Ideas on how to cover a riding helmet

This page is to inspire you to cover your safety helmet in a way that looks period.

Riding helmets are not required for adults in AnTir, so I have used various bicycle helmets as some of the examples. The principle is the same.

1. How to cover a helmet to look like a turban.

photo of inside of helmet being covered

Starting with your choice of helmet, cover it with a layer or two of thick fabric. Flannel or twill will do. You are aiming to cover up the lumps and bumps. I use hot glue. If you want to use white glue or another kind of glue, go right ahead, but the whole process will be slower.
If you want a removeable turban, make a "cap" of the heavy fabric, either by cutting and sewing one to fit your helmet or by glueing the creases in the fabric on the outside to make one. I recommend a heavy woven fabric, not slinky or stretchy material.
Tuck the ends inside and either glue them in place(permanent) or velcro them(removeable) so they cover the edges of the helmet.

photo of starting to cover the helmet with turban fabric

You will need a minimum of 2 yards and perhaps more, depending on how many times you want to go around the turban with twisted wraps and how much of a "tail" you want to leave hanging.
Choose a thinish soft fabric for your "turban". Cotton gauze is good. Anything woven and a bit stretchy will work. Cover the whole helmet with a single layer or two, and make sure the edges of the fabric are well under the edges of the helmet and near the edges of the "cap" on the helmet and glue. Then start twisting.

turban almost completely wrapped

Wrap the twist around the edge and glue into place. Use lots of glue as you want it to stay stuck where you put it.

turban front view

turban side view

You can use the end of the fabric to wrap over the top, or around your neck to cover the chinstrap,(or if you wear a face mask for dust as I often do, you can cover your face) or let it hang.

Master Togrul Guiscard's helmet
Kingdom of AnTir

2. How to cover your helmet to look like a helmet!
This helmet was made using the patterns in the Armour Archives, by Master Togrul Guiscard of AnTir.
Gerhard's leather helmet

Front view


Right side

Left side

Top and side view

Inside showing helmet

Mistress Margurite's Tall Hat
West Kingdom

3. How to cover a helmet to look like an Elizabethan Tall Hat.

photo of inside of helmet covered with the tall hat


This hat requires some millinery experience. This is not hard to do but I am not prepared to teach it to you here!

See these websites for a start on millinery information. A quick search online will turn up many more.

Syke's Sutlery
Lynn McMaster's hats

Or check out books, here are a few to get you started:

Amphlett, Hilda
Hats: A History of Fashion in Headwear

Arnold, Janet
Queen Elizabeth's Wardrobe Unlock'd

Dreher, Denise
From the Neck Up ISBN 0941082008

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