September 12, 2014

Medieval Cape for American Girl Doll

What you need

  • 1 yrd of light linen or light costume fabric
  • either 1 set of Hook and Eye Size 3  or 
  • about 20" of 3/8" ribbon

My Medieval Dress pattern is available for purchase in my store or at PixieFair.

How to make the cape

1. Download my free pattern here

    This pattern is copyrighted by Read Creations and is for private use only.
    Make sure you have page scaling set to none !

1.  Take fabric and fold in half, then fold in half the other way

2. Draw a circle with a radius = 1 3/4" around the corner that is on fold in both directions
    as the neck opening.

3. Draw a second circle with a radius = 15 1/2" around the same corner.

4. Open fabric circle that was just cut and cut and remove 1/4 of it.

5. Take hood and fold right sides together.
    Sew around back side of hood with a 1/4" seam.

6. Fold open and align neck line of hood with neck line of cape, right sides together.
    Pin in place and sew with 1/4" seam.

7. Either hem with a 1/4" seam or a double hem (folded 1/8" then folded again 1/8" or a little more)
    all around the front of the cape and the front of the hood in one hem.

8. Either hem with a 1/4" seam or a double hem(folded 1/8" then folded again 1/8" or a little more)
    all around the bottom of the cape.

9. Either add a hook and eye clasp or a ribbon on either side of the neck opening on the cape,
   around 3/4" down from the neck seam.

You are done !!!


  1. I love this dress soooooo much! It looks like Merida from Brave, which is my all-time favorite movie/princess. Although I don't usually buy any patterns from Pixie Faire (Freebie Friday <3), this will be my one time exception. I love all your tutorials. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. Thank you so much. Keep looking here because I am currently working on a free tutorial on how to turn the medieval dress pattern into Merida's dress. Should be up soon.

  2. Thank you for sharing your pattern! My daughter is thrilled with the new cape for her doll.

  3. I'm hoping to make this cape for my grand daughter. 2 questions before I get started.
    1. Step 5 says take hood and fold right sides together, but I don't see where I am getting the hood from.

    2. Do you think I can use a velvety stretchy fabric for this cape?

    Thank you!

    1. In step 1. Download my free pattern here
      Click on the underlined "here", which will let you download a pdf file which contains the hood pattern that you need to use.
      And yes, you can use velvet stretch fabric.

    2. Hello dear, is it possible to downsize a pattern to fit a Groovy Girl doll? If so, how is that done?

    3. Just measure how long you want the cape to be on your doll (I am not familiar with Groovy Girl dolls) and add seam allowances. Then measure how large you need to make the neck opening and make it smaller to allow for the seam allowance. Then adjust the pattern according to your measurements. Capes are very easy to make and are therefore easy to adjust. Good luck.

  4. i love this dress

  5. does this have a video to go with it? the images aren't enough for me

  6. I wish you had knitting patterns

  7. How wide is the 1 yard fabric used for the cape part?

    1. The standard with of 43" is enough. You will have some fabric left over.

  8. i love this page becoes it is a medieval cape for a doll and i love the cape
    becoes it is like a wizzerd cape and i love fantase and american girl dolls