Our boys wanted armor. We looked at plastic armor and knew it would never survive combat in our household! This armor has survived over 5 years of service!
Memorize Ephesians 6:10-17 with your children, and then use these simple patterns and instructions to make cloth armor pieces and a wooden sword and shield.
Great costume material for acting out Bible stories, or simple projects for beginning seamstresses and carpenters. Also a good project for a Middle Ages unit study. The swords make great presents to take to birthday parties!
Emphipps of Tennessee, 11/5/2011
I have a knight that needed armor, and this fit the bill perfectly! We had such a great time picking out fabric and jewels to decorate his breastplate! I have gotten lots of complements on his armor too... he wears it out on errands quite often. I only had two problems. One was when putting "quilting" the fabric, I had to make sure that the fuzz from the batting didn't accumulate in the bobbin area. Two was that metallic thread didn't want to stitch through all the layers (it kept breaking). I ended up just using cotton/poly thread in a dark gold color. You can't tell that it's not shiny. :) Great idea for teaching the armor of God!!