How to Make Cheap Capes

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Kids often play dress-up to become a character out of a story, movie or plucked from imagination. Halloween also offers a chance for dress-up, not only for children but adults as well. Capes can serve a versatile role in the costume collection, as they can be used for super hero costumes, magician costumes, witch outfits and wizard wardrobes. You can make a simple and inexpensive cape at home with some fabric and a few sewing supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 yards lightweight fabric
  • Clothing iron
  • Fabric pen
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Iron 3 yards of lightweight fabric with a clothing iron. Adjust the iron temperature according to the type of fabric you are using.

  • Lay the fabric over a flat workspace.

  • Mark off the area for the main section of the cape with a fabric pen. Take into consideration, the height of the wearer. For example, a toddlers cape should be about 18 inches long on each side, 12 inches wide at the bottom of the cape and about 4-6 inches at the neck of the cape. The sides should slowly come in at the top, like a trapezoid, or a triangle with the pointed top chopped off.

  • Cut the fabric along the marked lines with scissors.

  • Fold each side in, one at a time, about 1/2 inch and again another 1/2 inch to conceals the rough, or cut, edge of the fabric. Pin the fabric down and stitch to create hems.

  • Sew down the folded hems with needle and thread, using a long straight stitch along the folds. Remove the pins.

  • Cut an 18-inch by 3-inch strip of fabric from the leftover scraps.

  • Fold the strip of fabric in half width-wise to make the strip only 1 1/2 inches wide. Sew the long edges together with needle and thread. Sew one short side together as well.

  • Turn the strip inside out by pulling the sewn end through the un-sewn end.

  • Tuck the edges of the un-sewn end inward slightly and sew through it to close the strip the rest of the way.

  • Center the strip across the top edge of the main section of the cape and sew it with a straight, tight stitch, just over the top hem, leaving the ends of the strip to function as a tie-on for the cape.

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