Created by: Blue Susan Makes
Hello sewing friends! This is Sarah from Blue Susan Makes. We have a little hooded bat cape that I made years ago that has lived through the toddler life of 3 little boys. Now that our 4th boy is hitting the dress-up stage I thought it would be fun to remake this cape and teach you how to make one too. With Halloween right around the corner you can sew it up to add to a set of Batman pajamas and your costume is ready to go!
For this project you’ll need a sturdy black knit that won’t fray and has a little body to it. A knit with 4 way stretch is ideal but not necessary. I chose to use this Polyester Spandex Matte Lame Jersey. It has a sheen to it on one side that makes it look a little like a soft vinyl but it’s stretchy and has great drape. I love it!
This pattern is sized to fit about 3-4T. The cape length is about 38’’ from the nape of the neck to the pointed bottom. In this tutorial you will be making 2 hoods. One will be the outer hood and one will be used as the lining. I’ll show you how to put the hoods together and sew them to the single layer cape. We will hem the sides of the cape and stitch on a Velcro closure. The bottom of the cape will remain unhemmed. Let’s get started!
- 1 yard black knit fabric (we used Polyester Spandex Matte Lame Jersey)
- 1 square 5/8'' black, sew in, hook and loop tape, velcro
- “Stretch” sewing machine needle
- Printed copy of the Hooded Bat Cape Pattern
Cutting and Pattern Prep Tips
- Print pattern pages and tape them together into a grid as instructed on the PDF file. To assemble the grid, cut one short side and one long side off of each page to make it easier to tape together. Cut out pattern pieces.
- Fold your fabric in half to quickly cut out the pieces 2 at a time. Lay all your pieces out on the fabric before you begin cutting.
- Use pattern weights to hold the patterns in place while cutting. Table knives from your kitchen work great in a pinch.
- Pay attention to the stretch lines on the fabric and place those lines parallel to the direction the fabric stretches the most
- Use washable chalk (test on a fabric scrap) or washi tape to mark the placement of the bat ears on one Right Hood Side Panel and one Left Hood Side Panel. These panels will be used for the Outer Hood.
- The perfectionist in me didn’t want to attempt cutting out the points on the cape with the paper floating around so I used a white chalk marker to draw around them before cutting. Just cut off the white as you cut since these points will not be hemmed.
- Cut 4 pieces from the Hood Side Panel pattern (2 Right Side Hoods, 2 Left Side Hoods)
- Cut 2 pieces from the Hood Center Panel pattern
- Cut 1 piece on the fold from the Cape pattern
- Cut 4 pieces from the Bat Ear pattern
*All seams are sewn with a 1/2‘’ seam allowance unless otherwise specified.
Make the Outer Hood and Hood Lining
Using the Outer Hood Side Panels (marked for the ears) begin to construct the Outer Hood. With right sides together pin a Right Hood Side Panel to a Hood Center Panel. Sew the 2 panels together with a 1/2‘’ seam allowance.The matte finish on this fabric showed every pin mark so I decided to keep all the pins within the seam allowance. I pointed the pins in the direction of my sew starting point so that they were easy to remove as I sewed.
With right sides together, pin a Left Side Panel to the other side of the Center Panel. Sew them together and press seams open with a warm iron. Set this Outer Hood aside.
Repeat the first two steps to make the Hood Lining using the remaining 2 Side Panels and Center Panel. Press all seams open.
Press the bottom edge of the Hood Lining toward the inside 1/2‘’. This will be topstitched along the pressed fold later to enclose the neck seam.
With right sides together, match up the front seams of the Hood Lining and the Outer Hood and pin them together around the face opening.
Sew around the face opening. Make sure to unfold the bottom edge of the Hood Lining. Start sewing at that crease and stop sewing at the crease on the opposite side. Backstitch at the beginning and end.
Trim off the top front corner on each end, close to the stitches and clip into the seam allowance of the curves as shown.
Turn the Hood right side out and push out the front corners with a dull pencil tip. Press the seam around the face so it lays flat.
Hem the sides of the cape
Fold the straight sides of the cape towards the inside 3/8‘’ and press.
Stitch along the hem about 1/4‘’ from the folded edge. It works best to start at the neck of the cape and sew toward the point. It may be tricky to sew along the narrow point but you can make it easier by using a pin to help hold the tip as you feed it through the machine.
Attach the Hood to the Cape
With right sides together, lay the Outer Hood onto the neck of the Cape. Lift the Hood Lining out of the way and pin the Outer Hood to the neck of the Cape. Make sure to line up the side hem of the cape with the front corner of the Hood.
Sew the Outer Hood to Cape backstitching at the beginning and end of the seam. Press the seam allowance toward the Hood.
At the front corner where the hood meets the cape trim down the Outer Hood seam allowance to about 1/8 ‘’ to reduce bulk.
Slightly trim the remaining seam allowance at the corner to allow it to tuck into the front corner of the hood easily. Refold the Hood Lining along the crease to enclose all the raw edges.
Pin the pressed fold of the Hood Lining so it lines up with the Outer Hood stitch line.
Topstitch along the Hood Lining about 1/8’’ away from the folded edge.
Sew a small square of hook and loop tape to the corner points of the Hood. Sew the soft (loop) side to the inside of one corner and the scratchy (hook) side to the outside of the opposite corner.
Make and Attach the Ears
Place 2 Bat Ear pieces with right sides together. Starting in the middle of the base (smallest side) of the triangle, sew around all three sides leaving a 1 1/2 ‘’ gap for turning. Trim off the corner points as shown, and turn the Bat Ear right side out. Use a dull pencil to push out the corners.
Tuck the seam allowance into the opening and press the ear flat. Repeat to sew the 2nd Bat Ear.
Align the base of one ear to the Bat Ear placement line marked on the Outer Hood. Make sure the Hood lining is lined up properly with the Outer Hood and pin in place.
Stitch about 1/8’’ away from the base of the ear and sew a second row of stitches about 1/4’’ above the first line.
You are finished! Give it to your little one and let him go!
Hope you liked this tutorial! Happy Sewing!