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Little Red Riding Hood Costume

Our coy heroine wears a gingham party dress beneath her red corduroy cloak, which happens to be pretty enough to wear year-round as a dressy wrap.




This cape should fall just below the hip. You will need red pinwale corduroy, red cotton broadcloth for lining, and 1 yard red double-fold bias tape. Make the cape with help from our basic directions.


  • Corduroy and lining
  • Pin
  • Sewing kit
  • Double-fold bias tape


  1. Step 1

    Cut a rectangle 25 inches long and at least 11 inches wide from both corduroy and lining remnants. Fold each in half crosswise as shown, and stack.

  2. Step 2

    Mark a point 10 inches from the left along the fold, and one 6 inches from the left along the bottom; draw a line from the top point to the bottom one. Pin layers together, and cut along the line (discard the remnant to the right).

  3. Step 3

    Unfold and stack so that right sides are facing; pin in place. Stitch together along the long straight edge. Turn inside out so that wrong sides are facing and seam is concealed.

  4. Step 4

    Fold in half end to end with the lining facing out; stitch along the angled edge as shown.

  5. Step 5

    Turn hood corduroy side out and open. Align the bottom edge of the hood with the neckline of the cape as shown, corduroy sides facing; pin, and baste in place. Center the strip of double-fold bias tape on the neck, and fold it over raw edges; pin, and sew it in place.

Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 9 2003



Reviews (4)

  • Kristen Jones 22 Sep, 2012

    Please add the missing pictures to make the tutorial clear. Thanks!

  • creativaclaudia 28 Oct, 2011

    I've made this hooded cape before and it turned out super! I've even used these instructions to add hoods to some garments I've sewn because it turns out great. I guess I must have always relied on the diagrams to guide me, though, because I just can't figure out these instructions without visual help! Please add them or guide us to them.

  • bolusky 19 Oct, 2011

    It says to see the digram, but I can't find any pictorial....Please help!!!! I want to make this for Halloween....I only have a few days left.

  • Fray5 24 Nov, 2010

    I have just completed making the Red Riding Hood cape for my 6 year old niece; it turned out beautifully. I hand-stitched some and machine stitched long edges. The trickiest part for me, believe it or not, was handsewing the bias tape at the very end - the materials are stacked and thick at this point, but I managed. Am coupling this Christmas gift with a homemade RRH cape I found on Etsy for her American Girl doll.