DIY FRIDAY + HANDMADE HOLIDAYS: EASY DIY CAPE

cape made by me (fabric c/o pendleton)
jellypop ankle boots (buy here)
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SARA WALK

Capes are one of this season’s biggest outerwear trends, so it only seemed fitting that I try my hand at one. Pendleton sent me this gorgeous wool blend fabric, and the colorful arrow pattern was just screaming to become a cape — so I obliged. And as it turns out, they’re insanely easy to make, so they make a perfect holiday gift for your sisters, friends, or any other fashionable women in your life!

Click through to find the super easy tutorial, and have a happy Friday!

Materials Needed:
1 to 2 yards fabric (mine was 64″ wide, so 1 yard was enough)
matching thread

Step 1. Lay your fabric out flat and cut a slit halfway down the middle of the fabric, as shown.

Step 2. Hem around the slit by folding the edge over and sewing around the entire slit with a straight stitch. Tip: Use scissors to clip notches in the seam allowances at the top of the slit so the hem sits nice and flat and smooth. 


Step 3. (optional) To give the cape a softer look, cut the corners into curves.

Step 4. Hem the edges around the entire cape. Press all your seams, and you’re done! So easy, right??

This post was brought to you by Pendleton and Shop At Home 

22 Comments

  1. Megan Fox says:

    I love it!! It looks so cute on you! 🙂

  2. Catybarb says:

    This is fabulous! I’ve been looking at Pendleton’s fabric by the yard, trying to come up with a fun DIY. I didn’t think of this – thank you!

  3. Natali says:

    Absolutely perfect cape! Love the pattern, it’s so fun!

    http://lartoffashion.blogspot.com

  4. Tracy says:

    Awesome!! OK question – I’m 5’11” – how can I measure myself/the fabric to keep the same “scale” as yours?

    • Merrick says:

      Try putting a flexible measuring tape over your shoulder and then measuring from your mid thigh in the front and low thigh in the back…that should work! Good luck!

  5. Tangy Belland says:

    you should totally make these and sell on your blog. I’d be the first in line- same fabric for a 5′ 10″ girl, please.

  6. Jessica says:

    Wow! This looks beautiful! I definitely want to try something like this! Wonderful post as always!

    http://www.geekyjessy.blogspot.com

  7. Dawn says:

    For someone who is not wild about sewing this looks very easy! Question: what fabric(s) do you recommend for this cape besides wool? Thanks!

    • Merrick says:

      Yes, super easy! Any fabric that has a good drape and is a little more heavy weight is good. This wool is about as heavy as I would go — anything more than this is too stiff. Flannel and other soft wovens or heavy weight knits are good!

  8. Rebecca says:

    I am thinking that this made with a plaid and some fringe edges on the bottom (like your scarf tutorial) would be really cozy and look great! Thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Meghan Jenson says:

    fun fabric.

  10. Delia says:

    This is gorgeous! Really stunning.

  11. catybarb says:

    I have a couple of questions: Are you on the taller side? I’m nearly 6′ tall, and I want to be sure the cape is long enough when finished – I’m afraid that if I only order one yard, it won’t be enough.
    Also, when you ordered the yardage from Pendleton, was it cut evenly at the ends, or did you need to trim it to be straight?

    Thanks so much!!

  12. Naomi Weima says:

    Is there a pleat in the back of your cape as well?

  13. Sarai says:

    But hey, you could do a pleat and it would be adorable!

  14. Naomi Weima says:

    Hey Merrick! I finally got around to posting my DIY cape from your instructions and I LOVE it! If you get a chance, let me know what you think! Thanks! http://makeitupstylediy.blogspot.com/

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