Hey everyone! Another tutorial for this blog. I couldn’t find any tutorials on how to make a fan completely from scratch for my Suki cosplay; they all required you to start with the main folding wood base thing (as in taking apart an existing paper fan and using that). That seemed like more trouble than it’s worth ESPECIALLY for this type of fan which is separate pieces of “metal” rather than one large folded piece of paper…so I made this tutorial for anyone in the place I was in. You know how to make swords, staffs, and shields…now you can make a fan.
The fan is fully functional meaning it’s super easy to carry and store. It’s 12 pieces held together by a small dowel rod and buttoncraft thread. I made this using my own measurements, but just shrink or extend the lengths of the pieces to alter the size of the total “semi circle”.
*I want to note: my paper pieces weren’t single sheets. I got gold-colored posterboard but it wasn’t as thick as I’d wanted. I wanted this thing to be hefty and durable. So my fan pieces are actually drawing paper (not printing paper) sandwiched between two gold posterboard pieces of all identical shapes.
*craft rope: this is just the stuff that kids get to make bracelets and crap from. Anything bulky like it will work. Heck even the buttoncraft will work if you wanna waste that much of it.
Please ask if you have any questions. I would like to help and see your fans. Also please credit me when appropriate :L I’m sorry I didn’t have any in-progress photos you know how it is rushing to get stuff done in a night lol. Thank you for reading ٩꒰｡•‿•｡꒱۶
The immediate benefits of having one of these might not be so obvious, but once I made one a while back, I haven’t considered styling a wig on a head that ISN’T of this type! It allows you to do everything but measuring bang length on a head the same as yours. Want to spike a wig and make sure your hairline won’t show? You can do that. Need to alter a wig to have a weird hairline and you don’t want to keep trying the wig on and off again? You can do that. Want to pull a wig in a ponytail but not make it too small? Yep, you can do that! Want to do a really crazy wig for someone who isn’t nearby? Get them to make one of these and mail it to you, and you can style it just as well as if they were wearing it! It’s a nearly indispensable tool in my wig-styling arsenal.
This tutorial is starring tumblr user notyourwaifu as my wonderful model! (She’s currently notyourwaiphantom for Halloween.) Similarly, if someone reblogged this during October and the URL for the jump doesn’t work, I’m only reospookywagon for October; switch the URL to “silencedrowns” and you should be fine.
That said, let’s go!
Having trouble telling if a fabric black or dark navy blue? Light it on fire!
Will this help you decide? Probably not but it’ll relieve your stress about your inability to see colors.
Or how I made a cape and now never want to wear anything but.
Or simply a simple circle cape tutorial.
You can of course buy the survey corps cape online, there are dozens for sale for reasonable and unreasonable prices if you look around, but I wanted to make my own so here we go! Disclaimer: my drawings are not scale accurate. Cause son, aint no body got time for that.
Begin with 2 meters of fabric in the colour of your choice.
Fold your fabric in half and mark with pins or chalk the measurements to cut out the circle.
My fabric was 60” wide so I was able to cut out a full circle. If your fabric is not that wide, no worries! Simply cut out two half circles and sew one side together.
If you have a full circle, cut a straight line from the neck hole to the hem. This makes dramatic cape twirling possible.
Next, cut out your hood pattern. I cut 2 with my fabric and 2 with lining to get a nice finished interior to my hood. For the hood lining you need about 0.75 meters.
Sew your hood together, good side to good side with a 5/8” seam allowance.
At this point you should try your hood on, make sure you like it, or if you’re wearing a wig/your hair like Hangi’s for example, make sure it fits over your ponytail. Once you’re sure you like it, clip the corners of your hood for a nice clean curve.
Do the same for your lining and iron the seams open for both. This will make it easier when you sew the two hoods together good side to good side along the opening of the hood. Which you are ready to do now!
Next we attach the hood to cape. Begin by pining the center back of the hood to the center of the neck on the cape and work your way out from there.
Try and follow the curve of the neck as much as possible. Don’t worry if the hood isn’t long enough to match the neck hole, we’ll fix that all in a moment.
Go ahead and sew the hood to the cape keeping a 5/8th seam, be vigilant and go slow make sure your cape isn’t getting bunched up under your hood.
Once it’s sewn together, try it on! Make sure it looks fantastic.
Ahhhh yess, you’re feeling like killing some titans right about now, aren’t you?
So you like it, clip the curve like we did with the hood, taking care not to cut your stitches.
You can at this point either take 1/2 ” bias tape that matches the colour of your cape, or cut a strip of matching fabric like I did to encompass the joint of hood and cape. If your hood wasn’t long enough the match the neck hole exactly, this is when we cover that up!
Bam! Look how fresh and clean that looks.
Take a deep breath cause we’re almost done.
It’s time to hem this mother flipper.
I did a 1/2” hem all along the bottom and down the two fronts of the cape with my sewing machine.
Sew on a button, or fastening of your choice, slap the patch on center back and you’re done!! Good job and titans beware.
Now that we’ve reached the end of this, are you wondering why this is called part 1? Isn’t the cape finished? Why yes, yes it is.
But Coral likes to torture herself, and has decided that the patch is too stiff for twirling in this cape and wants to create her own “supple” wings of freedom…
Stay tuned for that.
And thanks for following along! : )