Question about sewing capes...
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Question about sewing capes...

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I rarely come here and when I do it's just to ask questions...hope no one minds that.

I'm in the middle of making a cape for a custom. The cape is double sided with one red side and one blue side and I have the cape design drawn out on both pieces of fabric. When it's completely done I want the thread to be hidden and I want the entire cape to be flat and I have no idea how to make that happen. I sewed a little for Home Ec. in high school but I never took it seriously, and the only thing I really completed was a weird star shaped pillow full of styrofoam beads. If I remember correctly, I took two pieces of fabric, drew the star design on the pieces, put the two pieces through a sewing machine, and right before I sewed it completely I had to leave a small hole on one of the star tips which would allow me to pull the entire star through and then insert the beads. After I pulled the fabric through the hole it looked like an actual pillow, you couldn't see the connecting thread, and it held the beads in with no problems. How can I achieve those results with the cape and then flatten it? If I use the method I described I'd be left with cape that resembles a pillow case and I really can't have that. I also don't want to resort to glueing it as I want the cape to still be able to flow a little.

Posted by timone317
on Tuesday, September 18, 2012
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timone317 -
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
You mean Stitch Witchery? I saw the material referenced in this article.

http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/tutorials ... capes.html

I just couldn't find the material on my last store outing. Hm...if it does work, I'm not sure how I could use it to achieve the results I want. Truth is I wanted to follow that guide and end up with a bendable cape but it seems like it would be safest to sew the cape as well...but if I do that then I'd have to find a way to get the bead wire and Stitch Witchery inside of the hole I leave in the cape after sewing it...hm.
Mighty Tom -
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
I'm not sure what its called but there's this stuff thats like webbing that you put between 2 pieces of fabric and then iron it and it sticks together.
timone317 -
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Guess I'm getting confused. You mean Elmer's glue? Or some other brand of glue? I bought Fabric Fusion pens and apllied them to smaller pieces of fabric to try the material out but I was just left with a mess after using them.
Green Skin -
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
It's not going to combine the 2 fabrics, for that you need glue, but it will flatten them out and make them keep the flatness.
timone317 -
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
I'll try it out. It doesn't sound like it'll combine the two fabrics and get rid of the open space between them but I'll give an update after I try it out.
Green Skin -
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Just iron it when you are done, then it will sit flat.
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