How to make a hooded cape for kids

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How to make a hooded cape for kids
Simple hand sewing can transform felt into a hooded cape. (Getty Creative)

By donning a hooded cape, a young child can transform into a dramatic creature of imagination while keeping warm. By making this hooded cape from sturdy wool felt, time-consuming hemming is avoided and minimal hand-stitching is required. A young boy might enjoy wearing a mysterious black cape and a young girl might like to dress like a princess in a white wool cape trimmed with white imitation fur or as Little Red Riding Hood.

Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • 1 metre wool felt
  • Scissors
  • Cereal bowl
  • Sliver of soap
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • 1 metre 13-mm (1/2-inch) cording

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  1. 1

    Measure from the child's shoulder top to the child's wrist with the tape measure. Use the measurement to cut a square of felt with the scissors.

  2. 2

    Fold the square of felt in half and then in half again. Place the cereal bowl upside down near one tip of the folded square. Draw a curved 15-mm (6-inch) line, using the cereal bowl as a guide, with the sliver of soap. Cut out the section of felt with scissors, through all layers of the folded felt, to make a neck hole.

  3. 3

    Place the felt square over the child's head, through the cut-out section. Enlarge the section, if needed, with the scissors. Remove the felt square from the child. Cut the felt from one corner to the centre of the neckhole area.

  4. 4

    Cut a square from the leftover felt that measures 60 mm (24 inches) on all sides. Fold the square into a triangle.

  5. 5

    Cut along the diagonal fold to make two triangles. Sew the short sides of the triangle together with a straight stitch, with wrong sides together, to make the hood. Turn the hood right-side out and sew one edge of the hood to the neckline of the cape with the needle and thread.

  6. 6

    Cut the yard of cording in half. With the needle and thread, sew each half to the top of the cape at the neck to make ties.

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