Are you looking for a free doll cape pattern? For all of you that love your Caprice Cape free sewing pattern for girls, I have now made it in a matching doll clothes pattern size to fit your little one’s favorite 18-inch doll. Best of all it also fits theTreasurie 18 inch dressable Milly Doll. (Shop for Milly 18 inch doll sewing pattern)
Doll Cape Pattern
See how cute this doll made from the Milly Pattern looks in her new cape! Because it is a loose item tied at the neck, it will also fit lots of teddy bears and other similar-sized dolls.
Doll Cape Pattern – Supplies
What you need
- FABRIC – 1/4 yard (0.25m) of woven fabric. I used quilting cotton for the top and then a linen scrap that I had for the bottom. Tightly woven fabric is best for the top layers where it will be ripped for a shabby chic look.
- EXTRA SUPPLES – 24 inches (0.61m) of 1/4 inch (6mm) ribbon for the neck.
- PATTERN – Download the pattern. The PDF will open in a new window.
Doll Cape Pattern – Printing
If you are new to printing, have a read of my article how to print PDF patterns.
When printing your pattern pieces, make sure that your printer’s “page scaling” is set to “none” and “auto center and rotate” is checked.
The pattern pieces print on 8.5” x 11”(letter) or A4 paper. You can check your pattern has printed in the correct size by measuring the two inch (5.1cm) test square.
Each page is marked with a number 1 to 2. There are 1 rows of 2. Tape the edges of the boxes together, trimming where necessary.
Doll Cape Pattern – Instructions
If you are new to sewing for dolls, read my article on how to sew doll clothes for beginners. This will give you some great tips for stitching and choosing the best fabrics.
Some important tips on sewing doll clothing are:
- Use fabrics with small scale prints
- Use smaller sized trims
- Stitch length should be shorter than usual to look in scale. Try a seam stitch length of 2.0
Seam allowances of 1/4 inch (6mm) are included in the pattern
Ruffle and Sewing Instructions
The sewing instructions are the same as the girls Caprice Cape. Click here for the cape instructions. The only difference is the seam allowance is 1/4 inch (6mm) for the doll version of the Capelet.
Step 1 – Ripping the Ruffles
Rip strips of fabric for the ruffles then trim the strips to the length of the pattern pieces. Remove any loose threads so the edges are fluffy. An alternative to ripping is to use pinking shears to cut the ruffles.
Step 2 – Marking Ruffles
On the right side of one of your cape pieces, mark the ruffe positions.
Step 3 – Join Front and Back
With RIGHT sides together, stitch the cape pieces all the way around leaving a 3/4 inch (2cm) gap as shown at the end. Use a 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Clip the corners and curves.
Step 4 – Turn and Topstitch
Turn your cape the RIGHT way out through the gap and press well. Topstitch around the edge. This will close the gap so you don’t have to hand sew it.
Step 5 – Join Ruffles
Gather the ruffles with a long stitch. Gather to length E on the pattern. On the RIGHT side of the cape, pin RUFFLE E to the bottom guide E. Stitch it in place.
Repeat for RUFFLES B,C,D. Make sure you are matching the correct ruffles to the correct guides.
Gather RUFFLE A with a gathering stitch down the center.
Stitch ruffle A in place. You will notice it comes a bit off the edge of the neck.
Step 6 – Ribbon
Stitch the ribbon over the stitching line on ruffle A making sure it is centered. Learn about how to stop ribbon from fraying.
Doll Cape Pattern – In Conclusion
Enjoy dressing your doll in her new cape! See below for more free patterns for your favorite doll or teddy bear.
More Free Doll Patterns
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