ScrapHappy Shawl Cape

I have been so missing being able to post in and read the ScrapHappy group!   We have had a family member who has had several surgeries, the flu made the rounds…twice; life has been crazy, with the holidays and dogs attacking my poultry several times, oh and I’m taking 15 units at university. Suffice it to say I am grateful everything is calming down, my project is late, and it is a combination of scrap and not but was a necessity.

This little guy has autism and really dislikes coats and clothes, but loves to hide in blankets if they are soft or silky material.  He picked out a great flannel with bright colors and it is super soft, adorned with motor vehicles of all sort.

I used 1 meter cut in half and right sides together (since it is directional), if your fabric is not directional you can just open and fold in half.  Sew along the edges and leave about 15 cm (6 inches) open to turn it right side out. Top stitch around all the edges.

I used back pockets from Mom’s old jeans (cut larger than the pockets themselves so you have material to stitch around, turn and sew onto the cape), and fabric from the legs of the pants to face the material the pockets are attached to.  Stitch right sides together, leaving a space for turning. Turn then iron the edges flat and the opening turned in. Place the pocket about 15 cm from each short edge of the shawl cape, or wherever suits you,  opening ood the pocket towards the center of the shawl. Stitch the sides and bottom of the pocket to the cape leaving the top open,  this will give you a double opening, the back pocket and the lining behind the pocket.

You can fit a lot of treasures, trinkets, toys, a stocking cap or gloves in there.  The cape can also be worn with pockets facing inward and hands in the pockets so little arms are still covered.

So, I hope these instructions weren’t too confsing. I plan on making more of these and also some adult versions.

Have safe and happy days my friends, filled with love.


4 thoughts on “ScrapHappy Shawl Cape

  1. katechiconi says:

    Great idea! Texture and weight are so important in garments for autistic children and I love that he’s chosen something so bright and distinctive 🙂

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  2. mewithptsd says:

    You are so on target about the weight and texture and the heavier pockets add to that. Thanks for the comment.


  3. magpiesue says:

    What a great little project. We have autistic children in our family and have experience with their needs being very specific.


  4. Susan says:

    What a great little comfort blanket! I really like the pocket addition, too.


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