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1. Cut a large square of fabric (mine is 58" x 58"). Fold it in half,
and then in half again to make a smaller square.
2. Using a long ruler, measuring tape, or string anchored at the
corner of the small square that used to be the center of the large
square: draw a smooth arc between the other two corners next to it.
Cut through all 4 layers of fabric and discard the excess. (You should
now have a circle, but don't unfold the fabric yet).
3. To figure out how large of a neck opening you should make, using a
measuring tape to find the measurement around your neck. Add 7 inches
to this measurement and then divide by 6. (For example if your neck is
13 inches around, then your final number would be 3.33 inches). Use
your final number to mark above and to the right of the lower left
corner, then draw a smooth arc between the marks. Cut out this
4. Repeat steps 1-3 for your lining, or use your fabric as a template
for the lining.
5. Unfold your fabric, revealing a large donut shape. Put the lining
and the fabric, right sides together, and pin the outside edge.
6. Cut a straight line from the outside edge towards the neck hole
through both layers of fabric. (If you are using a plaid or a striped
fabric for the lining choose a spot where the lining will look
symmetrical at the opening). This will be the front opening.
7. Sew the 2 layers of fabric together on the outside edge and down
the front opening. (Do not sew the neck hole).
8. Trim the excess fabric, turn the two layers inside out so that the
seam allowances are hidden inside, and iron the edges. (The neck hole
should still be unsewn at this step).
9. Cut a long strip of your lining (diagonally on the bias) to use as
binding for the neck hole. Stitch one edge of the binding to the neck
hole, right sides together. Pull the other edge of the binding over
the raw edge of the neck hole, then fold under and slip stitch.
10. Fold the edges of the front opening back 2-3 inches, depending on
preference, revealing the lining to look like lapels or a false scarf,
and sew to secure. (If you are adding decorative details like buttons
on the lapels you can sew the buttons on and attach the lapels to the
cape at the same time).
11. Add a hook and eye closure near the top of the front opening. This
can be hidden inside the cape, or you can use a big colorful one that
shows on the outside. If preferred, additional hooks and eyes can be
added down the front. Now you have a finished fall cape!
This project/post was made by fashionista and dear friend Vivien Lee. Check her out at freshfrippery.com!