Foam Mat (found at wal-mart)
Felt - Yellow (3 yards ), White (1 - 8"x11"sheet ), Black (1 - 8"x11"sheet )
Denim - Blue (2 yards for overall)
Black Mesh (see through pupils)
1 can of Spray adhesive
Glue that will adhere on foam (Gorilla)
Nylon or Polypropylene strap - black (2 yards)
Gray "Latex or Vinyl" Spray paint -
Neodymium Magnets (easier to align head and body and keep it together)
Plaster (use to make goggle look smoother"
2 old pc fan
Computer w/ Printer
Sharp Razor Blade
Black Permanent Pen
Step 1: Tracing Stencils
Computer w/ Printer
use the stencil provided Click on the "I" on the picture to download the original files, when you print the stencil make sure your scale it to fit your needs, for Me I scaled it to 200% and adjust it to fit two separate piece of 8"x11" paper, after that I cut it and glue the two piece together. Your stencil should be complete.
Repeat using bottom.jpg
The foam mats should roll out to be around 71"x20, the package will say (70"x20"), unroll one of the mats and trace out the stencil on the mats, there should be at least 17 of them with a little over a inch left. you will need to free hand that last inch into a similar shape as the stencil.
Repeat using bottom.jpg
Step 2: Cutting Out the Pattern
First thing your going to do is cut out the unnecessary pieces as shown in the picture. Once that is done. there is several ways you can put the pieces together
Glue the end pieces together to form a circle, use the tape to hold it together while the glue is drying. once the Glue is dry, begin gluing all the pointing pieces together, it should take look like a half sphere once you are done. look at the pictures for references( i took the Twine route).
Optional Route: Twine and soldering Iron
Stitch the end pieces together to form a circle, Then use a Soldering Iron to poke holes into the foam, it will make it a lot easier to stitch. if you don't have a large needle, use tape and wrap it around the end piece to form a sturdy point, that will make life much easier. once that is done begin stitching all the pointing pieces together, it should take look like a half sphere once you are done. look at the pictures for references.
Repeat for bottom section.
once your done with top and bottom section, it should look like GIANT blue pill.
Step 3: Wrapping the Head and Body
First step is to measure how much felt is needed to cover the head, wrap it around the head and cut off the portion that is needed, then glue the felt around and work out the creases so its smooth( can be tricky ).
before you start on the bottom section make sure you cut out arms holes on the side, after that just repeat the gluing and wrapping.
next step is to align the body and the head, there should be a overlapping section of felt where the ends meets each other, i find it easier to just use that line to line up the two sections.
I then taped 20 neodymium magnets on the body and the head so it will just snap together when I place it close to each other, it makes aligning a lot easier, it also keeps the head from falling off.
Step 4: The Goggles
For the Goggles, first thing were going to do is cut a strip of foam and glue the end piece together, use tape to fasten it while drying.
you should now have two pieces that are in a shape of a circle, glue those two together by the seam (where you first glue it, use picture as reference). then cut a smaller strip of foam and glue it on on the outer layer of each circle, make sure it's lined up with the top.
You should have a something that looks like cheap binoculars, after that measure how far you want the goggles to concave into the body of the minion, trace it and cut concave out so it will fit snugly to the minion's body.
Next step is to spray the goggle gray.
I plastered the top portion of the goggles to make it smoother, after plastering i sand it smooth. On the other note, it might look smoother but its now fragile.
To make the eye, you'll need the black mesh(see through) and the the other piece of white felt. This is where the black mesh will come in handy, since it's see through it will be the pupils. You'll need to cut out circles into the white felt, as seen in the picture, then glue the mesh to the felt, then the cut and glue the felt to the back end of the goggles and cut the excess off. Once that is done you'll need to trace the back of the goggle to the front of the head, cut out two circles"eyes" (what you have just traced) and stitch the goggle to the front of the head.
for the goggles strap use the nylon strap and wrap it around the head and pin it, then stitch the side end of the strap to the side of the goggle, you can then glue the strap or stitch the strap to the head.
Step 5: Overall and Pocket Logo
There's 8 parts to the overall, the logo, pocket, front and back top, front and back pants, and two straps. The logo can be scaled and printed to size.
For the overall, the picture shown is just a rough sketch. Just measure your minion and cut and scale the denim fabric to shapes similar to the ones in the pictures. Then sew the pocket to the front top, the front top to the front pants, then the front top to the front pants, then the straps to the corners of the tops. Then just sew the pants portion to each other. Then alter as needed to fit your minion.
Note: Only Sew around the side edges, leave the top and bottom open.
I Labeled the Fabric with letters, just match the letters each other A to A, Y to Y, you get the point.
Once you got the overall done, just put it on the minion and stitch/glue it on to it. Your almost done.
Step 6: Mouth and Arms
The arms is just a piece of yellow felt sewed together( just wear as sleeves). I found out It's a lot easier getting out of the minion if it's not sewed to the body.
Step 7: You Got Your Own Minion
Enjoy being a minion.
After wearing the Costume for 2 minute, i found out that it got pretty hot inside.
i added a fan on the top (exhaust) of the minion and one on the back (intake), Covered it with yellow mesh so air can escape and enter. Connect each fan to separate battery with a toggle switch which is hidden right under the top of the overalls. Feels much better now.