Fabric collage capes kids craft project

This is one of our most favourite projects we have tried from the awesome book COLLAGE WORKSHOP for KIDS by Shannon Merenstein.

Collage Workshop is such a fantastic book, each chapter of the book explores a different art theme including nature, faces, construction, contrast, wearables and storytelling. The projects within each chapter demonstrate how to work with a large variety of collage materials to produce beautiful, process art based collage creations. We have tried so many projects from the book and the kids have loved them all. These capes we created have now gone into out fancy dress costume box and come out at regular occasions to be worn again.

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  • Cotton fabric
  • Other fabric scraps like felt, faux flowers or patterned fabric.
  • Fabric dye, fabric pens, inks or paints - anything that you can use to colour your cotton fabric.
  • Ribbon
  • Fringe trim (optional)
  • Hot glue
  • Sewing needle and thread or sewing machine


Cut the cotton fabric to form a cape shape. Now it's time to get creative and decorate your cape base. You could try tie dying it with fabric dye, painting onto the fabric with inks or using fabric pens to draw onto the fabric. We decorated our capes using liquid watercolour inks. To help the ink flow into the fabric better we washed it with soap first and applied the inks while the fabric was still wet.

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Once the inks had dried, we added more decorations to our capes felt shapes, fabric scraps and faux flowers. We attached everything using hot glue. If you don't want to use glue, you could sew all the decorations onto the capes.
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Once all the decorations had been added, I helped the kids to hem the edge, added fringe on the bottom and a ribbon around the neck so the cape can be tied at the front. These capes have now entered our fancy dress costume box and get worn on regular occasions. How doesn't love a fabulous cape!


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