This adorable cape is made from cuddle fleece – it’s like wearing a cuddle blanket! With the soft hood that has the option of adding bear ears, cat ears or horns, this cape is so cute on little ones. The design of the cape also works well with car seats, allowing restrains to sit beneath the cape, keeping the bulk out of the way for child’s comfort. Please be aware that this tutorial is 3 pages long – be sure to look for navigation to the next page at the bottom of the page.
For this project you will need:
1.5 yards (1 2/3 yards for 6 – 9 size) cuddle fleece
In the example below I used Mar Bella Ibiza Fresa with the pocket in Barcelona Cuddle Fresa by Shannon Fabrics.
1.5 yards satin (1 2/3 yards for 6 – 9 size)
Disclaimer: Fabric was provided to me free of charge by Shannon Fabrics to write about. I will be honest that you working with cuddle fabric can be difficult if you are a beginner. I recommend getting a few other projects under your belt before working with cuddle fabric.
Download the free pattern, tutorial below!
Step 1a – Assemble the pattern and cut out pieces – body
You will need to assemble the pattern. For instructions on how to assemble the pattern click here. First you will need to cut two squares of fabric for a child sizes6- 9 you will need two 28 by 28 inch squares, 3 – 5 you will need two 25 by 25 inch (63.5 cm by 63.5 cm) squares out of cuddle fleece. For a Baby 0-3 months you will want two 16 by 16 inch (40.5 cm by 40.5cm). For 1- 3 years cut two 20 by 20 inches squares. Make sure they are perfectly square by checking the square by taking it corner to corner. Next place the Poncho back curve Negative in on one of the squares ( this should be placed where you want the top of the cape to be). Line up the pattern piece as seen in the picture and cut out. Now it’s time to take the 2nd square and place the Poncho front V Negative on the top corner and cut it out (see picture). Then with the front piece we’re going to take one more additional step of taking out ruler and rotary blade cut the square in half using the bottom of the V and bottom corner to line up your ruler, making two triangles.
Step 1b – continue to cut out pattern – hood
Now it’s time to cut out the hood and pocket pieces. The hood has a couple of design options for you. You can make it so it is can have ears, or it can be more simple and not have the ear/horn option. In the example I cut 4 of the hood front from cuddle fabric, and 2 of the hood back from cuddle fabric, and 2 of the hood back from the lining material ( this was to make it so the lining wasn’t visible when the hood was on, but kept it from getting too bulky). I am adding bear ears to this cape so I am going cut out 2 of the inner ear and two of the outer ear. Note: You have the option to cut out the hood in only two pieces – Just cut two of the full hood from the cuddle and 2 from the lining, or you can cut the exterior (cuddle) with 2 for the front 2 of the back and cute 2 of the full hood for the lining. Any of these combinations will work. If this is confusing to you, disregard this paragraph and just follow along with what I do. =)
Step 1c – continue to cut out pattern – pockets
The last thing to cut out are the front pockets. While these aren’t essential to the garment – they are really cute and not hard to make so i think it’s worth the time. On folded fabric cut out 2 of the pockets.
Step 2 – Sew and mount the pockets on to the cape
We’re going to pin the pockets to finish the edges and then mount them to the cape. with Right side facing down, turn under the tabs all the way around the pocket. Sew down using a .25 inch (.75 cm) top-stitch . Then taking the two front pieces of the cape, place halfway down the cape. Pin on. Then sew on using a zig zag stitch along the edge of the pocket. Be sure not to sew down the diagonal section as this is where hands go in. Do not bother sewing the section along the edge as it will be taken care of when we sew on the lining. I used a walking foot for the pocket and mounting it. Set front pieces aside. Click on images in gallery to see steps.
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