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Capes or cloaks are amazing!
They can be formal and classy, they can be rugged and not much more than a poncho.
They are easy to make and make a statement--
Great for costumes, fancy dresses or keeping warm!

And,
We've been watching 'Once Upon a Time'...any other mildly obsessed fans out there?
When we first met Belle, we loved her!
We love her awesome accent too!
 
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Step 1: Tangent about Belle...

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Belle decides to travel to the village...and this is what she wears.
At this moment of the show...I froze.
I paused the show.
I ran to my craft room and dug through my old material...identical!
I had purchased this fabric at a yard sale years ago for around $1.
It's a thick, almost upholstery material with some glimmer.

I knew it was destiny!
I was to have my own Belle cape!

This tutorial is how to make a hooded cape, you can do it with whatever fabric you like,
but I will spotlight the Belle cape, because the fabric match was just too perfect.

Step 2: Back to the Cape!

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Here's what you will need to construct your own.
I consider myself a "costume" sewer.  I don't know all the fancy lingo.  I can follow a pattern, but I usually don't.
  • Sewing machine and basic sewing skills.  (you'll need to sew 3 straight lines, a slightly curved hood line and do a little gathering)
  • Fabric of choice  (I used 3 yards of fabric for Belle's cape...but 5 for my RED Riding Hood cape)
  • Some type of cape clasp or button and cord.
Easy right?

Let's talk fabric.
If you get fabric that frays, you'll need to do hemming on the edges to finish it off...like the robes I did.
If you pick out something that doesn't fray, you don't even need to hem those edges!  Imagine how warm you'd be in a fleece cape!

Okay...here we go!

Step 3: Pattern Guideline!

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I used my mad photoshopping skills to make a basic pattern guideline.
Because I was making these to fit adult sizes, I used large amounts of fabric...but you can scale it down for any size person.

Keep your fabric folded in half like when you buy it.
(the right side of this picture is the folded edge)

60 inch width fabric made this perfectly flowy!
I used all the width at the bottom and tapered it up to the top.
2 pieces are separate and cut on the selvage edge.
1 piece was cut on the fold.
3 pieces for the cape.
Measure from the base of the neck to the floor for the length measurement.

Step 4: Sewing!

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Then take the 3 big pieces and sew the diagonally cut lines together.
2 long straight stitches.

Stitch on the tapered edges to sew all 3 pieces together.

Then I rounded off the bottom edge and hemmed it.
As well as rolling that selvage edge and hemming the sides.
(again, not necessary unless your fabric frays)

Step 5: HOODS

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I knew I wanted a giant hood.
I'd wear it down mostly, so I wanted it big and impressive.
I traced my hoodie hood and made it very exaggerated.

Sewed it and flipped it right side out.

There has been a lot of confusion on this part.

Please please please check out my Monster Hoodies to get a better idea of how to sew a hood.

Then it's just a matter of attaching the neck of the hood to the neck of the cape.

Try the hood on your head and make sure you know how it should lay before sewing it to the cape.

Pins are helpful too!


For my RED cape, I did a pointy hood.
For the Belle cape I did a round hood.

Step 6: Attach the Hood to the Cape!

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I gathered the top edge of the cape just enough to fit the width of the hoodie.
Then I pinned it in place...yes, I rarely use pins...but this is a must!
Pinned so that the 2 pieces are the same width.  With just a subtle amount of gathering to make up the difference.

Then I sewed them together on the underside.
I knew I wouldn't wear the hood up all the time and I didn't want the seam to show at the neck...so it's on the backside, but even with the hood up it covers the hem.
If you are a more skilled sewer you can do some kind of reversible stitch, but I'm not going to go into detail in this instructable.

Step 7: Cape Clasp...the crowning piece!

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The crowning piece, I knew would be the clasp.
Belle's was a cool Celtic knot of pewter.
I bought one just like it on ebay for about $10.
I really just typed in "Celtic knot clasp"
It just hand sews on like a button.

For Red's cape, I used an old belt buckle and sewed it on with some ribbon.

You could get fancy and make one with wood or clay...
or just use a button on one side and a loop of cord on the other. 

Because the cape doesn't have sleeves, it needs a clasp.

Step 8: Enjoy looking awesome!

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Best part about these capes is they can fit a WIDE range of sizes...
my daughter and I can both fit this and it looks glorious either way...
it's just a little shorter on me!

I made a whole slew of capes and used them in our church's Nativity story for Christmas.  (of course, no pictures...)
The capes I made were all adult size, but fit the kids great (just a little long)...the little girl who played Mary didn't want to take the cape off because she was so much warmer!  I constructed costumes for shepherds, kings and Mary and Joseph all the same...they worked great and were very believable for each part...just pick the right fabric!

Totally love the way they turned out...and from start to finish it was well under an hour!
I even gave my bestie one for a Christmas present!  She loved it, but really--who wouldn't?

If you aren't totally inspired to make a cape now...go watch Once Upon a Time!
Ha ha, and favorite this instructable so you can find it around Halloween time!

Check out my blog Doodlecraft for more awesomeness.
And please vote for me in the Sew Warm contest--I really need a dress form!  :)
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cmmitschke2 months ago
Is there a way that you can make me one and I could pay you for it? I would love that!!

Thank you for the pattern. I made this with drapery fabric and lined it to hide the seams, so it's reversible. My daughter loves it, and now I want one too. :)

Traveling cloak, Here I come! I've been looking for something like this for a while... THANK YOU

THIS!!! This is exactly what I was looking for!!! oh thank you for posting. You're wonderful!!!

Nightsong17717 months ago

Do you know where I could find this fabric?

epaulis7 months ago
Really easy and fun to make. Utilized your pattern twice to make a lined cloak. Used micro velvet and crepe satin. It's a surprise for my sister-in-law for her wedding.
puppiezrool8 months ago
I watch Once Upon a Time too!!!!
WilmaB18 months ago

I have this cape, I had it made yrs ago and it is beautiful. I live in Georgia and it never gets cold enough to wear it.. it is so beutiful Im looking for a pattern to make one. Someone gave me 7 bolts of wool fabric I can not let it just sit there. Im going to find someone that lives where it snows and give them a nice gift. I do not understand how to get patterns from this site. If anyone can help please let me know. my email is Uqtipie@aol.com

aj123ps49 months ago
OMG u like once upon a time so do I. I love it :-)
MaryCC9 months ago
I have 3 yards of fabric for this cape but i am terrified of cutting it wrong, would you be able to recall measurements by chance. Ive jist started sewing patterns and I'd love take this for Halloween
kpumphrey9 months ago

I have a question about the hood. from the pattern, it looks like the opening for your face is along the folded edge. Did you cut the folded edge before or after sewing the back of the hood. I am sort of confused on this part.

doodlecraft (author)  kpumphrey9 months ago

The face opening is on an open edge...the top of the hood that goes over your skull and down the back of your neck is the folded edge. Sorry the pictures for attaching the hood to the cape are lacking!

Please, please rectify the missing picture problem by just saying what edge to attach to the cape!! I had to cut two hoods, I attached the wrong end to the cape, and finally just sewed one of the hoods on in a way that made it sort of work. The hood also needs more precise dimensions to fall correctly.

AmandaB29 months ago

I love this idea, these are so beautiful. I'm thinking about making myself one with two layers of crushed velvet. But I had a question. How tall are you and your daughter? I'm 5'4" and if you're more of an average height (5'7" or so?), I would need less fabric. Thank you and again I love these cloaks.

doodlecraft (author)  AmandaB29 months ago
Hi AmandaB2,
I'm 5'2" and my daughter is probably 4 inches shorter. A phenomenal robe has lots of yards of material...Darth Maul had over 50 yards in his costume! :) 2 layers of crushed velvet would be glorious! :) Take pictures and post one when you make it!
this is my short version :) its just below shoulder blades at back with giant hood to accomodate Judi's dreads
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doodlecraft (author)  jhutchison19 months ago

This is awesome!

kairedfern9 months ago

I really don't understand what part of the hood is supposed to attach to the rest of the cape...

doodlecraft (author)  kairedfern9 months ago

The top of the hood that goes over
your skull and down the back of your neck is the folded edge...you sew from the back of the neck up to the rounded or pointy end. This seam is "hidden" by the bulk of the hood. That edge with the vertical seam then is sewn onto the cape...and your face has a big opening that just needs to be hemmed. Sorry
the pictures for attaching the hood to the cape are lacking!

Ive been wanting a red round hood cloak but unfortunately, I dont have a sewing machine. Is there any way I can purchase cloaks from you? That would be so awesome and a dream come true

made a short version of this after being asked to make cape for friend. she wants a variation but I love mine!

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doodlecraft (author)  jhutchison11 year ago

It's fabulous! Nice work and beautiful flowers...you need to do an instructable on those! :)

Sooo cute! love the red one, it looks awesome on you!
doodlecraft (author)  Muhaiminah Faiz1 year ago
Thanks! :) I love it, I actually styled it after Morgana from the merlin series, but didn't want to over do the instructable with my tv obsessions. :)

you can never overdo an instrucable with referances.

you can never overdo an instrucable with referances.

kodiwoedee1 year ago
Elegant!
lduchanes1 year ago

Is there any possible way you can go into more detail about how you did the hood? I always have trouble with that part.

thehbird1 year ago

OMG cant belive it was belle's cape!!!!!! LOVE ONCE UPON A TIME!!!!! <3

I have one thing to say... GORGEOUS!!!!
foobear1 year ago

Wow, you found almost the same brocade in the film! Nice!

Emsaid1 year ago
Great ible! Treasurecast.com has some cool pewter cloak clasps if anybody is wondering where to get them at fair price.
doodlecraft (author)  Emsaid1 year ago

Awesome website, it even has the Rumpelstiltskin clasp! Thanks! :)

chickybut11 year ago

ILOVE THIS. I HAVE THREE GRAND DAUGHTERS WHO WOULD LOVE THIS. I GUESS I WILL HAVE TO GIVE IT A SHOT. THANKS BUNCHES

cblair11 year ago
If anyone can help me, I am blind (my reader may be just missing it) I would love this cloak for so many reasons, Is there a way I can email this to my friend so she can see if she can make it for me? Thank you!
You can download the instructable as a PDF and email it to her

http://www.instructables.com/id/Gorgeous-and-Warm-Hooded-Capes/?download=pdf

or just email her a link to this page
http://www.instructables.com/id/Gorgeous-and-Warm-Hooded-Capes/
AmyCat591 year ago
Over 30 years ago, when I was an undergrad and just getting into the Society for Creative Anachronism (medieval/renaissance historical-reenactment group www.http://sca.org -- lots of fun if you like things like "Once Upon A TIme"!), I made a cloak sorta like this... First SCA costume I made. I still have it. If you plan on wearing one outside a lot, in harsh weather, go for 100% wool, and "felt" it by laundering before you sew. (Actually, launder ALL your fabric before you sew, unless you plan to spend the $$ for dry-cleaning forever after!) Wash on a normal cycle, and toss in a white rag or scrap. (This way, you'll see if the color "bleeds" and will stain other clothes washed with it.) Then tumble dry on medium heat. This will pre-shrink the wool and cause it to "felt" together, making it more water-resistant.
xarlock6671 year ago
Most kewl!
doodlecraft (author)  xarlock6671 year ago
Thanks! :)
Beautiful! Many years ago back in the late 80's I made a cape out of a red wool blend fabric. I still wear it on occasion all these years later. I like your clasp better than the frog I'm using. I'll have to look into a better clasp like the one you have. I voted for you!:)
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