How to Make Kids' Costumes

Safe Cape

A "Safe Cape" lets you have fun -- without tying the cape around your neck.
A "Safe Cape" lets you have fun -- without tying the cape around your neck.

Dressing up in costumes isn't just for Halloween -- it's for any time you want to have fun. Whether you're a superhero or a wizard, a fairy princess or a sorceress, this safe cape will work with your costume.

Making a safe cape is easy, as long as you have help from an adult. Some basic sewing is necessary, but this cape isn't complicated -- just follow the instructions and check out the illustration.

What You'll Need:

1 yard of fabric



14 inches of elastic

Sewing machine

Fabric paints (optional)

How to Make a Safe Cape

Step 1: Cut a triangle of fabric about 30 inches long and 30 inches wide at the bottom. Cut off the tip so that the new edge is 7 inches long. Cut points along the bottom edge to make a bat cape. Cut the elastic in half.

Step 2: Sew one end of an elastic piece to the top of one corner of the cape. Measure 6 inches down the side and sew the other end of the elastic to the cape. Repeat with the second piece of elastic.

Step 3: If you want, decorate the cape with fabric paint. Let the paint dry. Put your arms through the elastic to wear the cape.

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