Super Easy Superhero Cape Tutorial

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Today's idea is an EASY (and cheap!) almost no-sew (just one easy seam) Superhero Cape. You could make a bunch of these as gifts for friends or party-favors in an hour.

The inspiration for this tutorial came at the beginning of November. My 6-yr-old came home from school saying he needed a cape for "Superhero Day" at school.  Because he puts up with me sewing all kinds of other "un-useful" things I figured I owed it to him to at least make a superhero cape. But since the last thing any mom wants to hear the week after Halloween is "I need a costume" I wanted to make it as simple as possible.  When it worked I figured it was worth sharing and so the Lazy Mom Superhero Cape tutorial was born. 

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Because I don't have a serger and I felt strongly opposed to the idea of lots of pressing and hemming something that would only be dragged heaven-knows-where I went with the world’s easiest fabric. Fleece. I let my boys each pick out their own color – this was the first time they have EVER been excited to go to the fabric store.  

I used 3/4 yard. (You may want to get a yard for a longer cape on a bigger child.) Because the fleece is usually 60" wide, you will get two capes out of each piece of yardage. (I found it on sale for $3.99 a yard. That means each cape is between $1.50-$2!)

Open up the fabric. Measure a piece of string the length of the yardage (in this case 27") and tie the string to a marking pen. Tape the string at the center of the yardage.

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Using the pen as a compass (or protractor or something) draw a large half circle.

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Shorten the string to 6" and draw a similar half circle at the top for the neck line.

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Use scissors to cut on both drawn lines.

Also cut on fold line (to end up with two capes. Or keep it one piece to make a cloak.)

Finally, cut about 2" off both selvage edges.

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Take a selvage edge, wrap around neck and measure for length
(you want it to be loose.)

Trim unnecessary end. 

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Mark center of selvage collar and the neck end of one of the capes.

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Match centers and pin collar overlapping the neck of the cape by about 1/2".

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Sew one seam to attach collar to the cape.

Attach velcro to the ends of the collar.

And yeah, you're done.

When I stop being lazy, I promised to sew a felt letter to the back of the capes, but I haven't got that far yet. 

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In a short time, success. And I don't worry for a half a second about what happens to this superhero accessory because I can make another one in a snap.

Can I just say here how much I enjoy 4-year-olds? Especially this one. (He's particularly lucky because he gets Mom all to himself most days – none of my other previous 4-year-olds had it so good.) While sharing a particularly cozy, sentimental moment in front of the Christmas tree one morning he looked up at me with those charming blue eyes and responded, "Mom. I see tiny hairs in your nose." Not the response I was anticipating.

I honestly wish I could freeze him this way forever.

Post by Amy Smart : www.diaryofaquilter.com

  • http://profile.typepad.com/arounseville ARounseville

    You are a Rock Star!! I can’t believe I never thought of this, This coming from a lady who hand sewed an entire Native American outfit by hand the night before a Thanksgiving thing for my son to wear to school. Slaps hand to forehead. My youngest just has me tie a fleecy throw/blanket on him. Then he runs around the house. :D. Great job!
    Sincerely, Anna