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Free doll cape pattern – for stuffed animals too!

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Sharing a free doll cape pattern! This cape measures 10″ long and will work for a variety of sized dolls or stuffed animals, from roughly 8″-14″tall.  The pattern includes a full tutorial with real pictures, digitized pattern pieces, & the full alphabet in normal & reversed letters for use in Wonder Under applique (which the tutorial covers) or stenciling. This is such a fun way to sew a little cape for your kid’s favorite dolls and stuffed animals.

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I originally started the pattern when I wanted to make a matching one for the Peanut Baby pattern, detailed in this post!

Front & back, with a simple bias binding & velcro closure.

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This is the perfect way to use up scraps! The moustache fabric is originally from my Golf Score Card Holder tutorial.

It’s tricky to take pictures when your kid wants to take it and make it “fly” (poor bear)!

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How to make a toy superhero cape


    • 1/4 yard quilting cotton for the main body
    • Palm sized scraps for the shield & letter
    • 1/4 yard paper-backed fusible interfacing like Heat N Bond
    • Coordinating thread
    • Sewing machine
    • Iron
    • 1/2 inch set of Velcro
    • 1 package of single-fold bias tape
  • 1 print-out of the desired letter
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step 1

1. Use a light-box or window to tape & trace the shield and your selected alphabet letter. You will be drawing on the smooth side of the Wonder Under, with the rough side facing the window.  Be sure to use the backwards letter if you are using Wonder Under for the appliqué (I included forwards as well  in case you are doing a freezer paper stencil or other form of appliqué)

step 2

2. Roughly cut around each tracing, leaving space around the edges. Tape & cut your cape pattern piece.

step 3

3. Cut out your cape from the main body piece, aligning the grainline arrow parallel to the selvage (factory-made edge). Woven fabric has different threads going straight up and straight down; if you cut on an angle, also known as on the bias, the shape will be distorted and hard to sew.

step 4

4. Iron your shield & letter on to the wrong side of your accent fabrics with the smooth side up. Trim carefully around your tracing and peel off the paper backing. Position the shield in the middle of the cape and iron, then position and iron on the letter; all with the adhesive side down.

step 5

5. Stitch around the edges of both the letter and the shield with a short stitch length. This ensures the appliqués will stay put even if washed. You can also use a tight zig-zag stitch.

step 6

6. Open up your bias tape and find the slightly skinnier edge, laying that side down along the cape’s raw edges. Pin or clip around the entire cape.

step 7

7. Leave an inch flap loose at your starting edge and sew in the fold, going around all edges.

step 8

8. When you come back around to your starting point, fold that 1/4 inch flap   underneath and layer the unfolded piece on the top, aligning all edges. Sew over both edges until you’ve reached your starting point.

step 9

9. Flip to the wrong side and trim down the main fabric a little bit outside the stitching, all the way around, leaving the orange bias tape intact. This will make it less bulky to flip, iron, and sew.

step 10

10. Fold the bias tape over on to the wrong side of the fabric, folding in on the creases so no raw edge shows.

step 11

11. Iron the binding down flat and pin or clip. Sew right along the edge, check every few inches to be sure you’re catching the tape underneath.

step 12

12. Stitch your Velcro pair on, making sure to place one piece on top and one piece on bottom at the cape edges. You’re done!

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Sandra :)

Saturday 8th of November 2014

Hi, Stephanie! Thanks for this cute tutorial - I made 2 of the capes last night (I did 2 layers of fabric stitched RST instead of binding, which I don't do well :D) :) I delivered one of them today to a niece to check the size on one of her son's stuffies - if I get the go-ahead I'm making more for his little brother and sister ... and for the other kids on my gifting list :)

BTW - I'm the one that posted a comment on Threading My Way this morning about your hammerhead shark tutorial - LOVE IT and can't wait to try it. I just finished 3 sets of shark gift sets for 3 g-nephews - had I seen your pillow earlier it would have been included in the gift sets! Now I'm planning on making a couple to keep at my house for when the kids come by to visit :D Thanks for sharing and for your work at making these patterns for us!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 10th of November 2014

Sandra, this comment made me SO HAPPY! If you ever snap any pictures, I'd love to see them (and share them). Thank you so much for the kind words!

Denita Walker

Thursday 6th of November 2014

Great job! Congrats on first pattern release.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 6th of November 2014

Thanks Denita!

Pam @Threading My Way

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

Kids just love superhero capes. Super cute. Pinning for future reference.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 6th of November 2014

I admit, I love superhero capes too :) Thanks for the kind words & pinning, Pam!


Monday 3rd of November 2014

This is so cute! What a great idea!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

Thanks Melissa!!


Monday 3rd of November 2014

Awesome job Stephanie! I love it!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Tuesday 4th of November 2014

Thanks Ajaire!!

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