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Turn an old trench coat into an adorable cat cape!

Posted by Cat Morley from London, United Kingdom • Published See Cat Morley's 1135 projects »
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  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this project, you'll need a trench coat with a hood. My one was looking a bit ratty but this would be the perfect refashion to bring it back to life.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 2
    Step 2

    Decide how long you want the cape to be and mark a rough line with tailor's chalk.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use a French curve to get this line perfect.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 4
    Step 4

    Cut along the line, saving some of the excess coat fabric for your ears.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 5
    Step 5

    Check the length of your cape.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut the sleeves to the correct length.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 7
    Step 7

    Use a seam ripper to unpick the seams underneath the arms and then, with the wrong side facing out, sew the sides of the underarm to the front and back of the jacket.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 8
    Step 8

    Finally, pin ribbon or hemming tape around the bottom of the jacket to give it a neat edge.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 9
    Step 9

    Sew the hemming tape in place.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now it's time to pick out some nice new buttons for your cape.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 11
    Step 11

    Unpick the old button and thread a needle with embroidery floss in a colour that matches.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stitch the new button in place.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 13
    Step 13

    Repeat for the remaining buttons.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 14
    Step 14

    Cut a length of ribbon to make a tie for the cape. Luckily, I was able to thread mine through the old button holes but feel free to add new eyelets or slits if needed.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 15
    Step 15

    Now for the ears, cut a piece of foam into the shape of a cat ear and check the size against your hood.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 16
    Step 16

    Cut a second matching ear.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 17
    Step 17

    Fold a piece of coat fabric in half twice and pin the foam ear on top.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 18
    Step 18

    Cut this out leaving a 1/2" seam allowance around the top edges and an 1" at the bottom.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 19
    Step 19

    Unpin and then match two sets of the fabric ears, with the wrong sides facing out and pin the foam ears back in place.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 20
    Step 20

    Sew around the outline of the ear, being careful not to stitch through the foam.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 21
    Step 21

    Unpin the foam.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 22
    Step 22

    Trim off the excess fabric from the top edges.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 23
    Step 23

    Turn the ear inside out and insert the foam.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 24
    Step 24

    Neatly fold in the bottom seam allowance and pin in place.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 25
    Step 25

    Sew along the bottom edge.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 26
    Step 26

    Sew an inner ear line about 1" in from the edge of the ears.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 27
    Step 27

    Repeat for the second ear.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 28
    Step 28

    Pin the ears to your hood. Checking the look good when worn.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 29
    Step 29

    Stitch the ears in place with matching embroidery floss.

  • How to make a capelet. Cat Cape - Step 30
    Step 30

    Your cape is ready to wear!

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Helen W.
Helen W. · Carlisle, England, GB · 55 projects
Love So cute!
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Carla B.
Carla B. · Gravois Mills, Missouri, US · 1 project
I SO. LOVE. THIS! I think this might be my new all-time favorite project, Cat!
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