How To Make A No-Sew Cape For Halloween

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Halloween cloak

How To Make A No-Sew Cape For Halloween 

You will need:

  • 1 meter of black felt fabric
  • Scissors
  • 1 meter of black ribbon, 1″ wide

The black felt I purchased was a double-width fabric, meaning it was folded along the length. Since I did not require a double-thickness, I simply cut along the fold giving me two pieces to make two capes.

Note: If you are making this for an older child or adult this Halloween, you may wish to unfold the fabric and adjust the length to suit your preferred height. 

Black cape felt

Taking your single piece of felt, fold the long edge up approximately 4 inches. This will determine the height of your cape collar, so you can adjust this depth more / less to suit your personal requirements.

Note: this is a no-sew cape which I made for ease. I did not pin or iron this fold. Keep it simple :)

cape collar

Taking your scissors, make small ½ inch cuts approximately 3 inches apart along the folded edge.

Ensure you have an even number of cuts along the edge as this will result in your threaded ribbon ends (next stage) both ending up on the same side of the fabric.

Make a cape

With your felt fabric laid flat, take your piece of ribbon and thread it through your incisions.

Tip: If your ribbon end starts to fray, heat gently with a lighter to seal the edges. 

cape ribbon

Hold the ends of your ribbon and gently gather your cape into loose pleats…

gather cape

Tie the ends of a ribbon in a loose bow to secure and you’re ready to go!

no-sew Halloween cloak


  • 1m of felt fabric, £1.99 (cut in half = £1)
  • 1m of black ribbon, £0.30

Total cost for no-sew Halloween cape is just £1.30


So quick and easy to make, don’t limit yourself to just Halloween. Why not make capes in other bright, fun colours and turn every day into a super hero adventure!

~ Natalie




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  1. Very cute. I always hated sewing Halloween costumes.

  2. OMGoodness! That is adorable. I totally forgot about making my girls’ capes! I am so glad I came across your post. Pinning it for this evening!!

  3. Genius. Why did we never think of this in Drama Class? LOL

  4. That looks super easy. Thanks.

  5. This is such a great idea! I pinned both this and the tutu tutorial. :D

  6. Such a cute idea and of course I love your model :)

  7. Oh this is perfect timing. I made my daughter’s costume but wanted to make a cape to keep her warmer and this is perfect! Pinning and doing this week.

  8. What a fabulous idea! I love anything no sew and my kids are always asking for capes. Pinning it too!

  9. We don’t celebrate Halloween but my daughter has Super Hero day at school this week and I’m going to try making her a pink cape like this one!

  10. Your daughter is so cute! Mine has hair just like hers.


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