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How to make an Ancient Roman toga

A photograph showing a roman funerary stone

A Roman funerary stone from the British Museum

© Jack Shoulder

    • Help! You need an Ancient Roman outfit for school tomorrow and it's got to be easy to make… Don't worry because here's our simple, no-sew, Show Me version.

      A photograph of a boy dressed in a toga holding a scroll
      Togas were worn by men who were Roman citizens. Women would wear something slightly different called a stola. Our version of the outfit is made of two pieces of material - a tunic and a toga.

      You will need:
      • An old white sheet (that your parents don't mind you cutting up!)
      • Sewing scissors
      • A grown-up's help for the toga and tunic bit.

      For the no-sew tunic

      Get a grown-up to measure you for the length of your outfit to just below your knee. For our 9 year old models, we cut a metre in length and 70cm for the width.

      A photo of a person measuring a white sheet with a tape measure.
      Fold the material lengthwise in half and cut a quarter shape out of the folded corner for your neck hole as shown in the photo.

      A white sheet with the corner cut out.
      For the Ancient Roman toga

      A toga is basically a long rectangular shape of white cotton material. It folds over the tunic. We made ours the length of the single bedsheet and then cut a strip 80cm in width.

      Get dressed like a Roman!

      First put the tunic on and tie it at the waist with a belt. Then put the toga round your neck.

      A boy putting on a toga.
      Grab the end of the right side in your right hand as shown in the photo. Pull the right side under your right arm and over your left shoulder.

      A boy putting on a toga
      You can tuck the right side into your belt as shown in the photo.

      Adult helping a child put on a toga
      Have you got time to add some accessories to your outfit? Click on the link to

      Child wearing a home made snake bracelet
      You can find more Ancient Roman jewellery on the British Museum's website in its Young Explorers section.

      Make a scroll

      We made the scroll out of a paper towel tube and wrapped it in brown paper. We then cut two circles out of card and used string inside the tube to attach one circle to another at each end of the tube.

      A home-made scroll
      Good luck with your outfit and don't forget to send us a photo!

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