Fast hooded cape free pattern and tutorial

This fast hooded cape can be made in under an hour.   Fast-free-cape-pattern-and-tutorial Follow Me on Pinterest 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.
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    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!

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    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!

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    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.

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