Happy Fall everyone! This week in Minnesota the leaves were looking stunning. Unfortunately, it was quite short lived because today it is snowing. Fall colors are so beautiful and inspiring — I only wished they lasted longer!
I wanted to share a tutorial to make this super easy Plaid Cape! This can also be considered a poncho or a kimono, depending on your preference. I see similar items in stores this time of year and wanted to share how easy it is to make your own.
The fabric for this Plaid Cape is not quite a flannel but a soft rayon from Joann Fabrics [linked here]. This is a great fabric if you want a plaid cape/poncho that is not overly warm but still gives you the fall feel. For something slightly warmer I would recommend a soft cotton flannel [linked here] or [here]. For the warmest, I would recommend Robert Kaufman Mammoth flannel [linked here] or [here]. You will need 2 yards of whichever you choose!
To cut your fabric, you will first cut it into a 36″ x 72″ rectangle. The 72″ will be the length of your fabric (2 yards) so to get the 36″ you will need to cut off a few inches along the selvage as shown below.
Fold your fabric and press along the halfway point so that you have a 36″ square. Cut through ONLY the first layer of fabric up to 5″ on either side of the halfway point. Follow the stripes in the flannel for a guide. Also cut 1.5″ slits as denoted by D to mark the sleeves.
Once you have your fabric cut, you will need to fray the bottom edge and the sleeve edges. To make this easier, pull a few strands away at the corner so you can more easily see the treads to pull out, as shown below. Work slowly and use tweezers to help if needed!
Finally, we are ready to sew. This is actually the easiest part. First, finish the neckline edge with either a serger (if you have one) or a blanket stitch setting on your sewing machine. Flannel won’t fray a whole lot and simply stitching the edge instead of using a hem will assure that the garment lays flat. Fold the fabric right-sides facing and sew 1.5″ in (to match the fray) from armhole opening down to bottom edge. Trim excess fabric on the seam.
Your Flannel Cape is now complete! I hope that you enjoy this pattern and tutorial. Let me know if you have any questions. I am always happy to help.
With Love, Kaitlin