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This Simple-Stitch Cape Will Keep You So Freaking Warm

Forget Edna's advice: Capes are awesome.

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Anyone that's watched Beauty and the Beast knows that the poshest way to brave the cold is in a cape.

You'll need to grab a few things from the local fabric store...

* About 4 yards of thick fabric (Fleece or felt are great)

* Box cutter or scissors

* Fabric glue

* Needle

* Thread

* Button

* Sewing machine (optional)

First, you'll make the big and flowing part of your cape.

Cut a string the length from your neck to your arm. Fold your fabric in half. With chalk tied to the end, use the string to draw a half circle on the doubled-up fabric. Cut it out.

Completely unfold your fabric. It will look like a donut, but the inside circle might have some lumps.

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Yum. Donuts.

Now, you're going to make that cute AF collar.

Fold a piece of leftover fabric in half. Trace the half-circle neckline (that's the small part of your donut from above) onto the edge of the fabric. Then freehand a second wider shape above it, so that you have a croissant-like outline.

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The ends of both of the lines you draw should come to a point (so, it doesn't matter whether you trace this onto the folded edge of your fabric, or not).

Sew or glue the edges of your collar together, leaving a one-to two-inch open, un-glued gap on the neckline's edge.

Once the glue is dry, use that gap you left to flip the collar inside out. This gives your collar a neat seam.

Line up the the neckline of your collar and the neckline of the big part of the cape, and stitch them together.

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You can use your sewing machine if you have one, but a needle and thread will do just fine.

Watch the full tutorial here.

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