When we were in New Zealand last month, we went to Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata, New Zealand. I still haven’t seen The Hobbit film series, but I love The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. Anyway, I wanted to dress my toddler as Frodo and made a cape for that purpose.
The challenge was that my son absolutely refuses to have anything go around his head and neck, and would pull at anything remotely restrictive (like, a cape that closes at the front at the neck). So I know I had to modify the way it is worn, so that it would stay on him and not hurting himself if he does pull at it. Namely, to have the cape attach to his shoulders instead. It won’t look as accurate, but hopefully still recognisable.
So I searched for online tutorials to make the cape. I wanted something fast, easy and not require a lot of fabric. I didn’t need or want a lining. The cape may not be worn again, so I wanted to invest in the minimum amount of time and materials. In the end, I found this youtube tutorial and I think it is excellent – easy, fast, simple. I didn’t even use a measuring tape. I did make modifications – I made tabs at the shoulders and centre back to attach the cape to the top via buttons. So the cape will be secured onto the top he is wearing rather than closing at centre front, which my son would not have tolerated. Below is just the process I went through to make the cape.
Hobbiton Movie Set, New Zealand.
We really enjoyed it there. If I could change one thing, it would be to NOT bring our pram/stroller! The paths are wet and muddy (from spinklers to keep the grass clean), uneven and hilly. I thought he might want to have a rest in the pram since the tour takes about 2 hours. It ended up being super cumbersome, inconvenient and heavy to carry it! But the place itself is awesome. I re-watched Lord of the Rings trilogy before and after the visit!