Free pattern for child cape or car seat poncho

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Step 3 – Make Ears for hood (Optional)

child cape0061child cape0070child cape0073child cape0075child cape0076If you want to make the ears for the hood this is optional – but really cute! If you want to learn how to make the horns follow the tutorial here, For the bear and the cat ears: taking and exterior and interior ear piece, put right sides together and line up the bottoms of the pieces. The exterior is larger than the interior so your ear will have a nice outline. Line up the exterior edges of the piece and pin (this will cause the back to bubble). I like to use a lot of pins to get this right sew using a .25 inch (.75cm) seam.Turn right side out.For Bear ear: Sew top stitch seam on ear if desired. For Cat Ear: Turn each bottom corner into center of ear, pin and baste stitch down.

Step 4a – assemble the hood

child cape0077 child cape0078hood backTake the cuddle exterior back of the hood. Sew the two pieces together using a .5 inc h (1.25 cm) seam allowance. Repeat with the lining. ( I removed teh walking foot and used just a regular foot for this)

Step 4b – add the ears

child cape0081child cape0082Place the ears on the hood where you would like them to be ( close to the top looks best) pin then tack down in place using a .25 inch (.75 cm).  Again using just a regular foot.


Step 4c – Sew the front pieces together.

hood frontSew the front piece together at the top for the exterior and lining.

Step 4d – Sew the front pieces  and the back pieces together

child cape0086child cape0083child cape0084child cape0089hood front backWith right sides together, pin and sew together.  Take extra care to line up the seams at the top.  Take the two exterior pieces and sew together using a .5 inch seam allowance.  This can be done with a walking foot to help with the bulk especially just over the ears. Repeat with the lining.

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Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
Angel Hickman Peterson
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  1. I’m at step 4c and d and I’m SO CONFUSED! I can’t tell which cutout goes where. I have two slightly different hood front sets and I can’t tel which goes on the lung and which belongs to the fleece. And I have a ton of satin cutouts. Do i only need the main poncho pieces and small hood cutout in satin? What is the larger interior hood cutout for?

  2. I think I figured it out. I was following directions via my phone and missed some explained pattern variations. Once I logged on my computer and had a full screen everything jumped out at me and became much clearer. Funny how that works.

    The pattern is terrific! I’m making two this week. One for my 3 year old girl and one for my 15 month old boy. They picked their own fabrics and are super excited to watch it come together. Thank you so much for posting!

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