Embarrassed that my daughter would run around the house with a dishtowel tucked into her shirt shouting “Super Amanda to the rescue!”, I decided to make her a cape. I created this pattern from one of her bibs. I wanted to keep it really simple. You can download the pattern here: Superhero Cape. This size worked for my daughter who is 2 years old and just under 3′ tall.
- 3/4 yard of main fabric (this would be enough for both sides if you want)
- 3/4 yard of fabric for the lining
- applique or ribbon (optional)
- sewing machine and basic supplies
- Small piece of Velcro
Print out the pattern and tape it together. For this, I didn’t bother to trace it onto tracing paper. Trace one main fabric and one lining fabric on the fold and cut.
If you are using an applique, iron it onto the right side of the main fabric. I used a zig-zag stitch around the edge to secure the applique.
On the right side of the right tab on each piece, pin or clip a small piece of Velcro. You could also use a magnet. I wouldn’t use a snap or button since it’s going around the neck. Sew in place.
Line up the two pieces, right sides together and pin in place.
Using a 1/4″ seam, stitch around the whole cape leaving a 4″ gap open at the bottom of the cape.
Clip the bottom corners and make small cuts around the curved parts of the neckline being very careful not to cut the seam.
Iron the seam flat.
Turn the cape right side out. I used a point turner to poke out the bottom corners and a pencil to help with turning the tabs at the neck. Iron the seam flat. At the gap at the bottom, turn the edges under a 1/4″ and press. (You could and maybe should slip stitch this closed but I didn’t.) Top stitch around the whole cape and you are done!
Superhero Cape Pattern & Tutorial