Today I’m posting a little tutorial that Allison asked for earlier this week. She’s trying to make the Super Hero Cape for her older daughter and wants it to be longer than the original pattern. Thankfully it is pretty simple to lengthen – so you can make capes for all of your big kids. Perfect quick Christmas gift! (Hint, Hint – Just sayin’!)
First you will need to print out the free Super Hero Cape pattern pieces from the original post. Grab an extra sheet of paper, some tape, a pencil and a ruler. Cut the pattern pages along the outer border – not the lines of the pattern! – the ones that are closest to the edges of your paper.
Here we go:
(Step 1) Tape the bottom of the cape pattern pieces (4 pages on the right) together as noted in the Super Hero Cape tutorial (and see illustration below). Leave a space between the top of the cape (left) and the bottom 4 pages. This gap should be equal to the amount you want to lengthen the cape.
(Step 2) Tape the extra piece of paper into your space. Re-connect top and bottom of the cape pattern lines as illustrated by the red and blue lines below.
(Step 3) Cut out your new cape pattern along the outer edges of the cape and the new lines you just created. See the blue shape in the illustration for which lines you should cut. DONE! Easy Peasy! Now you can use the Super Hero Cape tutorial to finish your cape, just check your yardage – you might need more than the tutorial calls for now that the cape is longer.
Come on back tomorrow for Sewing Survey Saturday!
Thanks for the free pattern. did it, my son loved it!!
Hooray! I’m so glad Canan – and sorry for the late response – that’s so great to hear! I hope he continues to enjoy it 🙂
I’m going to make this cape for my daughter and her best friend for Halloween. They are 9 and 10. Should I make the neck bigger? Or maybe make the tabs in front a little longer? I just don’t want them to feel “choked” by the velcro closure.
Thanks for a great pattern!
Thanks Cindy! I think they likely have enough room in the neck. But to be safe you could add another inch or so to the neck area when you are cutting them out. Also, not sure if you found the post on how to lengthen the capes, if you’d like – /lengthen-the-super-hero-cape-pattern-tutorial/
Thanks for this cape patern. I need to shorten it to fit 1-2 year old kiddies.
How do I do that? Can you please HELP
Hi Antoinette. Thanks for asking! The smallest size of the pattern should be fine for smaller kids. However, if you need to shorten it, you can reverse the lengthening instructions (herre:/lengthen-the-super-hero-cape-pattern-tutorial/) by overlapping the pages together then drawing a new line. Please take care making capes for very small children as there is a choking hazard if they get caught on something, thank you!
Do you have a patter that would fit a special needs adult? Our local hospital is looking for super hero capes for them, and I would love to make them, but have no talent in adjusting patterns.