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Made by Me Monday – Super Hero Cape {pattern + tutorial}

2013 March 4

I made Super Hero Capes for my nephews and my daughters 2 years ago for Christmas. They were a huge hit. My girls fly all over the house solving mysteries and doing super hero business.

Usually they are saving someone, generally a princess in distress (we have apparently upgraded from princes!). Sometimes they stop to save kittens from trees, or rescue babies from mean monsters and other things of that sort.

Your small wonders can save the world too. Make them one of these capes and let their imagination go wild!


Super Hero Cape PDF Pattern Sample Page

Please note: This tutorial is still and will continue to be free (below) – HOORAY! 

I’m super-excited to be able to give you the option to purchase a the 9 page instant PDF download of the Super Hero Cape Pattern + pattern pieces! Some great features include:

  • Granny’s Sewing Basket – highlights Notes and Tips to make sewing this cape easier! (intro to Granny)
  • 4 tidy printed instruction sheets
  • Tutorial instructions & Pattern pieces, all in one place!
  • Check boxes, for those of you who love lists!

Aside from these great features, you can choose to purchase the PDF to support this blog and help Thread Riding Hood continue in its goal to create more free content!

SUPER HERO CAPE PRINTABLE PDF PATTERN: available for any donation!

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* Update: Don’t feel like sewing a cape yourself? Buy one from a licensed Super Hero Cape seller! Check out the sellers listAre you a shop owner? You can buy a Super Hero Cape seller’s license as an instant download. *

Made by Me Monday – Super Hero Cape

You will need:

  • 2 (or more) colours of felt (12″ square of each is lots) for the super hero logo
  • fusible web for adhering the logo
  • 1 meter/yard of pre-washed fabric for the cape outer
  • 1 meter/yard of pre-washed fabric for the cape lining
  • matching thread (match the outer fabric colour)
  • hook and loop tape (1″ piece each)
  • sewing gear – scissors/sewing machine/pins/ruler/iron etc.
  • pattern piece: click HERE for the 5 page printable pdf (sizes 18m-3T and 4T+) *UPDATE: If you need a longer cape – here is a tutorial on how to lengthen the pattern pieces!

Before you begin:

  • Print out all 5 pages of the pattern piece pdf on letter size (8.5″ x 11″) or A4 paper. Important: Do not select “fit to page” when printing, make sure you print at the original size. Once you have printed the pages, measure the 1″ test square to ensure the pattern is the correct size.
  • Cut or fold the pages on the outer gray lines and tape/glue the pages together, matching the letters in the gray half-circles.
  • Cut your fabric. Cut one cape shape per fabric colour using the pattern piece. Make sure you line the pattern piece up on the fold before you cut. Choose your length according to the size you would like to make. The dotted length line is 18m-3T and the solid line is 4T+.

Here we go:

Step 1: Cut out the applique that will be on the back of the cape. I googled ”Superman Alphabet” and used what I found as a template for my lettering. Be creative! Make sure your layers have fusible web on the back so you can adhere them to the cape. I made each logo 5″ tall.

Center the applique on the outer cape fabric piece aproximately 3″ down from the neck opening. Iron on the applique – use a press cloth (or an extra length of cotton fabric) if necessary so you do not melt the felt.

Topstitch the logo as you wish to tidy up the edges and make sure it stays on.

Step 2: Lay the two cape pieces right sides together matching all of the edges. Pin, marking an opening on the bottom cape edge about 6″ apart by putting 2 pins in the same spot. Leave this open when you sew, it is where you will turn the cape right side out.

Start stitching at one double-pin. Stitch around the cape with a 3/8″ seam allowance, make sure to pivot cleanly around your corner on the neck opening (see photo). Finish at the other double-pin to leave the opening.

Step 3: Trim around the curved edges of your neck opening to allow it to turn more easily. I generally use my pinking shears to trim tight curves. Also make sure you clip your corners.

Step 4: Before you turn your cape right side out, iron the seam allowance up on the opening you have left. This makes it easy to have a straight edge on your opening once it is turned.

Step 5: Turn the cape right side out. Push out your corners, iron the cape flat and topstitch about 1/8 or so away from the edge all of the way around the edge of the cape. You can pin the opening shut before stitching or just wing it! The topstitching will enclose the opening as well.

Step 6: Cut a 1″ piece each of hook and loop tape.

Stitch them onto the ends of the neck opening with a zig-zag stitch. I like to cut a tiny curve on the corners of the tape when sewing for kids so they don’t get “stuck” with the pointy edges by accident. Sew the hook side of the tape onto the outer piece and the loop side of the tape onto the lining. This way the rough hooks are facing away from your child’s neck when they are wearing the cape. (See the photos: The dark blue fabric is the outer – with the hooks, and the light blue is the lining – with the loops.) Don’t accidentally sew both hook and loop to the outer side of the cape, it won’t be able to close properly. Not sure why, but I have managed to do this more times than I would like to admit!

Step 7: Sew on your label or a “super hero worthy” piece of ribbon onto the side of the cape.

Hooray, you are done. Go make a little person happy and spark some imagination!

As usual, please feel free to use my patterns/tutorials for your personal projects and gifts and for charitable fundraising events. Please do not sell anything made with this pattern. Thanks! Sherri

Don’t feel like sewing a cape yourself? Check out these Licensed Super Hero Cape Sellers.

Are you a seller that would like to buy a Licence to Sew and Sell the Super Hero Cape Pattern? If you are interested in selling capes made with this pattern you can buy a license HERE and receive an instant pdf download!

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  1. March 4, 2013

    Thank you for including us in your list of Canadian Fabric Store.
    I really appreciate it :)

  2. Linda permalink
    April 6, 2013

    Love, Love, Love this! Can you help me find the “alphabet” series you used? And did you just “free hand” it, or was it a download? I have 4 and 2 year old granddaughters…this will be such a fun play item for them!

  3. Lia permalink
    April 7, 2013

    So, sew cute! Love your site name, too. See you around.

  4. April 12, 2013

    LOVE! That first picture! Cute tutorial! I saw this on Sew Can She! visiting from Sew Much ado :)

  5. Ursula permalink
    April 17, 2013

    Wow! Thanks for the tutorial! My nephew is going to love this! What fabric would you recommend for the cape?

    • May 6, 2013

      I usually use broadcloth, it is inexpensive and tends not to wrinkle badly. Just make sure you pre-wash it as it does shrink quite a bit!

  6. The Husbandly Wolf permalink*
    May 14, 2013

    I can’t wait until you do the tutorial for my Cloak of Invisibility.

  7. sine pickles permalink
    May 25, 2013

    Have just found your so simple pattern for this lovely cape. Thank you
    Grateful Granny

  8. dee permalink
    June 10, 2013

    Thanks for sharing this pattern – it’s great! I made 6 capes yesterday for the grands get-together….used fleece I had on hand – that way I didn’t have to line or hem them….did reinforce the top edge with a second layer of fleece (cut in the opposite direction) for a little more stability.

    • June 10, 2013

      Dee! Great idea using the fleece – that would make them so much faster. Adding the extra layer for stability would make them so much more durable. Glad you like them!

    • June 11, 2013

      I did that for 16 capes last fall! My son’s got heavy use & lasted about 6 months (single layer) before one of the neck straps frayed thru from too much use.
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  9. June 11, 2013

    I am making one today! I made felt no-sew capes for 16 kids last fall for my son’s Superman bday party. Needless to say – he finally tore off/wore thru the part that goes around the neck. I figured this time since I am just making 1 I can afford to use real fabric and make it last. Love the pattern – thanks!

    I am making mine shorter than your 18mos one though – he has alot of PJs with capes & is happy with that length plus I could get by with 1/2 yd of fabric (which is what I ordered before pattern hunting – whoops)!

    For anybody looking for logos – if you are a multi-craft person with lots of scrapbooking tools try using your Silhouette or Cricut to cut. I used my Cameo to cut out all of the “S” Superman logos last fall using Silhouette Flocked heat transfer. This time I am using regular yellow cotton with wonder under but still cut it on the Cameo.
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    • June 11, 2013

      WOW! I can’t believe you made 16! What a lot of work :) Great idea to use the Silhouette. That would cut down a lot on cutting time.

      It would be fun if you were able to post a photo to the Facebook page when you were finished, I’d love to see it!

      • June 11, 2013

        The great thing about the felt was it was 90% cutting and with the Silhouette the logos were even faster!

        I will definitely post some pictures. I have a few sneaks up on my instagram as I go….
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  10. TXrose permalink
    June 29, 2013

    Loved this pattern. Quick & Easy. I made from remnants. Red polka-dot, blue logo with yellow ladybug lettering. Too cute. Thanks for the tip. Posted a pic on FB.

    • June 29, 2013

      Hi Debbie! Shared your FB pic. Love the ladybug lettering! Funny, another reader sent me a pic of her husband posing for a super-cape shot too :) LOVE THEM! They made me laugh. What a good sport your husband is!

  11. Tracy permalink
    June 29, 2013

    Thank you for your tutorial! I am making one for my granddaughter. I thought I would share this pdf file I found for the Superman letters. Each letter is on its own page.

    • June 29, 2013

      Thanks for the pdf link! That’s really helpful. When you are finished with your cape I’d love it if you would share a photo on my facebook page. We’d all love to see it!

  12. Claudia Capi permalink
    June 30, 2013

    Thank you so much. i had a lot of fun making my grandson a super hero cape.

    • July 2, 2013

      Hi Claudia! I’m glad you like it! If you get a chance to take a picture and post it to the Facebook page that would be great! I’d love to see it :)

  13. July 19, 2013

    Love the simplicity/effectiveness of the photos. They look brilliant – and have inspired me to get creative. Little Superheroes in development… :)
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  14. July 31, 2013

    Thanks for the tutorial and pattern! I made a Batgirl cape for my daughter and she loves it.

    • July 31, 2013

      Hi Chris, I’m so glad she likes it! My girls have had so much fun with theirs as well. :) If you had a minute to post a photo to my Facebook page I’d love to see it!

  15. Lynn permalink
    August 12, 2013

    Thanks for the pattern. I could of done my own, but i figured why re invent the wheel. My 15 month old grand daughter will love this cape. Looks like your tutorial is great for people with basic sewing skills…..hard thing to keep it simple. Great job!

    • August 12, 2013

      I’m glad you like it Lynn. I hope your grand daughter has fun wearing it! I’d love to see a photo if you had one :)

  16. Jenny permalink
    September 5, 2013

    Hello Sherri,
    I would like to day a BIG thank you for the free pattern. I am making some capes for children in hospital, and I love to do it but the pattern itself was going to cost $17 by itself! I could make another 2 capes with that money! So Thanks again, you have helped make some very sick children happy!

    • September 5, 2013

      Hi Jenny! I’m so glad :) Your comment just made my day. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know! Sherri

  17. halina permalink
    September 20, 2013

    Hi i am planning on making these capes for the children attending my sons superhero birthday party next month. I found a great site for the superman alphabet that i thought i would link for others attempting to make these capes as well.
    Each letter can be individually printed :-) thanks for the tutorial!

    • September 20, 2013

      Thanks for the amazing link Halina! What a great bunch of lettering. I’d love to see how the capes came out once you’re done if you get a chance! Thanks!

  18. November 19, 2013

    Thanks for the free pattern and tutorial! My grandson and his little sister both love their capes. You can see them wearing them on my blog
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    • November 19, 2013

      Thanks so much for posting a link! I love your capes and I especially appreciate the time you took to let me know where I could see them! :)

  19. Martin Hawthorne permalink
    November 22, 2013

    What are the finished lengths of each cape?

    • November 23, 2013

      Hi Martin, The larger cape is aprox. 20″ from back neck to the bottom and the smaller cape is about 17″. Hope that helps!

  20. Sue permalink
    December 1, 2013

    I love this pattern and I just finished three capes for my triplet granddaughters who will be 4 on Christmas. I cheated a bit to hurry it along. I used the lining fabric as the letter adhering it to ultra hold HeatNBond and then cutting out the innards and pressing it to the front. On one cape I even put it on both sides because I didn’t know which color she would favor. Time will tell if this holds up or I should have sewed it on, but when doing everything for three I tend to take shortcuts. Warning, if you do this you have to flip your letter when you draw it on the HeatNBond paper! Thank you so much!

    • December 3, 2013

      Hooray! I’m so glad you let me know Sue! The Ultra HeatNBond is pretty good. I’m sure they will be fine – and the time saved is well worth it – I’m sure you know! Good tip on flipping the letters – Seems I’m always forgetting that step! :)

  21. December 16, 2013

    I just LOVE this! Made 2 capes today for my 2 yr old. I made the 4T size and they are perfect with some room for growing. Do you have a way of making the pattern bigger/longer, say for a 6 or 7 yr old? My daughter would love one but the 4T looks too short.
    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderfull idea!!

  22. January 11, 2014

    Thank you for this wonderful pattern and tutorial. I am making them for charity, specifically Angels for the Forgotten charity, I have 8 cut out ready to sew as we speak.
    Thanks again

    • January 15, 2014

      WOW – thanks Sue! I’m so happy you can use it :) I’d love to hear how many you’ve managed to make in the future.

  23. Laurie Larrison permalink
    February 4, 2014

    This is awesome! I was just skyping with my two year old granddaughter and she wants a “purple cape” (we play super-Kathryn and super-Nanna with dishtowels around our necks! :) ) so I wanted something simple to quick make up and mail to her for valentines day. This will do the trick! Thank you!!!

    • February 5, 2014

      Hooray Laurie. I’m so glad you will use it – what a great idea for Valentine’s. I’m sure your granddaughter will have tons of fun with it! :)

  24. Patti S permalink
    February 26, 2014

    Just whipped up a cape using an old pillowcase. Your pattern was so well made plus the tutorial, of course. Thanks.

    • February 26, 2014

      I’m so glad you liked it! Thank you for coming back to tell me :) Using a pillowcase is a really good idea – that would be perfect!

  25. June 4, 2014

    Brilliant tutorial and pattern, very easy to follow. I know 2 little superheros who are going to be very happy when they get home from school this evening :-) I posted a photo on my page, would you like me to post your tutorial too?

    • June 4, 2014

      Shoutouts and links are never a bad thing for me :) But obviously not manditory! Your capes are so cute! I love the photo.

  26. Amanda permalink
    October 17, 2014

    Here is the font I used…so simple to cut out and use as a template…I enlarged to 400pt

  27. Audrey permalink
    November 3, 2014

    Love the pattern, I’ve made a cape for my 3yo and modified it for my 5mo for Halloween. Very cute.

    I’m looking to make label and I really like yours. Where did you order them from?

    • November 7, 2014

      Thanks Audrey! I actually made the labels myself with iron on inkjet print outs. It’s super time consuming, but it works! Sherri

  28. Alesha Russo permalink
    December 15, 2014

    This is just what I have been looking for! Thank you so much. My sons and nephew will be so excited on Christmas day!!

  29. May 21, 2015

    I wanted to say Thank You!! After looking a long time online for a pattern that included the bottom, I found yours and it is going to work perfectlly.

    I plan to BLESS a teacher in our community with them, she was looking for 25+ capes for her Pre-K special education classroom for a “zero the hero” day. I plan to make half a dozen out of old military uniforms and the remainder out of other fabric I already have. Your pattern has made this possible. :) Thank You!

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