Free Long Cape Pattern

This cape is easy to make. There are no sew and easy options to make this cape. You can make this easy long cape in no time!  Sew and no sew options.  Wear it multiple ways. Follow Me on Pinterest   This cape also can be wrapped and worn in different ways to achieve different looks.  Wrap a belt around it to form sleeves, wear it loose and flowing, or tie the front behind your back for a unique look.  You can make it without the hood with out sewing anything!  Adding the hood is quick and an easy sew.

For this project you will need the following:

Printed up version of Fleece Fun’s free pattern

2 – 2.5 yards fleece for a long cape, less if you desire a shorter cape.

Scissors

Thread

Scissors

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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 envelope to download the .pdf !Easy long cape adult

Video tutorial here, written below.

1- Assemble and cut out the Pattern

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

Easy sew option:

Cut out two pieces of the hood.  Set aside.  Make sure remaining cloth has straight ends on each side.

Easy Sew and No Sew: The length and width of the cape is up to you.  In the pattern example I used 2 yards of fleece and the full width so it was 6 feet long and 60 inches wide.  The width is food for a man, but it might be too bulky for a female.  For a woman I recommend cutting the width down to 50 inches ( you can make some cute scarves with left over fabric).  Once you have the width and length that you want it’s time to start cutting out the cape.

This pattern works differently, as you will be cutting out negative space and tossing it away.  Meaning the pieces you cut out are extra and what remains is the cape.  So where with the hood you cut triangles outward, you’re going to cut the triangles inward on the negative cut out (only necessary for the easy sew with hood)

Find the the middle point of your fabric length and mark it with a pin ( so if you fabric is 2 yards long mark it at 1 yard).  This will be the starting point of where we will build the pattern.

Place the negative cut out of the cape on the fold, with the top of the negative pattern piece touching the  halfway mark you just made.  Then use the extenders to build you pattern piece to the end of the cloth, the corner piece lining up at the end to make a curved edge. Pin down.  (see Diagram below if confused)

Carefully cut out the pattern piece – you just made the neck and front of your cape!

Note. The extender pieces

2 – Make the ends curved

We just made the front, but now let’s give the cape a little nicer look on the ends.  Take the other curved negative cut out (the one that has two pointy ends – the wrong one is shown in the picture).  On the end where you just did the negative cut out, take it to the edge (opposite from the fold) and cut so it’s curved.  then go to the opposite end of the cloth (the side that you didn’t cut out the neck hole)  and place on the edge of the fabric opposite of the fold.  Cut a curve.  If you are doing the no sew version of the cape your finished!  If you are making the sew version there are a couple more steps.

3 – Make the hood

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

5 – Attach the hood to the cape

With right sides together, Line up the triangles with each other from the hood and the cape.  Pin.  Sew together using a .5 inch seam allowance. Trim threads and you’re finished!

 

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 www.FleeceFun.com, her two little girls, baby boy, husband and on very good days also manages to get the dishes done.
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Comments

  1. 2

    Sarah A says

    Just finished assembling the pattern! Could I use this to make a hip-long, wool-blend cape? Maybe even line it with something like a thin cotton fabric or polyester?

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      says

      Sarah, as long as you finish the edges or line the cape it should work fine. Keep in mind that the tutorial assumes you are using a fabric that won’t unravel so you will have take additional steps to turn under edges. line or serge the edges.
      – Angel

  2. 4

    eva says

    Thank so much for the pattern. I haven’t sewn in almost 10 years and just finished one of these capes with a lining for my daughter’s costume…one more to go for my second daughter. And I also adapted the idea to make a ghost costume for my son (no opening in the front and an extra large hood).
    Thank you for making it easy to start sewing!
    Eva, Vancouver Canada

  3. 5

    Tiffany Croft says

    So I cut the hood out and then cut the remainder in a straight line? That’s the only confusing part to me is the hood

  4. 10

    Daphne Matthews says

    i AM TRYING TO MAKE THE RED RIDING HOOD CAPE FROM THE MOVIE IN 2011 AND i WANT IT TO BE REALLY LONG.LIKE IN TH E MOVE i AM GOING TO ORDER THE RAW SILK FROM INDIA AND WANT TO KNOW IF THIS PATTERN WILL WORK WITH THE SILK. IN AS MUCH CAN i MAKE IT AS LONG AS THE ONE IN THE MOVIE? IF SO DO YOU KNOW HOW MUCH MATERIAL i WILL NEED? IF THIS PATTERN WONT WORK CAN I USE THE SHORT CAPE PATTERN AND JUST MAKE IT LONGER? OR MAYBE COMBINE THE TWO PATTERN? THANKS IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR HELP

    • 11

      says

      Hi Daphne,
      There are a lot of questions there! Silk will work if you finish the edges. This pattern is designed to fit on material that is 60 inches in width – so be mindful of that. HOWEVER I don’t know the width of the material, your height etc. You’ll need to figure out your own yardage. People have extended the cape – but I don’t offer this option as it does take some effort and pattern design knowledge as this is a circular cape, which allows it to lay nicely. My free patterns are offered “as is”.
      My recommendation is to find and buy a long cape pattern you like that is designed to work with the material you desire to avoid heartache ( especially with expensive imported silk!). =)
      – Angel

  5. 12

    caidan says

    Hi,
    I want to make my 13 year old a full length red riding hood cloak. I have looked at both of your tutorials and would like to know if the hood on the smaller red cape is the same shape as the one on this green adult long cape? I really like how it lays in the ‘red’ version. If they are different shapes or lay differently, can the hood from the smaller red cape be sewn to this longer green cape? Thanks

  6. 14

    says

    This really is a super quick and easy project, just as you prmised!! Thanks for the video, you made every step very clear and easy to understand. And getting the FREE pattern…..wow!! what a deal. Thanks again for this easy* friendly* fun project. I’ll be visiting often to see what’s new.
    All the best*
    Keri

  7. 15

    Jan says

    Have made the Little Red Riding Hood cape for my grand daughter for Halloween! It came out really good and all I have to do is add the ribbon! I lined the hood and the front and bottom with about 6 inches of red flannel with wolves on it! I’m trying to make a cape for my cousin! I’ve alreasdy bought his favorite team fleece! He is wheelchair bound from a swimming accident last summer! Do you think I can use this cape pattern for him! I have been looking for a cape pattern for the handicap and have not found one yet! Would you make it that he can sit on it or make it short in the back? Everyone wants to sell you a cape already made!

    Thanks
    Jan

  8. 16

    Claire says

    I fell in love with this as soon as I saw it and have just made one for my daughter however I do not understand why the cut out for the neck is not central on the pattern. I followed the pattern (I think!) and the cape is lopsided with more material on one side than the other and it looks bad:( any help?

  9. 18

    Aubrey says

    I just wanted to say thank you for the great pattern! I just made this yesterday, definitely easy enough for a raw beginner :) I used fleece as a liner, and flannel for an outer layer, and it’s so cozy! My husband will love it. For the record, mine was not lopsided, sorry Claire, I think you may have done something wrong.

  10. 19

    says

    Thankyou so much for this pattern! I know it’s kinda late to say this, but it was the main part of my Halloween costume (and all future Harry Potter cosplays). Now even my friends are asking for their own! Thanks!

  11. 20

    Priscilla says

    Thank you for the pattern! How hard would it be to make sleeves on this? I am hoping to use this for a fairy god mother costume to complement my daughter as Cinderella. Any tips?

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