to do any embellishment to your
main fabric piece, do it now, but try and keep any embellishments out of the seam allowance
areas. Attach fusible interfacing to the wrong side
of the lining piece by placing a press cloth over it, spraying it with water, and applying
a hot iron until the interfacing is attached. Place the main fabric and lining pieces right
sides together and pin all the way around. On the longest end put two sets of X’d pins
about three inches apart so we can leave a seam opening to eventually flip it right side
out. Starting at one X, sew a quarter inch seam
allowance all the way around, ending when you get to the second X. Don’t forget to
backstitch. Cut off all corners being sure not to cut
any stitches. Flip it right side out through the opening and press. I’m going to sew my opening closed using a slip stitch. I’m using a contrasting thread color on my hand needle here. And you can see I have my thread coming out on my lining side. Directly across from that I am going to grab a little bit of the folded edge on my main fabric. Push this all the way through. And after I get me needle through, Im gently going to pull my thread. To bring the two sides together So I’m just going to go back to my lining side And then back to the brown fabric. and just zig-zag between the two sides until my opening has been closed. Edge stitch around the whole guard at your
sewing machine. Mark where you want your eyelets to go on
each of the diagonal edges. Everyone’s length is going to be different but I generally have
my end eyelets ½” from the ends and then each additional eyelet about 1 to 1 ¼”
apart from each other. Use a pen to mark the center of the eyelet on your fabric.
Using scissors or a seam ripper, carefully cut the fabric at each mark, making a hole
big enough to fit the center of your eyelet in. Put the eyelet in from right side of main
fabric to the lining side. Place the eyelet on the eyelet anvil. This
tool is part of an eyelet kit. Then place the tool on top of the eyelet center. Hit
the tool with your hammer a few times and your eyelet is in. Once all your eyelets are in, all you need
to do is weave your cording through the eyelets. You can use whatever trim you want for this.
I’m using elastic cording so I can tie it once and then it’ll be easier for me to
take it on and off by myself. If you want to make more than one, then you
can repeat the process. This is a basic template and you can make your arm guard as elaborate
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