How To Make A Cape For A Child’s Costume? This is most likely the simplest cape for kids you’ll ever see. In theory, you don’t even need a sewing machine. It’s that simple! Make a Princess Anna Cape out of fleece and a few accessories.


How To Make A Cape For A Child’s Costume: Capes typically require more fabric, and it’s preferable to use a fabric with a wide width (such as fleece or jersey knit) to make the cape look fuller; the exact amount depends on the individual you’re making it for. A small child’s cape is 1 1/2 yards long, while an adult’s cape can be 4 yards long or more, based on the fullness of the cloak as well as the hood. It’s always a good idea to double-check the pattern to ensure you have enough fabric.



Making a cape out of a blanket is an excellent way to upcycle and save money. If you’re okay with cutting it up, a simple fleece blanket can conveniently be used with a pattern to start making a cape. Of course, you can simply sew a clasp in the front with safety pins or clothes pins and leave it as a blanket!

How To Make A Cape For A Child’s Costume: Princess Anna Cape

This Princess Anna Cape was quick and simple to make it the ideal DIY cape for kids. We’ve made many dress-up costumes and are happy to share our free patterns and tried-and-true beginner sewing tutorials with you.

How To Make A Cape For A Child’s Costume Without Sewing

I’ll get right to it – it only takes about an hour if you sew. If you don’t sew or want to add an element to something like a Princess Anna Halloween costume, you could really make a single-layer lambswool cape without a collar in 10 minutes. I’m not joking.

It may surprise you, but it’s cold and rainy a lot in Seattle during the autumn and winter months. Because fleece is cheap and my daughter enjoys it, I’m making some accessories for a few of my fun Disney-inspired dressing-up costumes.

Our happy-go-lucky tiny Princess Anna will be ready with a caplet to complement her Princess Anna dress-up apron whether trick-or-treating for Halloween or traipsing around Disney in the fall or winter.

  • Materials: fleece in your choice of color, optional lace trim, cape clasp
  • Tools: chalk, measuring tape, scissors, sewing machine, and sewing supplies (optional).


  • Fold the fleece into a four-layer square before cutting out the circle. Begin at the corner in which all layers meet and mark 2.5 inches down with chalk (or pins). Leaving the measuring tape at the joining point, move it to the right and mark it at 2.5. Repeat until you’ve reached the corner.
  • When you’ve finished the top “circle,” measure the length you want. I chose 19 inches for my daughter, but you could create a full-length cape or just one just a little longer than this arm-length one.
  • The only limit is your imagination! Follow the same steps as above, to use the tape measure and chalk as a compass, once you have your beginning measurement. You’re basically cutting a quarter of the circle and cutting through all layers!
  • Just below your measurements, cut from the outside of the marks or pins. If it’s too long, you can quickly shorten it, but you can’t quickly add length.
  • Slit one edge of the circle open and secure it with a fastener.

Princess Anna Cape with Collar Sewing Tutorial

Princess Anna Cape with Collar Sewing Tutorial
Princess Anna Cape with Collar Sewing Tutorial

It took less than one hour to cut and sew this Princess Anna cape. It was surprisingly easy to make because the concept is based on a circle skirt. Here’s a shot of the little one in mid-twirl.

Notes on the shifts I made to this tutorial’s “no-sew” version:

  • Because it’s inexpensive and fuzzy, I used fleece as both the outer fabric as well as the lining.
  • I got to add a covered hook as well as eye closure so my child could put it on and take it off herself.
  • If you want to add a collar, you can find the pattern here. It looks cute either way, and you simply wrap it around the corners of the front opening.
  • The pompom edging. What, there’s no pompom trim? Yes, and it’s because I’m 4-inches too short. I used it on this 20-minute infinity scarf.

I hope that this article about How To Make A Cape For A Child’s Costume can be useful to you! If you want me to share more ways to make anything for kids, please let us know in the comment box below!

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