Glow in the dark Halloween Cape
As a kid, what is there not to love about dressing up for Halloween and going trick or treating. As a parent thinking about the practicality of kids going out on a cold autumn evening in the dark is much less appealing.
Trying to accommodate these two needs I decided to make a glow in the dark cape. Not only will it help little ghouls keep warm but you will be able to spot your mini trick or treater within a crowded doorstep.
The glow in this make comes from a fantastic selection of fabric by Riley Blake, this fabric in particular is from Plush Addict. Alternatively, you could opt for a plain black fabric and then decorate it with glow in the dark fabric paints which you can get from Hobbycraft.
You will need:
- 2 Contrasting fabrics (the Riley Blake fabric comes 112cm wide) 112cm x 60cm long.
- Measuring tape
- Pencil or fabric marker pen
- Thread (Matching or contrasting. Black worked fine for me)
- 40cm black ribbon
How to make the Halloween Cape:
1. I’m making this cape for Evie, so I begin by measuring from her nape, thats the collar line, down to her lower back (45cm). I then add 10 cm to this measurement (45cm + 10cm = 55cm) and make a note of the measurement for later.
2. I take the first piece of fabric and after giving it a really good press I fold in half width ways, right side to right side and lay it out flat. This means I have a maximum of 56cm to play with.
3. I take my pen and tie one end of the string around it near to the tip.
4. Next, I tie a knot on the string at 10cm from the pen and then tie another knot as per my earlier total measurement of Evie’s back in step 1 (55cm).
5. Now firmly pressing the first knot (10cm) on the top folded corner of the fabric, and pulling the string tight, I mark out a smooth arc from the folded edge to the raw edge.
6. I do the same again for the knot at 55cm. Using my rotary cutter I cut along both lines. Once opened out I am left with a smooth outer semi circle and a corresponding neck hole.
7. I repeat this for my contrasting fabric and lay them on top of each other right sides together.
8. As I’d like the cloak to close with a ribbon at the neck, I take my ribbon and half it, taking each piece I sandwich them in between the layers on the front edges pointing inwards, just in a little from the neck edge.
9. Following this I pin around the whole outer and put some little reminder pins approximately 10cm apart at the very bottom of the bottom edge curve. I find when I’m on a roll I need the occasional little prompter to tell me to stop, so I put a little pin in sideways to remind me to stop, a notch or chalk mark serves equally well.
10. I begin with a straight stitch all the way around leaving the 10cm at the bottom unsewn, I backstitch to secure my thread ends.
11. Once stitched I trim back the excess and clip the curves, sorry theres quite a lot of curves to be done here.
12. It’s still right sides together so I now turn through the unsewn opening, pushing out the corners and press well.
13. The last thing for me to do is turn inwards the little opening, press and top-stitch to close.
There you go, another layer to keep a little spooky one warm.