I MADE HOBBIT CAPES

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We were invited to a friends birthday party that was fantasy/WOW/D&D costume themed. We had great plans for Harry Potter costumes but then promptly forgot until the day before the party… typical, haha… at which point I pulled some Hobbit capes out of magical nowhere so we could show up looking prepared. I completely winged these bad boys, using a large piece of green fabric we had sort of earmarked for chair upholstery. It was a huge rectangle so I folded it in a way that would get me two capes with hoods and by some small miracle it worked out amazingly well. I almost forgot how I did it, but I sat down after and wrote out some terrifically technical instructions so you can make one too!!!

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Step 0: Press play on this video then begin.

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Step 1: Get a big rectangle of fabric from somewhere and fold it into a square. If you only want to make one (though I have to point out where would Frodo be without Sam and Merry without Pippin?? Hobbits come in pairs, yo) then you just need a big square. This pattern is for two, but it’s pretty easy to just subtract one if you want to adventure solo.

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Step 2: Cut so you have two separate squares of fabric sitting on top of each other and fold in half diagonally.

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Step 3: Cut the curve into the bottom of your cape as I have drawn in very detailed fashion above. Be sure NOT to cut curves onto both corners because you will have a weird heart-shaped hem and that’s no good. The folded edge should barely be cut as shown on the left hand side of my doodle. The round piece you cut off becomes the hood so don’t make it too small. Also snip the point off the top, this creates your neckline. Because it’s folded in half it represents half of your neckline, keep that in mind when you determine where to cut; don’t make it too huge or it will slip off your shoulders. If it’s too small it will strangle you and no Hobbit can journey to Mordor if they choke to death.

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Step 4: Unfold your capes and you are already half way there! Now take the funny piece you trimmed off the hem and turn it into a hood by shaping it a bit. The cut on the left of my drawing is on the edge that was towards the fold of the cape and will become the neckline of the hood. Trim it so that it will be the same length as the neckline you cut onto the cape. I just laid the piece onto the neckline of the cape and did it by eye because I am lazy like that and didn’t want to measure. The other snip creates the curve of the top of your head. It seems confusing but trust me. See photo:

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Step 5: Sew the hood along the line I have drawn above, and finish the edges. If you have a serger this is super easy but mine is bust right now so I had to do a rollover hem which was a bit more time consuming. The result was nice though! Top stitching is also a plus if you have the time 🙂

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Step 6: Attach your hood onto the neckline of the cape, then you can finish all the edges (I finished the face edge of the hood before attaching it to the cape, but in hindsight I could have just stitched the hood seam and neckline seam then finish the whole front edge in one go, if you know what I mean, if not nevermind). The final touch is to stitch a shoelace or ribbon in place on the neck to allow you to tie it together. Here are my edges:

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Ooh la la! You are done! They were a big hit at the party, here are a couple snaps of them in action:

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Our Hobbit faces are pretty classic. Also, J is a modern Hobbit with access to Reebok hoodies, naturally. If you have any questions regarding my vague instructions leave me a comment!

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