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DIY Fleece Cape

By: Reese Dixon

Ever wanted to try making your own clothes? This cute and fashionable cape from Reese Dixon is made from an old fleece blanket...how cool is that! Discover your inner designer with this great project.


 

Materials:

  • Fleece Blanket
  • Buttons
  • Scissors
  • Trim (if so desired)
  • Sewing Machine or Needle and Thread

Instructions:

  1. I’ve had this old stadium blanket kicking around for, seriously, decades. I have no idea where it came from, but it’s been like a bad penny my whole life, every time I think I’m rid of it it pops up again. It was too small to use as anything other than maybe a baby blanket, but why would you ever want to wrap a baby in lumberjack themed wool? This project is what it had been waiting for all those years.I folded the blanket in half with the fringe ends hanging down. I cut through the middle of the top layer and cut a neck hole. I made my neck hole enormous because I was cutting around a couple of moth holes, but it ended up inspiring me in the end.

    DIY Fleece Cape


     
  2. This step might take a little fine tuning, but don’t be afraid to just give it a couple tries. Try on your cape and decide how wide you want the waist to be and how large the sleeves. Mark your tailoring and sew on those lines. Cut about 1/3″ away from the seam and set the scraps aside for later.

    DIY Fleece Cape

     
  3. I sewed some black double fold bias binding along the sides of the front opening, just to give it a little bit more of a finished look.

    DIY Fleece Cape
     
  4. Take all those scraps you cut out from under the arms and sew them all together, leaving one end of fringe in place.

    DIY Fleece Cape
  5. On the end that doesn’t have the fringe, fold the right sides together and sew the end closed.

    DIY Fleece Cape

     
  6. Turn the strip inside out and iron to crease the fold line.

    DIY Fleece Cape
     
  7. Pin your collar strip to the right side of the neck hole you cut for the cape. Mine just ended up fitting perfectly, but if yours isn’t the right size, just trim the strip or enlarge the neck hole until it fits.

     DIY Fleece Cape
     
  8. Add a couple of button holes on the end with the fringe.

    DIY Fleece Cape
     
  9. And sew on a couple of buttons on the other end.

    DIY Fleece Cape
     
  10. I only messed with a collar because I ended up cutting the neck hole way too big, and I only did that because of how worn the blanket was. It all ended up working in my favor, though, as I now have this trendy wool cape, that somehow also looks vintage and 60′s inspired. A total happy accident.

     DIY Fleece Cape

 

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