Tutorial: Super Cape!

My apologies for not posting on this blog in such a long time. Simon came down with a fever and a nasty stomach bug, which he then passed on to me. As you can imagine, I am now behind on everything there is to be behind on.

Super Simon!

A friend of mine has started a costume collection for her children comprised almost entirely from thrift store finds. I thought this was a fabulous idea, but haven’t found any costumes at my local thrift store yet. So, in the meantime, I thought I’d start Simon’s collection by making him his own little cape to put in his Easter basket. I made sure to make it very big so he’ll be able to use it for a long time.

If you would like to make a cape of your own, follow these easy directions:

1. Measure the person the cape is for. From the shoulders to the floor will be the length and the width will be the measurement from shoulder to shoulder times 1.5. For example, if you measure 12″ as the length from shoulder to shoulder, then the width of your cape will be 12″ x 1.5 = 18″. (Note: I made my width even larger since I wanted to be sure that there was room to grow)

2. Cut out a rectangle of fabric using your measurements. Add two inches to the width for hemming and one inch to the length. Make the hem on the length larger depending on whether or not you want to be able to take it out so the cape can “grow” with its owner. I used an old sheet to make my cape.

Cape Cutting Diagram

So, if in step #1 you had measured your length to be 24″ and your width to be 18″ then you should cut out a rectangle 25″ x 20″.

3. For each side hem, fold over 1/2 inch and press. Then, fold over another 1/2 inch and sew close to the folded edge.

Measuring the Hem

Sewing the Hem

4. Do the same for the bottom hem. There will be no top hem.

5. Find a font and size letter you like and trace it onto some double sided fusible interfacing (I used Wonder Under). Make sure you trace the letter as a mirror image:

Backwards "S"

6. Iron the interfacing onto the fabric you choose for your letter.

Wonder Under

7. Remove the paper from the interfacing and iron it onto you rectangle/cape.

S is for Simon

8. You can leave it as is, but I prefer to add a little security by sewing a nice blanket stitch all around the letter.

Blanket Stitch

9. Iron and pin some pleats at the top of the cape. You can add as many or as few as you like, but the final width should be that initial shoulder to shoulder measurement you made (12″ in my example). Once you pinned the pleats, baste them in place.

Pinned Pleats

10. Pin some double fold bias tape over the pleats, leaving extra on each side for tying. Sew the edges of the tape together so that the unfinished edge of the cape is covered.

Double Fold Bias Tape

Crouching Toddler
I am super excited about this month’s whiplash challenge and for purely selfish reasons. I love good tutorials and I can’t wait to see what goodies I will be able to make using all of the great tutorials that are sure to pop up.

I hope that this little cape will help some people make some nice gifts for some little people. And maybe some big people too!

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8 Responses to Tutorial: Super Cape!

  1. cassandra says:

    That is SUPER awesome!

  2. Shelly says:

    I have been wanting to make a cape and was excited to see this pop up.

    Have you thought of using Velcro on the collar vs. ties? It might be easier for Simon to get on.

  3. June says:

    Thank you so much for the tutorial on the cape making endeavor. I am now envisioning a cape for adults as we certainly have to be super women to do all the things we do. What fun!

  4. Peg says:

    Kate this is a great tutorial — plus it will also work very well for princess-obsessed little girls such as my niece (sigh).

  5. Linda says:

    These might be fun christmas gifts! Thanks for the tutorial!

  6. Tanja says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial. I made this cape for a swap this week. I used panne velvet. It was awesome! I hope you don’t mind that I have linked to your post to show where I got the cape idea. My cape picture is at: http://womposs.livejournal.com/11691.html

  7. Gerry says:

    Thank you for this tutorial. It was just what I needed to understand how to make a cape for a Prince Charming who will be appearing at my granddaughter’s birthday. I don’t sew but I completely understand what to do because of your detail and photos.

  8. Joy says:

    I’m a homeschooling mom and I wanted to introduce my kindergardener to sewing. I happened upon this cape and we used your tutorial to make a cape for her little brother. It is adorable! It turned out so well and was so easy that we are going to make one for her and each of their friends for presents! I am a blogger too and I’m going to keep checking this one for great ideas – thanks for sharing!

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