How to Sew a DIY Superhero Cape

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Time to Complete: 2 hours

Looking for a creative sewing project to make with the kids? Try this DIY superhero cape you can make at home. Whether it’s for a birthday party, Halloween, or just to dress up for fun, your kids will love playing pretend in these cool and stylish handmade capes This DIY cape is reversible, so they can pick two fabric colors they like. Customize each cape with applique or iron-on vinyl designs using the Brother ScanNCut. Get the simple free sewing tutorial below on how to make a superhero cape.


  • 1 yard of two fabrics. You can use cotton, satin, jersey, felt. It all depends on the look you’re going for. My son wanted a “shiny cape.”
  • Brother SE1900 Sewing Machine
  • Hook and loop fastener for closure (2” strips).
  • Paper for pattern
  • General measuring and sewing supplies
  • Iron-on vinyl or felt for applique

Make the pattern using the above template or create your own. It doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as it has a 6 x 6” opening or so for the head, the rest of the cape is just a rectangle of fabric flowing down below. Once you have created the pattern, fold the template in half to cut on the fold of the fabric. You can use your own cape pattern or even a cape you may already have at home (with 3 boys I had plenty).

Step 1:

Cut on the fold of the fabric for both front and back

Step 2:

Place front and back right sides together, pin, and stitch (1/4” seam allowance) around leaving a 4” opening at the bottom.

Step 3:

Clip curved edges and corners.

Step 4:

Flip right side out and press.

Top stitch all the way around just off the edge closing up the opening as well.

Step 5:

Cut a 2” strip of hook and loop fastener’ for the softer side and a 1” piece for the rough side. Top stitch the Velcro into place just on the tips of the neckline.

Step 6:

Optional, but recommend adding a custom design on the back. For the design, I used iron-on vinyl sheets and cut out the designs using the Brother ScanNCut and then pressed them on the back following the instructions. You can also use fabric or felt and cut out the applique and press or topstitch on.