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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Costume - TMNT on: November 03, 2009 05:03:12 PM
This costume was super cheap and easy to make. I went on the hunt at my local Value Village (aka second hand store) and picked up the following for $20.

Materials at store
green sweatshirt (doesn't matter if there is a logo on the front)
green sweatpants
beige shirt (doesn't matter if there is a logo on front)
brown fabric (I used what was probably a table cloth before)
color fabric to match your specific TMNT character
corresponding ninja weapon to match your character

Materials I had on hand
needle and thread
fiber fill (to fill turtle shell)
yarn & knitting supplies
green shoes

I laid the beige shirt (logo side down) on top of the sweatshirt (logo side up) and sorta remembered how big the logo was on the front of the sweatshirt so I could cover it and then I drew lightly in pen the shape I wanted to make the front resemble the breastplate of a turtle. I then cut out the shape and pinned it on the sweatshirt and hand sewed it on with beige thread.

Next I took the brown fabric and folded it in half and laid it across the back of the sweatshirt and drew a giant circle in the fabric - making sure it was bigger than the sweatshirt so that it would stick out on the sides when I wore it. I then hand sewed the two circles together then filled it with the fiber fill (about 1.5 bags worth) and sewed it shut. Next I took long pieces of thread and went in a few inches from the circle and sorta "pinched" the pillow by drawing the thread tightly through each side and around the circle to create a turtle shell look. (see photo)

The ninja swords I picked up happen to come with straps so you could wear it on your back. I took the pillow and sewed with a needle and thread the pillow to the ninja swords. Surprisingly this held up - I was worried it would snap since the pillow was so big although not heavy. I kept the swords a little higher on my back so they would show through when looking at me from the front.

Next I knitted a ninja mask from this great pattern:

This was super easy and would of been really quick had I not hand sewed the turtle shell but I'm bad with sewing machines so I chose to do it the long way.

Here's some pics of me as Leonardo! I wore it to work to enter in our "green" costume contest category because well I am green plus I most of my costume was upcycled! I tied with another contestant and shared the win!

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