My son is soooo into Superheroes! He often times asks for a cape, but most times we end up tying a sweatshirt around his neck/shoulders preppie-style and he flies around the house.
Well, I figured it was time to make him a cape, but I wanted something that wouldn’t tie around either of the kiddos necks and pose a strangulation hazard.
Now before we get started, I must say that Martha Stewart I am NOT. My sewn things look okay from a distance, as long as you don’t look too closely at my hems.
I just grabbed a piece of leftover fabric that I had sitting around the house. I cut it so that it started around their shoulders and hung down to their calves. Just make sure that it won’t be so long that they trip over the edge.
I cut the sides near the top so that the top of the cape was narrower than the bottom and hemmed all of the edges.
To make the straps, cut two strips of fabric about 2-3 inches wide, and long enough to go from the top corner of the cape (on their shoulder) to the part of the cape just below your child’s armpit.
Folding the strip of fabric in half the long way and inside out so that the pattern part of your fabric faces in on itself. Pin and sew the edges together down the length of your fabric strip, leaving the two ends unstitched. Turn the fabric inside out – this tends to be easier said then done. I used a knitting needle, though I actually poked it through the fabric a a couple of times. A long crochet hook or even an unsharpened pencil would probably work.
Sew the two straps to the hemmed part of the cape so that one end is at the top corner of the cape, and the other end rests below your child’s armpit. You might want to use the thicker zigzag stitch so they don’t immediately rip it off like my kids did.
I cut out the first letter of their names in contrasting fabric and sewed it on. Just in case you have mommy-brain like me, Just a word to the wise, if you’re drawing the letter on the backside of the fabric before cutting, you’ll have to draw it backwards (as it would be seen in a mirror). Unless of course you’re doing a “C”. Then you’re good to go either way. Just sayin’.
If you know me, you’ll know that I’m really not into posting pics of my kids on the internet for just anybody to see. I was able to make an exception here, though.
My caped crusaders: