Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Child's Cape DIY

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A one-piece child's cape that doesn't need any sewing!

Who could ask for more?

An original design without a hood that lends a mischievous air to its wearer.

Thanks to "Froufrou et Capucine" ("Froufrou and Nasturtiums") for sharing this tutorial.

Level: Easy
Creation time:
1 h



  • Polar yarn (amount depends on child's measurements)
  • Fabric for the lining (amount depends on child's measurements)
  • 1 appliqué
  • 2 medium snap buttons
  • Matching thread


  • Paper pencil
  • Measuring tape
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Pins


  • Measure the distance from the child's one wrist to the other.

  • On the first fabric, draw a line of that length.

  • Find the middle of that line and trace a circle centered on it using a pencil and a piece of thread as a compass: pin the end of the thread at the center point, tie a pencil to the other end (at the distance you want half of the circle's diameter to be) and draw a circle.
    NB: If you want a cape that's a little longer, trace an oval there. It will give the same arm length but will increase the length in the front and back.

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  • Cut around the drawn circle (or oval).

  • Do the same thing with the other fabric.

  • Measure the child's head.

  • Fold the cape in half (along the short side, if you made an oval).

  • Draw a T in the middle, the length of the arms of the T equaling the the head measurements plus a few cm/inches.

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  • Unfold the cape and cut the T.
    NB: Only cut the front, not the back.

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  • Do the same thing with the other fabric.

  • Add an appliqué or a charm to the cape.
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  • Sew the 2 fabrics together, right sides together, leaving a large opening.

  • Turn the cape right side out and sew the opening shut.

  • Fold 5 mm (1/16 inch) in around the collar and sew the wrong side with a zigzag stitch.
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  • Add 2 snap buttons to close the wrists, along the arm line, a few cm/inches from the edge.


To avoid an opening that's too large, cut the T in steps. Try it for size and cut more, if necessary.

Source: "Froufrou et capucine" ("Froufrou and Nasturtiums")


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