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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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