Every year, there are a lot of school events and costume parties where your child needs to get dressed as different characters. Purchasing costumes that are only going to be used once is not economical, especially during these hard times. The good thing is, you can make your child a costume! One of the most useful costume pieces is a cloak. A cloak can be used for different characters, such as elves, princes, kings, a vampire and many more. It is easy to make a hooded cloak from scratch.
Here are the steps on how you can create a hooded cloak:
- Gather materials. Gather all the materials that you are going to need for the cloak. First, get a piece of cloth that will be used for the cloak. You can choose the color and the material that is appropriate for the character being portrayed. Also prepare a needle and thread, scissors, chalk, rope or string and other embellishments that you want to put on the cloak
- Measure the length. Get the cloth that you are going to use and measure the height of your child from the neck up to the ankles or however long you want the cloak to be. You can use the chalk to draw lines on where you are going to cut the cloth.
- Cut and sew edges. When you already have the right length, use the length to draw a circle around the cloth. You will end up with a whole circle on your cloth. Draw a smaller circle at the center of the cloth. This is the part that will be tied around the neck. You can measure the circumference of your child’s neck to see how big your circle should be. Cut out the circle at the center. You will end up with a donut shape. After this, cut out about one-fourth of the circle. Afterwards, sew the edges of the cloth so that it will be prevented from fraying. You can do this by hand or by using a sewing machine.
- Putting the rope. The next step is to sew the rope on the cloak so that it can be tied around the neck. To do this, fold about an inch of the smaller side of the semi-circle (the one that fits on the neck) and sew it. After this, get your rope and insert it through the hole that was made when you sew the edges. Tie knots on the edges of the rope to prevent it from sliding off the cape.
- Sew on embellishments. Now, your cloak is done. It is up to you if you want to add other embellishments to the cloak, such as feathers, jewels, patches and many more.
These are the steps on how you can make a cloak. You can also do this if you need something for a costume party. If you want a more detailed cloak, you can visit the website alleycatscratch.com for more cloak patterns that you can use!