Homemade girls' superhero costumes

Updated April 17, 2017

When it comes to superhero costumes, girls can have just as much fun as boys by donning a cape and mask and acting out their heroic, super-powered fantasies. Superhero outfits make for creative Halloween costumes as well as fun additions to everyday play. Make your own superhero costume for a girl easily and inexpensively. Best of all, girls can get involved by choosing the colour scheme and superhero character they want to create. Bright red and royal blue create a traditional superhero look, but girlie girls may want to go with pink and lavender to create a Super Princess or Flower Power character.

Cut the fabric into a trapezoid to create a superhero cape. Determine how large to make the cape by holding the fabric up to the girl's back, keeping in mind the narrow end of the trapezoid will be the cape's neck.

Cut slits along the narrow end of the trapezoid about 5 cm (2 inches) from the edge of the fabric spaced about 5 cm (2 inches) apart. The slits should be slightly larger than the ribbon. Run the ribbon through the slits to create a neck tie.

Cut a 1 metre by 7.5 cm (3-foot-by-3-inch) rectangle of fabric from the extra cape fabric to create a simple mask you tie at the back of the girl's head. Place it around the girl's eyes and gently mark eye holes with a pencil. Remove the fabric from her face and cut out the eye holes.

Draw a letter or symbol on the felt, cut it out and attach it to the shirt with safety pins. Place heat-bonded fabric tape between the felt and the shirt for a more permanent seal, holding a hot iron on top of the letter for two minutes to bond it to the shirt. Girls may want to go with a classic letter "S" in bright yellow or make up their own superhero symbol, such as a pink daisy or yellow musical note.

Choose trousers, tights or a skirt based on the girl's preference and activity level. Add the shirt and tie on the cape and mask. Accessories the outfit with a tiara, Wonder Woman-like bracelets, a lasso, magic wand or silver crown.


Make sure the cape doesn't go below the back of the girl's knees so she doesn't trip on it. Choose satin, shiny polyester or a basic cotton knit to make the cape.

Things You'll Need

  • 1.5 metres of fabric
  • Scissors
  • 2 metres of coordinating ribbon
  • Pencil
  • 1 piece of 12 by 17 cm (5 by 7 inches) felt
  • Safety pins or heat-bonded fabric tape
  • Iron (optional)
  • Long-sleeved shirt or jumper
  • Leggings, tracksuit bottoms or knee-length skirt
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Betsy Morgan has been writing and editing professionally since 1995. She has written for publications like "Wired" magazine, "Paper" magazine and She has a Bachelor of Arts in history from Columbia University.