KIDS CAPE DIY

04/06/2015

Have you ever wanted to make a kids cape? Well, then you are going to love this super simple tutorial for a reversible kids cape using a technique that will show you how to cut and sew your own with out a pattern! I designed this silver superhero cape inspired by my little ones love for Nairn’s Oatcake, ASTRO BITE biscuits and it has been such a hit, plus it looks pretty darn cute, don’t ya think? Luckily making your own custom capes is easy, whether you’re making them for mini superhero’s, fancy dress, costume parties or just for a bit of fun and some flair!

 

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Before you begin…work out the finished length of the cape by measuring your little one from the base of their neck all the way down their back, stopping approximately where you would like the cape to end. I measured mine 25 cm (10 inches) down. This measurement will determine the amount of fabric you will need for both the outside fabric and the lining. I made my cape short, I guess technically more of a capelet as I only had a little bit of silver fabric leftover from a previous sewing project and wanted to use up what I had rather than go out and buy some more. But you can make yours as short or as long as you like. Just don’t forget to add your seam allowance to this measurement – I used 1 cm (making my cutting out measurement 26 cm)

 

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YOU WILL NEED:

Outer fabric

Lining fabric

Ribbon, cotton tape or binding for neck ties

Matching thread

Sewing machine

Marking tool (chalk / pen)

Scissors

Measuring tape

 

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MAKING:

 

Fold both the outer fabric and lining fabric pieces in half crosswise with wrong sides together and pin along the selvedges.

 

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To create the cape shape – take one of the fabric pieces and measure and mark out a quarter circle at the top corner with a 7.5 cm (3 inch) diameter. You can use a round object to help you create a perfect curve.

 

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Now measure and mark out another quarter circle at the bottom of the fabric. Beginning at the top corner (the same spot you used for the first smaller quarter-circle) and use your custom length measurement as your marker for the diameter for this circle –  mine was 26 cm. Again use a large round object to help you draw that perfect arc. Then cut out along your marked line.

 

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Cut out the smaller quarter circle out of the top corner – this will become the neck hole.

 

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Now you have your master pattern! Well done. Use this to cut out your lining fabric.

 

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Finally you have both the outer fabric and lining fabric pieces cut out and ready to sew…

 

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Unfold them to create two fabric semi-circles. With right sides facing start pinning them together with all sides and edges aligned.

 

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Cut x 2 neckties measuring approx. 36 cm (14 inches ) Place them into position, sandwiched between both layers of fabric at each neck edge on both sides of the cape. With raw edges aligned, pin and tack into place.

 

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Stitch around all sides of the cape leaving approx. 5 – 7 cm gap for turning along one of the straight edges. Grade your seam allowance – notch the outer curves and snip the inner curve.

 

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Once seams are graded, turn right side out, press with an iron and topstitch around all edges, closing the open seam as you sew to finish. Finally let your little one style it out in their own custom made cape … now wasn’t that easy?!

 

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