From Start to Finish: Wraps

A guide for completing the Tusken Raider arm and leg wraps.

Note: I am in the process of re-doing my wraps to make them more natural fitting and accurate. This guide will soon be updated with new methods.

Items Needed:

Tools Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine

Arm Wrap Length

The arm wraps should start at the wrist and continue up into the robe. Their endpoint should not be seen.

I made my sleeve 10 inches long (though I should have made it longer), probably 12-14 inches.

Below are two reference images and my sleeve. While toys should generally not be referenced as they can be inaccurate, the following toy gives a good idea of arm wrap length. My wraps go up to my elbows.

When you find the appropriate length wrap a piece of cloth around your arm. It should be tight enough to stay in place but loose enough to slip over your hand to take off. Sew the fabric into a loop/sleeve.

Tusken Raider with arms up
Image taken on set of "A New Hope"

Production shot of Tusken Raider

Tusken Raider toy with arms up
Hasbro 6-inch Black Series figure

Arm Sleeve
Not wrapped

Arm wrap on arm

Leg Wrap Length

The length of your leg wrap will differ depending on what boot/show you are using. In my case I am using a Chelsea style boot (see my post on boots). Either way the wrap endpoint should not be seen.

I slip my wraps on before the boots and let them cover the top section of the boot. This way no matter which way my foot turns everything will stay covered.

My leg wrap is 14 inches long with 9 inches of actual wrap. That being said I plan to re-do them in the future to make them better so don't be afraid to branch off from this guide.

 

Tusken Raider boots and leg wraps
From a Star Wars visual dictionary

Tusken Boots

Tusken Raider Boots and Legs
The Power of Costume exhibit

Tusken Boots

Flat leg wrap

Flat leg wrap

Arm Wrap Wrapping

You should now have a sudo-sleeve/loop of fabric. Next is to make the actual wrap, a very long 3 inch wide strip of fabric. The length of this strip depends on how long your sleeve is. My strip is 5 feet long. This strip needs to wrap around your arm tightly and tuck into your wrist.

Instead of cutting the strip you should tear it. Do this by making a small cut at the desired width of the strip and proceed to tear the fabric in a straight line all the way down. This should be fairly easy with duck canvas as it tends to tear easily and uniformly.

Sew one end of the strip at the highest point of the sleeve. Wrapping the strip around your arm tightly should give the look of a wrapped arm.

Arm wrap laid out flat, unwrapped

Arm wrap flat

Arm wrap on arm, unwrapped

Arm wrap on arm, unwrapped

Wrapped arm

wrapped arm

Leg Wrap Wrapping

You should now have a sudo-pant leg/loop of fabric. Next is to make the actual wrap. Unlike the arm this wrap will be attached to the fabric. I do this because I found moving around made the wrap come undone easily.

Laying the fabric flat, glue strips of fabric with the next strip partially covering the last. Adding variation in angles will help make it look more real and natural.

Weathering

The wraps should be weathered, but only as much as the rest of your costume. Your costume doesn't have to be filthy like mine but it should show some dirt.

Hang your arm wrap up with the strip fully unfolded. Lightly mist your arm wrap to your desired dirtiness using various shades of brown spray paint and the occasional black.

Do the same with the leg wraps, matching the weathering style.

bh51512

My name is Brandon Owens, 501st Member BH/DZ-51512 and MMCC OM#1793. I have an approved Tusken Raider (ANH) and a Boba Fett (ROTJ) that I spend years researching and building. I'm here to share my progress, methods, and findings.