Free Cape Pattern | DIY Superhero Cape

We have a FREE cape pattern for you today!
Do you have a superhero in your house??? Or maybe you need a quick and easy gift??? The Superhero Cape is just the thing!

FREE Cape Pattern & Tutorial

When I first wrote this free cape pattern tutorial years ago I made a simple cape for my 2-year-old daughter. I’ll show you how I made that below. I’ve also gone a step further now and offer the Super Kid Pattern for Free. This pattern is multi-size and will work for kids from about 12 months to age 12. 

I’ll go through both options here: 

FREE Super Kid Cape Pattern

OK – to start off I’m going to give you the full run-down of our FREE Super Kid Cape Pattern – complete with some reviews and pictures so you can get an idea of what you can make with this.

This pattern also includes optional applique templates for a shield, star butterfly, lightning bolt, paw, flower, and crown. It also includes alphabet appliques.

Super Kid Cape Materials

  • Fabric: See the Pattern but Cape Fabric varies from 3/4 yard to 1 1/4 yard depending on size
    • Lightweight Wovens for the Body in 2 Different Prints
    • Fabric Scraps for Embellishing: Felt, Fleece, Cotton Wovens
    • Double Sided Fusible Interfacing if using woven fabric for embellishments
  • Velcro or Snap for Front Closure (for safety reasons, if you use a snap make sure it will easily come un-done if the cape is pulled on or caught on something.

Super Kid Cape Sewing Instructions

Super Kid Cape Step 1: Print off your sewing pattern HERE. You can get it for free by signing up for the newsletter HERE.

Once you print off the sewing pattern, follow the instructions on page 3 to print off only the pages you need for the size that you’re using and the appliques that you are using. Once you do that, tape your pattern pieces together and cut out your cape pieces.

Super Kid Cape Step 2: Add your desired appliqués to one or both sides of the cape. If you are using a fabric that frays I recommend adhering it with double sided fusible interfacing for maximum durability. Start by adding any letters to your main shape and then adding the shape to the cape.

Stitch around the design to hold it in place. If you are using fabric that frays use a zig-zag stitch.

Super Kid Cape Step 3: With right sides together sew your 2 cape pieces together leaving a 4″ gap along the bottom edge. Clip the seam allowance along the neckline every 1/4″ to help it lay flat when turned right side out.

*Tip: Now is a great time to try the cape on your child. If you want a wider neckline or a shorter cape this is the easiest time to make adjustments.

Super Kid Cape Step 4: Turn the cape right side out, tuck in the raw edges from the gap you left in step 2, and press flat. Topstitch around the entire outside edge.

*Tip: You might find it helpful to use a chopstick/crochet hook/etc. to get the corners turned all the way right side out.

Super Kid Cape Step 5: Add velcro or a snap to the front of the cape so the ends overlap ≈1-2″ when shut. For safety reasons, if you use a snap make sure it will easily come un-done if the cape is pulled on or caught on something.

Original Cape Tutorial

Now I’ll share with you my old cape tutorial for Anne. It was the perfect accessory to help her save the day. You can embellish with your favorite hero’s logo or the 1st letter of your kid’s name- the possibilities are endless! And it’s reversible so you could do something different on each side. 

If you don’t want to print out the whole pattern then follow the instructions b

Free Cape Pattern
Little miss was NOT convinced that this was appropriate princess wear:) Good thing it was a gift for her favorite little buddy- I guess we’ll let him save the day instead
Ready to get started?

Cape Tutorial Materials:

  • Approx. 3/4 yard in 2 fabrics
  • Velcro
  • Felt for embellishing

Instructions to Sew the Cape: 

Cape Step 1: Fold your fabric in half and cut out a cape shape on the fold. Mine was 32″ across the bottom and 9″ across at the top. From the neckline to the hem was 20″ which was a great length for a 2- year-old with room to grow.
Cape Step 2: Embellish each side of your cap. If you use regular fabric you’ll want to stitch around it with a zig-zag stitch to prevent fraying. Felt can just be topstitched right onto the cape.
Cape Step 3: Line up your 2 cape pieces with right sides together and sew together all the way around leaving a 4″ gap across the bottom.
Cape Step 14: Turn the right side out and top stitch around all edges- make sure you tuck in the raw edges from the gap you left.
Cape Step 5:Add some Velcro and you’re all set
***I LOVE the velcro closure because the cape will come right off if it gets caught on something- no strangulation hazard to worry about and your kiddo can put it on all by themselves
Have fun with your little backyard super hero!

Cape Pattern Uses & Reviews

There you have it – two ways to make a superhero cape! I hope you enjoyed our free cape pattern today! If you enjoyed this you’ll probably enjoy some of our other costume tutorials like Han Solo, Batman, or even Maverick.

Also – take a look at what some of our customer have to say about the cape pattern and what they’ve made with it!

“This is a fantastic pattern! I made a “Super Charlotte” cape for my 2-year-old granddaughter using the letter and lightning bolt templates. The pattern is easy to cut and sew, and having the templates saved me a world of time and trouble. Thanks!” – Karen

“My son wanted a Batman party this year, so everyone needs a cape! I’m glad that this pattern was free since I’m sewing for 15. I’ve used many of these patterns and I’m not disappointed; the instructions are clear and although I didn’t use the appliqués, I’m glad to have them available for future projects.” – Janet

“The Super Kid Cape was a huge hit with my grandkids. I made them for Superhero Day at their school. They loved them! Thank you for a great pattern.” – Cindy

“I am a beginner sewer and this cape was the perfect project for me. I made a cape with appliqué for a three-year boy. The pattern was easy to download, and the instructions were easy to follow and understand. The whole cape start to finish can be done in about an hour even if you are a beginner sewer like me. The cape was a huge hit with the little guy!” – Rebecca

2 Responses

  1. just recently signed up for newsetters but i look on this site quite alot, my niece saw this and demanded on! it was super easy to make and she hardly ever takes it off! thanks 😀

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