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The other night, my friend Elin came over with her sewing machine and I learned that she had been taught to sew as a child – how to use paper patterns and everything. As she motored through a production line of baby- and child-sized pants (Oliver + S designs such freaking adorable pants!), I set to finally making Owen a cape. I’d had the web page of the tutorial open in my browser for like six weeks. It was time.

Little did I know as I neurotically paced my house looking for stash fabric and scissors and a pencil that I would end up staying up till midnight finishing the entire thing.

So, the O Cape! I followed this tutorial pretty much to the letter. I didn’t have magnetic snaps around (such a good idea, though), so I used velcro at the neck. Oh, and obviously I added the O appliqué before I sewed the front and back together. My tattoo came in handy as I freehanded the O.

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I found myself pretty clever when I loaded a contrasting thread into my bobbin for sweet top stitching on both the front and the back. (It’s the O Cape because, as Elin declared, O is for orange, owls and Owen).

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Naturally, the next morning Owen would have nothing to do with the cape.

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But then I put it on Marie Antoinette to take some photos, and when Owen came home and saw her wearing his cape, he wanted to put it on. Score.

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And now I want to sew more things that I could complete in one night. Got any favourite quick projects?

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Nancy Cavillones

Crayon rolls are pretty easy and quick!

Mary J.

Your cape turned out great! I’m so happy you were able to use the pattern and it turned out so well. My little super heroes go through phases too of wearing their capes all the time, then not touching them for months :).

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