March 10, 2015

Splish Splash Rain Cape DIY - Blog with Friends - Spring Fever Edition

This is the SPRING FEVER edition of Blog with Friends!! Who's ready for SPRING???? 7 bloggers, 7 projects to help welcome in SPRING!!!!! :D

I decided to go with a lightweight raincape for Cailey. You can wear it over a coat for chilly rainy days or by itself for warmer rainy days. 

This was my first time working with ripstop. I can't say that I am that impressed with it. BLECK!! If I did this over again, I would just keep searching until I found a light weight vinyl OR buy tons of this -

and make my OWN fabric!!!! 

What I Used 

3 yards of blindingly bright ripstop
1 package of Pellon Vinyl Fuse
1/2 yard of chevron
1/2 yard of that other print 

I started off searching and searching for cute vinyl print. SIGH... I found one but it was WAY too heavy to make a cape/coat out of. I bought it anyway. I'm sure I'll figure out some use for it.

Then I grabbed the ripstop. But it was just soooo plain, despite the day glow color! 

That's when I found the Pellon Vinyl Fuse!!!! I decided I would make some appliques with it and jazz up that raincape!!! 

Step 1

Fold over your fabric until you have a triangle. 
Measure down the sides and the middle, marking the points. Connect the points and cut. 

See that camo riptstop?? SIGH... I promised Colin some sort of rain gear out of it. 

Step 2

Cut a slight curve a couple of inches from the top.

Step 3

Cut straight down the middle.

Step 4

You can use the hood of another jacket or hoodie or whatever as your template. I used the pattern I made for Colin's Minecraft Hoodie and sized it up. 

Cut 4 pieces.

Step 5

Take 2 pieces and sew around the back curve. Do the same to the other 2 pieces.

Step 6

Take one set and turn it right side out.
Slide it into the other one.
Sew around the front curve.

Step 7

Turn it all right side out and top stitch along the front of the hood.

Step 8

Pin the bottom of the hood to the neck. 

Sew in place. 

Step 9 

Apparently ripstop WILL unravel. :/ So what I did was just zigzag stitch around all the raw edges. Much easier than trying to hem a circle! BLECK!!! 

Step 10

Next, I took the vinyl fuse and following the directions, fused it with the 2 prints.

Then I cut out raindrop shapes. 

Step 11

Pin the shapes on where ever you like.

Then, using a tight zigzag stitch, sew all around the raindrops.

Move the cat so you can photograph your work.

Step 12

So, I wanted to reinforce the area where the button and buttonhole go.... Then I melted the riptop.... So I had to make a patch out of double sided fuse. :P 

Then I added the button and the buttonhole. 

After that you are ALL DONE!!!!!

I apologize for the quality of some of the pictures. I am still trying to figure out the camera on my new phone and I don't think it liked the color of the ripstop. LOL It looks SO MUCH better in person than it does in any of the pictures. 

Don't forget to check out all the AWESOME, AMAZING Spring posts in this edition of Blog with Friends!!! 

Karen at Baking in a Tornado has a recipe for welcoming spring with fresh berried in a White Brownie Parfait. YUMMMMMMY!!! 

Robin from Someone Else's Genius has a tutorial for making these GORGEOUS Faux Terrarium Earrings

Eileen's Perpetually Busy has a tutorial for this darling Easy Spring Baby Blanket! SO SWEET!!!

Lydia at Cluttered Genius is showing us how to Spring Clean with Essential Oils!!! AWESOME!!!!!

Melissa at Home on Deranged has Five Apps to Help Your Garden Grow!!!! TOO COOL!!!!

Christy at Uplifting Families has some great Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas

Don't forget to join our Linky Party!!!!!


  1. I love the cape...I really need to go fabric shopping, lol!

    1. Thanks!!!
      You have GOT to try that vinyl fuse!!! AMAZING stuff right there! ;)

  2. Cailey's rain cape came out amazing. As you said, the cape can be worn over anything, making it so versatile. I love the color and the raindrop design is perfect.

    1. Thank you SOOOO MUCH!!!!! :D She loves it! AND she'll be getting to use it a lot in the next few days! LOL

  3. The raindrops are the perfect addition! Love love love it!

  4. GAH! I'm so insanely jealous of your ability.........

  5. This is a cute idea. I wish that I could sew My kids cute things such as this. I lovery the raindrops.


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