My son has endured countless trips to JoAnn fabrics and has never been too excited, until our most recent trip. We walked by this fabric and he yelled, “THOMAS THE TRAIN!”. He held the bolt of fabric the whole time we were in the store, then carried his cut fabric around the house telling me he needed to wear it. So I thought now would be the perfect time to make him a cape so he could wear his special fabric whenever he wanted. I made this pattern to fit his neck size and height but it’s a fairly simple pattern that could be modified for a different size superhero.
To get started you’ll need:
- Cape pattern (free download here). See note at bottom of post for more info on the pattern. This pattern is made so the cape ends just above the ankle for a 3T size (36″ tall), so size up or down accordingly for the child you’re making the cape for.
- 2 pieces of fabric cut from cape pattern for the cape front and back. Each piece of fabric will need to be a minimum of 30″ wide x 35″ tall but you may want to give yourself an extra few inches in case your fabric isn’t perfectly square. I used the Thomas the Train cotton fabric on one side and a navy swimsuit type of fabric on the other side. It’s stretchy so it’s a little more tricky to work with but it resists wrinkles and drapes nicely.
- Magnets or velcro for the neck closure. I used a set of “magnetic sew on snaps” from JoAnns that worked perfectly. My son can easily take the cape off and on and it washes well without having to worry about the velcro wearing out.
- Line up the two pieces of cape fabric with right sides together. Sew around the cape EXCEPT for along the bottom with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Turn cape right side out and press.
- Topstitch around the cape EXCEPT for along the bottom with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
- Line up magnets in the neck and make sure the magnetic poles are lined up so the magnets stick and don’t repel each other. The magnets should be inside the of the cape, the photo above just shows the placement.
- Sew a seam across the neck pieces right below the magnet to hold it in place. The magnets may want to stick to your sewing machine. If this is the case put a piece of cardboard or thick cloth under the magnet (just make sure you don’t accidentally catch it in the needle!).
- Fold the bottom 1 1/2″ of the cape to the inside. If you have trouble folding in the fabric, try cutting off an inch of each corner before folding.
- Sew 2 seams across the bottom of the cape, one 3/4″ and one slightly above that.
Notes on the pattern: To print from Google Docs, go to the File menu in the upper left corner and choose Print from the drop down menu. If you have trouble printing directly from Google Docs, in the same File menu, click the Download option and save the file to your computer. Then open that file and print. You’ll print out 7 total pages. The first 4 pages are the right side of the cape and the last 3 pages are the left side. Just line up the stars and tape the pages together. And if you look closely at the photo below, yes, the little guy is sporting his first black eye. I think it goes along with the cape pretty well.
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