DIY Cape & Bow Shoe Clips From a Thrifted Skirt

2 Materials
40 Minutes

I thrift a lot, so it's not uncommon for me to run across identical pieces. I had bought this cute Cato skirt for $5 and a few months later found it's match for $7 I turned it into a cape and bow shoe clips for a one of a kind outfit!

2 identical skirts will create an outfit that looks like it has always been a set!

This is the original skirt which was cute all by itself. I like that it has a white background so I can style it with cute summer tops as well.

I started by folding the skirt in half lengthwise.

A simple cut from the hem to the waistband creates the opening of the cape

I removed the waistband, it will make a cute matching belt since it's elastic.

I put it on my dress form inside out and pinned the curve of the shoulders. I had to do this a couple of times to get it to lay just right, since my dress form is smaller in the shoulders than I am.

Following the pin line, I sewed the shoulders and cut off the excess fabric.

I used double fold bias tape to cover the edges of the raw fabric and to give it a more finished look

This fabric is thicker so the collar stands up on it's own and it stays on the shoulders easily.

Back on the dress form and with the skirt to make sure I liked the way it lays together. I have a cape brooch I can use to hold it together, but it doesn't need it.

The cape will also look really cute with white pants or a skirt

Using leftover fabric and bias trim, I folded a small fabric piece into a rectangle and the bias tape pulled tightly in the center and sewn by hand to create the bow. I glued them onto plain shoe clips. I always have them on hand since I use them often. You can find them here on Amazon This is such an easy way to make old shoes look new.

Here is the back of the outfit

A cute matching set for just $12! If you have a worn or outdated skirt, but like the fabric, consider turning it into a cape and shoe bows, it's an easy project if you have basic sewing skills and you won't have to buy something new.



Suggested materials:
  • 2 skirts   (Goodwill)
  • Plain shoe clips   (Amazon)

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