Dragon Cape Tutorial Part 1 - The Hood
People have been asking how to make this cape so here’s a tutorial of sorts. Keep in mind that I’ve never made a tutorial before and my sewing experience consists mostly of scalemates, pillows, and some curtains; so I’m not particularly qualified either. But I’ll try my best to explain the steps.
Here’s a diagram of how the pieces will fit together. For starters, you’ll need the pattern from the following site:
FleeceFun.com (Print the Adult size) I’d recommend reading/watching their tutorial as well.
If you don’t have much sewing experience, I strongly recommend practising sewing something simpler beforehand, as I will not be going over every single sewing precaution in this tutorial.
The hood pattern will provide a base for the rest of the pattern pieces, which are here. (Right click to save and print them.) I made some adjustments to the pattern pieces after sewing my hood so don’t worry if the ones in the pictures don’t look exactly the same.
You will need scissors, thread, pins, fabric chalk/marker, about 2 yards of fleece material, and about 3/4 of a yard of lining fabric(preferably not fleece).
Next cut out the pattern pieces, tape the side piece to the hood piece like so:
Trace patterns onto the fabric. Make sure to leave 1/2 ” seam allowance before cutting them out. For the top piece, place the side with the semi-circle indents in it on folded fabric and cut.
Cut the remaining bottom piece.
Now pin the top piece to one of the hood pieces, right sides together, lining up the arrows on the nose-area. Then sew.
Before we sew the other side on, we need to install the spikes, which are very easy to make. You can use the ones included with the pattern pieces or make your own desired shape.
You will need 3 regular sized spikes and two smaller ones. Sew all the spikes but leave the bottoms open so you can stuff them. Cut little triangles along curved edges to prevent unwanted creases. Square/trim the tips as well.
Then stuff them.
Pin and sew the 3 large spikes to the holes in the top piece. Make sure they are facing the right way. Try to line up the seams of the spikes to prevent them from going crooked. You’ll probably have to hand-sew this part.
Pin the other hood piece to the other side of the top piece. Sew from the tabs on the nose to where the top part stops. It gets a little bit tricky here; make sure everything is pinned and secure before sewing. The top and the 2 side pieces should connect to form a “Y” shaped seam. Pin the last two spikes below the base of the top piece.
Pin the rest of the back and sew.
Yay! That’s the spikes done.
Time for the nose. Pin it to the front of the hood so it lines up with the top part and follows the side to the rim of the hood.
Sew and cut notches along the creases like with the spikes. Be careful not to cut the stitching!
Flip inside-out and stuff the nose.
I added a dart along the bottom of the nose afterwards to adjust the shape, then stuffed it again before moving onto the lining.
For the lining, remove the side piece from the hood base piece and trace.
Pin and sew along the back.
Right sides together, pin the lining and the rest of the hood along the front rim.
There, now you have the basic dragon hood for your cape done! All it needs are some eyes and horns. :)
In the next part I can briefly go over making making custom buttons for this baby. (I don’t know about you but most stores never have the right size of button I need.) As for horns, I’m open to discussion!
Hope this helps, and thanks to everyone who suggested making a tutorial! I needed the motivation. ^u^
Next part ====> is over here!