Lego Ninjago "Cole" Costume: Tutorial
"Cole": Ninjago LEGO Boys Costume
- medium to large disassembled cardboard box
- black cotton fabric for body suit; approximately 2 yards, medium to lightweight
- 1/4 yard black jersey cotton (or cut up old t-shirt) for shoulder straps
- hot glue gun
- staple gun (optional)
- spray adhesive (Scotch 2M)
- Painters Tape
- 3 1" d-rings (black plastic)
- 1 yard of 1" black velcro
Flatten your box and draft the shapes of each cut; front (1) back (1) sides (2) *tip* measure your little at collar bone line to belly button area...this is important if your little has to be able to sit in the costume. This will gage the length of all your pieces. For your 2 side panels cut them shorter than the front and back panels to allow arms free movement! Once your cardboard panels are measured and cut assemble them together using painters tape. You'll see for the box panels to fold you'll need to create a slight gap so they crease easily without buckling. Painters tape comes in 2" width, this helps.
You'll notice a strip of painters tape down the middle of the back panel, that's to give some flex- when trying to get a flat box to form around a "round tummy" during assembly you'll gage where you need the flex. O.k. time for the tricky fabric adhering. Just remember nobody sees the inside of the box! Cut slits where you need for give and just go side by side. *Tip* you only need a feather dusting of spray adhesive! Seriously careful, if you don't trust your self bypass the spray glue and just use your glue gun, if you over do the spray adhesive it quickly absorbs through the black fabric and it's still sticky! Meaning your little becomes a walking lint magnet Ninja! not pretty nor fun when everything is stuck to him!
Closure details: (3) Strips of velcro hot glue gunned/or staple gun to the outside back panel aligned with the secured (3) d-rings on the side panel. You'll want them about an 1" to an 1.5" apart towards the bottom of the box suit. Adhere all these bits after the fabric is securely on your box and dried.
Shoulder Straps: should be measured, cut and put on last. Once you get the box closure taken care of making the shoulder straps is pretty easy to do. No fancy sewing involved, just good ole' eyeball measuring with the body suit box in place measure a snug fit over the shoulders and add a couple inches to both ends for securing on the inside of your box suit. Your hot glue gun should do the trick for putting the shoulder straps in place.
freehand draw or feel free to take mine here and enlarge to the scale/size you need. Use Heat and Bond paper adhesive paper from Joanns, trace your applique design in reverse, yes backwards. Then iron sticky side of heat and bond paper with your design on it to the wrong side of your black fabric. Then carefully cut out your design with sharp scissors. Next peel the paper back off the cut pieces and iron them to the right side of the yellow/gold fabric....repeat this process for the brown rope like appliques too. For the white applique details use 1/4" bias tape and 1/2" cream colored, single fold bias tape from Joann's. Use your hot glue gun for application- this part is easy-peasy.
now ENJOY watching your little run around like a Ninja!
$5 Black pants, $5 black long sleeve t-shirt and $9 fleece ski mask all purchased at Target...and you're in luck they have all of the above in-stock again this year!
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Or if you'd like to order the appliques pre-made from me?! No problem, I'm currently ful filling a few orders for this and can make you one too!