If your child is a Harry Potter fan, he will probably want to dress up as one of the characters for at least one Halloween. To properly pull off the costume, your child will need a Harry Potter cloak. Though there are numerous stores in which to buy such an item, the cloaks can be costly. You can make your own at home with simple black cloth that will rival the expensive store-bought costumes.
Items you will need
- 3 yards black fabric (or black tablecloth or sheet)
- Measuring tape
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Fabric chalk or marker
Measure out a piece of black fabric that is about 72 by 56 inches. Give or take 10 inches in either measurement depending on the height and build of your child.
Spread the fabric flat in front of you width-wise, so the cloth is wider than it is long.
Cut two strips of black fabric that are 3 feet long and 3 inches wide and set these aside for later.
Find the center of the width of the large rectangle of black fabric that remains. Measure 16 inches down from the top of the fabric and mark your place with the fabric chalk or marker.
Measure 8 inches to both sides of the "X" and mark each 8-inch point. You will have two marks that are 16 inches apart and 16 inches down from the top of the fabric.
Sew the end of one of the strips of black fabric to one of the marks and the end of the other strip to the second mark. You will have two strips of fabric sewn 16 inches apart that will tie around your neck to keep the cloak on.
Place the cloak width-wise over your child's shoulders with the sewn-on strips on the outside of the cloak. Place the fabric above the strips over your child's head as a hood. Tie the strips around your child's neck to keep the cloak and hood in place.