How to Make a Vambrace When You Don’t Know How to Sew or Work Leather

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Here's a few notes before we get started:

1.) For instructions on how to pick good fabric, see the beginning of my How to Make a Brigandine article. I used leftover fabric from my brigandine, so the two would match.

2.) The costume I was working on only needed one vambrace. If you want a pair, double all the materials and the project time. Also, make sure to take the measurements for both vambraces at the same time.
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Step 1: What you'll need:

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Skill level: Very easy

Total Project Time: 2½ hours

Total Project Cost: $19

• 8 pairs of small D-ring buckles, $3 for 6 pairs
• 1 bag of 1 inch brass fasteners, $3
• 1 roll Scotch tape, $2
• 1 roll of Duct Tape, $4
• 1/3 yard of fabric, about $4
• Measuring tape or long ribbon
• Pen
• Scissors

Step 2: Assembling the main section:

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1.) Measure along the inside of your forearm, from your wrist to wherever you want the top of the vambrace to be. The top of the vambrace needs to be near the widest section of your forearm, or else the vambrace won’t buckle properly.

2.) Mark this height on the back side of your fabric.

Step 3:

3.) Measure the width of your forearm at its widest point, and mark this width at the top of the height mark. Add some extra room to your measurement to allow for the edges of the fabric to be folded over later.

*Remember, it’s always better to err on the side of too big. You can always cinch up a vambrace that’s too big, but if it’s too small you’ll have to start over.

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4.) Measure the width of your wrist, and write this length down/mark it on your ribbon. Again, allow extra space so you can fold the edges of the fabric over.
Speffeddude9 months ago
I realize this would make it less desirable as a wrist guard for using a bow, but could you warp the straps all the way around? And probably just fastening it a couple places along its length.

what type of fabric does he use?

You could easily modify this to actually sew it (as in the edges and probably buckles as well). Great job ^^

mrmerino2 years ago
Isn't it supposed to be worn the other way around?
I think that would depend.
I don't know about others, but for archery, the strap part goes on the top of your forearm so the smooth part is on the inside. When you're holding a bow, it would stop the string from (painfully) smacking against your inner forearm.
The Rambler2 years ago
Clever. Do you have pictures of the full costume? It looks pretty cool.
saosport2 years ago
They look great