Step 5: Mega Man's Helmet (Skinning Things)
Hot Glue Gun
Black Electrical Tape
I bet you have been wondering how I was going to turn this Red/White Cars/Frisbee bike helmet thing into the blue Mega Man helmet. Easy, skin it all with dark blue fabric. Again, while on all my trips to the Goodwill stores and the like, I had a very long list of supplies that I needed. At one of them I happen to find light blue and dark blue cotton sheet sets. The fabric was the right color, and they both were a stretchy type of material which was exactly what I needed. If doing this again, I might spring for some metallic looking spandex, but for now this was good.
I added the widow's peak to the the helmet just with black electrical tape. I also added a couple of other blue pieces of foam to smooth out any hard corners that the fabric would bunch up in.
Next step I remove the nice padding inside the helmet that was attached by velcro (an important thing to note). I then roughly measured out what size the piece of fabric needed to be (basically a big oval). I'm sure someone with more experience would have done it differently, but I was winging it. I then started to sew some velcro pieces onto the dark blue fabric so I could attach it to the velcro that was already mounted in the helmet (how handy was that!).
I was hoping to be able to stretch the fabric smoothly over the whole helmet, but that would have required something like spandex. So I ended up putting a seam in the back. I did the seam by pulling one side tight across the helmet and marking a center line along with a cut line. After making that initial cut, I taped it down, then repeated on the other side. I took the fabric off the helmet and sewed the seam from the back. Then pulled it back over the helmet. I wrapped it tight around the frisbee part of the helmet the secured it via hot glue.
I really thought this wasn't going to be a huge deal. It turned out to be way more involved than I thought, eating up most of the time I spent on the helmet.