How to Make a Hooded Cloak with or without Sewing?

Growing up watching Harry Potter, we all wondered about his invisible cloak and desired to have one indeed! How about making your own customize hooded cloak? 

It seems interesting, right? Today I am going to discuss how to make your very own style hooded cloak. Two major procedures to make a cloak in a hooded pattern is - using the sewing method and without sewing method.

How to Make a Hooded Cloak Using Sewing Method

To make a hooded cloak, using a sewing method means stitching pieces of fabric or attach them to fabric surfaces. This one provides a more accurate and perfect texture for the hoodie, and it also emphasizes on measurements specifically, so the cloak is comparatively well fitted.

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Necessary Materials

  • 3.75yards of fleece
  • 1 yard of ribbon
  • 0.5 yards of fleece
  • Thread, pin, scissors                                
  • Sewing pattern                          
  • A cape button

Steps to Make a Hooded Cloak with Sewing

Here is the step-by-step guide for you.

Step 1: Structuring the Pattern 

The best way is to sew your cloak with the help of a customized sew-pattern. Take any sew pattern and use your Photoshop skills to design it in your own way. While designing, consider the things mentioned below:

  • For adults, the size keep a large amount of fabric in store (least 60-inch width)
  • Keep the fabric folded just as you bought it
  • Hood top on a fold in a circular pattern; cut two on the selvages (this should be pointy and sharp)
  • Cut another one on the fold
  • For the hood, cut down two of the hood exterior on double folded fabric
  • Measure from the neck to the bottom to get the right length measurement
  • Cut three big pieces with straight selvage edge for the body part pf the cape

Step 2: Stitching

Take the three big pieces for the long body of the cloak. Then you will need to sew together the diagonal lines with the help of 2 big stitches. Also, make sure you sew on the edges in order to connect all three pieces together.

Lastly, round off the edge using hemstitch. Also, do it for selvage edges and sides of the fabric frays.

Step 3: Hoodie Craft!

Since the hood is the most highlighted part of the cloak, so it is allowed to make it a little bit over the top. Hoodies can be both pointy and round, depending on your preference.

Sew the cut piece of your hoodie according to your catalog.  Stitch it and flip the right portion out. The rest part is about connecting the hoody neck to the cape neck.

Tip: You may try the hoodie before sewing them together to see if it looks good on you. Using pins will make it easier to try.

Step 4: Connecting Hood and Cape

Collect the upper part of the cape. You must be accurate so that it fits appropriately with the hoodie’s width. To keep it exactly in place, use pins. That’s how you make sure that the two pieces are of the right width.

Next, you need to sew them on the underside. The reason to sew underside is that the stitches will not be visible while wearing. Try using a zigzag stitch or straight stitch more if you aren’t a pro when it comes to sewing.

How to Make a Hooded Cloak without Using Sewing Method

As per the name suggests, this method includes no stitching. Since it uses no-sew policy, that’s why it's easier and less time-consuming.

Necessary Materials

  • 2 yards of fabric
  • Tape measure/ruler
  • Marking chalk
  • Fabric scissor
  • Hot glue  

Steps to Make a Hooded Cloak without Sewing 

Here we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process.

Step 1: Making the Hoodie Part

Measure 17-inch from top or bottom of the fabric cloth while the fabric is still folded. Draw two small dots where the 17 inches are so it will help you cut the fabric later. Begin to cut from one dot to another. Again, draw dots 22 inches from the fabric and cut it as well.

So, the ideal measurement is 17 into 22 inches. Glue a half-inch of the raw edges for a neater look. Then flip it over and fold in half. Now, this will become 17 into 11 inches. After being folded, glue the top of the hood and then flip it inside out and there you go!

The hoodie is ready. Fold one inch on the bottom of the hood and make silts. The holes are needed to be a ribbon in and out of the hood and body, as can be seen later. First, cut one inch of the hole and then 2 inches the rest of the way.

Step 2: Making the Cape Part

Now, use the extra fabric for the body part. Size the fabric according to your desired length and width. Remember to fold 2 inches before cutting. Just like the hoodie, cut silt at the one-inch mark and then after every 2 inches.

Step 3: Attaching Both Parts

Cut a one-inch long ribbon that will be needed to tie the hood with the body part. Place the ribbon into the middle silts of the hood. Find the two middle silts on the body of the cape and wrap the ribbon in.

Continue weaving in and out of the hood and body. Thus weave through all the wholes on the cape body. Also, remember to do the other side. And now you are done with your DIY hooded cloak.

Step 4: Add Something Extra

While you are using a hoodie added cloak, you definitely can go for a little bit more over the top thing indeed. Accessorize your hoodie with stone clips, colorful brochures, or based on any theme or character you like.

Conclusion

After the entire discussion, I would say the non-stitch process is easier.

On the contrary, sewing one ensures long-term usage and perfect fitting. So, my advice will be if you are in a rush, then go for the non-sewing one, and if you have sufficient time, give your inner tailor a shot, and go for it!

From the Harry Potter to the Batman, a hooded cloak always add the extra thrill, suspense, and fashion taste to the entire couture. I really think, for any special occasion, the hooded cloak will never go out of trend. So, start weaving right now!

  • February 2, 2020
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