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This is How I Make Garb (Part 1: Measurements)

There comes a point in every garb-wearer’s lifetime when they ask themselves, “Could I ever possibly make my own?” and the answer to that is “HELL YES and I’m going to show you how!”

This is going to be a multi-part series. I don’t know how many parts just now; as many as it takes, I figure. There are a lot of steps; have patience and take your time and I know you’ll do great.

Some of you have already seen and tried the tabard I posted a tutorial for. It makes a great first garment, especially when you’re brand new or on a budget (and who isn’t on a budget these days?). But if you’re ready to try something truly next level, and I have faith that you are, I’m going to teach you how I make a tunic. A good tunic, made with historically plausible patterning, one that lasts and feels like a piece of clothing rather than a costume piece.
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Dress up a tent with an inexpensive and easy stencil

Hello and happy summer, fellow Builders of Magic! The other day we were asked for a budget-friendly way to help dress up a canvas tent, and we think we have just the thing for you. For about $15 or so, and a bit of creativity (that’s what we’re here for!) you too can add something uniquely your own to that canvas.  Follow along and see how!

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Oh Darn!

I have a wonderful pair of handmade felted wool slippers, but I was saddened, after about a year of wear, to find a hole in my left one.


Once upon a time, I would have “darned” this slipper the way my Mom used to “darn” socks that got a hole in them: Say, “oh, darn!” and throw it away! But, I made these slippers. I love these slippers. And making things last as long as possible is a good thing. So I decided instead to make this a teachable moment, and show you lovely Builders of Magic at home how to darn a wool slipper. Of course, this will work for mittens, socks, and wool hats too.

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How do I hide… my cooler?

It’s as much a part of camping as a tent or sleeping bag, and it’s one of those glaringly modern items that can pull you out of your moment of immersion as soon as you lay eyes on it. Read on for some ways to make that necessary cooler less likely to distract. Continue reading “How do I hide… my cooler?”

Weekend Project: DIY Flower Headband Crown

Welcome back to another tutorial!  Today, we’re going to make easy DIY Flower Headbands, or crowns. These are a fun way to add a little magic to your everyday life as well as any costumes that might need a special accessory.

Warning!  While making these I have found that just using tacky or school glue just doesn’t cut it, so I used hot glue.  If you are doing this with children, PLEASE SUPERVISE!  We do not want your children to get burned!

So, to start, here are a couple of pictures of all the stuff you might need.  I took one before I started, and one after.  In the before, you can see the pile of flowers and leaves I had.


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A More Medieval Meal-Time

(Photo credit: Veitsen via DeviantArt)

One of the most effective ways to transport your senses to another time and place is through food. But even if you don’t have amazing cooking skills or your own copy of Forme of Cury, you can make your next picnic lunch a touch more authentic with these simple steps.

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We Tried That Pin: What Happened When We Made an “Upcycled” Cord Basket/Box

If you’re on Pinterest, chances are you’ve seen the image: a cardboard box, some cording, and (I quote) “some patience”, and you can make that cardboard box look like a fancy basket! We here at Building the Magic are all about making modern things look like not-modern things, especially if it’s cheap, or free, and/or easy, so we had to try this. Only… well, you be the judge.

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Last week when I was searching up images for my tutorial article on tabards, I stumbled upon the above image and was shocked by what I saw. You see, this humble image was made by none other than Yours Truly, using Microsoft Paint, approximately 15 years ago. I clicked the link and– what do you know– a handful of garb tutorials I made ‘way back in the Iron Age when I was single!

I know more than I did back then, of course (like how to use Photoshop…) but I think that the tutorials really have stood the test of time, and can be of use to first-time garbers even now. Have a look for yourself!

Let us know what you think in the comments, and if you made anything using these tutorials, I would giggle like a five-year-old if you showed me.

Work in Progress: A Banner Day

It’s a busy week! No matter where you may adventure, a good banner lets everyone know that you have arrived… or, in my case, where you should arrive! I’m going to start hosting a craft night for our local LARP group, and I want them to see where the house is, so I thought a portable banner would be just the thing. Read on to see how I’m making one– and you can too!

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