I am incessantly cold in the winter and always have a blanket around me when sitting around the house. This cape is perfect to keep me warm while I work on crafts or work on my computer. It is simple to make – and you can easily make your own pattern.
- 2 yards each of 2 different types of fabric (I used flannel and fleece)
- Large wood beads
- Sewing Machine
- Safety Pin (to pull drawstring through)
1. Make the pattern: using newspaper, draw a half circle by holding one end of a measuring tape on one edge of the newspaper and holding a pen with the measuring tape at 21″. Circle around, drawing a half-circle. Do this again at 5″ for the neck hole.
2. Cut the half-circle out of the newspaper and place the pattern with the neck hole on the fold of the fabric. Cut out of fabric and lining
3. On one half of the folded edge, cut from the bottom hem to the neck hole to create the front opening. I cut some of the circle off the edge to reduce the “fullness” of this cape. You don’t need to do this – you can simply cut the cape open on the edge.
4. Open the 2 pieces of fabric and place them right-side-together. Sew the 2 pieces together around the neck hole.
5. Open up the cape. At the raw edge of the neck hole, fold in 1/2″ and sew about 2″ from the seam to 2″ past the seam (to finish off edge where drawstring comes out). Repeat this on the other side.
6. Fold the cape right-sides-together again and sew the bottom edge together. Turn the cape right-side-out (you will have a tube of fabric – just pull through). The front opening will have raw edges on each side.
7. Sew around the neck hole, about 1″ from the edge to create the casing for the drawstring.
8. Finish off the raw edges at the front opening: fold the fabric in about 1/2″ on each the outer piece and lining and sew them together – making sure to leave the opening for the drawstring to come out.
9. Topstitch the bottom edge of the cape.
10. Pull the drawsting through: attach a safety pin (or a blunt-end needle) to one edge of the drawstring and push it through the casing of the cape. Add beads to each end of the drawstring and tie a knot on each end.
You now have a versatile, reversible cape to keep you warm 🙂