Fast hooded cape free pattern and tutorial

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This fast hooded cape can be made in under an hour.  I love how simple this cape pattern is - plus there's a video tutorial that shows you how to make it!  Love this!It’s simple, but elegant design makes it a versatile costume piece.

Materials you will Need:
A printed out version of this pattern.
5/8 yard fleece for hood – plus what you want the length to be ( based on fabric that is 58- 60 inches wide)
Rotary, cutter, ruler mat
Ribbon or leather cording ( for the ties)

Download the free pattern here, tutorial below.

You can get a free copy of Adobe reader here. By downloading  you are agreeing to pattern terms of use. Click the picture of the pattern picture below to download the .pdf !

fast cape download

Video tutorial here, written tutorial below.

1- Assemble and cut out the Pattern

You can find instructions on how to assemble the pattern here.

long cape 0012long cape 0005long cape 0007long cape 0008long cape 0009long cape 0010long cape 0011Cut out two pieces of the hood.  Set aside.  Make sure remaining cloth has straight ends on each side.

The length of the cape is up to you.  In the pattern example I used 50 inches of fleece.  To determine the length of your cape measure from your collarbone to where you want the cape to fall.  Note:  this cape is designed to have a little rise in the front ( this is to help prevent tripping on it) so the length you measure will be at the longest point of the cape in the back.

If you desire cut off the selvage from the cloth. (I confess in the pattern example I didn’t) Take the negative cut out and place it on the edge of folded fabric (make sure the part that is supposed to be on the fold is) and cut the bottom of the cape.  If you leave the selvage on like I did the pattern will be a little short, just continue the curve and cut to the edge of the fabric.

Measure from the bottom of the cape the length you desire, vut off the top using a straight line.

2 – Make the hood

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Take the two hood pieces and using a .5 inch seam allowance sew them together (1).  Then turn under rim of hood .5 and using a zig sag stitch along the edge sew down (2).

3 – Attach the hood to the cape

long cape 0018long cape 0019long cape 0020long cape 0021Take the cape and sew a basting stitch along the top ( the straight edge).  Gather the cape to the length of the bottom of the hood.  Pin right side together.  Sew hood onto the cape using a .5 inch seam allowance.  You may need t go slow as you are sewing through thick layers.

4 – Add the ties

long cape 0022Taking ribbon or leather ties.  Make them the length you want and sew on to the top edges of where the hood meets the cape.  Trim your threads, put on your cape and chase your kids ( or roommate) around the house – the kids will think it’s hilarious , the roommate will just think you’re weird.


Angel Hickman Peterson

Angel Hickman Peterson

Creator, Editor and Author at Fleece Fun
Angel has a bachelor’s degree in Film Studies from the University of Utah, with a professional background is in film, television, radio and ad production. Angel currently divides her time between her small production company Angel Dawn Productions, her online sewing and crafting blog, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
Angel Hickman Peterson
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  1. 1

    Marilyn says

    I made this cape for my 8 yr olds Halloween costume (Merida from Brave). I took some liberties for size and shape but it turned out great! Thank you so much for the idea and pattern!

    • 2

      Airish says

      Can i ask? how can i get the size of the hood to make it exactly right to my head? and where can i get the patterns for this? please need help ! i cant figure out how to do this 😀 Thanks

  2. 6

    Mindy says

    Fun! I’m going to make it in white blizard fleece and sew white fluffy ribbin around the edges for a Snow Queen Christmas costume! Thank you so much for the pattern, it would have taking me 3 times longer to figure it out :) Nice work!

  3. 7

    Karin says

    This looks like an awesome pattern – I especially like the hood, but can’t connect to the pattern I think the link has a problem. Please could you email me a copy if it’s not too much hassle.

  4. 9

    amber says

    Love it! Once I had the pattern assembled I made it in 20 mins! I actually cut the fabric out of a old sheet and didn’t have to finish off all of the edges.

  5. 11

    Guppy says

    I dont understand the shape of the hood pattern or where to sew what. Please add some more details into the patterns picture. (What goes where, whats the face of the hood, what gets sewn to the cape, whats the back of the hood?

  6. 13

    Angela Hardgrave says

    Hi! I love your pattern for the fast hooded cape! Is there a way to slightly modify the hood pattern so that the hood is rounded instead of pointed? Thanks!

  7. 15

    Jenny says

    I made two of these capes for my granddaughters yesterday. What a FABULOUS pattern! It was quick and easy and I was able to modify it for the kids. The first was made out of a soft, light plush fabric and I put a braided trim around the hood and part way down the front, then added a metal clasp – adorable! The second was made out of a twin-size sheet. Can I tell you? Super easy! Zero hemming!!! The sheet had a pretty hem with some satin at the top and this is what I used for the hood, that tiny bit of satin trim made it pop. Also, I used the bias edge for the bottom hem and the front was already turned and sewn. Easy-peasy! I didn’t end up using the curved front end, as the girls wanted it long all around. Thank you so much. This was a great project for all of us. And we even have enough fabric to make mini capes for their AG dolls. :) <3

  8. 16

    Andrea says

    Have just made this and found it so simple! ( and I’m no master sewer)
    I have made it to wear to a wedding (to keep me warm in an old church in January!!) and have used some pretty ribbon for the tie.

    My only question is, is it normal to still get ‘movement’ along the basting line once complete? I’ve stitched the ends over so it can’t come undone, but I can hear it move a long the basting thread when I put it on (hope that makes sense?)

    Thanks for this great pattern

    • 17


      It sounds like that in some section the final seam – where the hood and cape join is above the basting stitch so your getting that movement sensation. If the hood is well sewn onto the cape you should be ok. :)

  9. 18

    ashelly lewis says

    hi how are you my question is. what are the measurements to make this pattern so for someone who can’t print it can make it themselves

  10. 20

    andrea says

    It was fine and looked great. Had some nice comments from other wedding guests too (and felt rather smug when I told them I had made it! !)

  11. 22

    Lynne says

    My teenage daughter needed to be Little Red Riding Hood for a play at school, and this was perfect. Took me more than an hour, more like 4, but I had to get all my sewing stuff out first. I was also a little slow figuring out that I needed to print all the pieces of the pattern and then tape them together. Once the lights when on, it was a sinch. Thanks, and she loves the cape.

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