How to Make a Doll Sized Salon Cape

How to make a salon cape for an American Girl doll or 18" doll via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #tutorial

 

This morning was Boo’s 6th birthday party!  Before I do the big reveal, I’ll be posting about a few of the things I made for the party. Here’s the first…..salon capes to fit American Girl or other similar sized 18″ dolls! We have two of the 18″ doll salon chairs….and borrowed one from a friend…..so I made three salon cutting capes to accompany them.

To make your own, you’ll need the following for each cape:

At least 20″ x 20″ of black fabric
1 pack of 1/4″ double fold bias tape (you’ll use an entire pack for one cape)*

*you can also use a fusible (iron-on) bias tape if you don’t sew…..just iron the tape into place!

Supplies for cutting cape via lilblueboo.com

 

First, fold the fabric in half. Then fold the fabric in half the other way.

How to make a salon cape for doll step 1 via lilblueboo.com

 

Place a ruler so that “0″ is at the most folded corner of the fabric. Holding the ruler at “0″. move the ruler slowly from one side of the fabric to the other and mark at the 10″  measurement every inch or so…..creating an arc:

How to make a salon cape for doll step 2 via lilblueboo.com

 

After you’ve drawn your 10″ arc, cut along the arc line so that your fabric looks like this:

How to cut a fabric circle step 3 via lilblueboo.com

 

Cut off the corner using a 1″ arc:

Making a Doll Salon Cape via lilblueboo.com

 

Unfold the fabric and you’ll find a circle with a small 2″ circle in the center. Cut up one of the edges so the cape looks like the photo below:

Making an 18" Doll Salon Cape via lilblueboo.com

 

Curve the following two edges slightly to make the bias tape easier to attach:

DIY 18" Doll Salon Cape via lilblueboo.com

 

Take your bias tape and sew one continuous piece from the corner of the neck all the way around the circle….

Sewing on bias tape via lilblueboo.com

 

…until you reach the other neck corner. Cut off the excess bias tape.

Sewing on bias tape via lilblueboo.com

 

Cut a 40″ piece of bias tape and mark the center. Match the bias tape up to the center of the neck circle and pin in place. Sew from one end of the bias tape, around the neck, and to the other end of the bias tape. This covers the neck with bias tape and creates your ties closures for the back.

Sewing on bias tape to neck via lilblueboo.com

 

A finished 18″ doll sized cutting cape! Perfect for the little hair stylist-to-be:

DIY doll salon cape and where to purchase 18" doll salon chair via lilblueboo.com

 

Use some iron-on ink-jet transfer paper to create an applique to personalize the cape!

Personalized doll-sized cutting cape via lilblueboo.com #americangirl #tutorial

 

Source info:

Salon Chair for 18″ Dolls

No-sew Fusible .25″ Bias Tape

Sew-on .25″ Bias Tape

Iron-on Ink Jet Transfer Paper

Stay tuned for more!

 

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  1. 3
    shelley says:

    This is adorable!! I know Boo will be thrilled!! What a wonderful mom!!! You are just like both your grandmothers!!!!!! I love you forever, mom

  2. 4
    Julie says:

    I had the American Girl Doll salon cape back in, oh 1997, and I think it was my favorite accessory ever… hence the reason why my doll’s hair is now cut up to her ears… and her leg has since fallen off…

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  1. [...] Ashley from Lil Blue Boo shares a tutorial for making a salon cape in an 18′ doll size.  It’s a quick and easy project to make, and it turns the simple act of brushing the doll’s hair into a girly afternoon.  Go to her blog for the how-to. [...]

  2. [...] Ashley from Lil Blue Boo shares a tutorial for making a salon cape in an 18′ doll size.  It’s a quick and easy project to make, and it turns the simple act of brushing the doll’s hair into a girly afternoon.  Go to her blog for the how-to. [...]