Fur and Suede Winter Cloak

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This cloak is remarkably warm! I play a live-action role-play game called Amtgard; and I’ve worn these cloaks in below 0 degree winter nights for hours on end, and have been warm and toasty. Make one, and be the warmest person you know this winter.  If you have any questions at all, please feel free to send me a post and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

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Step 1: Step 1

This is the pattern you will use for this cloak. Size will vary from person to person, but the shape will stay the same.  Start with the suede. 
This will be the outer material for the cloak.

Step 2: Step 2

First, sew the two (A) pieces together with the seam on the inside.

Step 3: Step 3

 Then, do the same with the (C) pieces. The (C) section will be your hood.

Step 4: Step 4

Sew the (B) pieces to the (A) pieces, but leave the crossed-out sections open. These will be your arm holes. 

Step 5: Step 5

Sew the (C) piece to the (A) piece.

Step 6: Step 6

 Sew the lines that the arrows are pointing to, but do it in the inside. This is where your shoulders rest.

Step 7: Step 7

Follow the previous steps with the fur.  Note that the fur will need to be hand-stitched because it will gunk up your machine and break your needle. You are essentially making two cloaks and attaching them.  The attaching process comes later.

Step 8: Step 8

Remember that the fur is the lining (or “inside”) of the cloak, so make sure the fury part is facing the right direction.

Step 9: Step 9

This is not required, but it is a nice touch.  Choose a design, cut it out, and pin it to the back of the cloak (the suede).

Step 10: Step 10

Start by making a straight stitch as close to the edge of the design as possible. Then, cut off the excess material.

Step 11: Step 11

This part is called satin stitchappliqué.  For those who don’t know, this is a very close zigzag stitch that attaches one piece of fabric to another. Note that each line must be sewn two to three times to make it nice and neat, without gaps.  Make sure you practice before you appliqué on your cloak.

Step 12: Step 12

Role the fur over the suede on the bottom of the cloak and sew it down. Remember to hand stitch the fur.

Step 13: Step 13

Sew the inside of the hoods together along the neckline.

Step 14: Step 14

Roll the fur over the suede on the rim of the hood and sew it down.

Step 15: Step 15

Roll the fur over the suede on the rim of the arm holes and sew it down.

Step 16: Step 16

Roll the fur over the suede on the rim of the front openings and sew it down.

Step 17: Step 17

Sew clasps to the front opening of the cloak.

Step 18: Step 18

And that’s it!! :)

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    54 Discussions

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    Radago1

    Question 2 months ago on Introduction

    Do you have a free pdf pattern of this instructables that you would be willing to email to me? I can ot afford a premium account. Thank you.

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    moj12

    Question 1 year ago on Step 1

    When I sew the a pieces together what line do I sew on

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    Mykeeper

    3 years ago

    Is there away to put sleeves on this pattern? It looks very warm and I need a warm cloak for my daughter for Halloween here is is already snowing and she wants to be a princess but it's too cold to just wear her dress outside.

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    I believe if anyone wants to wear real fur they should raise the animal before wearing it. I have a couple rabbit pelts from when i bred. However, they were still loved and properly cared for until they became food. Unlike animal industry...

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    jroku

    3 years ago

    can you please email me the pattern

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    aquene27

    3 years ago

    Hi! Is a pattern available for this? I love it!

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    jroku

    3 years ago

    how would one make this with elven style sleeves?

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    gwenaelle007

    7 years ago on Introduction

    hello,
    i love your winter cape and i'd do it myself but i can't print " pdf" .

    do you send it to me please??

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    silverplato11

    3 years ago

    WOW...could you do it without the fur?

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    anner1

    3 years ago

    Gorgeous!

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    diybutterfly

    3 years ago

    beautiful cloak it's amazing what people can do

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    Drakas85

    4 years ago

    I guess it didn't post the first time if it did I apologize for repeating myself but I want to make one using real pelts and a detachable mantle/half cloak and I wondered if you have a pattern for that.

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    Drakas85

    4 years ago

    I'm assuming you used faux fur. My question for you is if you know of a method using actual pelts. I want to make my wife one for her birthday. But I wanted to make it with a detachable mantle/half cloak. Perhaps you have a pattern?

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    Zetsumeimaru

    6 years ago on Step 18

    I like how you used a six piece layout. I was gonna use four piece circular layout for mine.

    I love it! Been looking for a cloak for RPG halloween party. I'm a fire demon so this would be awesome! Only I would probably just do the edges in fur. I'm in the south so I would roast alive if I completely lined it. This is a fabulous piece!

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    awoodburn

    7 years ago on Introduction

    If you have the time on you, you could consider making and selling these by custom order. You'd make a killing on cosplayers and fantasy fans like myself!