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How to Make a Toga

Whether you’re headed to a frat party or a costume affair, make sure you tie your toga correctly so you’re not the talk of the party.


  • Step 1: Buy fabric Buy a cotton-blend fabric three times longer than your height. Pick any color, although most togas are white or cream.
  • TIP: If you don’t have time to buy fabric, use a bed sheet.
  • Step 2: Finish edges Finish the material with a quick hem on either side. Turn the edges under ¼-inch, pin, and run on your sewing machine.
  • TIP: If you don’t feel like finishing the edges, leave the material raw.
  • Step 3: Put on undergarments Put on undergarments, including a strapless bra or tube top and underwear for women and shorts or underwear for men.
  • Step 4: Pin material under arm Start with the end of your material under one arm, cross it over your chest, and wrap it around your body. Use four safety pins to secure where the material meets.
  • Step 5: Wrap remaining material and drape excess over shoulder Continue wrapping material around your lower half. When you get to your back, throw the leftover material over your shoulder so it hangs in front.
  • Step 6: Wrap a belt, secure Make a nice drape over your chest with the fabric and use two safety pins to secure and wrap the excess material around your waist as a belt. Then pin it in place.
  • Step 7: Add sash Give your toga a tug to make sure it’s secure. Add a colorful sash over your shoulder or around your waist.
  • Step 8: Add shoes, jewelry, and headpiece Complete your getup with your favorite sandals and, for women, gold jewelry. Men can make a wreath headpiece out of wire and glued-on leaves.
  • FACT: In ancient Rome, only men were allowed to wear togas.

You Will Need

  • A cotton-blend fabric
  • A sewing machine
  • Lightweight undergarments
  • Safety pins
  • A colored sash
  • Sandals
  • Gold jewelry
  • A wire laurel-leaf head ornament

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