This dress-up cape is a real crowd pleaser with the Kindergarten set. It's made of corduroy (a word some believe means "cloth of the Kings"). It takes a yard of fabric and about an hour to make.
Materials: One yard of corduroy, thread to match, 1" elastic, 1 yard of twisted cord to match fabric
Equipment: Scissors, iron, sewing machine, large safety pin, ruler
Method: Make small snips in the selvedge edge. (Picture 1) The reason for this is the selvedges shrink at a different rate than the rest of the fabric. If you don't make the snips, the edges might pucker. Prewash the corduroy in the manner you plan to use for the finished cape. Press the cloth. On the two selvedge edges, fold under 1/4 inch and press. Fold under another 3/8 inch and sew the hem using a straight stitch. (Picture 2)
For the bottom hem, fold under 1/4 inch and make a one inch hem, pressing with the iron as you proceed. Now you will make the casing for the neckline of the cape. Fold under 1/4 inch and press. Fold under 2 1/2 inches and sew across. Sew across 1 1/4 inch above the first line of stitching to accommodate the 1 inch elastic. For the picture, I laid the elastic on top of the casing to illustrate the width of the casing compared to the width of the elastic. (Picture 3) This line of stitching creates the both the casing for the elastic and a ruffled collar.
Attach the large safety pin to the elastic and use it to run the elastic through the casing. Secure each end with straight pins. Now comes the tricky part. Cut the yard of cord into two equal sections. Knot one end so it won't unravel. Tuck the unknotted end of each card into the ends of the casing. Secure both the elastic and the twisted cord with pins and sew securely 1/2 inch from the edge. The line of stitching does three things at the same time; secures the elastic, secures the cord and closes the ends of the casing. (Picture 4)
Clip all threads and press the finished cape. If the elastic is visible, trim it so it doesn't stick out to far. The beauty of the cape is that it can be used for royalty, superheroes and fairy tale characters.