Choices and Hobbit Cloaks and a small Tutorial

My husband and I have come up with a house rule a few years ago for Birthdays to save our sanity come December (Our girls were born 4 days apart. *ahem* 6 YEARS and 4 days apart). They can have Birthday Parties up until they turn 10. That is it. After 10, they can invite 1 or 2 friends to do something special {ie: bowling or sushi or anything they can think of within reason}. Until they reach a decade, their parties can be anything and as elaborate as they want.

This year, Falafel is turning 7 {The Bee turns 13, so she has had her fun}. She asked for a BYOB party (Um, Bring Your Own Barbie Party).

Really??? My dirt-digging Dino-loving daughter???

OK. Her choice. I had no idea what I was going to do for this, but I was thinking and collaborating with her, and we had a few ideas.

At this same time, we have also been reading The Hobbit with her. At the end of it, I was thinking out loud: “Wow. Wouldn’t it be great to have a Hobbit party??”

YES. Emphatically.

She absolutely loved the book and was over the moon with the thought of having a whole Hobbit themed Birthday!Whew. Again, this was her choice {even though my husband and I are doing silent cheers! yay}. I asked several times to be sure.

So we switched gears with a few weeks to plan. With this theme, ideas rolled off our tongues. Easy and fun and something we all are passionate about. Really, Tolkien=crafting dream.

She has definite costume ideas which we are obliged to follow. We all will be in character. There will be beards.

I had an idea for favors, though.

Cloaks!

I just happened to have yards of green felt and some gold buttons in my button stash. Perfect.

I used, again, loosely this tutorial. I don’t do the math, though. I find that these cloaks are super forgiving {especially made from felt}. I just eye-balled the first one, and then duplicated it many times for the rest.

I drew a kite shape on paper to use as my pattern for the hoods, so they would all be consistent in size. I just kept in mind that a head needs to fit in it.

When I cut out the hood, I lined up one long side with the fold on the fabric so there wouldn’t be a seam on the top, but this is optional. Then, just sew up one side of the hood (or both depending if you use the fold idea), then open so the seam is in the back. Put aside.

As for the cape body, start with rectangles all the same size. I laid two on top of each other at a time and cut the rounded corners on the bottom. Then I cut a slit in the center of the top and a circle for the neck hole.

Pin the center of the hood to the center of the neck hole.

Wrap the rest of the hood around the sides of the neck hole. It is OK if the edges of the hood don’t come to the edge of the cape. I actually liked this better. Sew.

Add a button and an elastic to keep it fastened.

To make the loop part…

I broke down the steps to make your own elastic loop to go around the button using a regular hair band and some embroidery thread.

1. elastic band

2. tie on a piece of embroidery thread around the middle

3. wind around the elastic

4. tie off using the ends, then trim close

Done!

I will post some photos of our little Bilbo soon.

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12 thoughts on “Choices and Hobbit Cloaks and a small Tutorial

  1. So much more fun than a BYOB party…. And cloaks as party favours? That has gotta be the best party favour I’ve ever seen – I bet they will be very very popular!!

  2. Wow, such a sweet idea. I’m a 14 year old girl from England and I have 4, yes 4, brothers! I made a cloak for the two youngest (aged six and eight) for christmas, and they love them! In fact, it was in googling a hobbit cloak tutorial that I discovered your blog – such lovely ideas, and a positive view on life. There’s so many great ideas on here that I’d love to try out! Thanks and well done 🙂

    1. Thank you so much for visiting, Estella! You sound like such a lovely creative and thoughtful young lady.
      I am glad you found my blog!
      Thanks for your kind comments.
      ~Michelle

  3. Hi! So I absolutely love your blog first of all:):):)
    I am a somewhat beginner sewer (as in I have made a few skirts and shirts) and I simply cannot grasp this pattern and how you made it.
    I’m 15 and my friends and I are going to be hobbits for Halloween and I volunteered to make our cloaks:/
    I was wondering if you could explain to me how you did this so my thick head can understand:) haha
    Thank you so much

  4. Cloaks as party favours? How fun!! And I think it’s absolutely brilliant that you’re raising your kids with Tolkien’s work. Everyone should do this. 🙂
    So, I’m actually hoping to make myself a hobbit cape but like Cally^ I’m simply not grasping the pattern. I keep going over the tutorial at the alleycatscratch link but I can’t get my head around how to measure out the cloak and hood patterns. I need something like thorough step-by-step instructions with images or even better, a video tutorial! Any chance you can shed some light?
    Thanks in advance for any help!

    P.S. I’m only 4″11. How much fabric would you recommend I need?

  5. Hi there,

    Wonderful blog to help us create a hobbit cloak for our son’s Halloween costume. Your tutorial was awesome and made it soo easy to make.

  6. Hi, very excited to find this as my soon-to-be 8 year old just requested a hobbit birthday party. Could you possibly give a rough idea of the measurements?

    1. Hi Nicole! How exciting! It has been a while since I made these, and I don’t remember exact measurements, but I think about a yard of fabric each would do it plus about 1/2 for the hood.
      I would do a prototype or muslin first and see how long you would like it, etc.
      Let me know how they turn out!

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