It’s a Kid! In a T-shirt! No! It’s a Super Hero! In a Cape!

Does this look familiar? This is a tutorial I did for Go To Sew and I’m bringing it home today!

Every time we go to the Gap outlet my son begs for one of those t-shirts with the capes Velcro-ed to the back. And it’s not just the Gap, they have them other places too. It doesn’t matter where he sees them, but he BEGS for one wherever we are. And I always same the same thing, ‘I can make that for a lot less than 30 bucks!’ We’re kinda like a broken record. Please, I can make that, Please, I can make that, Please… Get the idea?

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So I finally sat down and made him one and he wore it all over town!

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OK, this is super simple and can be done with old t-shirts you have around the house! My son decided he wanted Bat Man with a black t-shirt and yellow symbol and blue cape. Honestly, I didn’t know Bat Man’s cape was actually blue. Yes, my then 4 four-year old son convinced me that he knew what he was talking about. I think he loved saying, ‘See, I told you so!’ when we googled images of Bat Man online!

This tutorial is a two part-er. First we did a freezer paper stencil and then we made the cape.

Materials:

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A blank t-shirt, color corresponding to your super hero of choice.

Fabric for the cape. About a 1/2 yard, or another adult t-shirt.

Freezer Paper

Your Super Hero Icon

Fabric Paint

Spongy Paint brush

Xacto Knife

Paper for making a pattern.

Velcro

Part 1: The Freezer Paper Stencil. I’m going to go over this quick, since it’s easy and I’ve already done a tutorials here

Step 1: Cut your image out of the freezer paper.

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Step 2: Iron it on the shirt with the shiny side down (touching the t-shirt)

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Step 3: Paint! Mine took a few (or more) coats of paint.

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Step 4: Remove the freezer paper!

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Part 2: Make the cape!

Step 1: Make the pattern. Trace the neck and shoulders. The cape will sit up along the neck of the shirt, so we want this shape along the top. Then you decide the length and width! The t-shirts I ‘knocked off’ keep the cape the same length as the t-shirt. We decided to make ours about 3 inches longer. And about 5 inches wider than the back of the shirt.  After a few patterns, I ended up going straight from the shoulder to the edge of the shirt. As in no curves!

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Step 2: Cut the cape.

Step 3: Hem each side of the cape.

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Step 4: Cut your Velcro. I just happened to have color coordinated Velcro! How cool is that??? You don’t need it, but they do have all sorts of colored Velcro out there! Can you tell how excited I was when I found the blue? I already had the black. Ok, OK, OK! Back to the superheroes! Cut your Velcro in 1 1/2″ pieces. Position the Velcro and sew it on both the t-shirt and the cape.

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Step 5: Turn your kid into a Super Hero! Or you, if it’s for you!

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So remember how I said I knew I could do it for less than 30 bucks? Well, the t-shirt was 4, the paint was 1 and the blue Velcro was 1 and I had everything else on hand. So it ended up being 6 bucks! Oh, yeah!

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Which Super Hero would you be??

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A SuperHero Cape Tutorial!

Are you tired of superheroes yet? Well, since we talk about them on a daily basis in our household, we’re not. So hopefully you aren’t either!

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For the party favor at the kiddo’s party we gave capes and masks. The kids loved them. I mean Max has a few that I’ve made for him, and he’s still excited about this one. There was one kid that seemed to enjoy it, but then left it at the party ‘because Spiderman doesn’t have a cape.’ OK…

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The rest of the kids loved them anyway!

Today I’ll share how simple the capes are to make! (and if you’d rather not make them, I have them on etsy!)

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The materials are simple. Solid fabric (I stick with cotton, but you could use something shiny too!), felt, a tiny bit of Velcro, thread and scissors.

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To cut out the cape, you want to fold your fabric over the length of the cape and then fold that over the width of the cape. So you’ll end up with one piece, instead of two pieces. You can use the pattern here for the top of the cape. Then the dimensions above for the rest of the pattern.

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Then cut out your symbols.

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Sew on the Velcro and the superhero symbol of your choice. Be sure that one side of the Velcro is in the front and the other is on the back of the neck pieces.  (yep, I switched cape colors mid tutorial! I’m crazy like that!!)

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Then fold over so the right sides are together and sew around the edge. Be sure to leave a hole near the bottom.

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Trim the corners and cut slits around the neck to help it iron flat.

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Pull the cape through the hole.

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Iron and top stitch you hole! Whoa! It’s red again!

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Hand over to your little superhero to save the day! I love (and so does he) how soft and flat it sits around his neck.

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What color would your cape be???