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!


1 Kathy May 23, 2011 at 11:19 am

Wow! What a great idea!! Your boys look like they are having a blast. And they have GREAT flying skills! I just might have to make one for my 5 year old. Thanks for the step by step instructions!
Have a nice day!!

2 Kelsey May 23, 2011 at 11:53 am

Let me know if you need any clarification – it’s pretty simple. Your 5yo will love it!

3 Georgia Smith August 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thanks so much for the idea to use a skirt pattern. The result really looks like a cape that has some swing to it! I really appreciate your sharing this.

4 Rachel December 13, 2011 at 12:59 pm

This is the best tutorial to give that real cape shape! Thanks! Instead of using Velcro at the neck, could you sew the ribbing together end to end to make it a pull-over-your-head cape? Kinda like your towel bib? Also, it would be fun to use your cricut to applique their initial on the back of the cape…”super Gus”!

5 Kelsey December 16, 2011 at 11:12 am

Yes, I have thought about making a continuous neck opening, but I worry about the cape getting caught and choking the child wearing it. Velcro is great because if the cape gets tugged or stuck it just comes off. But sewing the ribbing together would definitely work! And I have been appliquing capes lately like crazy for my boys’ Christmas presents. Super-hero style…more to come on that as soon as I can get a few minutes to write it all up!

6 Homa December 23, 2011 at 3:11 pm

Found this via pinterest, I am going to try to make one for my nephew’s 4th birthday. Thanks for sharing!

7 jaime January 20, 2012 at 10:01 am

thanks for the tutorial. i had an idea of using the magnetic closure like used in jewelry. just a thought. thanks again.

8 Kelsey January 23, 2012 at 10:22 pm

That’s a great idea – I just like to use something that comes apart easily so the cape can’t choke the child…

9 Sandra February 17, 2012 at 9:18 pm

I also appreciate the clarity and simplicity of this pattern. I have 2 and 4 year old grandsons to make capes for and am wondering what size of skirt pattern should be used.

10 Becca April 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

How much fabric do you need? That’s the one piece of info missing!

11 Caroline April 25, 2012 at 7:17 am

Some more ideas if you want them. Robin (from batman), Thor, Martian Manhunter (J’onn J’onzz), mr. marvel, although these don’t wear capes you could still make one for them spider man, flash, ironman, aquaman, silversurfer, wolverine, human torch, iceman, hawk man (put wings on it), nightcrawler, gambit, and those are just the boys. There are tons of girl superhero’s but since your making them for boys I won’t list them. There are also plenty of villains that wear capes but I didn’t think you wanted them.

12 Kelsey April 25, 2012 at 9:49 pm

I think it was about 2/3 of a yard.

13 Liv July 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm

Hi there, I’ve made a cape for my 4 yo and I used velcro as well, but it bothers him because with all the running around it gets twisted and scratches his neck. Does yours do this as well? Do you have a closeup photo of the velcro fastening the way you have made it?

14 Ashley August 22, 2012 at 12:17 pm

so excited to have found this tutorial! I have a superhero birthday party planned for my twins’ birthday in October and these will make the perfect party favor. Thank you!

15 Karina October 12, 2012 at 5:07 pm

This is AWESOME! I will be making these for Christmas for my little ones… thanks for the tutorial!

16 Karina October 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Shared your contest on my FB:

17 nicole November 6, 2012 at 4:25 pm

HAve you thought about making and selling these? I would love so buy some

18 Mel November 27, 2012 at 6:47 pm

This is a great idea, I am making them for the kids for christmas, but I am making up their own personalised super hero name and logo.

19 Laurel December 18, 2012 at 4:04 pm

These are SO cute! I have to make some adult versions for a “Super User” meeting for a software company. Can you tell us which skirt pattern you used?

20 Kelsey Norwood December 18, 2012 at 7:47 pm

I really don’t remember…just a basic A-line skirt pattern, any one will do!

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