Learn how to make a cloak with this easy step by step tutorial. This cloak has a lining for added interest, but can also be made without it. With its curved hem and high low styling this cloak has style and function (no tripping over the front).
For this project you will need:
2.5 yards of 60 inch wide fleece, felt or Jersey knit for exterior
2.5 yards of 60 inch wide duck cloth or home decor fabric for lining
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
Fleece fun’s free pattern (available at the end of the post)
How to Make a Cloak Video Tutorial:
How to make a Cloak Tutorial:
Step 1 – Assemble the Pattern and cut out.
You will need to assemble the pattern. For instructions on how to assemble the pattern click here.
Normally I would just have this be a little blurb and then tell you what to cut out, but I need you to understand that this pattern is a little different – and so you REALLY need to pay attention to this part.
On folded cloth place the pattern on the fold and cut out 1 of the exterior along the outer black line.
When you cut out the neck be sure to cut notches to make lining up the hood easier later.
On the shorter front cut the cloth on the fold to make a slit that will be the opening of the two sides on the front.
Cut two of the hood exterior.
Again be sure to cut the notches to make lining up easier.
Now cut down the cape piece to the pink line.
Cut 1 of the lining like you did the exterior – again make sure to add the notches at the neckline.
Cut down the hood pattern along the pink line.
Cut two of the hood lining of the cloak.
Step 2 – Begin to Sew the Cloak.
Using a turning foot or make a baby hem, finish the edge of the lining fabric (except for the neckline and the straight sections in the front). (Unfamiliar with baby hems? You can learn about them here.)
Step 3 – Make the Cloak Hood.
With right sides together sew the top and back of the hood lining using a .5 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave the front and the neck open.
With right sides together sew the top and back of the hood exterior using a .5 inch seam allowance. Be sure to leave the front and the neck open.
Now it’s time the bring the lining and the exterior of the cloak hood together. With right sides together pin the hood lining and the exterior together at the front. And sew together using a .5 inc seam allowance. Note: This is easier to do when you tuck the lining into the hood, but just to make it clean how the two pieces come together I have it pulled out so you can see.
Step 4 – Add the hood to the cloak.
There is the interior of the hood and the exterior of the hood, and we will add a cape to each side.
Pin the lining to the interior of the hood, right sides together, lining up the notches. Sew together along the interior neckline using a .5 inch seam allowance. Clip the curves
Now it’s time to add the cloak exterior.
Now with right sides together pin the exterior cape to the exterior of the hood. Sew together along the neckline using a .5 inch seam allowance.
clip the curves on the neck line. Flip the cloak so the lining is tucked into the cloak and the exterior is on the outside.
Step 5 – Finish up the cloak.
Remember those front sides that we didn’t finish? Now it’s time to finish them. Fold the exterior fabric over towards the lining so it covers the raw edge of the lining. Pin
Using a Zig Zag stitch sew down along the edge of the exterior that’s folded inward along the front.
Place the clasp or buckle where you want it to be on the front and sew in place. You’re finished with how to make a cloak.
More FREE Cape patterns you may also like:
- How to make a Cloak in 20 minutes
- Long Hooded Cloak
- The Fast Hooded cape (with video)
- The Red Riding Hood cape (with video)
- Harry Potter Inspired Wizard Cloak
- The Snow Princess Cape (with video)
- The Amazing Cape Secret on Fleece Fun
- Easy Long Cape (Sew or No Sew)
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valerie ann poore says
Do you have any tips if i don’t want to add a lining? I’m trying to make these quick and am thinking I might be able to just line the hoods. Any thoughts?
Angel Hickman Peterson says
Yes, just skip the lining on the cape, and just do the lining on the hood. That should work.
Hi! Any tips on making just h back part longer, like to the floor?
Angel Hickman Peterson says
You’ll have to dar on the fabric and adjust the curve to be longer to hit the length you want.