Fibre Friday: Make a Cape Out of an Old Curtain
Last week, I promised to show you how to make a cape out of an old curtain. It’s a quick and easy sewing project. You can make a cape for Halloween or to dress up and make history studies come alive in your homeschool. I made this one a few weeks ago for a local haunted trail; it’s a Halloween fundraiser for Two Rivers Wildlife Park. We’ve been volunteering as a family for this event for several years.
I started with an old curtain. Using my son as a model for height, I cut off some excess length at the top of the curtain. I found that when folded in half, the curtain covered quite a bit of his body. Without any more cutting, I just folded the curtain in half, inside out, and hemmed all around the edges:
I left a small gap in one corner:
Then I stuffed all the fabric through the gap, and turned it right side out:
Next I hand sewed the gap closed using a blind stitch:
If you need some help with a blind stitch, here is a blind stitch tutorial video on YouTube.
The final step was sewing in some elastic a few inches from the top of the cape, on what I wanted to be the inside of the cape. When sewing in the elastic, just remember to pull it taught toward you as you sew, so the fabric bunches up nicely:
Here is the finished cape! It doesn’t look like a curtain anymore:
For the closure, I simply used a safety pin. You could also use Velcro or a nice, fancy closure such as a clasp or chain.
Are you making costumes for your homeschool or Halloween? What are you knitting, sewing, or crocheting this week? Please let me know in the comments below!
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