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Wizard's Cape for 18-inch Dolls

Welcome to our sewing and embroidery tutorial for crafting a Wizard's Cape designed specifically for 18-inch dolls. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of creating a captivating cape for your doll using simple sewing techniques and machine embroidery. Whether you're a beginner or seasoned crafter, follow along as we unveil the secrets to conjuring up a magical accessory for your doll's wardrobe. Let's dive in and bring enchantment to your doll's world!

This cape is designed to fit 18-inch dolls with a soft body, such as American Girl, Our Generation, My Life As and similar dolls.

We used the designs from the Small Star Set.
A 18-inch doll in a black cape embroidered with golden stars

For this project you will need:
  • embroidery threads, either polyester or rayon (you choose the colors),
  • about 1/2 yard of solid-colored light- to medium-weight fabric, we used medium-weight polyester suede;
  • light-weight fabric for the lining;
  • light-weight cut-away or tear-away embroidery stabilizer;
  • satin or cotton bias tape in a color matching either the fabric or the embroidery threads;
  • chalk and graph pencils;
  • 4 pieces of A-size paper and scotch tape;
  • measuring tape and scissors,
  • sewing pins, sewing needle, sewing threads;
  • iron,
  • #12 universal needle;
  • fray check glue.
A 18-inch doll in a black cape embroidered with golden stars
Connect 4 pieces of Letter-size paper with scotch tape.
Starting from the upper left corner measure and mark a spot 2 1/2" along the upper edge, and another 16 1/2" along the upper edge.
Then from the same corner, measure and mark a sport 2" along the left edge, and another at 17".

Connect the 2" and 2 1/2" marks with a curved line.

Connect 17" and 16 1/2" marks with a curved line.
How to make a pattern for the cape.
Cut out the paper template, place it on the folded fabric and trace with a chalk pencil.
The paper pattern is cut out
Open the fold, flip the template to the other side and trace the pattern again. Do not cut out.
Pattern traced on the fabric.

Using the paper template cut out the lining.
Stabilize the fabric of the cape and embroider the stars from the Small Star Set all over the cape.
Stars embroidered all over the cape pattern.
Neatly remove the excess stabilizer.
Cut out the pattern.
The embroidered upper part of the cape.
Position the cape and the lining face to face, align and pin all edges.
Stitch together along the front and hem, seam allowance 1/4", leaving the neck edges open.
The cape from the side of the lining.
Notch the curves. Turn the cape right side out through the opening and press.
The cape turned right side out.
Cut a piece of bias tape about 30" long, fold in half and mark the center with a pin.

Fold the cape in half and mark the center of the neckline with a pin.

Align the pin on the neckline with the pin on the bias tape, pin one edge of the bias tape to the neckline, leaving the ends loose.
Pin the bias tape to the neckline.
Stitch the bias to the neckline. Clip the curves. Fold the bias over the raw edge and sew in place by hand. Leave the loose ends untrimmed.
Put the cape on the doll and tie the ends.
A 18-inch doll in a black cape embroidered with golden stars
Have fun!
A 18-inch doll in a black cape embroidered with golden stars
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