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February 4, 2013

Yesterday, I shared my how-to for creating a fleece jacket based on Rapunzel's costume.Today, I'll show you how I added a hood to my creation to mimic Rapunzel's famously long locks (and add some warmth).

First, I cut a piece of fleece 30 inches wide (half the width of the fabric) and 2 yards long.

Along one of the 30-inch ends, I cut an off-center curved indent. This will become the part in Rapunzel's hair.

20-rapunzel.jpgFrom my remaining fleece, I cut a squared-off facing for the front of the hood, stitched it to the indented edge right sides together, turned it, and then free-stitched a few wavy lines through both thicknesses to create the suggestions of tresses.

21-rapunzel.jpgOn the underside, I trimmed away the facing close to the furthest-back wavy tress stitch line.

22-rapunzel.jpgTo test the look, I draped the hood over my handy glass head to see how it would sit. Things were going OK so far! (Since I had the long length, I knew if I needed to cut the first 10 inches off due to failure, I would still be just fine.) 

23-rapunzel.jpgNext, I cut the fabric into three sections lengthwise, each section being 10 inches wide. I cut this all the way up to about 14 inches from the front of the hood. Tip: If you cut too far in this step, don't worry! You can always stitch it back together, and the seam lines will add to illusion of hair.

24-rapunzel.jpgI marked the points on my jacket where I wanted the front edge of the hood to hit with two safety pins, and then measure from pin to pin around the back neckline to determine where I needed to stitch my hood closed for attachment.

25-rapunzel.jpgI folded the hood piece so the two front edges met, then measured 1/2 of the length I measured in the step above, and made a small straight stitch. My tiny stitch is circled below in red.

26-rapunzel.jpgOnce the stitching that completes the neck edge was done, I braided the three long lengths I cut together loosely. I kept it loose so it could stay wider -- if I had braided it tightly, the proportion wouldn't have looked right.

To finish off the braid, I just cut a narrow strip from my remaining fleece and tied it around the bottom tightly, wrapping twice. This will hold it securely, but also enables me to easily adjust or shorten the braid if I want to later.

28-rapunzel.jpgOn the inside edge of the hood where it will attach to the neckline, I stitched grosgrain ribbon. I sewed it in two sections because the small stitch that closes this edge made stitching in a continuous piece clunky.

29-rapunzel.jpgWith my grosgrain in place, I sewed in a series of small button holes. Mine are spaced about 2.5 inches apart.

30-rapunzel.jpgTo attach my hood, I sewed buttons to the inside of the jacket, spaced to match the buttonholes in the hood. As I stitched, I checked the outside of the hood to make sure it didn't mar the neckline. A little roughing up of the fleece's nap helped conceal the stitches.

31-rapunzel.jpgThen I buttoned all that hair in place.

Rapunzel's braid needs to be adorned with flowers. I wanted to have flowers that could clipped to the hood and braid, but could also be taken off and worn in the wearer's actual hair if the weather is too warm for the hood.

To start, I hot glued grosgrain ribbon to four plain hair clips, using the following steps:

33-rapunzel.jpgThe grosgrain makes it easy to glue the clip to the back of a flower. I purchased inexpensive flowers at a discount store and clipped the stems of the back to create a flat surface. If you do this, make sure to check that the layers of your flower will stay together without the step in place. You may need to touch up the layers with glue (I did).

34-rapunzel.jpgThen, the flowers were clipped in place, and Rapunzel was ready to let down her hair!


If you make this project using two yards of hair length, as I did, be aware that it gets heavy. It can't simply fall to the back, as it will drag the hood down off the head. You can always shorten the braid, but if you hang it over the shoulder or drape it like a scarf, it's fine. If you make this project for a little princess, make sure you consider safety and what your Rapunzel is comfortable with. Happy princessing!

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