How to Make a Long Cape

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 pieces of fabric, 43 inch by 34 inch
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • 1 inch thick, 40 inch long ribbon
  • Embellishments such as fur, beads, colored fabric or rope

A long cape is used with many costumes, including superheroes, kings and queens, vampires and medieval knights. Children love playing with long capes because they flow behind the body gracefully and provide hours of imaginative play. Making a long cape is not difficult and takes a few basic sewing and craft supplies. Modify the pattern, as desired, to fit children of all ages or even adults.

Pin the right sides of the fabric together. Sew the fabric together along three sides and about halfway down the fourth side using a ¼ inch seam.

Turn the fabric right-side out. Fold the edges of the hole inside the fabric and sew into place.

Make a mark about 6 inches down the long side and all the way across the short side to mark off the collar. Sew a long piece of 40 inch long ribbon across this line, leaving an even tail of ribbon at either end of the cape.

Wrap the ribbons around the neck to hold the cape in place. Add embellishments to the cape as desired to transform it into a royal cape, vampire cape or superhero cape. Add a fur ruff for the royal cape, a red lining for the vampire cape and cut the top edge of the collar in a wavy line for the superhero cape.


  • Change the length and width of the cape to make it longer or wider. The cape should reach from the neck to just above the floor and be as long as the arms when held out to the sides.

About the Author

Brenda Priddy has more than 10 years of crafting and design experience, as well as more than six years of professional writing experience. Her work appears in online publications such as Donna Rae at Home, Five Minutes for Going Green and Daily Mayo. Priddy also writes for Archstone Business Solutions and holds an Associate of Arts in English from McLennan Community College.

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