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I shared months ago that I wanted
to open up the free days on my blog (that I wasn’t blogging)
to others who would love to fill those gaps and showcase
their own work. Your talent out there is
INCREDIBLE…..and I love sharing this little outlet with
others who get a kick out of creating, like I do. :)
So, today is another day you get to see the craftiness of
someone else. Pull up a chair (or a sofa) and enjoy
with me……you won’t be disappointed.
. . . .
Hi, I’m Cami from Creating By Cami
and boy, it’s great
to be here!! I remember being told in my youth that everyone will
experience at least 20 minutes of fame in their lifetime (not
really sure who said that
). Well, I am pretty sure this is
my time to shine! Ha! Thanks for having me Ashley and to all of
I come with a project to share, highly
demanded by my children. If you have any little girls in
your life, they are sure to want one too. So gather anything
shimmery or sparkly you might have on hand, and let me show you
what you can make – TOGETHER!!!
No need for a sewing machine for this
project. Just you and your little one having fun and making
something they can be proud of!
ELSA CAPE (from
My 3 girls are completely smitten with
Disney’s Frozen, particularly the character Elsa.
I mean . . . she has powers to create
sparkly snowflakes, she never feels cold, and she has a super
pretty flowy cape.
I think the obsession comes mostly from
From the moment we saw the movie in
theater, my 3 year old was draping anything and everything around
her head or neck, all in an effort to be Elsa.
We had towels clipped on with claw clips,
toilet paper (no joke), and baby brother’s blankies. :)
I knew we needed something a little
And with 3 girls to please, it needed to
be quick and easy and fun for them too.
Not to mention, I was pretty tired of
tying fabric around their necks, so it had to be easy for them to
get on and off by themselves.
And let’s just say – these capes – are a
I used a different age appropriate
each daughter’s cape, so that they could help decorate and
customize it to their liking (read more about that below).
We had so much fun together!!
I think it would be so fun to have a
Frozen Party, and allow each child to decorate their own as a
party favor. The cape is so easy to make, that this is
actually a feasible idea!
you ready to find out how to make your own? Let me show
We are going to move through these 4
steps below. 1-3, you will most likely do on your own.
Number 4 is for you to enjoy with your cutie. (For info on
supplies needed, read through these steps to determine what you
1. Make a paper pattern.
2. Cut the fabric out using your
3. Finish off the edges so they
4. Sit down with your child and
make it pretty!
Step 1. Make a Pattern
This might sound scary if you have never
made one. But trust me, if I can do it, you can do it.
I will walk you through the steps I took and you’ll have it done
in no time.
First, you will need to measure your
child. I took a measuring tape and measured, in inches, from
her clavicle bone, around her shoulder and down to the floor.
Write that down when you have done the same.
To make your pattern you need a long
piece of paper. I stock up on paper rolls from Ikea when I
go there, but you could always tape printer paper together or use
some butcher paper.
Let me walk you through the markings I’ve
made on this paper.
First things first, make sure your paper
is 18 inches wide. I used this same width for all my
girls. Then from the top of the paper take the measurement
from your child’s clavicle to the floor and mark across with a
pencil and ruler. This pattern was for my 5 year old, so
this particular measurement was 37 inches. Mark on one side
“Fold” as seen above. This is to remind you to cut on the
fold of the fabric when the time comes.
Now measure 25 inches in addition to your child’s length and
cut your paper there. This is for the train of the cape.
Now go back the the top and make a little marking at 2 1/2
Now find a bowl, a DVD or something
curved and trace the curve starting at the 2.5 marking. This
is for the neck. It doesn’t need to be big. I think my
bowl was somewhere between 4-5 inches long in diameter. I
traced about mid bowl.
Now cut that out on your markings.
Come down to the train, and from the
corner to the point of the marking of the child’s length, draw a
Use that line as a guide to draw a
slightly curved line from those points. Don’t dwell on
perfection here. Just curve it nicely -
then cut along that marking.
Now go back up to the top and draw a
curved line (like shown above) down to the body length marking.
Cut along that line as well. I do
hope that all made sense.
At the top where you marked 2.5, you need
to round those corners off.
And that is it! You have made your
pattern! That really is the hardest part, and it isn’t even
Step 2: Cut out your fabric.
First, let’s talk fabric.
Flowy. That is a must.
Sheer. That is preferred. If you want it to look like
I used organza on 2 of my capes, and
chiffon on the littlest ones cape. They both worked
great. I found each at Wal-Mart for 3 dollars a yard.
One type even had sparkle’s already in it.
fabric, you ask?
That depends entirely on the length of
Take their length you measured in step 1,
plus the 25 inches and that is how much you will need. So
for my 37 inch girl, I bought 2 yards and I had a bit extra.
Once you have your fabric, you are ready
to cut out. Fold your fabric in half and then lay your
pattern right on top, matching up where you wrote “fold” with the
fold of the fabric. Cut around the pattern but do not cut the
When you get to the neck straps, you will
cut through the fold and around the curve of the pattern, so that
it separates into 2 neck pieces.
That completes Step 2.
Step 3: Finish the Edges
We are doing this so the edges don’t fray
all over the place, but are doing it without the sewing machine.
All you need is a flame.
And a bowl of water. Just in case.
You may want to test this out on your
fabric, but I can vouch for chiffon and organza. They burn
great using this method.
Hold your fabric tightly with both hands.
Move the edge of your fabric along the
blue part of the flame (or the bottom) quickly and smoothly.
Don’t let it sit in one spot too long. It burns. Where
you don’t want it to. (If you’ve never tried this
before, practice on some scrap fabric.)
This will not only leave your edges clean
so they don’t fray, but an added perk is the wavy lettuce edge
they give to your cape. So fun.
Your cape will be completely ready for
the kiddo, as soon as you add a closure to the neck edge.
So in the effort to make this a “no-sew”,
I tested out some seriously sticky back velcro. Just cut out
small squares and stick them on.
It has stuck on great for my older ones
who know how to take it off appropriately. However, the 3
year old has reeked havoc on hers and one velcro piece is coming
off. I think I will sew some sew-on pieces on hers, for safe
keeping. However, I still felt like I could call this
project a “no-sew”.
So sorry if you are angry with me right
Use the method that works for you.
Then I hot glued a little snowflake piece
I found in the button section at Wal-Mart. Nice touch, I
the FUN PART!! Grab your little
Step 4: Decorate!!
For my 3 year old, I simply taped some
snowflake stencils (bought at Hobby Lobby) around her cape. Then I
gave her some glitter fabric paint (also Hobby Lobby) and a brush
and let her paint inside the stencils.
Some turned out great. Others, not
so much….but she loved it!
They are a little hard to see on the
camera, but I think they look really pretty in person.
I also let her soak the fabric with this
spray glitter paint. It surprisingly stays on real well, and
I haven’t seen glitter all over her and my house because of it.
For the 5 year old, we practiced our
First, I printed off some simple
snowflake shapes which I googled. Then, one by one, we put
the paper under the fabric, and she used a bottle of dimensional
fabric paint (with glitter of course, and found at Hobby Lobby),
and traced the design right onto the fabric.
SHE LOVED IT!! Her hand was a little sore towards the
end, but she loved it. It dried beautifully.
So for my 7 year old, we got a little
Heat and Bond. Wal-Mart sells it
for pennies. I bought a yard of it on the bolt and dug
through my fabric scraps for some white fabric. Heat and
Bond is a product that is fusible with heat, on two sides. I
followed the directions and fused one side to my white fabric.
Then I cut random sized squares out of
So at this point, the scrap of white
fabric is fabric on one side and paper on the other. My girl
and I folded and cut as many snowflakes as we could out of these
squares. It was easy, seeing how one side was paper.
If you do this, make sure you use good fabric scissors.
She then peeled off the paper side of the snowflakes and I
ironed them down where she put them. The heat and bond
makes it so the fabric will not fray.
Don’t you just love the result!!
And we had so much fun seeing who could come up with the
goofiest looking snowflakes!
Wow! Longest post ever!
Do let me know if you jump in on the
I’m sure your girls, whatever age they
are, will enjoy making their cape – just as much as they do
Loved being here!! Thanks Make It
and Love It readers!!