Super Hero Cape Tutorial

by Kelsey Norwood

in Crafts,Sewing,Tutorials

We inherited a 20 year old cape that my mom made for my little brother, and with two boys, one cape just doesn’t cut it. For Gus’s birthday, I made new capes for both boys.

I started out dreading this project because I wasn’t sure how to get just the right cape shape, but I found the solution: a skirt front pattern.

Here’s what you’ll need for the project:

  • cape fabric (some kind of costume fabric is perfect. I used polyester satin)
  • ribbing for neck band
  • skirt front pattern

how to make a super hero cape

1. Lay out fabric and cut pattern on the fold. (I took this picture after I fixed the outer angle a little bit, so it looks like I didn’t follow the pattern cutting lines but I did. Keep reading…)

superhero cape tutorial

2. I wanted the neck to be quite a bit smaller (remember, this is a skirt pattern) so I cut at an angle up from the bottom of the cape. This way the cape is still as full as possible without being too wide around the neck.

super hero cape

3. Serge or zigzag stitch the sides and the bottom of the cape to finish. You can get fancier and actually finish the edges, but that takes too much work and time!

super hero cape neck band

4. Attach a neck band at the top using ribbing. Cut a piece of ribbing about 16″ long for a toddler.

5. Match up the center of the cape with the center of the ribbing and pin, right sides together.

6. Leave a few inches of excess on the edges and stretch the length of the cape neck along the ribbing.

7. Serge or zigzag the seam together.

8. Sew velcro on the ends of the ribbing to keep it fastened around your child’s neck.

super hero cape for boys dress up

My boys love their new capes. Check out their flying skills!

Please let me know if you have any questions or if anything is unclear – good luck!

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