Kids' Superhero Cape

Stitch up the perfect gift for your little superhero, personalized with their initial or name.

Red Children's Superhero Costume

Personalized Kids' Superhero Cape

Tell your little hero that you think they're super by stitching up the perfect gift. Personalized with their initial or name, this action-ready cape guarantees hours of imaginative playtime. Our step-by-step instructions will help you whip one up for every super kid on your gift list.

By: Sherry Rydlewski Aikens

Materials Needed:

  • 3/4-yard red satin or cotton fabric (for cape)
  • 9" x 11" yellow craft felt (for shield)
  • 9" x 11" blue craft felt (for letter)
  • red thread
  • yellow thread
  • blue thread
  • 1-3/4" Velcro
  • rotary cutter or scissors
  • cutting mat
  • ruler
  • sewing machine
  • computer to print out letter
  • pins

Step 1

Create a rough pattern by folding cape fabric in half and cutting out the following measurements. Length: 27 inches from top to bottom. Width: 11 inches on the fold. To create a space for the child's neck, cut out a three-inch long by one and a half inch wide hole beginning two inches (this will create the closure) down from the top of the cape.

Red Fabric Being Measured for a Superhero Cape

Dimensions of Kids' Superhero Cape

Create a rough pattern by folding cape fabric in half and cutting out the following measurements. Length: 27 inches from top to bottom. Width: 11 inches on the fold. To create a space for the child's neck, cut out a three-inch long by one and a half inch wide hole beginning two inches (this will create the closure) down from the top of the cape.

Step 2

Serge raw edges and turn edge under to create a finished hem.

Add Velcro to Superhero Costume

Add Velcro to Superhero Costume

Serge raw edges, then turn edge under to create a finished hem for the cape's closure.

Step 3

Add Velcro to neck closures. Tip: Soft side of Velcro should be sewn facing down on wrong side of fabric and hook side goes right-side-up so it is not touching child.

Step 4

Using rotary cutter or scissors, cut out shield.

Top view of person cutting around a letter G  on a blue material.

Cut Initial for Cape

Use a computer to print your child's initial: First select a font you like then size the letter to 700 pixels or larger. Cut out the letter and use it as a pattern for cutting the felt initial.

Step 5

Use a computer to print your child's initial: First select a font you like then size the letter to 700 pixels or larger. Cut out the letter and use it as a pattern for cutting the felt initial.

Step 6

Pin letter to shield, then pin shield w/ letter to cape. Sew letter down, stitching through all three layers: cape, shield and initial. Finally, stitch around edges of shield.

Woman sewing initial onto cape with sewing machine.

Sew Initial to Superhero Cape

Pin letter to shield, then pin shield w/ letter to cape. Sew letter down, stitching through all three layers: cape, shield and initial. Finally, stitch around edges of shield

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