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Halloween is just weeks away!
It is Crystal here, from Stitched by Crystal! If you are looking for a super simple costume that still has a handmade touch, I have a reversible Halloween cape tutorial that you can wear with stuff already in your closet for the perfect bat costume for you or your little one! Or use this easy-to-sew cape to finish off your witch or vampire costume…..or maybe even Batman or Batgirl!
This cape is a quick easy sew…You could make one tonight!
And it is reversible, so change up the color whenever you want! Or the 2 tones make for a fun pop of color on the inside of your cape. I picked purple and yellow for my little bat, but you could maybe try purple and green for a spooky witch, or red and black for a vampire!
The curves on the bottom make the cape look like bat wings when you hold the cape out!
Add some dark clothing from your closet and make a quick head band with bat ears…you have an adorable (and easy) bat costume!!
Want to make a reversible Halloween cape to compliment your costume? Great! Let me show you how….
***As always, if you need a bit of help with the basic sewing skills used in this tutorial, don’t hesitate to check out the Sewing 101 post for more help.
Start by cutting your cape shape. Fold the fabric in half and cut a quarter circle with a radius of 4″ for the neck of the cape. Then decide how long you want your cape, add 1″ to that number and cut the bottom curve that distance from the top curve as shown below (my cape is 16″ long and the measurements I used are shown).
Fold the cape in half again and iron along the fold, then fold in half once more and iron the fold. Cut a curve along the bottom edge of the cape – You can use a bowl or plate as a template to get a nice even curve if you want.
Unfold your cape! Cool right?!
Repeat those steps to cut your lining. Place the cape and lining right sides together and sew down the sides and around the bottom curves, leaving the neck curve open.
Clip the corners and notch the curves of the bottom curves. Turn the cape right side out and iron around the edge, leaving the creases in the middle of the cape.
Topstitch along the creases on the cape.
Gather along the neck curve of the cape.
Cut 2 strips for the neck of the cape. I cut these 2″ x 16″ for my 4-year-old. For a bigger kid, try cutting them 2″ x 17″, and for a teenager or adult I would cut them 2″ x 18″.
Iron your medium weight interfacing to the back of the strips. Then place them right sides together. Starting about 2″ from the end of the strip, sew around the edge of the strips with a 1/2″ seam allowance, stop sewing when you get about 2″ from the edge on the other side, leaving an opening in the bottom of the strip as shown below.
Clip the corners and flip the strip right side out. Iron the strip, folding the raw edges on the bottom in.
Sandwich the gathered neckline of the cape inside the opening of the neck band and pin in place.
Topstitch around the neckband, securing the cape in place.
Add the velcro to the ends of the neck band.
Your Halloween cape is done!
Need some bat ears too? Check out the quick tutorial below!
Thanks for reading and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
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