Naruto Sage Scroll Tutorial

Yayyyy! I remembered to take photos while making stuff this time so I can put together a tutorial. Usually when I make props/cosplay I look around online to see what other cosplayers do so I can condense it down to the easiest/most efficient process that creates the cleanest prop/cosplay…but I kinda had trouble finding a real definitive process for the sage scroll. So this was a lot of trial and error…hopefully my “tutorial” can help give others ideas on finding a better way to make a scroll…

Here’s pictures of the finished scroll…(Doc Martens for size comparison)…

But yah…anyways for this particular sage scroll I started out with a poster tube (you can easily find them at Staples). The one I picked out was 36″ long with a diameter of 3″. The dimensions worked out pretty well for my height so I didn’t make any changes to it…you could cut it down if you want it shorter…which wouldn’t be a bad idea, because I definitely had trouble fitting through doors with this strapped to my back. I spent most of the day at the con walking sideways OTL.


Knowing that the only the ends of the tube would peek out I painted the ends black…


…It ended up looking really ugly with just black paint over it…so I paper mached over the ends later and repainted it…and modge podge…God I love modge podge and paper mache.

After that I needed to make an armature for the outer scroll part…I don’t even know what to call it…basically the red/black part that wraps around the black thinner scroll part. To do that I cut out a bunch of circles out of foam boards. They were 7″ across with a 3″ hollow area cut out from the middle. IMG_0383


I cut out a lot of them…by hand…my hands hurt just thinking about it x____x If you somehow happen to have access to a CNC machine or a laser cutter, please do use it…it’ll make your circles much more perfect and smooth…which will make your life easier in the step that follows.

Note: I made 11-12 circles. The more circles you make the stronger your scroll will be…I’d recommend a minimum of 6 or so…

So after cutting out all the circles…I put them onto the poster tube like so.IMG_0390

I evenly spaced them out and glued them into place. This part was kind of a struggle because I cut them out by hand…they were exactly perfect so the overall armature to drape the black/red part over was kinda uneven…which bothered me. x__xIMG_0395

After that I took yarn and glued them in circles/loops on the ends.

I used hot glue…be sure to go slowly and carefully and not to burn yourself. (In the pictures above you can also see the end product of the paper mached ends…it just gives a cleaner look…at least I think so :O)

Okay…after that, I went ahead and made the red/black part that goes over the “skeleton” of the scroll. To do so, I glue black fabric over red fabric and then glued that over a piece of poster paper that was long/wide enough to wrap around the armature/skeleton part.

Gluing the fabric to a poster board gives it strength to take the wear and tear of bringing it to a con. But yeah after this is done, I just took the red/black part and very carefully wrapped it and glued it around the rings/circles. In the end I got something like this…

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And I could’ve stopped here if I just wanted a scroll to wear on my back/didn’t roll out. But I wanted it to be functional and I had a bunch of scrap fabric that I thought I could finally put to use…so I sewed it all together to have one side of it to match the black/red pattern as the main scroll and the side the faces up white/red…the white area being the place to write on all the characters. It looked something like this…

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I attached the part that rolls out to the scroll-scroll (lol…I’m getting real descriptive here) part with velcro. I also thought about just completely hot gluing the two parts together but I was thinking that maybe somewhere down the line the part that rolls out might get gross and dirty so with velcro I could easily detach it and wash it.

Next step was to write on all the characters. I used black fabric paint and a stubby paintbrush for the “人” in the middle. And then a calligraphy brush for the other smaller characters…I thought it would be easier using a calligraphy brush…since that’s the kind of brush that naturally gives that “calligraphy” look when writing with it…yeah…no…not on fabric…or at least with the fabric I used. GGRIP…it was such a struggle. I realized calligraphy brushes are meant to be used with very runny liquid ink but fabric paint is really thick. I had a bottle of black ink but because it’s fabric I was painting on, the ink would seep into the fabric and I couldn’t get a really sharp look to the characters.

TL;DR…use fabric paint. Dilute it a bit with water if you’re really intent on using a calligraphy brush…otherwise a normal paintbrush will make life a lot easier.

Also as a note…in the anime/reference photo I used to base my scroll off of the writing is not explicitly chinese/kanji/anything writing that I can recognize. It looks something like chinese/kanji so when I was writing all the small characters…I just pulled up random characters and painted the ones I like…lel…my writing is really poor so most of it didn’t end up looking like real characters 😛

Here’s the reference photo I used…


So after finishing my booty calligraphy…I attached it via velcro.

GG in the picture on the right you can see what I was referring to when I meant that as a result of cutting on the inner circles by hand…the structure became uneven so when I went to drape the red/black part over everything the edges wouldn’t line up perfectly. Also…be really careful when using hot glue with fabric x____x it leaves really ugly marks .

Yahhh…basically the scroll is about finished at this point. FullSizeRender (5)

The only thing to make after this is the brown strap/carrying part…lel…unfortunately I forgot to take photos of this part…but it’s pretty self-explanatory. It’s just a bunch of rectangles sewn together (I used some heavy duty brown canvas) with a strap sewn onto it and velcro (thank you heavens for the invention of Velcro) used to close it.

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Closeup of how the strap was sewn on. Naruto wears it crossbody over his left shoulder. So it’s sewn like this to prevent warping/tangles when worn crossbody.


So that’s it. :DDDD hopefully that was kinda helpful. Comment below if you have any questions!


Tutorial – Making of Madam Red Part 2 – Pseudo-Corset Top // Hoopskirt Review

Uhhhh…sooo that wasn’t a week between my last post and this post. My bad. Uhm well…I’m planning on double posting tonight/tomorrow. I’ve made quite a lot of progress on my Saber cosplay so I’m gonna type up my triumphs and woes of what I’ve done so far.

Okay, for the bodice, this (front and back):

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I drafted my own pattern for the pseudo-corset (I call it a pseudo-corset because it actually doesn’t cinch anything). I honestly don’t remember what my exact process was. I recall drafting fabric onto my mannequin that I had and then making a muslin with the pattern pieces I disassembled but it was way too big…basically my boobs are way small x__x. So I pinned the muslin draft while I wore it and took it in a lot. Took that apart and re-did a muslin. Made sure that one fit and then moved onto good fabric.

But yeah, super sorry that I don’t have more of a how-to guide to how I drafted the bodice to fit. I know that drafting, at least for me, is the biggest/most time consuming part of making a cosplay.

But yeah with all my pattern pieces laid out.



Here’s the general shape of them. If I find them in my mess of a room, I’ll scan them and upload them for those who might want to reference. It’s an 8 piece bodice. And as for the fabric I used two layers of cotton broadcloth, 1 layer of cotton sateen, 1 layer of red lace, black cotton sateen for the bow/straps, black bias tape to seal off the edges and I also used plastic boning on the seams to give it more shape.


Yay, cutting out fabric. Blah. So i cut each pattern piece out 4 times out of the cotton broadcloth, enough to make 2 bodices out of the cotton broadcloth. Sewed in all together and then pressed the seams. With seams together (bad sides together), I sewed like 0.25″ away down each seam. So one row of stitches on each side of a seam to make a tunnel to insert the boning. I have a picture down below (yeah…it’s upside down QQ…Wordpress won’t let me flip it but ya’ll get the idea). The center seam already has the “tunnel” created.




I did this for every single seam on the bodice, plus the back. I made two boning tunnels to keep the back upright. Then…then…I forgot to take pictures. QQ Ugh, my bad. Sometimes I get so excited while working on cosplay, I just make and forget to take progress pictures for when I’m going to write up tutorials. But I’ll still explain, and feel free to leave me a question down below if you’re confused. I will absolutely answer and do my best to help/explain!

Anyways, after making the tunnels for the boning. I cut and inserted the boning and made sure to sew a bit of a horizontal stitch across to keep the boning in the casing/tunnel. Afterwards, I cut the same bodice pattern pieces out of the main red fabric (red cotton sateen) and red lace. I put those on top of the cotton broadcloth (so top to bottom is, cotton, cotton, sateen, and then lace) and sewed them altogether.


I finished the outer edges off with bias tape. It was double fold, so super easy to use. Fold it in half over the ugly edge and then voila, disappears!

Next part was fun…hammering the grommets. Although it was just me probably who thought it was fun. My neighbors didn’t seem to enjoy it… x_x But yeah I used this kit from Amazon.  Best kit ever. It has everything you need to install grommets and they stay in naiseeeee. (You just need to supply your own hammer or high heels…I recommend a hammer. Don’t ruin your heels.)


And then for the black bow/strap thing (which was inspired by Audrey Hepburn’s dress in Roman Holiday), I freehanded a pattern and cut it out of black sateen and then hand stitched that on to the main bodice.

And then I was done. Boom.

As an extra bonus…well…I call it a bonus, I don’t really know if it is a bonus, but here’s the hoopskirt I used. Bought it off of eBay, here. I got the 3 hoop skirt. It was nice and poofy but I think it could’ve been bigger, but then I think I would have had to size up for the four or five hoopskirt. Ah well next time, but yeah here’s a few pictures if there’s anybody shopping around for hoopskirts/not too sure what size hoopskirt to get.




Came in a tiny package like this…and then it inflated to…




Here’s a me for scale. Ignore the awkward pose. I’m shy. JK not really.

Okay, that’s all I got for the making of Madam Red. I know it’s kinda skimpy at some parts, but leave me a comment if you’re confused and I’ll work on getting better at this tutorial/progress making stuff. 🙂