Help with making a cape


My kids really want a cape for xmas to play dress up. So I would like to
make them a proper one instead of using blankets and towels. Does anyone
know where there is a pattern on line. Or explain to me how to cut the
pieces? I'm thinking two rectangle pieces with a triangle piece on each
side. Plan on using velcro for closure as buttons are too hard yet for
the 3 year old. Also strings are not safe. Any good pics of a cape laid
out that I can fix the picture in my head.
Thanx
Joanna
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Joanna
A few years ago I found the best free cape patterns online.
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take your pick, LOL. One very easy and quite good for a littleone is here:
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Good luck and have fun, Sunny
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Sunny
I'm so jealous. How I'd love to make a cape, size 3 year-old. What fun! Joanna, a play cape is mighty simple. All you need to cut is a big circle. Right in the center of the circle, you need to cut out a small circle for the neck opening. Cut from the outside edge of the circle to the neck opening and ta-dah! cape. Do you know the pencil/string/thumb tack trick for drawing a really big circle? If you can find some snazzy fabric that's 60" wide, that would be great. A lot, of course, depends on the measurement from hem to neck of your little fellow. I don't know what fabric you have in mind. I used fleece to line our Christmas tree skirt (which is generally the same as a play cape) and fleece comes in a nice wide width. Have fun with this. The little folks will remember it just forever. Polly
"Joanna" My kids really want a cape for xmas to play dress up. So I would like to
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Polly Esther
Wow! Ask and you shall receive! Cool and I'm impressed. Thanx Joanna
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Just take your pick, LOL. One very easy and quite good for a little> one is here:
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Joanna
The classic cape is a half-circle, using the desired length as the radius. So you need a length of fabric about twice as long as that (plus maybe a bit more for hems and "user error") and wide enough. Lay it out on the floor, tape it down. Attach a string of the desired length to the center of one edge, tie the other end to a pencil. That's your compass. Cut a little half circle out of the edge for the neck opening, attach ties to close. Probably works best in something like a heavy drapey jersey. (I saw one in a museum made of Byzantine silk brocade in dark blue, heavily embroidered with the signs of the zodiac, belonged to an empress.) Roberta in D
On Tue, 03 Nov 2009 03:53:04 GMT, Joanna wrote:
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Roberta
I am pretty sure I have pattern links someplace.
Before I go look though, I will endorse Polly and Roberta's suggestions, and add thatfor a childs play cloak you can use a simple skirt pattern and stick a collar on instead of a waistband. Just match the shoulder measure to the hip measurement, leave the back seam open and hem it, and use a full style.
If you want an alternative or addition to velcro, try vest or sweater clips. I have a couple in my jewelry box, They are a short length (an inch or two) of fancy or plain chain or beading, with a clip on both ends. Some of mine have plain clips and some have fancy covered ones. The clips themselves on most of mine are exactly the sort of thing you find on children's trouser suspenders (braces). Those would work just fine as a cloak clasp for a small child. There are also shorter ones meant to replace the ribbon and slide hoobajoob on the backs of vests.
NightMist
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NightMist
Make sure whatever closure you use that is easily dis-engaged. For most kids you want to avoid the choking hazard. ; )
how is your ankle Bronnie? Hope you are home safe and healing. Taria
Or you could fashion or buy a pretty toggle instead of a clip.
Bronnie
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Taria

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