Last weekend we went on a bit of a FROZEN shopping spree and bought an Anna and Elsa doll, along with some fabric. I thought maybe a flowing Anna cloak and shimmery Elsa cape for my girls to wear would make playing pretend even more fun.
And I was right! They love them. Yeah, they aren't exactly like the ones in the movie, but hey ... I made them in like 15 minutes. A fair trade, I'd say!
To make each Cloak/Cape
You'll need about 1 1/4 yard of each fabric (1 yard if its 60"). I found these fabrics at Walmart, the shimmery blue (for Elsa) was around $4/yd, and the raspberry (for Anna) was on clearance for $1.50/yd. The silver and gold 5/8in ribbons were also at Walmart. They were exactly what I had in mind!
1. Since these are just for dress-up, I wanted them to be as simple as possible. I left the selvage edges (the factory finished edges) as they were and then just serged the two raw edges to control fraying. The shimmery blue didn't hold the serge very well (since its so thinly woven), so I ended up hemming them as well. But the raspberry was fine just serged. You could hem them if you don't have a serger. But if your friend has one, maybe you could ask her pretty please to serge it for you, it helps control the fraying.
2. Then I ran a gathering stitch (longest stitch length) along the top to gather the cloak/cape. For the shimmery blue (Elsa), I gathered it close to the top. For the raspberry (Anna), I wanted about 8-10 inches to fold over to make it look more like the real cloak from the movie, so I measured down from the top 8-10 inches and did my gathering seam there.
3. Then I gathered it to the right neck-size for my girls (about 12 inches), tied the threads on the ends so it would stay the right length.
4. Lastly, I pinned the ribbon on top of the gathered seam and sewed it down with a zig-zag stitch. Make sure you back-stitch and secure the ends really well.
Then the best part: Watching them twirl around, singing along with "Let it Go" from the soundtrack!
You can find the Elsa and Anna dolls here and here.
My friend, Tia at Events to Celebrate has some super cute FROZEN party ideas if you're little Anna or Elsa has a birthday coming up!