Chances are you’ve heard of the term “toga.” This ancient garment has been worn by men since ancient times. Nowadays, it’s also a popular college party outfit!
In modern times, the toga party is synonymous with University and College parties, but there’s no reason to go out and buy one just for one event!
In this article, I’ll show you how to make a toga, for free using your bedsheet.
Let’s get started!
How To Make A Toga With A Sheet For Free
The word “toga” comes from the Latin word “togatus,” meaning “wearing a cloak or mantle.” In Roman culture, togas were often associated with royalty.
Today, they are commonly seen at weddings, graduations, and other formal events. They are also worn by athletes during competitions.
A toga is a long piece of cloth wrapped around the body. It usually covers the entire torso and legs.
There are two main types of togas: a tunic and a chiton. Tunics are loose-fitting, whereas chitons are tight-fitting.
The difference between them is that chitons have no sleeves while tunics have short ones.
A toga can be made using many different materials such as silk, cotton, linen, wool, polyester, leather, and even vinyl. For this project, you will use a twin sheet instead of fabric.
Easy No-Sew Toga Out Of A Sheet
Here are three ways to fold a bedsheet to make a toga:
1. Traditional Toga
Step 1: Place your sheet in front of your body, grabbing with one hand by your left shoulder.
Step 2: Take the other hand and wrap the sheet around your body, like a towel.
Step 3:Tuck the end of your sheet into the top corner, as you would a towel.
Step 4: Secure with a safety pin if you like.
Step 5: Take the bit of fabric that was around your left shoulder and pull to meet the wrapped sheet at the back, by your shoulder bland.
Step 6: Tuck in and secure with a safety pin
Voila! You are all done. You can adjust where the sheet lies on your body to make it the most flattering and comfortable.
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2. Folded Toga
This method is similar to the traditional toga except you don’t need to tuck in the ends. Instead, you’ll fold the sheet over itself so that it forms a tube.
Step 1: Place the sheet on the floor in front of you.
Step 2: Grab both sides of the sheet and bring them up toward each other.
Step 3: Bring the right side down and across the left side until the sheet meets in the middle.
Step 4: Pull the bottom edge up and over the top edge, forming a tube.
Step 5: Turn the sheet inside out and secure it with a safety pin.
3. Lace Toga
This style is very similar to the folded toga, however, you won’t need to turn the sheet inside out. Instead, you’ll lace the edges together.
Step 1: Place the sheet on the ground in front of you.
Step 2: Grab the top and bottom corners of the sheet and bring the corners towards each other.
Step 3: Bring the top corner down and cross it over the bottom corner.
Step 4: Repeat step 2 and 3 until the sheet is laced together.
Step 5: Tie off the laces with a knot.
If you want to wear a toga, you should make sure it fits properly before going anywhere and be secure with safety pins!
Handy With A Needle And Thread?
You can up your game by sewing a toga for the occasion!
- 1-inch wide strip of material (You could use any color)
Step 1: Measure Your Body
Before starting your toga, measure your body so you know how much material you’ll need. You don’t want to end up having too little or too much.
Measure your chest, waist, hips, thighs, calves, and ankles. Don’t forget to include armholes if you plan on wearing a sleeveless top.
Step 2: Cut Out The Pattern
Once you have measured your body, cut out the pattern. Use scissors to make an outline of your measurements. If you’re not sure about where to start cutting, put the ruler down first.
Then, place the pencil along the edge of the ruler. Draw a line across the ruler and then draw another line perpendicular to the first line. Continue until you reach the desired length.
Step 3: Mark Where To Sew
Once you have drawn your lines, mark the spots where you will sew. You may find it easier to do this before you begin sewing. However, it is fine to do it after as well.
Mark the spot where you want to fold the edges over. Fold the edge in half and press it flat. Repeat this process for all four sides.
Step 4: Start Sewing
Begin stitching at the center back seam. Stitch along each side, leaving approximately 6 inches open at the front. Turn the toga inside out and stitch the remaining opening closed.
Step 5: Finish Off The Edges
Stitch the bottom hem and turn the right side out. Press the edges.
Step 6: Add Decoration
If you’d like, add some decoration to the front. Try adding buttons, embroidery, or anything else you think looks good.
Now, you’re ready to wear your new toga!
Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips and tricks you might want to keep in mind when making your own toga:
- Keep the width of the material consistent throughout.
- Be careful not to stretch the material.
- Keep the material clean and dry.
- Avoid using pins because they can poke holes in the material.
Best Ways To Accessorize A Toga For A Party
- Roman God: Wear a wreath of olive branches on your head and place a gold brooch on the shoulder strap. Add a purple accent and wear strappy sandals.
- Greek Style: Wear a laurel wreath around your neck and carry a torch. Carry a basket filled with flowers and wear a blue skirt.
- Roman Goddess: Wear a crown of wheat and carry a scepter. Wear a red scarf tied around your toga and carry a large bunch of grapes.
A toga is an easy way to dress up for a college party, or if you don’t want to buy a costume! They are easy to make and don’t require anything more than a couple of safety pins and a bedsheet. Have fun out there!