Last weekend I took full advantage of our first cold weekend in the DC area. We turned on the heat, laid around the house and I finished up a few of many craft projects I’ve started and abandoned. Story of my life.
One of my first projects was to finish the kids Superhero Capes. (Easy DIY Superhero Cape) My children are typical and think they can fly and save the world. Well you can’t walk around with all of these super powers and have no cape to show for it. So here we are.
You can do the no sew version or you can sew if you are feeling fancy. Either way the required skill Level is low.
I took the kids to Hobby Lobby to pick out their fabric. The fabric was on sale and I had a coupon. SCORE! I got a yard of the chevron print and a yard and a half of the other.
I folded the fabric in half and used this arch I found online to help cut out the neck area of the cape. This doesn’t have to be exact but it is a great guide for getting started. The arch goes on the folded seam.
After you’ve made the cut in your cape it should look like this. Now you can create your cape emblem if you don’t have one already. An emblem isn’t required, it depends on how pushy your kid is.
My daughter didn’t want a specific shape so we went with the letter N. I printed out an N, cut it out and traced it onto my felt. After the outline, I simply cut it out.
My son was particular and wanted the Batman Dark Knight emblem on his cape. I Googled the image and did the same thing as I did with the letter N. I printed it out, cut it out and then traced it onto my felt.
- No, sew: You can use fabric glue to stick your emblem onto your cape.
- Sew: Stitch your emblem to your cape
I decided to put felt behind the fabric because the material was so light. You can make your cape only using felt or you can use fabric and felt.
- No sew: If you decide to use both fabrics you can glue them together
- Sew: Run a light stitch around the perimeter.
I went with velcro for the closure for safety reasons. In the event of an emergency, the velcro will come undone. You can use the closure of your choice but this was an easy choice for me. A few stitches to secure it to the cape and I was done.
Nori was excited that I finally finished her cape.
“SUPERHERO TO THE RESCUE” – Nori
Note: My children are two totally different heights so I held the fabric against their backs to determine the appropriate length.