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😇😒😤 Once the tuxedo of the Ancient Romans, the toga is now a favorite costume at many events, including fraternity, sorority or Halloween parties. It’s also a great option for last-minute costume planners, because you can easily make one out of a bedsheet. Learn some no-sew ways you can wrap one and look like you stepped in from the past with this article.
Method 1Method 1 of 5:Wrapping a Classic Toga From Behind
- 1Fold the long side of a bed sheet in half. Find a full, queen or king-sized flat sheet and fold it in half. If you want a longer toga, fold the sheet only a quarter.XResearch source
- 2Drape one end over your shoulder. With the long side of the sheet behind your back, drape one corner over one of your shoulders. Adjust the draped end until it reaches down to your waist.Advertisement
- 3Pull the fabric from your backside around to your front. While you hold the draped end with one hand, grab the sheet from behind your back with your other hand. Gather the fabric once it’s pulled to your front-side.
- 4Wrap the long part of the sheet around your body. Holding the gathered, long fabric from your backside, wrap it around your body several times. Wrap the sheet all the way around your back, under one arm and across your chest.
- 5Toss the end over your shoulder. After you wrap the long end of the sheet around your body several times, toss the final end over the shoulder you started with.
- 6Adjust your toga if you need to. Fold, pin or bunch the material until it hits your legs where you want. It may take a few passes until you feel it lays right. Make sure you spend some time smoothing the layers and folds.
- 7Secure the final end on top of your shoulder. Use a safety pin or a decorative brooch to hold the tossed, final piece. You can also tie the ends together.
Method 2Method 2 of 5:Wrapping a Classic Toga Around Your Frontside
- 1Fold the long side of a bed sheet in half. Find a full, queen or king-sized flat sheet and fold it in half. If you want a longer toga, fold the sheet only a quarter.
- 2Hold the sheet in front of you to drape one end over your shoulder. Take one end of your sheet and drape a few feet of it, front to back, over one of your shoulders. The draped end should reach down your back to your butt.XResearch source
- 3Wrap the sheet around your body. Holding the long end of the sheet, wrap it diagonally across your chest and under one arm. Continue wrapping across your back, under your other arm and around your chest.
- 4Tuck the wrapped end under the draped end. Tuck the piece you’ve been wrapping (the long end) under the piece you draped over your shoulder.
- 5Adjust and secure the sheet. Adjust the height of your toga by folding, pinning or bunching the material until it hits your legs where you want it. It may take a few passes until you feel it lays right. Spend some time smoothing the layers and folds and pin them if you need to.
Method 3Method 3 of 5:Wrapping a Strapless Empire Waist Toga
- 1Fold a flat sheet in half. Fold a sheet with the short ends together, until it is the proper length for your height. It should cover from your armpits to your legs. Decide on how much leg you want to show or cover.
- 2Wrap the sheet around your chest. Holding the folded sheet horizontally behind you, pull both sides underneath your arms and around to your chest. Wrap under your arms to your backside and to your front-side.XResearch source
- 3Tuck one end into the top. After you bring the wrapped sheet around to your chest, tuck one end into the top of the sheet, like a towel. Make sure the sheet holds snugly around your chest.
- 4Adjust and secure the wrap. Spend some time smoothing the layers and folds. Use safety pins to hold your wrapped toga in place.
- 5Add a belt to your toga. Tie a belt or rope just under the bust to help secure the wrap and make a flattering empire waist.
Method 4Method 4 of 5:Wrapping a Halter Toga
- 1Fold a sheet in half. While standing, hold a sheet horizontally in front of you. Fold the sheet in half, until it is the proper length. It should cover from your armpits to your legs. Decide on how much leg you want to show or cover.
- 2Wrap the sheet around your chest. Holding the folded sheet horizontally in front of you, first wrap one side around your chest and then the other side, much like a towel. Leave 3 to 4 feet (0.9 to 1.2 m) of one corner loose at the front of your body.XResearch source
- 3Make halter straps. Twist the 4 foot (1.2 m) length a few times to make a rope. Run this twisted sheet over your shoulder and behind your neck. Tie the end of the twist to the sheet running across your chest.XResearch source
- 4Adjust and secure your toga. Spend some time smoothing the layers and folds, then pin the toga onto your tube top. Take extra time to pin the halter securely.
- 5Add accessories to your toga. Although optional, this adds interest. For example, tie a belt or rope just under the bust or at the natural waist. Pin a brooch on your chest just under one of the halter straps.
Method 5Method 5 of 5:Wrapping a Saree-Inspired Toga
- 1Fold a sheet in half. While standing, hold the sheet horizontally in front of you. Fold the ends together, until the sheet is the proper length for your height. It should cover from your waist to your feet.
- 2Wrap one end around your waist. Holding the folded sheet horizontally behind you at your waist, wrap a few feet of one end around your front-side to make a skirt and tuck the top of the skirt-end into the sheet, like a towel. Keep the rest behind your back.
- 3Wrap the second end around to your frontside. While still holding the sheet at your waist wrap the longer end around to the front. When you cross the front, pin the top of the skirt together at your waist.
- 4Continue wrapping up and around your body. Continue this longer end all the way around your body, across the front of your waist, under your arm, and across your the back. Then back to the front again, under your arm.
- 5Toss the end over one shoulder. Once the longer end is at the front again, cross over your chest and over the opposite shoulder. The end will drape over your shoulder and rest on your back.
- If you have a rope, use it to wrap around the small of your back to secure the loose end hanging in the back.
- QuestionWhat size sheet should I use for a toga?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerThat depends on how big you are, but a full, queen, or king-sized sheet is a good bet for most adults. For a child, you might want to use a twin or single sheet.
- QuestionWhat do you call a female toga?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerWomen in ancient Rome typically wore a garment called a stola rather than a toga. The stola is a type of pleated, typically sleeveless dress that is fastened at the shoulders with pins and belted at the waist and just under the breasts. It was usually worn over a tunic.
- QuestionWhat’s the difference between a toga and a chiton?wikiHow Staff EditorStaff AnswerA chiton is a type of ancient Greek garment, although it was also worn by the Romans during some periods. A chiton is a simple rectangle of cloth that is fastened at the shoulders to form a tunic, while a true toga is a large, semi-circular cloth that is elaborately draped around the body.
- QuestionWhat length of material is needed?Community AnswerAbout 4 yards is the magic number, but anywhere between 4 and 6 yards will be great. Longer lengths will give it a more flowing appearance.
- QuestionHow many feet of cloth should a preteen use for a toga?Community Answer4 yards at least would be helpful, but depending on your size, about 4-7 yards would be great.
- QuestionHow do I measure the cloth for a toga?Community AnswerA yardstick would be ideal, especially if you wan your toga to fall into the "magical" four yard range.
- QuestionHow do I wrap a toga in a male style if I am a female?Community AnswerJust do method 1 or 2. But you will obviously need to wear something under the toga.
- QuestionIf I'm wearing a toga, should I not have shoes on?Community AnswerIt doesn't matter. Sandals would give you a more authentic look, however.
- QuestionWhat shoes should I wear?Community AnswerSandals are ideal, but any casual shoe will be fine.
- QuestionDid Greeks wear togas and were they the same as Roman togas?Community AnswerGreek men wore togas, and Greek women wore chitons and tunics. It would be mostly the same as Romans, but the Greeks would have simpler colors, like white.
- Wear undergarments, like a white T-shirt, tube top or strapless bra.
- Remember the tighter your toga gets, the harder it is to walk.
- Make sure you wear shorts also.
- If you can, get a friend to help you put it on.
- Pin your toga to your undergarments if you need to.
Things You'll Need
- Large piece of fabric (you can use a flat sheet)
- Safety pins
- Roman-inspired or Greek-inspired brooches and jewelry (optional)
- Cord, belt, or sash (optional)
- Roman or Greek classic sandals (optional)
- Roman or Greek laurel wreath (optional)
About This Article
To wrap a toga using just a bedsheet, first fold a bedsheet in half lengthwise so it’s as wide as the portion of your body you want to cover. Then, hold one end of the sheet in place over the front of your body with 1-2 feet (30-60 cm) of excess fabric in your hand. Wrap the other end around your back, then around your front, and finally around your back again. Bring the end over your shoulder and tie it to the excess fabric from the other end in a knot on your shoulder. To tie an authentic-looking toga with a bedsheet and a safety pin, fold the sheet in half lengthwise. Then, drape one end over your shoulder so the end of the sheet is in line with the front of your waist. Grab the other end and wrap it around your front. Next, wrap the same end around your back so it's in front of you again. Finally, toss the loose end over the shoulder that the other end is draped over and safety pin it in place. To wrap a strapless toga, start by folding a bedsheet in half crosswise. Then, hold the folded sheet horizontally behind you and wrap it around your chest under each arm. Tuck one of the ends into the top of the sheet like you would with a towel, then use a safety pin to keep everything in place. Tie a rope or belt around your toga to give it an empire waist. If you want to learn how to wrap your toga from the front or add designs, keep reading the article!