How to make a ranger's cloak from the "ranger's apprentice"

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How to make a ranger's cloak from the "ranger's apprentice"
Most fantasy series have similarly garbed characters; one cloak can be used several times. (spool sewing image by Aleksandr Ugorenkov from

"Ranger's Apprentice" is a fantasy series by James Flanagan that follows the adventures of a young man, Will, an orphan training to become a full-fledged member of the Ranger Corps. Books in this series have appeared on numerous book lists, including the "New York Times" best seller list. They are widely popular with children and teenagers, particularly boys such as Flanagan's son for whom the stories were written. Dressing as Will, or another member of the Ranger Corps, is easy and requires only a simple, hooded cloak and archery accessories.

Things you need

  • 4.5 m (5 yards) dark green fabric
  • 4.5 m )5 yards) brown fabric
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • String
  • Marker

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  1. 1

    Cut the dark green fabric into three 114 cm (45 inch) wide pieces: one that is 0.9 m (one yard) and two that are 1.8 m (two yards) each. Set aside the 0.9 m (one yard) length.

  2. 2

    Lay the 1.8 m (two yard) pieces on top of each other so the right side of the fabric is sandwiched between them. Sew along the right side of the two pieces to form a centre seam; this doubles the width of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Open the fabric and iron the seam so that it lies flat. Turn the fabric over so that the seam is facing down.

  4. 4

    Measure your body around the widest part of your shoulders. Divide the measurement by two.

  5. 5

    Draw an equilateral trapezoid on the cloak using the centre seam as the middle line. Use the breadth of your shoulders to mark the top line. (e.g., if your shoulders are 120 cm (48 inches around), the breadth is 60 cm (24 inches). So you would measure 30 cm (12 inches) to the right and 30 cm (12 inches) to the left of the centre seam).

  6. 6

    Divide your breadth measurement by two. Measure along the bottom of the fabric half a shoulder's breadth from both lower corners. (e.g., 30 cm (12 inches)) Mark the edge at these two points. Draw two straight lines from these points to the top of the trapezoid to form the sides of the shape.

  7. 7

    Cut out the trapezoid.

  8. 8

    Gather the scrap fabric from the sides of the trapezoid; you should have two triangular pieces. Align the original edge of one triangle, the uncut edge, with the cut edge of the trapezoid, the back of the cloak, so that the right side of the fabric is sandwiched between the pieces. Sew along this edge.

  9. 9

    Repeat with the second triangle on the opposite side of the cloak. Trim the base of the cloak to form a gently curved edge and remove excess fabric.

  10. 10

    Repeat Steps 1 through 9 with the brown fabric.

  11. 11

    Lay the 0.9 m (one yard) length of brown fabric on top of the green fabric and fold it in half.

  12. 12

    Measure four inches from the left side and place a mark on the folded edge. Mark the parallel edge 30 cm (12 inches) from the left side.

  13. 13

    Draw a curved line from one mark to the other. Cut along the curved line.

  14. 14

    Separate the green from the brown fabric. Sew each separately along the curved line to form the hood.

  15. 15

    Sew the green hood to the green cloak body using the centre seam and the fold of the hood as the meeting point. Ensure all exposed seams face in the same direction. Repeat with the brown hood and brown cloak body.

  16. 16

    Place the two cloak halves together so that all seams are exposed and the right side of the fabric is sandwiched between.

  17. 17

    Sew along the entire boarder of the cloak leaving a 5 to 7.5 cm (two to three inch) hole unsewn along the base of the cloak.

  18. 18

    Push the hood through the hole and slowly invert the entire cloak to reveal the finished product.

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