Materials you will Need:
A printed out version of this pattern.
5/8 yard fleece for hood – plus what you want the length to be ( based on fabric that is 58- 60 inches wide)
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat (available here)
Ribbon or leather cording (for the ties)
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
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Secret Tip: The hoods on the Red Riding Hood Cape, the fast hooded cape,the easy long cape and the long hooded cape are all interchangeable – so if like a hood more from another cape you can mix and match to get the look you want.
Download the free pattern here, tutorial below.
Video tutorial here, written tutorial below.
Fast hooded cape free pattern and tutorial
1- Assemble and cut out the Pattern
You can find instructions on how to assemble the pattern here.
The length of the cape is up to you. In the pattern example I used 50 inches of fleece. To determine the length of your cape measure from your collarbone to where you want the cape to fall. Note: this cape is designed to have a little rise in the front ( this is to help prevent tripping on it) so the length you measure will be at the longest point of the cape in the back.
If you desire cut off the selvage from the cloth. (I confess in the pattern example I didn’t) Take the negative cut out and place it on the edge of folded fabric (make sure the part that is supposed to be on the fold is) and cut the bottom of the cape. If you leave the selvage on like I did the pattern will be a little short, just continue the curve and cut to the edge of the fabric.
Measure from the bottom of the cape the length you desire, vut off the top using a straight line.
2 – Make the hood
Take the two hood pieces and using a .5 inch seam allowance sew them together (1). Then turn under rim of hood .5 and using a zig sag stitch along the edge sew down (2).
3 – Attach the hood to the cape
Take the cape and sew a basting stitch along the top ( the straight edge). Gather the cape to the length of the bottom of the hood. Pin right side together. Sew hood onto the cape using a .5 inch seam allowance. You may need t go slow as you are sewing through thick layers.
4 – Add the ties
Taking ribbon or leather ties. Make them the length you want and sew on to the top edges of where the hood meets the cape. Trim your threads, put on your cape and chase your kids ( or roommate) around the house – the kids will think it’s hilarious , the roommate will just think you’re weird.