Help little ones imagine superhero greatness with a homemade cape.

How to Make a Cape for a Toddler

by Kathryn Hatter

A super-hero toddler will need a cape to complete his super-duper hero ensemble. These play accessories need not break the bank. With just a few basic sewing supplies and a few minutes of your time, you can quickly create a cape for your toddler. A few stitches later, he’ll be all set for high-flying super antics, outfitted in a special cape made with love.

Cut your cotton fabric into a 12-inch by 24-inch rectangle. Press the raw edges of the fabric under 1/4-inch with the iron.

Whip out the sewing machine and stitch a quick zigzag stitch around the folded edges to finish them neatly.

Apply the hook side of the hook-and-loop adhesive circles to each corner at the underside of one of the short sides of the rectangle.

Choose a T-shirt that your little one will use whenever he wants to wear his cape. Have him slip the shirt on and stick the loop side of a hook-and-loop adhesive circle to the top of each shoulder — right where you want to attach the cape.

Attach the hook side of the adhesive circles on the cape to the loop side of the adhesive circles on the shirt. And presto — an instantly safe, yet totally amazing, super-hero cape!

Items you will need

  • 3/8-yard cotton fabric (any color)
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine
  • Self-adhesive hook-and-loop circles
  • T-shirt


  • Tying anything around your toddler's neck can be dangerous. Even using safety pins to attach the cape can be dangerous. Avoid strangulation and poking hazards by using the hook-and-loop adhesive circles.
  • Even without a sewing machine, you can still whip together a neat cape for your little one. Stitch around the raw edges of the fabric by hand. In a pinch, you could even skip hemming the raw edges. Your little one won’t care if the edges fray a smidgen.
  • Add super embellishments to the cape if you want to really wow your toddler. A big felt “S” at the center of the cape or even the first letter of your little one’s name might be the perfect finishing touch.


  • The Everything Toddler Book; Linda Sonna
  • 365 Games Smart Toddlers Play: Creative Time to Imagine, Grow And Learn; Sheila Ellison

About the Author

Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.

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