How to Sew a Circle Coat: A Cozy, Short Coat Perfect for Winter

8 Materials
1 Hour

One of the hottest (pun intended!) trends is a circular coat. This flattering style can be worn by everyone and always looks good. If you’ve been wanting to sew your own coat and been seeking a sewing coat tutorial, you’ve found it!

Let me show you how to sew a coat you can be warm and cozy in all winter long!

Tools and materials:

  • Coat fabric - 2 yards
  • Bias binding
  • Measuring tape
  • Tailor’s chalk or marking pen
  • Clips
  • Scissors
  • Hook and eye
  • Needle and thread
Winter coat sewing pattern

1. Make the pattern

Lay the fabric on a flat surface. Fold in half, right sides together. Then fold the folded fabric in half the other way.

Making the winter coat sewing pattern

At the top of the edge of the fold, measure in from the fold 3¼ inches. From that part, measure 22 inches down. Mark the fabric at these points.

Drafting the DIY winter coat sewing pattern

Continue these measurements across the span of the fabric. You’ll end up with a small circle at the top and a larger one at the bottom.

Cutting the winter coat sewing pattern

Cut through all 4 layers of fabric.

Folding and cutting the circle coat

Then fold over the top fold just a few inches and cut across the fold.

DIY circle coat sewing pattern

2. Make the circle coat

Open up the folded fabric. It will look a full circle with a split down one side.

Folding bias tape around the lapels

Fold the bias tape or bias binding around the front lapels.

Clipping the bias tape in place

Sandwich the coat fabric in between the bias tape. Clip in place.

Topstitching the bias tape

Topstitch the tape.

Coat cutting and sewing

At the neckline, measure in 1½ inches on both sides of the opening.

Sewing a coat tutorial

Fold over the fabric to that mark.

How to sew your own coat

Clip in place on top and on bottom. Sew the clipped areas together with a zigzag stitch.

Zigzag stitching the coat

Then zigzag stitch the neckline and the hem all around.

Folding the neckline in

Turn the coat to the wrong side facing up.

Fold the neckline in and clip in place. Sew with a straight stitch.

Hemming the circle coat

Single fold the hem. Clip in place. Sew with a straight stitch.

How to make a circle coat

Turn the coat so the right side is facing you. On the left side of the circle, from the front opening, measure 7 inches and then 27½ inches. Mark. Do the same on the right side.

Pinning the marks together

On each side, pull the marks toward each other. Pin these marks together.

Turning the coat to the wrong side

Turn the coat to the wrong side.

Making a DIY circle coat

Sew these two spots in place. Flip it right side out.

Hand-sewing a hook and eye closure

3. Add the closure

Hand-sew a hook and eye closure right at the top.

How to sew a coat

This keeps the coat closed!

How to sew a circle coat

How to sew a circle coat tutorial

A gorgeous circular coat that’s perfect for chilly days! I hope this coat cutting and sewing tutorial helped you sew this pretty circule coat.

Please let me know in the comments if you made it and how many compliments you got for it!

Suggested materials:
  • Coat fabric - 2 yards
  • Bias binding
  • Measuring tape
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  • Joysmithing Joysmithing on Jan 22, 2022

    So neat! Am I right that the fold overs in front create kind-of pockets?

  • Shuganne Shuganne on Jan 22, 2022

    What a unique and inspirational jacket! My cold hands would be slipping into the front lapels as soon as I hooked it on, just like Joy Smithing wrote!