Belt Sleeve Sleeve Hood Arm hole slit Back Pocket Pocket 30” Cape

Belt
ref
A
E
Shoulder
Cuff
Sleeve
Decorative Stripe
Pocket
25
adjust
AB
Back at the shoulders
Times 3
BC
Height - shoulder to
ground
Subtract about
6”
Sleeve - Make Scout
Sign to measure
plus about 10”
Fringe
Pocket
inch
cut
Decorative Stripe
D
Arm hole slit
Sleeve
Body
Back
Cut
these
out
Tassel
10”neck
5”
3”
30”
Face hole
Hood
26”
Cape
15”
B
C
Making a capote with Troop 6
Length (points B-C). Mark the length at the cuff or just above
Cut, or tear the body if possible.
Pep Talk: Mountain men would rip up wool blankets and sew
the capotes by hand. Don’t be afraid.
Things you will need:
- One full sized blanket or larger, or 1 & ½ army surplus twin
blankets.
- A buddy to help with measurements & share the blanket.
- Yardstick, measuring tape, pins, sharpie or chalk.
- Sewing machine & sturdy thread.
Arm Holes: Fold the body into thirds and mark the arm slits
at those folds.
Make the arm holes by cutting or tearing down 15”.
Mark points 3” down on the sleeve holes for the shoulders.
Measure 5” from the center of the back, & mark on each
side. This is the neck.
Measurements:
ref
Fold & identify the middle of the back & mark it. (dotted line).
Don’t make any cuts here.
inches
adjust
cut
Draw lines from this point to the marks 3” down on the sleeve
slit. Cut these triangular pieces out & you’ve got the
shoulders.
AB
Back at the
shoulders
Times 3
Center & pin the cape at the center of the back.
BC
Height - shoulder
to ground
Subtract
about 6”
Fold the capote into thirds again and sew from the top of an
arm hole, across the back and to the other arm hole, closing
up the shoulders.
DE
Sleeve - Make
Scout Sign
plus about
10”
Parts: Body, 2 sleeves, hood, cape, belt, 2 pockets, belt
loops, 2 tassels. Smaller parts can be from another blanket.
Body of the capote:
Width (points A-B). Wrap the blanket around it’s owner 1.5
times so that the front is covered twice.
Sleeves: Any decorative stripe should be along the forearm.
Sleeve length: Bent arm length plus 4” for fringe and 6” for
cuff.
Sleeve Width: 25” Cut or tear the sleeves. Fold back the
fringe and cut out about 1” at the seam. (the green boxes).
Sew the sleeve seams and turn them outside out.
Sewing the Sleeves into the Capote: Take care to pin the
sleeve in correctly:
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The sleeve should be outside out.
Fringe is folded back.
The capote is inside out
The sleeve seam is at the bottom of the arm slit.
Sew around the sleeve through 3 layers.
Hood. You will need a piece about 26” long by 36” wide.
Identify the center line. Make the face hole centered 30”
long. Orient any stripe 1 ½” above this line if possible. Make
a fringe cuff 1 1/2” x 30” at the face line. Measure 10” out &
back from the fringe at about a 45 degree angle at each side
for the face hole. This will be for the neck.
Draw lines from the neck endpoints to the point at the back
of the hood. This should be about 26” from the front. Cut
out the hood. If you run short, you can put the hood together
from two pieces.
Sew the cone of the hood together, cut off 2” at the point.
Turn the hood right side out.
Cut out two tassels - about 24” long and 2” wide. , insert the
tassels at the back point & sew them in.
Sew back 1 ½” around the face hole for fringe.
Sew on the hood:
Leave the hood right side out. Pin it to the capote making
sure that the hood seam is aligned with the center of the
back.
Sew the hood on through the 3 layers of cloth (body, cape
and hood.) It will attach to the 10” neck hole & also to about
5” of the capote lapel on each side.
Extra pieces:
- Belt 3” wide, from one edge of the blanket. It should be up
to 24” longer than the body. You can sew 2 pieces together if
necessary.
- Pockets - 9” wide by 12” long (this includes 3” for fringe at
the top).
- Belt loops 2” wide by 6” long.
Sew on the pockets. To locate them, put the capote on,
stand with arms at rest & make sure your hands will go in the
pockets. Turn back 3” at the top for fringe, turn the edges
under & sew.
Locate the belt by fitting on the capote, install the belt loops
above & behind the pockets & turn under the edges before
sewing.
Serge, blanket stitch or sew a hem along the exposed edges
that were ripped or cut when the body was made. Use some
parachute cord in this seam to make a button loop and
attach a button at the neck for really cold weather. The two
tassels are also used to close the neck in cold & wind.
Cut fringes about 1” wide - at the shoulders, cape &
pockets.
Reinforce 3 way joints with any blanket you have left - at
areas of stress - arm pits, & where the hood joins the
shoulders. You can also line the cuffs & hood with fleece.
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