DIY: Houndstooth Cape + Jo-Ann Fabrics Giveaway

One of my favorite DIYs from the summer was the Diana Ross inspired sequin beach cover up. With a quick fabric change the beach cover up is transformed into a fabulous Fall cape! It also makes a great gift for that fashion forward lady on your list…

Materials: 1 yard of Houndstooth fabric, 2 yards of leather trim, scissors

Fold your fabric in half. Then cut a “V” shape at the fold for your head to fit through. On the same front panel cut 2 slits in the middle of the fabric about a foot apart from each other. These slits will become the belt loops. Leave the back panel completely whole.

Loop the leather trim through the two belt slits in the front panel. Wrap the trim around your waist and back through the loops. 2 yards of trim should be enough to wrap the belt around you twice. Leave the back panel complete free. It’s officially become your superwoman cape!

It’s amazing what a yard of fabric can become! Even though I live in Los Angeles and it doesn’t get as cold in SoCal as it does in other parts of the country, I’m always excited about the season change. A change in weather means a change in wardrobe! I’m curious…

Question: What’s your favorite Fall fashion trend?

Capes? Faux fur? Metallics? Personally, I’m a fan of colored opaque tights and wear them all season long. Leave your answer below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you win a $25 gift card to Jo Anns Fabrics! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this game all week! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win.

UPDATE: 10 was the randomly selected number!

Congrats Sabrina! You won the Jo-Ann Fabrics gift card.

68 responses

  1. White Shoes. Labor Day say what!!!!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:27 am

  2. I’m loving everything glitter! Totally obsessed with the Miu Miu booties, actually.. 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 12:56 am

  3. I love that cape and might have to make capes my favorite Fall trend.

    I have always loved knitted shawls. I have a beautiful one that my sister knitted years ago and I have a couple that belonged to my mom that are over twenty five years old. Perhaps I enjoy them so much and wear them all the time once the cooler Fall weather begins because I feel close to the people I love when I wear them.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:24 am

  4. Susan BL

    I can’t seem to get enough glitter and sequins; on shoes, on shirts, on anything that sits still long enough for the old glue and glitter routine. Bring the sparkle on!!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:36 am

  5. Very nice cape. It’s really nice.
    My fave fall fashion trend are leopard prints. I love it in any season.
    Boots are perfect for the fall as well so I really like them as well.

    December 5, 2011 at 2:26 am

  6. My favorite fall trend is colorful tights with open toe or peep tow shoes. I love seeing that pop of color at my feet.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:05 am

  7. I LOVE patterned tights…I have fishnets with floral designs and fishnets with cheetah designs. They’re really cute with boots and very warm in the fall chill.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:47 am

  8. Liz

    Big chunky knit sweaters. They are so comfortable and so holiday-esque!

    December 5, 2011 at 5:12 am

  9. Karen

    Boots! I wear them all season long with everything instead of trying to match shoes to my outfits. Also, nothing says fall/winter like wool for me. I’m glad I don’t itch much, because I love a wonderful wool, tweedy, chunky, knit, mohair, angora, cashmere, rabbit, alpaca sweater, skirt or jacket! So snugly.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:37 am

  10. Sabrina


    December 5, 2011 at 5:39 am

    • Congrats! You’re number was selected! You’ve won the Jo-Anns gift card. I’ll email you regarding how to collect your prize. Congrats!

      December 5, 2011 at 9:11 pm

  11. Morgan H

    Boots and sweaters and colorful warm socks!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:13 am

  12. Ashley

    Scarves. I love brightly colored scarves and multiple pattern ones. Can’t have enough of them!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:35 am

  13. I think my favorite fall trend is tall boots with leggings and chunky sweaters. It’s so comfortable and versatile!!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:37 am

  14. CelesteG

    Melted Sweater!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:45 am

  15. I love wearing boots and tights in the fall. I have so many different colors and patterns of tights, its an easy way to change an outfit.

    December 5, 2011 at 6:54 am

  16. Leopard print is my all time favorite trend. In my opinion it’s timeless! I just bought some houndstooth fabric from Jo Anns to DIY a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo pumps but I may do this cape instead. Great Job!

    December 5, 2011 at 6:58 am

  17. liz

    tights and layers are by far the best part of fall, plus they make color-blocking easy and fun.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:16 am

  18. living on the east coast I have a ton of favorites, but i like tights, boots, and my fabulous winter coats.

    December 5, 2011 at 7:40 am

  19. librariansti

    Tights and boots seems to be a popular answer, but my favorite are teh sweater dresses that go with them!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:45 am

  20. jes

    colored tights, boots, and GLITTER!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:45 am

  21. I live in So Cal also, so I’m super excited when it dips below 70 and I can pull out my funky sweater tights, boots, and mini-skirts!

    December 5, 2011 at 8:16 am

  22. I love tights too! I’m really into all the crazy patterns available

    December 5, 2011 at 8:25 am

  23. Erin Taylor

    I love the maxi skirt trend! It tops my Christmas wish list!

    December 5, 2011 at 8:41 am

  24. TMaryMack

    I’m loving the patterned tights with sweater dresses and boots.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:57 am

  25. Helene

    Favorite fall trend is definitely my mid-calf and knee-high boots! And the boots paired with long-ish chunky sweaters – totally comfy and stylish! Love this houndstooth cape – I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing all of your crafty wisdom:-)

    December 5, 2011 at 8:58 am

  26. Fall is my absolute favorite because I can bust out my drawerful of tights and start wearing them again with my boots! Tights are the perfect way to make a work outfit unique with a burst of color. I wear my tights so much I need to replace the colors almost every winter.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:02 am

  27. Evin Elise

    Capes! 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 9:04 am

  28. ncnguyen514

    boots boots everywhere! and chunky layers over skinny jeans or leggings

    December 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

  29. Jennifer P.

    I love the color block look for fall. But I do it on a smaller scale like black and blue.

    December 5, 2011 at 9:05 am

  30. Liz

    While I love my boots, the thing that always gets me jazzed about fall is cords. They come in such fabulous colors now so you can have all the warmth of corduroy plus fun pops of winter cheer!

    December 5, 2011 at 9:20 am

  31. Clara Dawn

    anything with yarn or sweaters………..sooo comfy!

    December 5, 2011 at 9:23 am

  32. Yarn, wool, and felt hair pins and bows :).

    December 5, 2011 at 9:37 am

  33. Pam

    I’m an eternal fan of houndstooth!

    December 5, 2011 at 9:38 am

  34. I am pretty obsessed with faux fur. I love vests, jackets, purses… You name it!

    December 5, 2011 at 9:46 am

  35. Lisa Briggs

    Scarves…they can dress up any outfit.

    December 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

  36. I have and will always love opaque colored tights (there are many many pairs on my Christmas list). But I’m also happy that super sparkly party dresses seem to be back in. Of course, I have no use for sparkly party dresses, but seeing them in store windows makes me very happy.

    December 5, 2011 at 10:21 am

  37. My favorite fall trend are cozy knit sweaters.
    I always find myself buying a couple new sweaters to keep me warm from the chill air. Every year there seems to be a new knitted silhouette I NEED!

    December 5, 2011 at 10:30 am

  38. Love metallic and glitter

    December 5, 2011 at 10:34 am

  39. Chunky sweaters and leggings!!!

    December 5, 2011 at 10:41 am

  40. Danae

    patterned tights and shorts! I am in love with this look, im actually wearing it right now!

    December 5, 2011 at 10:50 am

  41. I love a nice chunky sweater with some warm fuzzy socks and a pair of black riding boots.

    December 5, 2011 at 11:31 am

  42. katelyn

    I am loving the boot socks! They are so cute and comfy!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

  43. My favorites are capes, sweaters, boots & belts! Those are my absolute fall fashion must haves in both dark and light colors!

    December 5, 2011 at 12:56 pm

  44. Do boots count as a Fall Trend? Boots are definitely my favorite! I always look forward to the fall weather when it’s cool enough to pull out my boots!!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:08 pm

  45. Jay

    I love boots with leggings and a cozy sweater.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:11 pm

  46. Angela

    I love faux fur! I have a vest, I added a faux fur collar to my denim jacket, and I made a faux fur clutch. It makes me feel so glamourous.

    December 5, 2011 at 1:47 pm

  47. Sue F.

    My favorite is faux fur … I want to put it on everything!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

  48. justine

    Big tees are my fav!!, they look great with anything. Leggings, jeans, shorts anything!!

    December 5, 2011 at 1:50 pm

  49. My favorite fashion trend for fall is boots! I am in love with boots, and since it can get so hot where I live, I love to prance around in boots during the winter, even if I dont touch the snow on the lawn!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  50. sweaters and tights

    December 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm

  51. Alisha

    lace and sweaters!

    December 5, 2011 at 2:51 pm

  52. Jessminda

    im very into polka dots right now. when they are done right, they are so chic!

    December 5, 2011 at 3:10 pm

  53. nidia

    metallics and capes! oh and maxis layered with fur vests..looks so chic (: I have yet to make myself a cape up that will be my next project<3

    December 5, 2011 at 3:11 pm

  54. what thats so easy. i love it.

    December 5, 2011 at 3:39 pm

  55. Morgan

    I love anything that sparkles! and boots! really any shoe, i’m a bit of a shoeaholic!

    December 5, 2011 at 3:50 pm

  56. Love the cape , I have to say my favorite fall trend is all the fur and sequins. I love the texture it adds to my outfits.

    December 5, 2011 at 4:38 pm

  57. Melissa

    Chunky sweaters, capes, colored jeans, booties…I love it all! 🙂

    December 5, 2011 at 4:41 pm

  58. Michelle

    anything GLITTER or tassles!

    December 5, 2011 at 4:55 pm

  59. Natalie

    I am loving sequins, glitter and fur!! I have a furry black purse I have had for like 10 years and it’s always comes back in style. I feel warm just carrying it. I want to see some faux glittery fur next.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  60. Cape, ponchos and oversized sweaters over leggings are my fall faves this year.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm

  61. Amie

    Love this cape! super cute.

    December 5, 2011 at 5:59 pm

  62. Janice

    I love the scarves and shawls – great fashion finish for any outfit!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm

  63. Maya E

    My favorite fall fashion trend would probably be either the capes or the detachable collars! So cute!

    December 5, 2011 at 7:45 pm

  64. Abby

    I love the colored pants trend, especially red. Now just to find the time to make some for myself!

    December 5, 2011 at 8:16 pm

  65. ge-nome

    My favorite fall fashions are trench coats, coats in general, sweaters, and jackets. I love keeping myself warm and healthy while looking stylish. My favorite fall item I own is my pink ruffle trench coat from Express. It’s like the average trench coat meets pretty in pink.

    December 5, 2011 at 8:52 pm

  66. Fabi

    Faux Fur and leopard Print are my DEFINITE faves!

    December 6, 2011 at 1:03 pm

  67. simplemente fabuloso!!!

    June 26, 2012 at 11:23 am

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