January 18, 2014

FROZEN Elsa Cape and Anna Cloak DIY Tutorial

On a scale of one to ten, my girls love Disney's FROZEN an 11. Maybe even 12. It just so works out that my oldest has white blond hair, and youngest has more strawberry blonde. My own little Elsa and Anna! They play FROZEN all the time, and ask me to play the "Do You Want to Build A Snowman" song from the soundtrack, so they can act it out, complete with knocking on the door and laying on the floor, pretend crying during the sad part. Its quite entertaining.

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! 


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27 comments:

  1. How fun and pretty are those capes!! And I have not taken Gracie to see Frozen yet...but I'm taking your advice and we are going to go very soon!! (Hopefully before they take it out of theaters)

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    1. Thanks Liz! Can't wait to hear about it! :)

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  2. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. Super cute. My daughter sings these songs until I'M blue in the face! This makes me wish I knew how to sew! Maybe I'll convince my sister to make these for us. :)

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    1. Yes! Fingers crossed she'll say yes! I'm thinking of taking my girls to the sing-along showing of Frozen this week. Sounds like your daughters would love it too! ;)

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  4. Where did you by your fabric?

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  5. Thank You so much! I am currently making my daughter DisneyBound outfits and was looking for an Anna Cape. I can not wait to whip these up to complete her look! We go weekly and I am always looking for new and creative twists on the Disney characters. Again Thanks

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  6. Thank you so much for posting this post, I have made the two capes and my little girl loves them. Thanks to your instructions they were very easy to make!! Would love to show you a pic but not able to add a photo. Thanks again xxx

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  7. I'm turning 20 next week and I'm having as Frozen themed party! I can't afford the £100 amazing costumes they sell, so I've been making it myself but struggling to find a pattern for the cape! This is perfect, and so simple! thank you!

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  8. Is the raspberry cotton?

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    1. No, its definitely got some polyester in it. Its got quite a bit of drape to it.

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  9. Thanks for the tutorial! I made the Elsa cape for my niece last Saturday. She loved it and I was so excited to give it to her! http://wbellino.blogspot.com/2014/04/a-cape-fit-for-princess.html

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  10. Thank you so much. I just made this for my 2 year old daughter and can't wait to give it to her in the morning!

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    1. Hope she loves it! Thanks for commenting :)

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  11. There’s something special about this movie that I’m soooo addicted to it. Maybe because it tells more of sisterly love, something that’s been neglected to most of the romantic animated films. Happy enough that Frozen the movie was a sure hit at home. Lol!
    In my attempt to find hooked viewers as me, I came to your pretty blog. =D please let me say you are very talented on this capes!
    http://meowchie.snydle.com/frozen-the-movie.html

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  12. They look so happy, dancing and twirling around! I am making Elsa's cape for my 10 y.o. and I would like to ask you, what needle size did you use on the shimmering blue fabric? I am about to start sewing it ( the fabric I got it's pretty much the same), and I'm no "sewing ninja" at all, haha!
    Thank you!

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  13. They look so happy, dancing and twirling around! I am making Elsa's cape for my 10 y.o. and I would like to ask you, what needle size did you use on the shimmering blue fabric? I am about to start sewing it ( the fabric I got it's pretty much the same), and I'm no "sewing ninja" at all, haha!
    Thank you!

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    1. Gosh, I don't know what needle size! I just use whatever came with my machine! I'm no sewing ninja either ;)

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  14. Would you consider makinf the Anna cape and selling it?

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  15. AnonymousMay 08, 2014

    Thank you for all the details! I'm making one for my 47-year-old daughter who is playing an Elsa entertainer at a party for 6-year-olds. I'm using another website for the coronation cape, but it's so sketchy that I'm having to use my 55 years of sewing experience to make it.

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  16. Did you have to hem the shimmery fabric?

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    1. Yes, I originally serged it, but it unraveled. So I hemmed it as well.

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  17. AnonymousMay 26, 2014

    Thank you heaps for that, I'm in AU, and have been trying to buy an Elsa outfit for 2 weeks now, could only find the outfit, but no cape, & as we are going to the Disney on Ice Performance on the week end ,my 8 year old said she is not wearing the outfit without the cape, so guess what mum will be doing this week. Thanks for the bright idea. Eleanore

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  18. amazing, so cute i love it... frozen

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  19. The shimmery fabric can be melted with a candle instead of sewing it to prevent fraying. ***If it is like the material I used*** I recommend trying on a scrap! It also gives it a wavy look when melted.

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