Carefree Capes

Posted by on June 1, 2011 in DIY | 2 comments

I’ve always wanted to be a nat­ural winker.  It’s one of those things you’re either really good or really bad at, and I fall into the sec­ond cat­e­gory.  When I wink it’s like watch­ing Elaine on Sein­feld try­ing to dance– peo­ple just cringe and look away.  Wink­ing is such a happy-go-lucky, play­ful ges­ture, and I’m totally jeal­ous of all you winkers.  In spirit of being play­ful, I whipped up some cute lit­tle capes so I could watch my girls run around with silky fab­ric flow­ing behind them, pre­tend­ing to be queens, fairies, or super­heroes.  I’ll just sit back and prac­tice my wink (don’t laugh) as they run around happy and carefree.

capes*Photo Credit to Kris­ten McFeeters

I used Sim­plic­ity pat­tern 2817, size HH.  This is actu­ally a Dis­ney princess cape pat­tern, but I changed it up a bit.  If you buy pat­terns at Joann’s Fab­rics or Hobby Lobby, they often have sales on pat­terns for as low as 99 cents– what a deal!  Sign up via email or by flyer to receive noti­fi­ca­tions on sales.  I used Jean Trix iron-on glit­ter sheets for the ini­tials, and love how they turned out.  Here are a few free on-line cape tuto­ri­als if you are so inclined: Puk­ing Pastilles, Cre­ative KismetThe Long Thread, and Sew Mama Sew.


  1. Oh, Susie! I love, love, LOVE this idea. So cute! Your girls are so lucky to have you! Can you sew four capes tonight and bring them over first thing in the morn­ing? I promise cup­cakes. ;)

    • Any­thing for those yummy cup­cakes, Brooke!

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