10-Minute DIY KIDS Knight Cape

Let me show you a quick and easy way to make a simple DIY knight cape for kids' pretend play. {The easiest ever!} It's an ideal last-minute Halloween kids costume when you are running out of time!

how to make a homemade knight cape for kids on Halloween - easy DIY knight Halloween cape for kids


First off,  please note the post includes affiliate links. Now, let me show you how to make a cape like this on zero-cost:)


This DIY cape has been made to complement this Halloween costume of a certain little knight who explained to me that knights wore additional capes on tournaments. {What - you didn't know? Me neither :)} And to stay within the color range of the DIY knight tunic I had made just days before, I searched for something with a grey, metallic look. A never worn men's housecoat I dug out from the recycle pile looked like the perfect material. Ten minutes later and - done!

The cape is very simple, it's open at the front and held together by a ribbon. In addition to a knight's cape, it doubles as a king's costume or whatever needed at the moment. A perfect piece of clothing for kids' pretend play!


You'll need:

how to make a homemade knight cape for kids on Halloween - easy DIY knight Halloween cape for kids


  • an old piece of clothing with an existing hem (old dress, coat, t-shirt, etc.)
  • a ribbon 
  • a safety pin
  • scissors
  • tape measure

Now, let's break the entire ten-minute process into simple steps. It's totally easy, promise!

Kids Cape Tutorial:



1) Find a suitable piece of material. Whatever you choose, look for something that has a sewn bottom hem, so you don't even need to make the casing for the ribbon.


how to make a homemade knight cape for kids on Halloween - easy DIY knight Halloween cape for kids


2) Cut a rectangle from your fabric (the existing hem should be on the longer side of the cutout - see the above photo!):
  • width: at least 10 inch (25 cm) wider than the shoulder-to-shoulder measure of the kid who'll wear the cape
  • height: just to cover the shoulders of the cape wearer (20 inch was more than enough for us)

how to make a homemade knight cape for kids on Halloween - easy DIY knight Halloween cape for kids

3) Hem the edges if your material frays. (IF you have time.)



how to make a homemade knight cape for kids on Halloween - easy DIY knight Halloween cape for kids

4) Attach the safety pin on one side of the ribbon.



how to make a homemade knight cape for kids on Halloween - easy DIY knight Halloween cape for kids

5) ...and guide it through the casing (i.e. through the hem from your old piece of clothing).


how to make a homemade knight cape for kids on Halloween - easy DIY knight Halloween cape for kids

6) Gather the fabric by pulling the ribbon on both ends.You've just made a perfect simple cape for kids pretend play or Halloween party!

Just remember to closely supervise the little ones when playing with their cape, as the cape has a ribbon tie. Now, can you handle a last minute Halloween kid's cape like this? You know you can!

And if you need more ideas for Halloween costumes (especially last-minute DIYS), check out these two: 

DIY kids knight costume for Halloween  - with a free template for coat of arms        DIY kids pirate costume for Halloween



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Let me show you a quick and easy way to make a simple DIY knight cape for kids' pretend play. {The easiest ever!} It's an ideal last-minute Halloween kids costume when you are running out of time!



Need more fabrics? 

Now, if you really can't find any fabrics resembling a metallic look at home, you can check out peek-a-boo. (But make sure to double-check the SALE department, I always find great stuff there!)




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Our son's (third) DIY knight outfit. Helmet is based on this pattern.







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