Easily sew a DIY kids’ superhero cape using a square of fabric. You can design a cape with patterned fabric, a solid color lining and even make it reversible! This easy sewing project is customizable by embellishing your child’s cape with their initial or any super symbol you’d like. Make a custom superhero cape or design a princess cape or an ice queen cape as a creative kids’ gift idea.
For Christmas one year I designed superhero capes for my nieces and nephews. They were a big hit and actually pretty easy to make. The pattern I came up with was essentially a square with a hole in one corner. Each cape featured each little hero’s initial which was a fun personal touch.
Make your own homemade superhero cape with generously sized square pieces of fabric. You’ll need one piece of fabric for the outside and another piece of fabric for the inside lining of the cape.
The size of the fabric depends on the size of your child. I used standard size fabric cut into a square (54″ x 54″). You can also measure the fabric on your child and then cut the appropriate size square.
Cut off one corner of the fabric square and use a bowl to trace a circle in the opposite corner of the fabric square. You can use the template shape below as a guide to cut out your own DIY superhero cape.
Sew a Custom Superhero Cape!
Sew the two pieces of fabric “right sides” together to make the double-sided cape. Once you’ve sewn most of the way around the edge, leave an opening and turn the cape right-side-out. Poke out all the corners, iron the cape flat and stitch up the opening.
Attach Velcro to the two ends of the collar along the neckline so kids can easily put the cape on and take it off without any help.
As a final touch, I added top stitching all the way around the cape’s edge to keep the two fabric layers from shifting too much. If you wanted to make a single layer cape, you could just hem the cape all the way around it.
To detail the cape, I printed out shapes to use as templates to cut fabric shapes. I also printed out large letters to use as templates to cut out fabric initials. I stitched around each shape and letter with a regular zig-zag stitch, using a smaller stitch setting so my stitches were fairly close together.
These capes were so fun to create! Custom DIY superhero capes are a great accessory for active kids who love pretending! You could design any combination of cape styles or themes for any occasion.
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Katie enjoys all things creative; DIY projects, photography, decorating and family adventures. She feels blessed to be a stay-at-home mom with 3 kids and many artistic outlets.