Sew a Hooded Cape {Pattern & tutorial}

Pattern and tutorial to make hooded cape for costumes and coverage.

hooded cape


A cape for those who like costume dramas or those who like to dress like someone from the Victorian or Edwardian era or just want some protection from cold weather and don’t mind the dramatic look of a hooded one.

This is a voluminous cape which is quite easy to make with just some seams and a few hems. Make it complicated if you want to, with buttons, buttonholes, lining, and trims. I am not going to.

The fabric used is a stretch velvet. Read more on sewing velvet fabric for being prepared.

How to sew the hooded cape – sewing tutorial

Step 1. Draft the pattern for the cape and hood

Fold 2 fabric pieces of this dimension – 80 inches width by 40 inches length, by the middle. These will give you two pieces for the back and the front. The front will be cut into two pieces.

(If you do not have this width of 80 inches with the fabric you have, join fabric pieces to get it for the back pattern)

Pattern for the cape


Pattern for the hood

HOOD pattern

Take 2 pieces of fabric 12 inches wide and 16.5 inches long. Mark the pattern for the hood

hood pattern for the hooded cape

Step 2. Cut out the fabric pieces


mark pattern on folded fabric

hooded cape

Step 3. Cut the front into two pieces

hooded cape front pattern should be cut into two

Seperate your two pieces – front and back. The front pattern piece has to be cut by the middle.

Step 4. Join the 2 pieces of hood

Sew the two hood pieces by the top edge – as it is a curvy seam, you will have to clip the seam allowance every 1/2 inch for getting it turn smoothly.

Step 5. Hem the edges of the hood

Sew the edges of the hood with zig zag stitches. Just fold the edge twice to the inside and sew with zigzag stitch. 

sew edges of the hood - zig zag stitch 5 stitch width and 4 stitch length

Step 6. Join the shoulder seams of the cape

join the shoulder seams of the front and the back

Keep the cape pieces (back and the front pieces) right sides to the inside and join them together at the shoulder seams.

Step 7.Attach hood to cape

Use a bias tape to make a facing to join the hood to the cape. For this cut out enough bias tape to the measure of the neckline edge of the hood.

Keep the hood and the cape edges together, rightsides touching together; keep the bias tape on top and sew the edges together. Turn the bias tape to back and sew in place (hand sew or stitch in the ditch). If you are new to sewing bias binding, checkout this tutorial for binding edges.

Step 8.Hem the edges of the cape

Hem the front edge and the bottom edge of the cape. At this point you can add a button and a thread loop to fasten the cape at the neck.

The edges sewn with the zig zag stitch

Related posts : How to sew capes – free patterns Different types of cloaks ; Make a stretch velvet slouchy blazer

Subscribe to get weekly notifications of posts in your email

Author: Sarina Tariq

Hi, I love sewing, fabric, fashion, embroidery, doing easy DIY projects and then writing about them. Hope you have fun learning from sewguide as much as I do. If you find any mistakes here, please point it out in the comments.
Your opinion is important. Leave a comment