Sew hooded cape for 3.5 inch doll free pattern

The children earned themselves a “one special toy” purchase this week and my daughter chose a 3 inch high Rapunzel doll with tower. I tried to suggest she get Cinderella since Cinderella had more outfits, but she was adamant about Rapunzel (which is good, I enjoyed that movie and didn’t find Disney’s Rapunzel to be a vapid doormat). This doll is made of plastic, as is her dress which comes in two halves that snap together.

Thus the challenge I imposed on myself was: how to make more dresses for wee Rapunzel (“Rumpunzel” as my daughter pronounces it). I conferred with my favourite sewing blogger, pillows-a-la-mode, who suggested using a thin felt to make the tiny dress. This was a brilliant suggestion since I didn’t know felt came in the “thin” variety and it would be perfect for this doll’s size. The problem isn’t with the felt but with the operator who is 3 and unable to get a dress over/under the doll’s arms, head, waist, etc. Buttons and zippers are out of the question too. So that left cape as the only article of clothing I could make for Rumpunzel for the time being.

Little doll hooded cape

The cape is made from a baby wash cloth, one corner cut out in a round (very accurately with the “eyeball it” technique). The corner goes on her head and becomes the hood.

Even though I hate hand stitching, it really was the only way to sew the little, tiny hem around the bottom of the cape.

The hood is measured and sewn with the absolutely precise measurement of: put the corner of the cloth on her head, pinch it shut under her chin and sew it shut with a bow right there.

The hood is measured and sewn with the absolutely precise measurement of: put the corner of the cloth on her head, pinch it shut under her chin and sew it shut with a bow right there.

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