Make it Monday!


I’m adding a new feature to the blog called Make it Monday. I’ll be offering free craft and sewing patterns every other Monday (maybe every week, but I’m not promising). This week I’m posting a pattern for my Superhero Cape. This can be made with the fabrics of your choice and used for a superhero, princess, magician, sorcerer, or anything else you can imagine. The cape is lined with a contrasting fabric, appliquéd with a design, and fastened by Velcro so the wee ones can take care of themselves. I used matte satin and a shiny cotton print for this cape. It seems to fit sizes 2-6, but is easily adjustable. It was tough to get a good picture of the cape because Supergirl is always on the run!




Below is the pattern file and the shape templates. I have included a star, lightning bolt, crown and heart. If anyone makes this I would love to see some pictures. I have set up a flickr group here.



Of course with any of these patterns, they are intended for personal use and not for sale!

86 comments to Make it Monday!

  • fantastic tutorial! i came across it on the hawthorne threads blog and whipped up three yesterday afternoon some some of my favorite little ones… pics on my blog

    thank you SO much!

  • Thank you so much for this post. I’m organising a super hero party for my 4 yr old and now the birthday boys and his friends will all have their very own capes. It will be best party ever!

  • Thank you! I just completed a great superman cape for my grandson. I’m planning on blogging about it and would like to add a link to your blog so readers can find the pattern. It was fun and easy!

  • I have been searching the web to find a great cape to make for my son’s 5th birthday. He wanted a transformers theme but we are doing a fire truck ride (we won at an auction) so I wanted to work the hero angle. I think these will make great favors! I will blog once I make them and do some photobooth type shoots! Do you mind if I add a link on my site to yours?

  • Thanks for a wonderful tutorial. I have mentioned you on my blog. Two of my kids are currently enjoying their fabulous capes.

  • Beautiful…and thank you…have been searching all evening for a quality cape pattern, my 8 and 6 year olds have discovered Harry Potter and I’m planning to make them some Harry Potter capes with Griffindor badges (sew on ones I’ve found on Amazon!!) as a Christmas gift. Do I just need to add length to fit their sizes? Will post pics to let you know how i get on 🙂

  • Marcie

    I was looking for a superman cape pattern to make a cape for my son’s dachshund/chihuahua mix. He is doing a great job of keeping the peacocks out of the yard as well as the cat “burglars”. so as a joke I’m making Shelby his own superhero cape. I found your pattern and it looked easy enough to adjust to his size. Thanks

  • Anita

    Thank you! I have been searching for a cape for my son, and my mom & I absolutely loved this one! I have shared your link on my FB page for my friends and family. My son will be having a superhero party and we will be making a few capes for his little friends too.

  • Barb

    Thank you for this easy pattern! I hate to be the only person needing help, but I must have used to thin of material, as I’m having issues with the collar staying folded down. I think I can just redo the velcro and make some minor changes? Anyone else have this issue? Anyway, my granddaughter & grandson LOVE this cape and I’m sure I’ll have issues getting the capes away from them so I can adjust the collar!! Anyway….I LOVE this website!!! thanks again for the pattern!

  • Tammie

    Absolutely Brilliant!!!!!Thank you so much!!

  • I had six superhero capes to make for grandchildren for Christmas, and I used your instructions. The instructions were accurate, easy, and the capes were gorgeous. The children were so excited with them, and dashed around the house in them for hours! Thank you so much.

  • Sarah Avila-battle

    My sister in law has been following your blog and made all my children homemade gifts from your website. Thank you, zaden loves his cape!

  • Lisa Stewart

    Thank you for this great pattern! I made capes for my 4-year-old daughter and her friends for her birthday party with using the initials of their first names on the back.

  • louise

    what a cool pattern for the little princess or superhero in the family

  • Andrea

    I made this cape today in a beautiful raspberry satin for my superhero princess. I love the pattern. There is one thing I will do differently next time, however. Instead of the velcro at the collar, I would put a button and elastic. The velcro on our cape has a tendency to come apart during active superhero play! That’s all. Thank you so much!

  • Thank you for the idea of a pattern I have received it when I will get to make one will be in a plan for the Children’s Rehab. Hospital and Volunteer coordinator the idea and suggestions just came up minutes ago, thank you for your help

  • talentedmomma

    Thank you for this great tutorial. I have lost count of the number of capes I have made, as birthday gifts for my son’s friends and family members.

  • Thank you so much! I just made a cape from this and it came out FABULOUS!

  • Are these made from your cape pattern? They look nearly identical, down to the applique shapes.

  • thelongthread

    Thanks for letting me know. These do look a lot like my superhero cape, and although I don’t have a copyright on superhero capes of course, I’d have to see the front to see if they actually used my pattern. Thanks for looking out for me!

  • Mama G

    On Monday night my son said he wanted a Superman cape. On Tuesday we purchased the material. On Tuesday night, in less than 2 hours we had a cape! Thank you so very much for your tutorial!!!

  • Kate

    Thanks for sharing this! I just made one and it turned out SO cute! I am sending it to a missionary who will use it for her children’s ministry and I can just picture the superheroes running around!
    Thanks again

  • Deanna

    Thanks for the pattern. 3 sets cut out and ready to see! These are going to be the best birthday presents!

  • I made some dressing up capes for my nephews party this coming weekend based on your pattern. A shortage of fabric and a lucky find of some really wide ribbon I could use to make the collar meant that they aren’t exactly following your pattern, but they came out really well. Your design was easy to draw out on paper and even easier to sew (thank goodness, 12 capes in one evening plus an hour the next morning to attach the velcro).
    I even blogged about it here (

  • Easy pattern. I made this for my 2 year old Great Grandson. He loved it.

    Thank you

  • Thanks for the pattern. I made a reversible version for the daughter of a friend. Here’s my blog post:

  • Hello! What a great looking cape!! Do you make them for others? Please email me and let me know. Thank you very much. Debbie

  • Mariana

    Wow! I am thrilled with this. We got a magician’s set for my daughter’s friend and we thought we’d complement it with a magician’s cape. I looked at the fabrics I had, and I had just enough of the main one. It came out gorgeous. I ended up not sewing the Velcro because it was the one with the sticky backing and was not sure what it would do the needle.

    Amazing. I am now going to look at the rest of your ideas.

  • Jennifer

    Hello. I am making capes for our vampire family Halloween costumes. My daughter’s turned out great! Now I am ready to make one for myself and husband. Can you please share how to alter the pattern? I’m not sure how to alter the collar. Thank you! The cape is perfect!

  • Sarah

    Love, Love, Love this pattern and instructions!!! I was able to whip one up tonight for my son’s Halloween costume!! So easy to follow, you really do a nice job explaining how to put this project together!! Can’t wait to check out your her projects!! Thanks again!!

  • Ash

    These look great, can’t wait to make them for my nephews for christmas. I was just wondering what fabric you used? Yours looks gorgeous and I would like to use a similar fabric to make sure mine looks as nice as yours. Thanks

  • Pam

    Thank you so much! I can’t wait to make this for my grandson, Sam. He is gonna be so excited!!! Thanks again, Pam

  • Hi! Don’t worry the capes on are not from this pattern. Little Hero Capes is the company that makes them and have been in business since 2007. The pattern is original to the owner.

  • Nona T.

    I cannot wait to make these for my preschool students to add to our dramatic play area. Will be making the crowns too.

  • Krystal

    What a great tutorial! Thank you!!! One made for my nephew with another on it’s way for my niece.

  • Ellen, I tried many cape tutes and was also hoping someone would come out with a pattern which I could buy – then all of a sudden I came across your tute, and as with all your tutes and patterns (I own 1,2,3 Sew and want to buy your quilt book soon) it came together like magic. I would love to post the pic here but it won’t let me…Thank you so much for the awesome tute…

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