Free Costume Pattern: This red riding hood cape pattern comes together quickly and comes in child and adult sizes. An easy sew, this free sewing pattern is perfect for grandmother’s house.
Materials you will need:
2 and 1/4 yards fleece for adult – 1.5 yards for children sizes, felt or jersey knit (depending on size of pattern and if you line the hood or not)
3/4 yard Jersey knit or 5/8 yard for a child size (or two large t-shirts, optional)
Yard of Ribbon
Assembled printed pattern
Sewing Essentials (scissors, pins, etc.)
Red Riding Hood Cape Pattern (Free) Child and Adult Cape Tutorial:
1- Assemble and cut out the Red Riding Hood Cape Pattern
You can find instructions on how to assemble the pattern here.
You will need to decide what length of cape you want to make. Cut the pattern to the same length you want on both cape pieces.
Cut out 1 of the back (place on doubled fabric on the fold so it will be one large piece ).
Cut out 2 of the front cape piece (place on folded cloth so you have a mirror image of the peice).
Cut out 2 red riding hood pieces or exterior, and two of the lining (place on folded cloth so you have a mirror image of each one). (if you do not wish to have a lining just cut out 2 pieces for exterior.)
So you should have 3 cape pieces – 1 back and 2 front)
Special note: You will need to cut a triangle where there is triangle on the pattern – this will help you match up the hood to the cape pieces. So cut a triangle (cut up above the pattern – not into it) to mark it. Se the picture to understand.
2 – Begin to pin and sew hood section
With right sides together pin the front and back sections of the exterior red riding hood. Using a .5 inch seam allowance sew along the path shown in the picture (the back of the hood)
If making a lining sew the same for a lining.
For Lining: Taking the assembled hood of the exterior pin along the front to lining with right sides together.
Sew along the front using a .5 seam allowance (be sure the bottom section with the triangles remains open). Turn right side out. Sew a basting stitch along the bottom (the place where the triangle marks are) to make it easier to attach to the cape, set aside.
No Lining: Turn front under .5 inches and sew, using a zig zag stitch along the edge of the fabric. Set aside.
3 – Begin to make the cape
With right side together pin the back of the red riding hood cape to the each of the front pieces along the side seam (see pictures to the left).
Then sew together using a .5 seam allowance.
4 – Make the shoulder seam
Now that the front and back are together it’s time to make the should seams. Pin together and then using a .5 seam allowance sew each shoulder seam.
5 – Attach red riding hood to the cape
Now it’s time to attach the hood to the capelet.
With right side together (exterior of the hood to the right side of the cape).
Pin the Hood to the cape, lining up the triangle marks.
Then using a .5 seam allowance sew the hood onto the cape (taking care that the fabric doesn’t get bunched up under the needle – if you have a lining you are dealing with a lot of fabric go slow.) You may want to sew this twice if a lot of strain is going to be made on this cape (i.e. tumbling on stage – little boy with a lot of energy…etc.)
6 – Finishing up the Red Riding Hood Cape Pattern
I have a different attitude when it comes to finishing costume pieces – they don’t have to be perfect because they are rarely worn or they are on stage. So if you choose you can turn under the cape edged .5 inch and sew a zig zag stitch to finish the edges. Or you can just leave them raw – that is the beauty of fleece/felt/ jersey after all!
Red Riding Hood Cape Pattern Video Tutorial:
Download the free pattern!
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