Super Hero Cape

July 2, 2013 in Projects

For my nephew’s 5th birthday, he had a costume/pool party. I had to come up with a costume that wasn’t too hot and still worked with my son’s swimsuit.  I decided to make him a super hero cape! I did it the morning of the party and it was so simple. I threw it together in no time. Super hero capes are so easy and they make great gifts. It got so many compliments and my son is still wearing it all day long!

Totally Stitchin': Super Hero Cape Tutorial

– 1/2-1 yard of fabric
– felt
– Velcro
– thread
– pins, iron, scissors
– Baby Lock sewing machine

1. Decide the length of your cape depending on how tall your super hero is. I used about a half a yard of fabric for my 2 year old. Fold your fabric in half and cut your cape out so that you have two matching pieces. I am sure there are some patterns for this but I just made one up myself and to be honest it was probably easier. Remember to add the collar and then just flare out the bottom of the cape.

Totally Stitchin': Super Hero Cape Tutorial

Please excuse the wrinkles…my iron fell off the top shelf and cracked 🙁 and since I procrastinated and didn’t have much time to get the cape done, I ignored one of the most important rules of sewing and instead used the dryer to get the wrinkles out.

2. Next, create your super hero badge. I just googled this and there are tons of free super hero logo templates. I was on a time constraint so we went with a star! I cut out two stars and the letter. (See above.)

3. Stitch your felt pieces together using a zigzag stitch around the edge of each piece. I attached the “n” to the yellow star and the yellow star to the gray star.

4. Place your super hero badge where you want it on the right side of one of your cape pieces and pin it in place. Using a zigzag stitch, sew around the edge of the badge and attach it to the cape.

5. Place your two pieces of the cape together with the right side of fabric facing each other and pin your edges. Sew around the edge of your cape, making sure to leave a hole to flip it right side out. The best way to do this is mark a two inch area with two pins. Sew from one pin all the way around to the other pin. Leave the gap at the bottom of the cape (learn from my mistakes), it will make it SO much easier to turn it right side out. Especially if you are as lucky as I was to have a special helper and not very much time!

Totally Stitchin': Super Hero Cape Tutorial

6. Clip your hills and notch your valleys on the collar and trim excess fabric from the bottom corners of the cape but make sure you don’t snip your stitch to help your seams lay nice and flat.

7. Turn the superhero cape right side out.

8. Add a top stitch around entire cape to close up the gap. I kept mine as close to the edge as possible.

9. Add some Velcro to your collar with a straight stitch. I wish I would have done this step prior to putting the cape together so my stitch wouldn’t be seen on the outside of the collar. Something to remember for next time!

Totally Stitchin': Super Hero Cape Tutorial

10. Find a super hero in search of a cape!

Totally Stitchin': Super Hero Cape Tutorial

Totally Stitchin': Super Hero Cape Tutorial

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