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Skirt to Cape – Day 5 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

Skirt to cape DIY tutorial

We are participating in a 10 Day blogging series: 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts!  We are so excited to produce some gifts, and you’ve probably guessed, we’re going to start from skirts all 10 days!  Also, we are very anxious to see what others produce too!  If you want to join in or follow along, visit A Homespun Country Life to get started.

 For today’s post, I remade a skirt into a cape!

skirt to cape

I started with this patchwork skirt in shades of dark blue that had a side zipper, and seemed like the best candidate to be turned into a cape. It had been gifted from a dear grandma lady, and it was a bit too large for me.

 Step by Step Skirt to Cape Instructions

1. I cut down the side seam from the bottom of the zipper, and cut out the zipper.

2. I hemmed the raw edges of the skirt and the lining, keeping them separate.

3. I sewed a snap on both sides of the waistband, and mounted a silver button over the snap for decoration.

Skirt to cape DIY tutorial

There! I knew right away that I wanted the waistband to go around the neck, and I didn’t want to do a buttonhole, so I measured where it would close, and sewed a snap on!

Total Time: 30 minutes

Total Cost: $0

Talent Level: Beginner Seamstress

DIY skirt to cape tutorial

It is really cute now, and the patchwork pattern makes it so that there’s a diamond on the back! The button also looks really cute and helps you to know where the snap is. It was a super easy project,  and a super cape for fall and spring as this is a bit lighter of a cape.  A thick wool or sweater skirt underneath would be a good option for this cape.   For a winter cape, I would find a velvet circle skirt or a full wool skirt to start with.  And I would probably add a fur collar or a sumptuous hood!

Before and after photos of skirt to cape tutorial.

A lot of women wear capes as an alternative to a coat!  Personally, I love to wear a cape for just the right occasion because it make me feel like Maid Marian riding out to visit Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest!

Maid Marian's cape!

Leave us a comment telling if you prefer a cape or a coat?

Always be Exciting,


2 thoughts on “Skirt to Cape – Day 5 – 10 Days of Thoughtful, Handmade Gifts

  1. What a neat idea! Beautiful cape, Aria! 🙂

  2. […] him a birthday present too.  And ever since we made our Not A Skirt ebook, he had been asking for a cape like the one I made. So I finally got an excuse and time to make him one.  Anyway a while back I had been looking […]

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