Reversible Cape Tutorial

DIY Reversible Cape by Ash

Reversible Cape Tutorial
Reversible Cape by Ash

For each tutorial I publish, I add our ‘Upload a Photo‘ link so that readers like you can post the results. It helps me to know if a tutorial works, and offers first-person experience for the next reader who tries the instructions.

To the reader, apparently this translates to, ‘I CHALLENGE THEE TO A DUEL’. It’s like I took off my glove and slapped ya across the face with it. You guys are always outdoing me! I feel like you didn’t even want a pop tab bracelet last summer. You just wanted to blow me out of the water.

Well, ya got me again. After following my simple hooded cape tutorial, DIY Fashion reader Ash decided to put me in my place by making her cape reversible. This is another one of those moments when I look at your submissions and go ‘Doh! Why didn’t I think of that!’. Yes, behold, a reversible, shimmering, huge-hooded cape:

Reversible Cape
Reversible Cape by Ash

Then look at my brown one.

Rain’s Cape:

DIY Cape Tutorial
DIY Cape Tutorial by Rain, decidedly not reversible.

Yeah. If you reverse it… you get more brown! Ash really handed my ass to me on this one. Nice work!

To get some tips from Ash (clearly I needed ’em) check out photos of her reversible cape and read about her project experience.

See, I’m on to you, now. I’m steppin it up a notch. I might even buy special lights to photograph my craftiness. It’s on like Donkey Kong, readers.

Think you made it better than me? Share a photo of your DIY Fashion creation, and tell us all about it. I’ll post your photo on the tutorial so that you can properly shame me in front of the next reader.

Cape Hood

Make a Cape: Hood Instruction Clarification

One of my most popular tutorials here on is my Cape Tutorial. This is a design that I created myself, so I’m ultimately responsible when someone sends me an email that says ‘what the what?’

The most questions I get are on the construction of the hood. I get so many emails on this, because the construction of the hood has been ultra-simplified. It is just one stitch to attach the hood to the cape, and another stitch to close the top of the hood. Bam. But this image seems to cause a lot of confusion:

Make a Cape
Make a Cape: Hood Instruction Clarification

I feel like stars and glitter assist in every explanation, but I also eat mayo with a spoon, so maybe I’m off on this one.

Recently, one of my youngest readers asked me on Facebook about the hood construction, so I went ahead and sketched her up some additional instructions that I’ll share with you here:

Cape Hood
Cape Hood

In the first panel, the hood has been sewn to the top of the cape. Next, touch the corners of the hood together to make the hood shape, then stitch along the top of the edges that you’ve just put together.

I hope that this sketch helps to clarify those hood instructions! If not, feel free to ask me on Facebook, and I’ll come up with another sketch, lickity-split! I might even draw a dinosaur on there with your requests, like they do for me at Domino’s.

(Need help? Ask Rain on Facebook.)

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