Dinosaur Cape Tutorial & Giveaway!

I came up with this cape for Halloween for my boys, it is light-weight so it is easy to move in and simple to make. Here’s how...

Here’s what you need:

(1) Fat Quarter or 18 inch x 22 inch piece of fabric

(1) 9x12 inch piece of felt
(1) 37 inch Bias Tape (this will be the top of your cape and the tie, so you can measure your little one and decide what length you will need)

Coordinating Thread

1. Cut out your dinosaur spikes out of the felt. I used spikes because that is what my boys wanted, but you could also use smooth bumps like ½ circles or really spikey spikes. For this one I made a paper template that was 3 ¼ inch x 3 ¼ inch x 3 ¼ inch. I needed about 6 spikes of this size to go all the way down the back of the cape. Set them aside.

2. Now we move to the ironing board. On the 22 inch side of your fabric, fold toward the wrong side about ½ inch of fabric and iron, then fold and iron it over again. This hides the raw edge and keeps it from unraveling. Do this to the other side as well. (As a side note I am totally embarrassed by my ironing board! I will be making a new ironing board cover very shortly)

3. Now take your fabric and fold it in half RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER lining up those nice edges you just made and iron.

 4. On the sewing machine, stitch down the 22 inch sides that we ironed.
5. (This step is optional so if you don’t want to you really don’t have to.) You can take each of your spikes and top stitch.

 6. Align your spikes in the crease we made when we ironed the fabric in half and gently fold the fabric back over. Carefully pin each spike. Stitch down this folded seam with a ½ inch seam allowance. Then Stitch again with a ¼ inch seam allowance to reinforce the seam.

 7. Now roll the bottom edge toward the WRONG SIDE ¼ inch and then roll again and iron. Now Stitch this edge.
8. Sew a gathering stitch along the top edge of the cape. Gentle pull thread to gather the top of the cape until it measures about 9 ½ inches.
 9. Find the middle of your bias tape and line that up with the spikes of the cape. Carefully pin bias tape along the top edge of the cape, hiding the raw edge inside the bias tape.
10. Stitch along the edge of the bias tape.

11. And you are all done! I hope you have as much fun pretending with your little ones as I have had with mine.

Wouldn’t this make a fun Christmas or Birthday Gift? Well, you could WIN one! That’s right I’m going to be GIVING AWAY one Dinosaur Cape.

Just leave a comment (with your email) to enter. Want another entry? Become a Follower and leave another comment. Good Luck! Giveaway ends Tuesday November 16, 2010.


  1. It's adorable!! I want one! (my email is hoytphotography@yahoo.com) I am a follower already.

  2. So cute! I'll definitely be making one of these!

  3. Cute! jenny.iverson@gmail.com

  4. This is really, really cute! I'll have to attempt this! It looks easy enough...even for a beginning seamstress! (heatherarthur@rocketmail.com)

  5. linzskinner@msn.com How cute and creative! I cannot sew at all! My son is a dinosaur/costume lover!

  6. Can we be added to giveaways? Since I make the rules, I say yes! :) This is really cute Magen.

  7. Matthew is SO into capes!!