This Princess Anna Inspired Cape was so quick and easy. If you sew, it takes less than 2 hours. If you don’t sew or are just looking to add an element to a Princess Anna Halloween costume, you can just make a single layer fleece cape without a collar and it will take you 10 minutes. No kidding, people. Come on in and read this one.
This might come as a surprise to you, but it’s cold and rainy a lot here in Seattle in the fall and winter months. Newsflash, right? Anyway, it’s cold and rainy and fleece is cheap, so I am making some accessories for the munchkin’s dress up costumes. Whether trick-or-treating for Halloween or just traipsing about Disney (or the grocery) in the fall or winter, our happy-go-lucky little Princess Anna will be prepared with a caplet to accompany her Princess Anna dress up apron.
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After making up 325 gallons (or so) of veggie stock for fall soups, I’m sure I will start working on – can you guess? – the Queen Elsa cape. I have no idea what I’m going to do for it yet but I’m knee deep in chopped veggies and the house smells AWESOME right now, so I’ll give it some thought later.
No Sew, 10 Minute Cape
If you don’t sew or are looking for something to whip up quickly, this is gonna be so stinkin’ easy, your head will spin!
Step 1: Fold fleece into a 4 layer square and cut out the circle. Start at the corner where all layers join and use chalk (or pins) to mark 2.5 inches down. Leaving the tape measure at the join point, move the tape measure to the right and mark again at 2.5. Repeat until you arch across the corner.
Step 1 (part 2): When you finish the top “circle,” measure down your desired length. For my daughter, I chose 19 inches but you could make a full length cape or one just a bit longer than this arm-length one. The sky is the limit! Once you have your starting measurement (from the corner where all layers join), follow the same steps as above, using the tape measure and chalk as a compass. You’re basically making 1/4 of the circle and when you cut, it will be through all layers!
Step 2: Cut on the outside of the marks or pins – just below your measurements. You can easily shorten it if it is too long but you can’t easily add length – that’s just a good rule of sewing, y’all.
Step 3: Slit one side of the circle open and add a fastener (you could glue on Velcro or ties or sew on a button). Because fleece doesn’t fray, it’s ridiculously simple! Oh and you’re totally done; there are no more steps. Quick and painless, right?
Notes about the no-sew Princess Anna cape:
- You could add some lace (sold by the yard at JoAnn’s or other craft stores) with some glue or even add some pom pom trim around the bottom.
- The amount of fleece you will need will depend on the size cape you want. To get your fabric requirements, measure from the neck to the desired length and read through the tutorial to see how that length will determine your fabric amounts. If you’re making this for an adult you might have to attach two pieces of fabric together (but that can be done with minimal hand sewing or glue).
Princess Anna Cape with Collar
I bought the materials before I sketched out a design – faux pas, I know – so I had some design constraints. Not too many because I totally over bought (1.25 yards) raspberry fleece ($8.99 without a coupon). It’s a good thing, too, because I raided the supply before making this cape ‘cuz I was in desperate – DESPERATE I tell you – need of pink fleece for our Tic Tac Toss game.
Desperate times call for raiding the fabric allotment of previously scheduled – yet not completed – projects. But I will say that the Tic Tac Toss game is so much fun. For the kid I mean, not me. At all. That’s totally not true and I’ll share the game soon here, I’m sure.
My original design was very different (hence the need for so much raspberry fleece), but I am really glad I put this one together today. This Princess Anna cape took less than 2 hours to cut and sew. It was surprisingly simple because it’s design is based on a circle skirt. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy. Here’s the little one caught in mid-twirl (not the best face, but you can see the cape).
Here are my photos from following the tutorial for the “no-sew” option above, with just a few changes (listed after the pictures).
Notes about the changes I made to the “no-sew” version of this tutorial:
- I used fleece for both the outer fabric and the lining because it’s cheap and fuzzy. The kidlet seems to like anything fuzzy or anything that even looks like it might be fuzzy. Porcupines don’t look fuzzy to me per se, but the nugget thinks they’re adorable and she thinks they could use a hug.
- I added a covered hook and eye closure so my kid could easily get it on and off herself ‘cuz I don’t want to have the responsibility. As an added bonus, because she can fasten and unfasten it herself, Elise wore it on our walk this morning to get (even more) veggies for our stock.
- The collar pattern came from here if you’re inclined to add one. It looks adorable either way.
- The pom pom trim. Wait, you don’t see any pom pom trim? Yeah. That’s because I am 4 inches short of trim and there was no way I was going to add it with a gap. I’ll be adding that later by just top stitching it to the bottom of the cape, all the way around the bottom.
So that’s the whole thing – cute, right? I can’t believe how easy this was. Elise sure had a great time “testing” the cape! Perhaps you would like to share this with your followers and Pin the image below to Pinterest so others can experience this look of pure bliss?
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