Hello, it’s Katie here again from View From The Fridge, and today I have a fun post today that actually involves Ang’s two adorable kiddos … An Elsa Cape Tutorial!
Chances are, if you have little people around your house, then you also have some Frozen fans. Ang’s little girl, Olivia, is no different! Sounds like she loves the movie and … loves Queen Elsa (what little girl wouldn’t?)! So …. when Ang sent me an email earlier this month wondering if I could make an Elsa ‘cape’ for Olivia, I was thrilled!
Now … my boys actually aren’t overly thrilled about Frozen. They’ve watched it a couple times, but could take it or leave it (as opposed to Thomas The Train which they could, and have, watched no less than 50 times). If it were up to me, I would much prefer watching Frozen on repeat than Thomas (much better soundtrack!!), but most days … it’s just not worth the fight! I have, however, made my fair share of ‘capes’ for my boys. For Owen’s Superhero Party a couple months ago, I made 20 capes for him and his buddies. These were much more simple than this Elsa cape, but the idea is similar.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 2 yards of blue satin material
- 1 yard of sparkly fabric (I used a light blue sparkly organza, but you could use sparkly tulle or anything similar).
- Sew on elastic squares.
- Sewing machine and coordinating thread
- This neckline template from Almost Supermom.
And here’s how it all goes together:
First, you’ll need to cut three cape pieces out of your fabrics (two out of the satin … one out of the sparkly fabric):
MAKING THE CUTS:
- Fold your satin fabric in half (shiny sides facing), and place the neckline template on the fold as shown in the first picture above. Trace the outline.
- Next, using a yard stick or other straight edge, trace a straight line coming down from the template. For Olivia’s cape, the total length was above 32″ from top of template to bottom (she’s three … adjust accordingly).
- At the bottom of the straight line you just drew, free hand a line back to the fold (see picture 3 above). This completes the outline for half of your cape.
- Now, since you need two of these satin cape shapes, fold you fabric in half again so there is actually four layers under the shape you just drew. Pin the layers together to prevent them from slipping.
- Cut along the outline of the cape you drew (cutting through all 4 layers).
- Making this cut should produce two cape shapes that we’ll sew together in a minute.
- Now … do this same process to cut ONE cape shape out of the sparkly fabric (repeat steps 1-3 and then cut out).
NEXT, SEW YOUR PIECES TOGETHER:
- I wanted this cape to have two shiny satin sides, and then a sparkly outer layer that was loose and ‘flowy’ (you know … for all that twirling a Queen must do). To accomplish this, I first sewed the outer sparkly fabric to one of the satin pieces around the neckline only. Place one of the satin pieces right side (shiny side) UP. Place the sparkly fabric on top (right side UP), match up the necklines, and pin in place.
- Sew these pieces together along the inside of the neckline only (using as small of seam allowance as possible ~1/8).
- Now, place the other satin piece on top of the sparkly fabric FACE DOWN (shiny side down). Pin along the inside of the neckline.
- Sew along the inside of the neckline again, this time attaching all three fabrics.
- Next, pull the sparkly fabric that is sandwiched between your satin fabrics away from all the other edges (you are going to sew the satin pieces together in a minute, but you don’t want the seam to grab any of the sparkly fabric).
- Pin the two satin layers together around all edges (with the sparkly fabric inside … bunched up away from the seam you are about to sew).
- Starting along the bottom of the cape, sew around all the edges, but leave a gap (~3″) along the bottom to allow you to flip cape right side out in a minute (backstitch when starting and stopping sewing).
- FLIP! The best part (in my opinion)! Your cape should now have two shiny pieces on either side, and a ‘flowy’ sparkly layer on top.
- Iron the seam on the two satin pieces of fabric down all the way around the cape.
- Sew a top stitch all the way around the two satin part of the cape. This should close the gap (make sure edges are tucked in when going of the top of the gap) and cause your cape to lay more flat.
- Sew on your velcro pieces to the edges of the cape neckline …. easy access for those 3 year old hands!
Charlie was a somewhat good sport about modeling the Elsa cape for me!
Now, when Olivia received it, she was over the moon about it! She insisted on putting on her princess costume earrings and wearing it immediately! In fact, she has been wearing it all the time!
Do you have any Elsa fans in your house? This cape is pretty easy to make … maybe for Halloween costumes this year?!?
And, because you can’t forget the big brother … we also made a Superhero cape for Ang’s son Ethan. Since Ang tells me he loves space, we made a reversible cape with rocket fabric on one side and shiny red with an ‘E’ on the other.
And Owen modeling Ethan’s …
And Ethan got right in the spirit with his cape by donning his wood-working goggles – the wind was quite cooperative, too… don’t you just love that tuft of hair sticking up?
Thanks for having me today! I was so fun to actually be able to work on a project with Ang’s little people in mind! I’ll be back next month with more craftiness, but in the meantime, I’d love for you to stop by and say “hello” over at View From The Fridge!
AND …. If you happen to be looking for a more Superhero ideas … check out a couple other projects we made for Owen’s 4th Birthday: