How to Make a Cape with a Hood for a Child Without Sewing
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Create a homemade hooded cape from a pillowcase.

Imaginative play, such as dress-up, is an activity that spurs the imagination and creativity in children at home or within a school setting. Whether the child is a boy or girl, a cape with a hood provides many hours of play. Make a simple and inexpensive cape from a pillow case. The process requires no sewing, and best of all, it only takes about 15 minutes to complete, giving you more time to get dinner ready!


  1. 1
    Turn a pillowcase inside out so the seams are showing.
  2. 2
    Take out one long side seam of the pillowcase with a seam ripper or a sharp pair of scissors. Pull and remove all cut thread.
  3. 3
    Position one seam on a flat work surface so the unfinished edge is facing up, continuing to work with the pillowcase inside out.
  4. 4
    Slide a piece of wax paper under the length of the seam. The wax paper works as a barrier between the flat work surface and the pillowcase.
  5. 5
    Lift the seam. Squeeze a line of fabric glue down the length of the seam. Press the lifted piece of fabric into the line of fabric glue. Smooth the seam. Allow the fabric glue to dry 15 minutes before continuing.
  6. 6
    Remove the wax paper. Turn the pillowcase and slide the wax paper under the remaining seam. Glue the seam in the same fashion as the first. Allow the fabric glue to dry 15 minutes before continuing.
  7. 7
    Turn the pillowcase right-side out. The folded end of the pillowcase becomes the hood.
  8. 8
    Use a 36-inch piece of 1 1/2-inch ribbon as the tie to hold the hooded cape on your child. The easiest way to secure the hooded cape to your child is to place the folded edge on her head as a hood. Tie the ribbon loosely around her neck, then fold the hood back. Always supervise your child when wearing the hood.


  • Use a king-size pillowcase to make a longer cape.

Things You'll Need

  • Pillowcase
  • Scissors or seam rippers
  • Wax paper
  • Fabric glue
  • 1 1/2-inch ribbon, 36 inches long

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Categories: Education and Communications

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