How to Make a Barber Cape

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Make a barber cape of any size to accommodate your clients.
Make a barber cape of any size to accommodate your clients. (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Make a barber cape at home for an inexpensive accessory to use at work in a barber’s shop or hair salon, or make the cape to use for haircutting at home. You can make a solid-colored cape to match the salon’s color scheme or use a brightly patterned PVC vinyl fabric with contrasting trim for a unique collection of barber capes. The capes are easy to make and can save you the cost of purchasing new capes at store prices.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC vinyl fabric, 2 to 3 yards
  • Scissors
  • Large plate
  • Soft tape measure
  • Double-fold bias binding tape
  • Sewing needle
  • Thread
  • Hook and loop fastener

Lay your PVC vinyl fabric on your working surface. Cut a large rectangle that measures 50 inches by 80 inches.

Round the corners. Place a large plate on the fabric inside of each corner of the rectangle, and draw a curved edge that bisects the corner from the main piece. Cut off the fabric beyond the curve.

Find the center of one 50-inch-long side. Measure 26 inches inward from the center point. Draw a line from the center edge to the 26-inch mark. Cut a slit along the 26-inch-long line.

Draw a circle with a 5-inch diameter at the top of the 26-inch line. Cut out the circle. This is the neck opening for the cape.

Add a decorative bias binding around the outer edge of the cape, including the straight slit line. Measure the entire circumference of the cape, and cut a piece of 1-inch-wide, double-fold bias binding tape to this length plus 1/4-inch. Sandwich the edge of the cape in between the fold of the binding tape, and sew a straight stitch all the way around the edge to attach.

Measure the circumference of the neck opening. Cut a piece of the binding tape to this length plus 1/4-inch. Sandwich the edge of the neck opening between the fold of the binding tape, and sew a straight stitch all the way around.

Cut a piece of hook and loop fastener to 1/2 of the length of the neck opening. Pin one end to the right side of the slit at the neck opening. Smooth the fastener along the neck opening and pin in place.

Cut a corresponding piece of hook and loop fastener to the same length. Pin one end to the left side of the slit at the neck opening. Smooth the fastener along the neck opening and pin in place.

Sew the hook and loop fastener in place with a straight stitch.

Tips & Warnings

  • For a child's cape, reduce the diameter of the neck opening by about 1 to 1 1/2 inches.

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