This Princess Anna Cape was so quick and easy, it makes the perfect DIY cape for kids. We’ve made many dress up costumes and share our free patterns and proven beginner sewing tutorials to walk you through it step-by-step.
How to Make a No-Sew Princess Anna Cape
I’m going to get right to it – if you sew, it takes less than an hour. 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. I’m not kidding.
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. Fleece is inexpensive and my daughter loves it, so I am making some accessories for some of my fun Disney-inspired 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.
- fleece in choice of color
- optional, lace trim
- optional, cape clasp
- measuring tape
- optional, sewing machine and sewing supplies
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- Slit one side of the circle open and add a fastener (you could glue on Velcro or ties or sew on a button).
Full tutorial with pictures: https://rufflesandrainboots.com/easy-princess-anna-cape/
Sewing Tutorial for a Princess Anna Cape with Collar
This Princess Anna cape took less than an hour to cut and sew. It was surprisingly simple because its design is based on a circle skirt which makes it easy. 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.
- I added a covered hook and eye closure so my kid could easily get it on and off herself.
- The collar pattern came from here if you’re inclined to add one. It looks adorable either way and you just add it around the edges of the front opening.
- The pompom trim. Wait, you don’t see any pompom trim? Yes and that’s because I am 4-inches short of trim. I ended up using it on this 20-minute infinity scarf.
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