How to Make a Cape in Less than 20 Minutes!


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How to Make a Cape in Less than 20 Minutes!   Learn how to make the perfect gathered cape for costumes, Halloween, fantasy or cosplay in just a few minutes.    This fun cape only has 2 lines of sewing--so it's a great craft for any sewing skill level.    Only 2 supplies needed...fabric and cord!    How to make a cape in less than 20 minutes. I made mine in 10 minutes...so I'm over estimating here!

How to Make a Cape in Less than 20 Minutes!



Learn how to make the perfect gathered cape for costumes, Halloween, fantasy or cosplay in just a few minutes. 


This fun cape only has 2 lines of sewing--so it's a great craft for any sewing skill level.


Only 2 supplies needed...fabric and cord!



How to make a cape in less than 20 minutes. I made mine in 10 minutes...so I'm over estimating here!


How to Make a Cape in Less than 20 Minutes!   Learn how to make the perfect gathered cape for costumes, Halloween, fantasy or cosplay in just a few minutes.    This fun cape only has 2 lines of sewing--so it's a great craft for any sewing skill level.    Only 2 supplies needed...fabric and cord!    How to make a cape in less than 20 minutes. I made mine in 10 minutes...so I'm over estimating here!




I love how this shimmery cape turned out! Best part--it only took me 10 minutes to make.

Full diagram and instructions at the end of the post!


I love how this shimmery cape turned out! Best part--it only took me 10 minutes to make.  Full diagram and instructions at the end of the post!

This cape is a perfect accessory for a Halloween costume, fantasy cosplay, renaissance faires and more!


I wore this cape to church because it is just so much fun!


I love capes. They change and enhance the look of every costume. They add some amount of warmth--for those of us that experience Halloween in the cold season!


This cape is a perfect accessory for a Halloween costume, fantasy cosplay, renaissance faires and more!   I wore this cape to church because it is just so much fun!

Let's talk about fabric.


Here's the trick for making a quick cape...use fabric that does not need to be hemmed around the edges. Find a material that does not fray.


This fabric cut was 45 inches tall and I had them cut me 2 yards...


21 years ago!


That's right! I bought this fabric in 2001 before my first child was born! 


It's old enough to die for its country. It's old enough to vote...and barely old enough to buy dry ice and spray paint!


So it was time to use it for something amazing.


Do you have fabric just sitting there that is too nice to actually use? 


Make a cape for the perfect costume accessory today!


Let's talk about fabric.  Here's the trick for making a quick cape...use fabric that does not need to be hemmed around the edges. Find a material that does not fray.   This fabric cut was 45 inches tall and I had them cut me 2 yards...   21 years ago!   That's right! I bought this fabric in 2001 before my first child was born!     It's old enough to die for its country. It's old enough to vote...and barely old enough to buy dry ice and spray paint!    So it was time to use it for something amazing.    Do you have fabric just sitting there that is too nice to actually use?

Here you can see the gathered collar.


Pull on the tied ends on both sides and it cinches beautifully. 


You can add a clasp or just tie it off like me.


Here you can see the gathered collar.   Pull on the tied ends on both sides and it cinches beautifully.     You can add a clasp or just tie it off like me.

I love the black with the deep blue/violet shimmer. It looks amazing in the sunshine!


I love the black with the deep blue/violet shimmer. It looks amazing in the sunshine!

Supplies Needed to Make a Cape in Less Than 20 Minutes:


  • 2 Yards of Fabric (for an adult)
  • 2 Yards of Cord (I'm using paracord)

  • Sewing Machine
  • Bodkin (or Safety Pin)


If you are having trouble finding material, LAME is a great one to use.


Supplies Needed to Make a Cape in Less Than 20 Minutes:  2 Yards of Fabric (for an adult) 2 Yards of Cord (I'm using paracord)  Sewing Machine Bodkin (or Safety Pin)   If you are having trouble finding material, LAME is a great one to use.  Check out this post from years ago.

Step 1 to Make a Cape: Iron


Pre wash fabric and iron it...if you want.


I didn't and it still worked great. 


Step 1 to Make a Cape: Iron  Pre wash fabric and iron it...if you want.   I didn't and it still worked great.

Step 2 to make a cape:  Fold


Lay the fabric down flat on a large surface.


Fold over the fabric on the long side about 2 inches.


Step 2 to make a cape:  Fold  Lay the fabric down flat on a large surface.   Fold over the fabric on the long side about 2 inches.

Step 3 to Make a Cape: Pin


Pin the folded edge if desired.


If you are in a big hurry like me (trying to get this cape done in the few minutes before church so I can wear it) then don't worry about pins--you've got eyeballs--right?


Step 3 to Make a Cape: Pin  Pin the folded edge if desired.   If you are in a big hurry like me (trying to get this cape done in the few minutes before church so I can wear it) then don't worry about pins--you've got eyeballs--right?


Step 4 to Make a Cape: Sew


Sew a long stitch down the folded edge as pictured above.


Then sew another long stitch down the middle of the entire sew casing, creating a double casing, as pictured below.



Step 4 to Make a Cape: Sew  Sew a long stitch down the folded edge as pictured above.   Then sew another long stitch down the middle of the entire sew casing, creating a double casing, as pictured below.

Boom!


Double casing is sewn. Ends on both sides are open.


Boom!   Double casing is sewn. Ends on both sides are open.


Step 5 to Make a Cape: Cord


Now cut the paracord in 1 yard lengths so there are 2 pieces.


Melt the ends with a lighter so they don't fray.


Step 5 to Make a Cape: Cord  Now cut the paracord in 1 yard lengths so there are 2 pieces.   Melt the ends with a lighter so they don't fray.

Step 6 of Making a Cape:


Put the bodkin on the end of one piece of paracord. 


You can use a safety pin if you don't have a bodkin.


Step 6 of Making a Cape:  Put the bodkin on the end of one piece of paracord.    You can use a safety pin if you don't have a bodkin.

Thread the paracord down one side of the casing using the bodkin to push it through effortlessly.


Thread the paracord down one side of the casing using the bodkin to push it through effortlessly.

Once the paracord and bodkin come out the other end, end it right back to the first side but going through the other side of the casing.


Then tie the paracord in a knot.


Once the paracord and bodkin come out the other end, end it right back to the first side but going through the other side of the casing.   Then tie the paracord in a knot.

Repeat the process for the other paracord string but this time starting on the opposite side.


Repeat the process for the other paracord string but this time starting on the opposite side.

Now, when you pull on the tied ends of the paracord, the looped paracord pulls against the other and creates the perfect gathered collar!


Now, when you pull on the tied ends of the paracord, the looped paracord pulls against the other and creates the perfect gathered collar!

That's it!


Now the cape is ready to gather and tie around your neck. 


You could also use a clasp, pin or brooch to secure the ends together for a more decorative look.


That's it!  Now the cape is ready to gather and tie around your neck.    You could also use a clasp, pin or brooch to secure the ends together for a more decorative look.

The size of this cape is perfect. It fits my height to a tee, so I didn't even need to trim a thing. 


The width is perfect too. 


Alter the fabric based on the person you are designing it for.


The size of this cape is perfect. It fits my height to a tee, so I didn't even need to trim a thing.     The width is perfect too.    Alter the fabric based on the person you are designing it for.

The sunlight makes that shimmer so bright. It's sheer fabric, which is a great look for the cape too!


The sunlight makes that shimmer so bright. It's sheer fabric, which is a great look for the cape too!

The perfect cape from start to finish in just 10 minutes--longer if you use pins! 


You'll love this cape for the perfect costume accessory!


The perfect cape from start to finish in just 10 minutes--longer if you use pins!    You'll love this cape for the perfect costume accessory!



Here's a diagram and simple directions to save off for later!
Learn how to make a cape in less than 20 minutes. Full pattern, tutorial and diagram for this simple easy costume cosplay accessory!













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