Hey y’all! So, sometime before Christmas I got a text from my sister in law, Curly Sue’s mother. It was a picture of a sheer hooded cape that my niece was calling a “fairy princess cape” and a request for one for Christmas. Today I’m going to show you how I made it in less than 30 minutes and won the best aunt award on Christmas day.
And just in case you’re wondering how this tutorial fits into February’s theme of Rest, well, I figured when you rest you dream, right? And obviously my niece has fairy princess dreams, and I think it’s fun that I get to help her imagine them.
To make your own, you’ll need:
- 1 1/2 yards 60″ wide nylon stretch mesh. This one (affiliate link) even has sparkles, and I bet any fairy princess would love that kind of bling. If you don’t use stretch mesh it won’t drape the same as the one I made, and if you chose to use a woven instead of mesh fabric you’ll need to hem edges. Also, this makes a cape that’s about 48 inches long below the hood, so if you’re sewing for a toddler or smaller, you may want to trim the length.
- 3 yards 5/8″ wide ribbon. I used velvet ribbon, because princess. There are lots of color options here (affiliate link)
- 18 inch piece of 3/8″ wide elastic
So here’s how super simple this is.
About 12″ down from one short edge of the fabric, sew your ribbon across, matching the center of the ribbon with the center of the fabric.
Fold your fabric in half, matching the short edges, with the ribbon inside. Stitch across the short edge closest to the ribbon.
Using a safety pin, thread the elastic through the channel created by the ribbon.
Sew the elastic to the ribbon and fabric at each fabric edge.