Need a last-minute Superhero Cape? Sew this quick Batman Superhero Cape in an evening. The batman cape has inverted scallop edging (batwing) at the bottom and a velcro fastener at the collar. You don’t need a drafted pattern to sew this Batman Superhero Cape (except for the Batman logo template), all you need to do is to fold the fabric as per instruction to cut out the inverted scallop edging and the collar. Download and print out the batman template provided in the tutorial page and start sewing.
My son has a school excursion theme park tour a few weeks ago and the theme is “Superhero”. His school encourages all the parents to DIY a superhero cape for them to wear during the tour. At the end of the year, there will be a prize for the outstanding DIY cape award for the winning parent (just like what I did for the Minion Hat).
Both my son and I were not feeling well days before the tour and I was thinking of giving up as I basically have no energy for any sewing. The clock was ticking and my son was anxious to not seeing mommy sewing the cape for him… I know that he wanted to join in the tour and dearly wanted to be a Superhero. So, I asked him which superhero he wanted to be, he replied: “Batman!!!”…. oh well, let me pick up all the loose pieces and try to sew for him.
Luckily, I found a 3 yards black satin fabric in my sewing room, and of course, some leftover yellow fabric scraps from the Safety Sign Triangle Pillow project. Then, I did a quick search on Google to find a Batman logo to download and print. That’s it, I sew it up in an evening and my son has his Batman Superhero Cape to wear just before his bedtime.
The teacher was surprised to see him with the Batman Superhero Cape the next morning because I did tell them that I might not be able to sew it as I was sick. I send him off to the bus and seeing him happily disguised himself as a Batman with his other superhero friends… It is worth all the efforts!
This Batman Superhero Cape is great for the upcoming Halloween too as it has a cat party mask to go with. Hope to see you sewing it too.
You may adapt this tutorial to sew other Superhero Capes that your kids love.
Batman in action and he is standing by for duty!!! Please shout if you need him!
Batman Superhero Cape
Difficulty: Intermediate / Avid Beginner
Finished size: Suits kids around 6-8 years
Download: Batman Logo Template, resize to suit your cape when printing.
1. Fabric – Satin black, 42″ wide, 3 yards (lesser for a younger kid)
2. Fabric – yellow, approximately 15″ x 15″
3. Applique fusible web (I used Heat’n Bond Lite Iron-on for the satin fabric)
4. Valcro fastener, black, 1″ square, 1 pair.
1. Sewing machine, with normal foot
2. Serving plate, about 10″ diameter (shorter cape needs slightly smaller plate)
3. T-shirts of your kid (for collar drafting)
4. Pins and matching color thread
5. Seamstress chalk
7. Scissors and pinking shear
8. Tools for turning like awl and knitting needle or bamboo turner
Seam Allowance: 3/8″ and 1/4″
Note: Measure the height of the kid, shorten the measurement according to the length you are sewing for.
Gather all the materials and tools needed, as listed above.
Pre-wash, dry and iron the black satin fabric prior to starting the project.
From the 3 yard fabric, fold the fabric diagonally width-wise, as shown in the picture.
Cut the fabric across horizontally to get a folded triangle in full width of the fabric, around 42″ depending on the bolt width of the fabric that you have bought. You can use narrower width for younger kids or when you just want a shorter cape.
Place a plate, facing down, at the bottom of the cape. Trace the curve with chalk.
If you need a shorter cape, just bring the place upwards and trace.
Pin near to the tracing line to secure all layers of fabric before take away the plate.
Trace the printed Batman logo (resize before printing according to the cape size if needed) on the wrong side of the yellow fabric, about 1/2″ from the edge.
Fold the fabric with right side facing each other, sew along the tracing line but leave approx. 1 1/2″ opening for turning right side out.
Cut 1/4″ away from the sewing line with a pinking shear. If you don’t have pinking shear, cut with normal scissors and clip curve. Leave a wider seam allowance at the opening site.
Iron a piece of fusible applique web onto the wrong side of the scrap black satin that was cut out just now. Check the temperature of the iron, since it is for satin, use medium-low heat so that it won’t burn the fabric.
Trace the bat template on the paper side of the fusible applique web.
Place the cape onto the balance satin fabric with right side facing each other, follow the same fabric grain lines.
Sew around with a 3/8″ seam allowance and leave a 3″ – 4″ opening for turning right side out.
Cut away the access fabric and clip the seam allowance on the curve sites.
Turn the cape right side out from the opening. Turn and adjust the seam lines accordingly. Use awl tool or other point shaping tool to shape the point neatly.
Slip stitch to close the opening.
Topstitch near the edge around.
I sewed a cat party mask to match with the batman superhero cape by using this tutorial. The tutorial is using felt with interfacing as the backing but since I used satin fabric, I add another layer of satin fabric instead of the bare interfacing at the back.