Easy Sew/No Sew Super Hero Cape Tutorial

The little dudes in this house live and breathe all things super hero.

So naturally we had a super hero themed party for their birthdays.

In another installment of what was I thinking when I committed to making all these party favors, I made capes for our guests.

Since fleece won't ravel and doesn't need to be hemmed, they're easy enough that I made a dozen the night before the party in just one evening.

These capes won't actually make you fly, but it would be cool if they did.

What you'll need:

fleece, about 24 x 30 inches
a contrasting color fleece scrap, about 6 x 6 inches, large enough to cut a star or other applique shape
small pair (1 x1 inch-ish) of sew on (don't try to sew through sticky back on your machine!) Velcro

And this is what you do (I made these so long ago I didn't take process pictures):


If you'd like to make this in a no-sew version, just substitute the sew-on Velcro with sticky back Velcro and use fusible web to attach the applique.

ps.  Our cape wearing friends are aged 6 and under...if your child is older/taller, adjust your measurements to size.


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  1. Fabulous and quite a bit easier than the one I made for my buddy.
    I like the star :)

  2. Um.... You might not want to try no-sewing this.... Fleece melts....

  3. Great tutorial (and idea), thanks! I'm going to save this one... my baby is only 7 months, but I'm pretty sure we will play super-heros one day!

  4. Hello! I found your blog while Googling capes for my son's 6th birthday in August. It's gorgeous! I love the colours you've chosen and the star applique. Will let you know how I get on!

  5. GREAT idea for a party favor!!! Turned out cute! I think that you did a great job, especially considering how many you made!!!

  6. How long did you make them? I am going to make them as favors for my sons superhero birthday party in 2 weeks! So excited! These are great!!

  7. Super cute~love the stars! It's great for kids to know they are super stars!

  8. u are brilliant...thank you!!! i glued a letter on over (and within) the star for the birthday boy for added cuteness.

  9. These are adorable! I'm totally going to modify to make witch capes for my daughters this Halloween. Thanks for sharing!

  10. These are adorable. I'm totally going to tweak a little and make witch capes for my daughters' Halloween costumes! Thanks for sharing :)

  11. Thanks again for the tutorial--here's how my witch capes turned out! http://thrifterindisguise.blogspot.com/2013/10/halloween-witch-costume-part-2-fleece.html

  12. Thank-you thank-you thank-you what an amazing idea for a birthday party! I love it :-)

  13. Thank-you thank-you thank-you, what a brilliant idea for a birthday party :-)

  14. Great idea! So simple and I am sure the kids will love them. I am using star-patterned fleece and skipping the applique...even easier :) Thank you so much for sharing your idea.


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